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The Stomach is one of Palmerston North City’s iconic local music venues, which opened with its first show on September 4, 1988. The Stomach is also the musical incubator of Palmerston North City non-profit organisation Creative Sounds. Creative Sounds is dedicated to the encouragement of musical, artistic and performance activities. The space operates as both a performance and recording venue, and a number of key artists have begun their musical career there, including X-Factor contestant Benny Tipene. Multiple music workshops have been held at The Stomach, and disability groups have used the practice rooms to carry out music therapy.
Palmerston North City Library BeatBooth
Palmerston North City Library are big supporters of Palmerston North’s arts community. In addition to helping promote and coordinate many artistic activities, the Library is also home to the Beatbooth, a DIY recording studio complete with Garageband software, microphones, an M-Box and a midi keyboard. Library members can rent the studio for only five dollars an hour.
Manawatu Community Choir
The Manawatu Community Choir aims to provide all people, whatever their background or ability, with an opportunity to sing together and celebrate the warmth and vitality generated through music making. The Choir has an open door policy with participants able to come and sing in the Choir at any time, without auditioning or going through a membership process. The Choir performs frequently through the year at a variety of events throughout the City and Region.
The Manawatu Sinfonia, ‘your community orchestra’, performs in five major concerts times annually. 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.
Manawatu Youth Orchestra
The Manawatu 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 is a burgeoning ensemble of over sixty players, but they welcome further members during their audition process at the start of each year.
Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band
The Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band was established in 1925 and is New Zealand’s largest Pipe Band organisation, currently having over 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 Manawatu Scottish Society.