BOP Symphonia is the only community orchestra covering the whole of the Bay of Plenty.There has been an orchestral society in Tauranga since the 1940s, but after its fortunes waxed and waned, a group of musicians who had been meeting as a night class group decided to resurrect a community orchestra in the region.The Tauranga Concert Orchestra Society was duly formed and incorporated in 1975.Thirty years later, in 2005, the orchestra was attracting players from further afield than Tauranga, and it was decided to rename it as Bay of Plenty Symphonia.The Symphonia is now a well established part of the musical scene in the Bay of Plenty, meeting to rehearse most weeks and performing four concert programmes annually.Each year we aim to perform two programmes of classical music, one lighter programme with wider audience appeal, and one focussed particularly on youth music and musical education.

Our players are unpaid amateur musicians from Tauranga and other parts of the Bay who enjoy making music together and, under our current Music Director, Justus Rozemond, have enthusiastically embraced some unusual and challenging music as well as many popular classics of the orchestral repertoire. We have a policy of bringing top quality soloists in to perform with us, allowing our audience to hear excellent performers close to home at an affordable price, and our members to benefit from the interaction with such high calibre musicians.

All the administrative and organisational activities associated with running the orchestra and concert performances are carried out by our members with help from a number of volunteers.It’s a real team effort! We have a loyal support arm, the Friends of Bay of Plenty Symphonia, who benefit from preferential concert ticket prices among other benefits.

Bay of Plenty Symphonia is proud of the successful evolution and development of our community orchestra into one of Tauranga’s most popular cultural assets.

Are you interested in playing with us?We are always pleased to hear from good musicians who would like to join our team.Our rehearsals generally take place on Thursday evenings at the Historic VillageHall, 17 th Avenue, Tauranga.

Are you interested in coming to a concert or becoming a Friend?

See our website or email for future concert programmes and other information.