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Lyrica Choir

Performing Arts Groups

Details for private music lesson 

- see here



Kelburn Normal School is well known for the quality of its choral groups. The school operates three choirs and they are well populated.

Tūī  Choir

This is our junior school choir and is led by Emily Wilby and Rachel Smith.
9.00 to 9.30am on Wednesdays


This is an all-comers choir for children who love to sing. No audition is necessary and this is for children from year 3 upwards. This is led by Anna Sedcole and Hugo Miller.
8.30 to 9.30 am on Wednesdays


This is an auditioned choir of for children from year 5 up. Auditions are held at the beginning of each year. Many children aspire to be in Lyrica choir as it has an excellent reputation around Wellington Central and is often invited to perform at community events. Lyrica tackles demanding songs and arrangements and is led by Anna Sedcole and Libya Munn.
8.30 to 9.30am on Thursdays

Piccolo Choir 2017
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Orchestra and Instrumental Groups


Our school orchestra is led

by Katharina Vautier and Rachel Smith.

Tamariki from year 4-8 can play in the school orchestra. We usually have violins, cellos, clarinets, flutes, recorders, guitars, percussion, pianos playing in our orchestra.
Playing classical and contemporary pieces, performing at school assemblies and events, and at the Wellington school orchestra festival. Playing in an orchestra presents various challenges, but the children enjoy their music-making. The improvement in the level of performance over the year is pronounced.      
8.20 to 9.30am on Tuesdays

Little Xylofun is the ensemble for our younger, Year 2 and 3, students. A great way to get used to making music together using xylophones, glockenspiels and other percussion instruments. The children learn all pieces by ear, i.e. no music reading skills are necessary. Led by Katharina Vautier.

8.30 to 9.10am on Fridays

Xylobeats, our Xylophone/percussion ensemble is very similar to our Little Xylofun group, a step up for our year 4 to 6 students. Led by Katharina Vautier.

8.30 to 9.30am on Mondays

In addition to the orchestra, specialist  music teachers provide music lessons for individual children and/or groups before, during and after school. The school administers the programme, however, parents and tutors make a private agreement for the lessons. The music teachers work in with the school's music programme, so that students can play and sing in school ensembles. All our tutors are highly qualified and experienced, both as performers and teachers.

For teachers contact details please refer to here

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Kapa Haka


Kelburn has an active kapa haka programme. It is an integral part of our school and all children are welcome to be part of this.  The kapa haka perform regularly on behalf of the school at assemblies, events, and powhiri.

On Tuesday tamariki from year 1-4 engage with Jeremy to introduce and develop our youngest students with Kapa Haka.

Our oldest tamariki (Year 5-8) work with Rachel Smith and Rebekah Rasmussen to fine tune their performance as well as learn new korero, waiata, rakau, haka.

8.30 to 9:30am on Fridays

Drama Club

Drama Club is a group for year 7 and 8 students who want to develop their speaking and drama skills, and enjoy improvising. Over the year, students devise works and present performances, as well as taking part in the Shakespeare Globe Center of New Zealand's Primarily Playing Shakespeare event. 

8.30 to 9:30am on Mondays 

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Kelburn has four bands where our year 5 to 8 children learn how to play together, develop their musicianship and skills. The bands are part of the school's instrumental learning scheme and are taken by two of our music teachers, Jeremy Desmond and Tristan Carter. Auditions are held at the beginning of each year as spaces are limited. The bands perform for school each term. Once a year one band is also selected to take part in the primary and intermediate school Rock Quest.

Auditions are at the beginning of each year after which times are agreed with the teachers.

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