Musica Viva Manawatu, located in Palmerston North, is a music group for people who enjoy live performances and whose preference is for music of an enduring quality.

Each month from March to December we hold a concert with performers drawn from our membership. Concerts can include occasional guests. Each concert is usually held on the second Monday of each month in the Evelyn Rawlins Room, first floor, Square Edge at 7.30.

Come and enjoy the musical sounds of many eras and styles performed by local pianists, instrumentalists, singers, soloists and ensembles.

We warmly welcome New Members, performers and listeners alike.

Programme & Convenors 2024

The following are the concert dates and Convenors for the 2024 year. Also download our 2022 Flyer (PDF).

March  14 Theme: "Majors & Minors"
Ruth Trethewey
April 8 Theme: "Rise & Fall"
Helen Atkinson
May 13 Theme: "Celebrating New Zealand Music"
Christine Archer Lockwood
June 10 Theme: "Dance"
Pauline Rowe
July 1 Theme: "The Weather"
Diana Neild
August 12 Theme: "Performer's Choice"
Dianne Dellow
September 9 AGM and Concert
Theme: "Performer's Choice"
Guy Donaldson
October 12
(Saturday All Day)
YPS Competition
Liz Locke
October 14 YPS Showcase & Prizegiving
Liz Locke
November 11 Theme: "All Creatures Great and Small"
Roy Tankersley
December 9 Theme: "Celebrations"
Mavis Fisher

All concerts begin at 7.30 in the Evelyn Rawlins Room, Square Edge, except the YPS Competition Day.

Please contact the relevant Convenor if you wish to offer a performance.

Further details in our 2022 Flyer (PDF)

Young Performer’s Scholarship 2024

The Musica Viva Young Performer’s Scholarship is a performance competition for local musicians under the age of 25.
Prizes are offered in the categories of Piano, Instrumental, and Vocal.

Each candidate performs an item at one monthly concert from April to September.
The 2024 Competition Day is Saturday October 12 and the Showcase & Prizegiving is to be held on Monday October 14.

Here are the results for Past Young Performer’s Scholarship.

Here are the photos for 2023 Young Performer’s Scholarship Prizewinners.