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14 May 2020

Virtual NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month began in May 2001 with the aim of showcasing New Zealand music and musicians in the media and in live performances.

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This year Nelson Public Libraries will be celebrating homegrown Kiwi music talent a bit differently. We’ll be showcasing an artist online each day during the month of May over on our Facebook page, including some famous locals and a wide variety of styles.


You can find our full playlist on Spotify where you are welcome to add in your favourite kiwi tracks.


Local Artists

This year, we are also putting a spotlight on some of the local talent that Nelson has to offer.

We've been lucky enough to have some of the following artists play at the Library in our Live Music Series. 

Richard Nunns

Richard Nunns plays traditional Māori instruments, some of which had not been played for over a century until he worked with Hirini Melbourne to research and revive their use. You can watch him here playing a pūtōrino (bagle flute) which is currently on display in the Nelson Provincial Museum.

 Bryce Wastney 

Born in Nelson, Bryce Wastney is an accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter who has toured the world. In 2016 he packed out Christchurch Cathedral in Nelson to perform a concert which focused on NZ Mental Health Awareness. The show was performed alongside his producer/lead guitarist Ryan Beehre and you can watch the full production over on YouTube.

Aphra Trio

Lissa Cowie (cello), Marsha Stringer (piano) and Anna Maitland (flute) are classically training musicians whose performances never fail to captivate their audiences. All three currently reside in Nelson and you can find some of their music online.

Julie Saraswati

Many of you may recognize Julie as one of our librarians who has returned (often at Christmas time) to play her harp and sing. These shows are always beautiful and we recommend turning on this one next time you need a mid-day escape.

And a few others who have been a bit too big to perform in the library but showcase some of the local talent we have...

The Nelson Civic Choir and orchestra performing part of the Messiah (you'll spot a familiar face with Councillor Pete Rainey conducting)

Samba del Sol It's not a party in Nelson until the South Island's only Samba group turns up. 

Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA) Chamber Orchestra is a professional ensemble which includes many NCMA staff. You can see them performing here.