Stage One 2018

We warmly invite your school to perform on Stage One at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts in the Nelson Arts Festival!

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Be part of the Nelson Arts Festival 2018

This year Stage One has moved from the top of Trafalgar Street to the newly refurbished Nelson Centre of Musical Arts and will be held in the wonderful heritage Nelson School of Music Auditorium.

The auditorium has an international reputation for its fineacoustics and within the centre we will be able to provide a truly positive experience for your students with full support from our technical crew and access to the Centre’s full technical infrastructure.

There are no fees to perform on Stage One and because audiences also have free entry, this makes for a truly wonderful community event. We expect there to be more interest than ever in Stage One as we will not be weather dependent and our audiences will enjoy being in a warm, comfortable auditorium.


Stage One is scheduled to run from 11am to 2pm Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th October 2018.

Applications close Friday 14th September 2018.

The performance schedule will be finalised and advised by Friday 28th September 2018

Performance Type and Duration

A broad range of group performance genres can be accommodated including choirs, kapahaka, ukulele, rock bands, concert bands, orchestras and dance groups.

Duration will be dependent on the group’s age and experience and will be negotiated. Generally each primary school is allocated 15 to 30 minutes, and secondary schools 60 to 90 minutes. Schools may showcase several groups during these times.

Technical Support and Facilities

We will provide amplification where necessary, including microphones, two guitar amps, a bass amp, drum kit and monitor speakers.

We have a full set of chairs for the stage as well as music stands. Professional stage lighting will be provided. We will also provide a stage manager and sound engineer.

School’s may video performances for assessment purposes.

What You Need To Provide

Students should bring their own instruments and bespoke instrument amplifiers, if they do not want to use those provided. However it should be noted that we will control amplifier levels at all times.

Schools will need to provide transport. There is a bus drop-off area immediately outside the Centre’s entrance.

How To Get Involved

First up we’d like to know if your school is interested in participating in Stage One. Simply let us know by filling out the online form.

The purpose of this form is to provide us with contact details so that we can work with you to explore performance options. We will negotiate a suitable time and date, as well as answer any questions you may have about your performance, the stage or any technical issues.

For further information contact Bob Bickerton at [email protected] or call 0274 384 048

Got any questions?

Drop us a line and we'll be happy to help!