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 2021 NZ Ukulele Festival, 12pm – 3pm on Saturday 20th November at The Trusts Arena, Waitakere! (rain date of Sunday 21st November)

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 recordings are 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 recording 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!

2021 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.