Virtuoso Strings Orchestra - 2.00pm, Sunday July 15th , Hokitika's Regent Theatre


Mamma Mia 'Premier Screening' - Fundraising Event for Gymnastics Hokitika, 7.30pm 19th July


Lizzie Cook Music - Old Lodge Theatre, 7.30pm 11th August


Check out below for information about these events.    

Virtuoso Strings Orchestra 

2.00pm, Sunday July 15th ,

Hokitika's Regent Theatre

Entry  by Koha


A one-off show by the Porirua "Virtuoso String Orchestra' on Sunday 15th. The orchestra comprises students from Cannons Creek School Porirua - a decile 1 school.

The Virtuoso Strings Orchestra was formed in 2012 by Elizabeth Sneyd and Craig Utting. Today the popular youth orchestra is based in Cannons Creek, Porirua, and run by the Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust. 

 The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust runs music classes out of partnering schools; we also offer instrumental tuition after school, weekend chamber music coaching, evening orchestra rehearsals, intensive Holiday Programmes, as well as orchestra camps and tours.

Every aspect of every Virtuoso Strings music initiative is 100% free to students residing in East Porirua or other socio-economically deprived communities.

We aim to ensure that every student is catered to, no matter how diverse their needs. There are clear links between learning a musical instrument, personal growth, academic success, and general well-being. Through providing music tuition and a space to operate as an orchestra, we equip our students with skills for life, and real self-belief. 

We are driven by the values of accessibility, inclusivity, excellence and community. With the support of our students, their families, and our funders and sponsors, we aim to ensure that every child in Porirua has access music learning opportunities.

Elizabeth and Craig were initially driven by a desire to create equal opportunities in music.and make New Zealand’s classical music landscape more diverse. They were in awe of the natural talent in the community, especially among Maori and Pasifika students, but felt disheartened by the fact that orchestras around New Zealand were so lacking in cultural diversity.





























Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

'Premier Screening' 

Fundraising Event for Gymnastics Hokitika 

7.30pm 19th July


An exclusive premier screening of the new 'Mamma Mia: Here we Go Again' - the sequal to the original Mamma Mia film. Discover Donna's (Meryl Streep, Lily James) young life, experiencing the fun she had with the three possible dads of Sophie (Amanda Seyfriend). Sophie is now pregnant. Like Donna, she'll be a young mother, and she realizes that she'll need to take risks like her mother did.


Prize for best dressed, a cash bar and raffle madness. 

Tickets at the Hokitika Regent

Adults: $15.00

Student: $12.00

Children: $8.50


Lizzie Cook Music

7.30pm, 11th August

Old Lodge Theatre


"A rare treat."

Presto, NZ


"Lizzie Cook is like a vacation."

Girlmedia, USA


"Cook's enjoyment of life (and music) 
  seeps from her songs at every turn."

Real Groove, NZ

Singer/songwriter Lizzie Cook lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, but her music takes you all over the world.

Known for exotic accordion melodies evoking smoky French jazz cafés, Latin American revels, Celtic tales and the folk music of Eastern Europe, Lizzie released her 3rd album Shimmer in December 2010.

Lizzie Cook Music is original music written by Lizzie Cook and interpreted as a duo performance for this concert. The music has been described as happy, melancholic, creating a beautiful atmosphere, nostalgic and even intelligent! So take your pick and let me know on the night what you think.

Lizzie Cook – vocals and accordion

Lizzie has a background in classical piano and learnt clarinet and oboe. She did some jazz theory courses at Christchurch Polytechnic and sang and played jazz-blues covers. Lizzie began to write for accordion upon her return from Lecoq Theatre School in Paris influenced especially by African, South American and European folk traditions. Lizzie sings with her New Zealand English accent, not trying to sound American. Lizzie has released four albums that can all be listened to on YouTube and also, you will be able to buy them at the gig (Saturday 11 August at The Lodge). They are 40 Damn Years 1998, Letter from my heart 2001, Shimmer 2010 and Indigo 2017. Lizzie’s new musical projects are an Irish covers band called Leprechaun, playing second trombone in the new brass band Nor’west and under the umbrella of this band, conducting a post-beginners brass band called Next Octave.

Chris Searle – drums
Chris does not like to write about himself so Lizzie has to ‘make it up’. He is an excellent musician who unlike many drummers is very sensitive to interpretations of the music being played by others. He has worked and recorded with Lizzie for almost 20 years while being a drummer in numerous Christchurch bands over the years. One band that stands out is Pacific Underground with whom Chris has toured in New Zealand.

Tickts: $20.00

Available from the Hokitika Regent Theatre

or online HERE