Welcome to the Christchurch Big Band Festival webpage. We’re glad you visited!
Put Labour weekend Oct 21-24, 2016 in your diaries – This is the 10 year anniversary of the ChCh Big Band Festival so it will be a fabulous time to be celebrating and enjoying live big band jazz music.
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 2016
Gala concert – Sun 23rd Oct
with Christchurch’s Symposium Big Band
This concert will open with the Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College
Tickets go on sale on June 10th.
Big Band Ball – Sat 22nd Oct
A fabulous line up of NZ Big Bands, dancing and supper.
Hornby Working Men’s Club
Lots of free public performances
Thursday to Monday 20-24 Oct
…… in places such as the ReStart Mall, the Gardens Ilex Cafe, The Brewery, the Cathedral, Margaret Mahy Playground and more.
Big Band Jazz Church Service – Sunday 23rd Oct
Workshops – Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Oct
Workshop with James Morrison on Sunday afternoon
The youth band workshop is a great opportunity for young players to work in a band led by Rodger Fox on Saturday morning.
Full band workshops and sectional workshops on Saturday.
And while all this is going on, this year bands will be dropping into Orange Studio to record demo tracks.
The Christchurch Big Band festival has been organised and run by a committee of volunteers from local Big Bands and groups with common interest since 2007. It is currently run in collaboration with The Christchurch Jazz Foundation Trust which was formed in 2015 and is a Charitable Trust.