WELLSO Winter Weekend 2024

Come and enjoy a weekend of Orchestral and Chamber music making with like-minded adults. The Summer and Winter programmes have been running for 5 years now and have been enjoyed by adult players of all levels from all over New Zealand and Australia.

 The weekend will be a combination of sessions all together to enjoy some orchestral classics, chamber music groups plus sectionals and workshops to develop skills.

In the orchestra we play a combination of popular classical music arranged for different levels to be able to play together. Chamber groups are arranged according to your levels.

Mark Bobb is the musical director and conductor of WELLSO (Wellington Late Starters Orchestra) which now has 50 regular members on Saturday mornings.  As well as WELLSO he conducts 4 choirs and various chamber groups around Wellington. He teaches in 2 Wellington Colleges, sings with a number of opera companies and vocal groups and has directed music ensembles for more than 15 years.

The workshops will take place on  Friday 19th, Saturday 20th July and Sunday 21st July

Throughout the weekend we will be welcoming professional musicians to help with sectionals and assisting with the conducting. Coaches we have used have been from NZSO, Orchestra Wellington and NZ String Quartet.

Music will be mailed out two weeks before the weekend to give you time to practice. The emphasis is on enjoying playing the music as much as getting it perfect (although we do aim for it)! 


WELLSO Workshop Timetable


Start: Friday 19th July
Finish: Sunday 21st  July

Friday: 7-8.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am- 5.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am-3.00pm


Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms


Mark Bobb and guest musicians.

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(incl GST)

$320 includes morning teas,  lunches and afternoon tea. 



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, Kilbirnie, St. Mary’s College, Hutt Valley High School, Encore School of Music. 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.

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Wellington 6022
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Wellington 6243
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