Rātā Youth Orchestra

In Term 2 2022 we are starting up a brand new venture for Wellington’s young people.
An orchestra to introduce young musicians (under 13 years) to the fun and skills of playing together without having to audition!

The Rātā Youth Orchestra  will be run by top Wellington professional musicians Brenton Veitch and Bruce Roberts and supported by members of our own adult WELLSO Orchestra (Wellington Late Starters Orchestra).

Any orchestral instruments are welcome, String, Brass, Woodwind and of course Percussion.

Age range as follows:

  • Woodwind and Brass aged 8 to 12
  • Strings age 6 to 12

The players should have a knowledge of some of the notes on their instruments already as this will be about coaching in a group to play and won’t be focussing on teaching individuals. Of course we will be helping and supporting all the young players with the best way to play but the players will need to have the basics on their instruments and be able to read music in at least a rudimentary way.

When you enrol we will request information about the student’s knowledge and experience to make sure the music is accessible for them.


Term 3 2022
Start: 30th July
Finish: 17th Sept

Saturdays 1.30-2.30pm


Scots College Music Rooms


Brenton Veitch and Bruce Roberts

Target Market

Children aged 6-12 years old

  • Woodwind and Brass 8 to 12
  • Strings 6 to 12

(incl GST)

$147 for 8 sessions in Term 3




About the Tutors

Brenton Veitch: Cellist

Brenton is Principal Cellist with Orchestra Wellington (formally Vector Wellington Orchestra.)

He was also a former member of The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and a casual player with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Brenton’s musical training includes Schola Musica of the NZSO, Doing a degree in Cello performance at Auckland University with Coral Bognuda and studying with Derek Simpson head of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music London.

Brenton is also an experienced chamber musician and soloist notably performing Bach`s first Cello Suite in an adaption with the Royal NZ Ballet.

In August 2012 Brenton was invited to teach and conduct at a Summer Music School near Guangzhou China.

Brenton is also a Pilates teacher taking warm-up classes for the NZSO.

Brenton is also a keen skier as can be seen in the photo with his youngest son Chris

Bruce Roberts: Conductor and Brass Teacher

Bruce is currently teaching brass to Primary School students in Wellington and Masterton. He has performed with every professional Orchestra in New Zealand and has also conducted Primary School Orchestras in Christchurch.

Bruce has been Head of Brass at Canterbury University and the Christchurch of Music. He was also conductor of the Christchurch School of Music Concert Band.

Bruce enjoys working with children and looks forward to the establishment of the Rātā Studios Youth Orchestra.

Our Location

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