Connect with musical groups and discover local talent. The opportunities for local acts are endless with venues to prove it. The non-profit voluntary organisations dedicated to the encouragement of musical, artistic and performance activities are second to none.
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.
Benny Tipene performing
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.
The Manawatu 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.
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 includes about 50 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, 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 Manawatu Scottish Society.
The Manawatu Overtones
The Manawatu 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.