Kiwileles

The KIWILELES, New Zealand’s phenomenal massed children’s ukulele orchestra, celebrated 10 years in 2016.  Membership has grown to an incredible 2,500 to 3,000 children annually.

You can see them perform at the 2018 NZ Ukulele Festival, 12pm – 3pm on Saturday 17th November at The Trusts Arena, Waitakere!

Most KIWILELES join the programme as beginners. By the end of one year, they can play songs using several chords and a variety of strums. They sing in harmony. Many learn to read tab and play lead melody lines. Some will have written and performed their own songs and raps. They are amazing! The Kiwileles come from participating schools all over New Zealand. When the KIWILELES perform they bring joy and pride to themselves, their schools and their families. It’s an uplifting and empowering experience they will never forget!

The annual performance by the KIWILELES is the culmination of a year’s music programme delivered by the New Zealand Ukulele Trust. The KIWILELES SONGBOOK and rehearsal CD is produced annually and is available to New Zealand schools who have registered for the programme.

The SONGBOOK contains graded songs to suit all abilities. Musical styles are varied, and riffs, chords, words, scales and notes about the music are included. Prepared each year by music educators and professional musicians, KIWILELES’ schools are always eager for the next edition. A rehearsal CD accompanies the book making it easy for any teacher or parent to facilitate learning.

KIWILELES are encouraged to share their music with their families and teach someone else how to play too!

2018 Kiwileles’ Rehearsals 

Registered Kiwilele Schools can bring along their Kiwileles to experience the magic of one of our festival rehearsals! This will be a great experience for the kids and a good way to practice all the songs in a big group before the festival. 

This year we have four rehearsals planned, please register your school group on the links provided below:

Whangarei
Presented by George Karklins
Friday October 19th, 10am – 12pm
Whangarei Central Baptist Church
200 Bank Street, Whangarei
REGISTER HERE

Auckland – Central
Presented by Marian Burns
Friday October 19th, 10am – 12pm
Point Chevalier School
7 Te Ra Rd, Point Chevalier, Auckland
REGISTER HERE

Auckland – South
Presented by Maria Winder
Friday October 26th, 10am – 12pm
East Tamaki School
196 Preston Rd, Otara
REGISTER HERE

Waikato
Presented by Maria Winder, Celia Williamson and members of the NZ Ukulele Squad
Wednesday 31st October, Venue TBC
REGISTER HERE