About Us

Very Special spirit


The Manukau Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is a community orchestra based in South Auckland. The orchestra presents four varied concerts annually to patrons from across Auckland at the Vodafone Events Centre. Established in 1993 with active support from the Manukau City Council and the Manukau community, the orchestra is 26 years of age this year. We have blossomed from a small 22-piece ensemble to our present-day fully-fledged Symphony, with around 80 musicians on stage at each performance.

Professor Uwe Grodd has been the orchestra’s Music Director since its foundation. Two orchestras – the Howick Orchestra and the Howick-Pakuranga Youth Orchestra – were forerunners to the Manukau Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra provides a unique opportunity for youth and community musicians to work along side and receive mentoring from professional players.

We continually support and provide scholarships to talented youth players as well as frequently commission and premier new works from New Zealand composers, right in the heart of Manukau. We are also proud to support New Zealand soloists and brings in world-class international soloists to the community of South Auckland.

The Manukau Symphony Orchestra thank you for your continued support. We would not be able to provide Auckland with such an incredible cultural resource without the generous support from you: our audience, players, benefactors and sponsors.

We invite you to join us for our live performances at the Vodafone Events Centre in South Auckland. With four concerts a year that range from Brahms to Finzi plus Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and many of your favourites, there is much in our 2019 season that will bring you joy, contemplation, and delight. We look forward to seeing you at our next concert to share with you our ‘very special spirit’ that is at the heart of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.