Following the launch ceremony in March 2015, the construction of the new Centre for Music and the Arts in Christchurch is well underway.
The new facility titled “The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts” is located at 156 Armagh Street in the heart of the Performing Arts Precinct. The project is a result of collaboration and support from the Christchurch City Council, CERA and a Charitable Trust.
The Piano Director Bronwyn Bijl says, “The Charitable Trust is delighted to be part of the vision of a music and art community in central Christchurch.”
“The project is a huge undertaking for the Trustees,” says Bronwyn, “We are reasonably unique in the Rebuild as we are a Charitable Trust rebuilding in the city centre, similar to our neighbour The Isaac Theatre Royal.”
The previous Music Centre of Christchurch was an iconic heritage performance venue lost in the 2011 earthquakes. Bronwyn and her team are determined to re-establish a venue to ensure Christchurch’s music and artistic inheritance is thriving for future generations.
Plans for The Piano include a raked 330-seat, raised-stage auditorium, with acoustics designed to enhance presentation of music performance to the fullest. The auditorium will also be suitable for, but not limited to, large and small performances, drama, dance and music productions, recordings, festivals, lectures and workshops.
The Trustees have launched a sponsorship appeal and are also fundraising with sales of their recipe book ‘Friday Treats’ which features recipes from the popular treats provided for audience members at the Music Centre of Christchurch concerts each Friday.
The new facilities will be used by every section of the community from the youngest enthusiastic beginner to the established professional artist and from small developing arts groups to well established groups. Completion is planned for June 2016.