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About Strum Strike and Blow 2023

Wednesday August 30th 2023

Strum, Strike and Blow is an exciting amalgamation of the ChCh Marimba Festival and ChCh Uke Fest which will feature over 1000  students playing marimbas, ukuleles and recorders.  The Festival is run by Music Education Canterbury and Christchurch Civic Music Council and is in its 11th (and 10th Festival) year and is held in Christchurch Arena.

Once schools have registered they are given access to the music which will generally involve 4-5 individual pieces for ukuleles, recorders and marimba and a couple of massed items for all three groups of instruments.

The music caters for all levels of experience and when performed live at the festival event, is backed by a professional band.

We run workshops for teachers and have plenty of rehearsal material available.

We have a full rehearsal on the day between 9:30am-2pm at the arena for all participating schools with the accompanying band.

Schools will have the opportunity to perform together in a 75 minute family-friendly concert on August 30th 2023.

Schools can register for this festival through the registration page (click here).

Check out some feedback from previous years here.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!