Last year’s Music Trails drew a large and enthralled audience

Music among the shelves

by Mike Isle

Harps, drums, flutes, cellos and violins will fill Selwyn District libraries with the sound of music in May. Celebrating New Zealand Music Month, four ensembles from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) a brass quintet, a wind quintet, a string quartet, and a percussion duo will visit Selwyn libraries, bringing lively interactive performances created especially for two to six-year-olds.

Now in its third year, CSO’s Music Trails through the library series has been successful, attracting audiences of up to 200 people at a time.

Each performance is unique, weaving in elements of singing, dancing and storytelling. From conducting the musicians to seeing a musical rendition of Little Red Riding Hood, to trying out playing violins and harps, these performances give children the opportunity to experience all aspects of music, said the CSO.

“I am really looking forward to bringing our wind quintet to Rolleston Library,” said CSO Principal Oboe Jennifer Johnson. “I really enjoy seeing the children’s faces light up when they see and hear the instruments. There will be lots of sing-a-longs where everyone can get involved. And, if you’re lucky, you might even see Jemima Puddleduck, when we bring a few of the characters from Peter Rabbit to life through music.”

“We are delighted to welcome the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra into our libraries to celebrate New Zealand Music Month together,” said Selwyn

District Council manager for arts, culture and lifelong learning Nicki Moen.

“Libraries are a place to learn, enjoy and explore both the new and familiar, so it is a perfect opportunity to share the music with those who haven’t experienced the music trails, and an annual highlight for those who regularly attend,” she said.

Last year, CSO ensembles visited Rolleston and Lincoln Libraries and, this year, they will also be going to Darfield and Leeston Libraries.

The Music Trails Through the Library performances are part of the CSO’s Community Engagement Programme, which is sponsored by Beca.

Friday, May 3 Darfield; Brass Quintet
Friday, May 10 Lincoln; String Quartet
Friday, May 17 Rolleston; Wind Quintet
Friday, May 24 Leeston; Percussion Duo

All performances are at 10.30am.