Arohanui Strings 

Saturday 8 December 2012,  12 noon–1pm
The Marae, Level 4
Free entry

This performance features children from poorer neighbourhoods in the Hutt Valley and Auckland who’ve been given the chance to learn the violin and cello. Young musicians from Taita/Pomare team up with their northern counterparts.

Sharing classical music

Taita/Pomare was recently described as the one of the poorest areas in New Zealand, according to markers such as access to phones, cars, internet, income, and home ownership. Children in such areas often have little or no opportunity to take part in activities like classical music. So the volunteers in Arohanui Strings donate their time to build a music programme for them.

Volunteers include players from the Vector Wellington Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. They are part of a worldwide social justice movement called Sistema, originating in Venezuela. 

The Arohanui Strings volunteers say: ‘We are greatly looking forward to our adventure in this world-class museum – it may be the first time ever at Te Papa for some of the kids.’