The following email was sent on 16th March to all NZSSSO participants for 2020. Subsequently, the Government has indeed recommended that all gatherings of 500 or more people be cancelled.

To all participating families,
It is with deep regret that we are cancelling this year’s NZSSSO course. Our intention is to run the same programme in 2021.
We have decided to cancel for a number of reasons, not least that our conductor and her assistant were both travelling from Sydney and that is no longer possible. We also have to accept that there is a strong possibility that large gatherings may be banned soon, including concerts.
These are strange times indeed and we are all bitterly disappointed.
Further details will follow regarding plans for 2021, but we wanted to let you know immediately regarding the course postponement.
Stay well and safe.

The NZSSSO Organising Committee

Monday 13th April – Saturday 18th April (includes Easter Monday)


Link to string bowing for Brahms 2


NZSSO 2020


Conductor: Natalia Raspopova

Soloists: Isabella Gregory (Flute) & Ning Chiang (Harp)



  • Aram Khachaturian – Sabre Dance (arranged for percussion)

  • Anthony Ritchie – A Bugle Will Do

  • Mozart – Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra, K.299

  • Brahms – Symphony No.2 in D major, op.73

2020 Timeline
1st September 2019: Applications Open
28th October 2019: Applications Close (NB extended from 18th October)
29th November 2019: 2020 Orchestral List Posted, Music and Course Information Distributed
10th February 2020: Course confirmation and registration deadline
13th – 18th April 2020: 2020 Course
17th April 2020: Notes for Notes – Informal Performance
18th April 2020: Evening Public Performance