WELLSO (Summer Orchestra Intensive)

From 16th to 20th January 2019, Rata Studios School of Music is hosting 5 days of orchestral and chamber music workshops. Come and have a Summer holiday with a difference and enjoy playing music with like-minded adults from around New Zealand, here in Wellington.

Based on the principles of our Wellington Late Starters Orchestra (WELLSO),  no audition is required and we welcome players of all abilities. We will most likely have two orchestras , one for grades 1 to 4 levels approx. and one from grade 5 upwards but following the principles of WELLSO we will also be playing some pieces all together as one larger orchestra with music arranged according to levels.

We will be contracting top level NZ professional musicians to come and coach and conduct.

The programme will be based at Scots College in Wellington which has state of the art teaching and rehearsal spaces.

Tea, coffee and lunches are provided.

We hope you can join us for some fantastic music making. It’s a great opportunity to advance your orchestral skills and repertoire in a relaxed and friendly environment.

WELLSO Timetable

Start: Wednesday 16th January 2019
Finish: Sunday 20th January 2019
9.30am- 5.00pm each day.
Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms
Mark Bobb and guest musicians.
Target Market
(incl GST)
$500. Fee includes course tuition and morning tea and lunch each day.
Please note any dietary requirements you may have to assist us with our menu planning:
New enrolments:


About Mark Bobb

A Professional opera singer, jazz singer and violinist, Mark Bobb is also an accomplished teacher of voice, violin and theory.

He is currently living in Wellington, New Zealand, singing with the NBR New Zealand Opera Company. He coaches three choirs and is teaching at Scots College, St Patrick’s Colleges Kilbirnie and Silverstream. Mark also teaches privately.

Mark Bobb

Mark Bobb

Since moving to New Zealand in late 2010, Mark has been singing in the NBR New Zealand Opera Chorus in Wellington. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London obtaining a performance diploma, AGSM (Merit) and teaching diploma. Prior to that he obtained a degree in Performance Arts at Middlesex University, UK. He has sung with Opera North in the UK as well as numerous smaller companies and has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the far east.

Mark teaches classical singing, jazz, musical theatre and performance techniques and has a lot of experience teaching voice for theatre to teenagers and young adults.

Playing music with others is an important part of music education and enjoyment and Mark is always keen to encourage chamber music. He teaches quartets and small string orchestras.

Our Location

Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243