Unique... Timeless... Beautiful...

Unique... Timeless... Beautiful...

Unique... Timeless... Beautiful...

Unique... Timeless... Beautiful...

Unique... Timeless... Beautiful...

Unique... Timeless... Beautiful...

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Next Concert Sunday, 17 April 2016, 5pm, Auckland Town Hall



Welcome to the official homepage of New Zealand Pops!

Audiences all over the world delight in lighter classical music and at present, no other professional orchestra in New Zealand performs light and popular classics as their main focus. The NZ Pops Orchestra fulfills the role of a group dedicated to this intrinsic attraction of lighter classical music, following the lines of such highly successful orchestras Boston Pops Orchestra, Andre Rieu’s Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra.

The New Zealand Pops Orchestra was launched on 18 March 2012 with the concert FOLLOW YOUR DREAM, in the Auckland Town Hall with soloists Will Martin (tenor and MC) and Gina Sanders (soprano), professional orchestral players and conductor Rita Paczian. This was followed by O SOLE MIO in September 2012, and two more outstanding concerts in 2013 FOLLOW YOUR HEART  on May 26 and SPRING POPS on September 15 which is the most successful concert so far.  In 2014 NZ POPS proudly presented two concerts NOTHING BUT DREAMS Sunday 27 April and SPRING POPS 2014 Sunday 7 September – both at 5pm  at the Auckland Town Hall.

In 2016 we welcome back Gina Sanders, Tina Cross and Nick Dow, with the exciting vocalist Anna Hawkins and dynamic fiddler Marian Burns.

With a programme of popular classical music, pop, jazz, show and folk music arranged for symphony orchestra, a popular MC and plenty of interaction with the audience, these concerts have huge appeal. Plans are underway to include other art forms in future concerts – dance, literature, mime and visual arts – along with a wide variety of instruments and performers such as the piano accordion, Celtic harp, folk music from many lands and Maori Concert Parties.

The Orchestra is extremely focussed on taking into consideration the genuine preferences and favourites of patrons. With this in mind, the aim is for programming to be eventually partially based on audience preferences and patrons will be given a list from which they may chose their favourites and a programme will be constructed around this once a year as a special “You Pick the Programme” concert! Although based in Auckland, we have a dream share our passion with as much of NZ as possible with annual tours to a number of other centres.

NZ Pops Orchestra Founders and Supporters share a vision to:

  • Perform music that audiences want to hear
  • Seek the highest professional performance standards
  • Provide an uplifting and exciting experience in a warm and welcoming atmosphere with interaction between performers and audience
  • Touch people’s souls
  • Work with world renown artists and introduce emerging Kiwi talent.

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