Join a Community Group

NCMA has a strong affiliation with a number of performance groups across the Nelson-Tasman region.

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There are many other local community music groups based across the region that you may be interested in joining that are based across the region. We recommend using the Found Directory to explore the musical possibilities.

Nelson Symphony Orchestra

Artists performing at NCMA

NSO is comprised of a pool of committed and dedicated orchestral musicians from throughout the region. The orchestra performs a wide repertoire from the traditional orchestral canon to twentieth century works.

As the longest standing resident classical performing arts ensemble in the region, NSO perform four or five regular and varied concerts annually. It provides a platform for residents with orchestral skills and a learning environment for younger high-achieving players. The NSO also brings first class musicians to conduct and perform with the orchestra.

For more information on how to join, please visit the NSO website.

Nelson Civic Choir


The Nelson Civic Choir welcomes singers of all ages who love classical pieces, can read music and, preferably, have had some choral experience.

The choir has performed numerous large, exciting and challenging works such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, the Brahms Requiem and Jenkins’ The Armed Man. Nelson-based soloists and instrumentalists have often been supplemented by nationally recognised performers supporting the accompanying orchestra. These musicians positively contribute to the quality of the music produced.

For more information please visit the Nelson Civic Choir website or email the NCC Secretary.