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There’s something a bit magic about Manawatū’s music scene. Home to multiple bands, orchestras, DJs and choirs, we’re a region brimming with talent.

The Stomach

The Stomach is one of Palmerston North’s iconic local music venues, encompassing a recording studio and rehearsal space. It is run by a non-profit organisation Creative Sounds, which is dedicated to the encouragement of musical, artistic and performance activities. A number of key artists have begun their musical career here, including X-Factor contestant Benny Tipene.

For more information on what’s available, click here.

BeatBooth – Palmerston North City Library

The Beatbooth is a DIY recoding studio complete with Garageband software,  microphones, an M-Box and a midi keyboard. Library members can rent the studio for only $5 per hour.

Manawatū Sinfonia

The Manawatū Sinfonia is a community orchestra that performs three to four major concerts each year, often featuring a professional soloist in a concerto and a large-scale symphony. Its repertoire is as varied as its conductors, from pure classics composed by the likes of Mozart and Beethoven, through to pleasant light works, and onto the exhilarating sounds of film score. In the forty years that the group has been running over 1000 players have been a part of it, many of whom have taken up professional positions in leading New Zealand and overseas orchestras.

Manawatū Youth Orchestra

The Manawatū Youth Orchestra endeavours to provide a programme that is both exciting and stimulating for players, mixing the challenges of many periods of music into two colourful concerts each year. At present the Youth Orchestra includes about 50 players, but they welcome further members during their audition process at the start of each year.

Manawatū Scottish Pipe Band

The Manawatū Scottish Pipe Band was established in 1925 and is New Zealand’s largest Pipe Band organisation, with more than 110 members. It is comprised of three competing bands: the main Grade One Band, Grade Two Band, and a Grade Four/Juvenile Youth Development Band, and also has an active supporters club. The band has a close affiliation with the Manawatū Scottish Society.

The Manawatū Overtones

The Manawatū Overtones is a four-part harmony, barbershop style, women’s singing group affiliated with Sweet Adelines International.

Learn more here.

Women in Song Together

Women in Song Together is a fortnightly get together for women and girls who are interested in singing, no experience is necessary.

For more information, click here.

Shed 23 Chorus

Shed 23 Chorus meets on a weekly basis and is for more experienced singers, where the ability to read music is a must.

For more information, click here.

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