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


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 Male Voice Choir


The Nelson Male Voice Choir was founded in 1932 by a group of keen amateur singers in Nelson and gave its first concert at the Nelson School of Music on April 26th, 1933. The Choir has played a strong role in the city's musical history ever since.

Today the Choir gives concerts for its loyal supporters several times a year. It also leads the singing at civic occasions such as Anzac Day and Blessing of the Fleet and has given lots of local guest artists and young talent the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience.

The choir can call on a vast repertoire of traditional songs, light classics, show tunes and contemporary favourites to delight their audiences.

More information can be found on the Nelson Male Voice Choir 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 and contact details, please visit the Nelson Civic Choir website.

STOP PRESS: The Nelson Civic Choir are currently rehearsing Handel's Messiah to be performed in the Nelson School of Music Auditorium at the end of May as part of NCMA's series of "re-opening" concerts. The choir are on the look out for more singers to take part and in particular more tenor and bass'. You don't need to be able to read music to be involved in this very special concert. Please contact Inga Lane if you are interested in taking part.