A key strategic objective for Orchestra Wellington is to develop its outreach and community development activity in the Region at a grassroots level that sees increased access and exposure for communities typically under-represented in classical music.
In 2013, Orchestra Wellington established a school holiday programme in Taita/Pomare, Lower Hutt, in partnership with Arohanui Strings – Sistema Hutt Valley based on the Sistema programme, the Venezuelan youth orchestra system, a model for learning music, achieving excellence and working for inclusion and social justice for marginalized, vulnerable children. While Arohanui Strings works as a growing charitable trust serving the Taita/Pomare communities with free after school music education, the partnership with Orchestra Wellington serves these communities with increased resource during school holiday periods and also with beginner violin tuition within schools in the area.
In addition to the continued work within the communities of Taita/Pomare, the Orchestra works within other schools in the Wellington Region delivering a dynamic small-ensemble programme (Beat it! Blast it!) designed by Education Composer-in- Residence Thomas Goss to introduce and inspire an interest in music.