Musica Viva Manawatū

‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.’ Plato

Join us for our live performances each month in the Evelyn Rawlins Room at Square Edge. Enjoy the sounds of many eras and styles performed by local pianists, instrumentalists, and singers. All are welcome.

In addition, Musica Viva offers a Young Performers’ Scholarship competition for local musicians under 25 years. Prizes are offered in Piano, Instrumental and Vocal categories. Participants perform in our May–September concerts, with the preliminary competition taking place on Sat 26 September. Applications to participate in the YPS programme are due in March. Contact Guy Donaldson for details by clicking the "email our club" button.

How to Join

All are welcome - come to our next concert to enjoy some live music and find out about Musica Viva. Our current membership includes 35 members, 12 family memberships and 12 life members. If you play an instrument or sing and are interested in being a performing member, contact our secretary (details below), or chat with a committee member at our next concert.

Membership Fees

Subscribe for the year: $25; Double $40; Family $60, or $5 door sales (cash) at each concert. Subscription and door charges contribute towards the cost of running our Society - we make no payments to officers or members. We also receive income from the hireage of our piano, which contributes to the maintenance costs of the instrument; and holdings which support the Piano Replacement Fund and the Young Performers' Scholarship.

When and where we meet

Our live performances are in the Evelyn Rawlins Room at Square Edge. Each concert starts at 7.30pm. Remaining 2021 concerts are:

Mon 10 May
Celebrating NZ Music, convened by Christine Archer-Lockwood

Mon 14 Jun
Summer, convened by Graham Doull

Mon 5 Jul
Chameleon Melodies, convened by Roy Tankersley

Mon 9 Aug
Home, convened by Ruth Trethewey

Mon 13 Sep
Anything Goes (and AGM), convened by Gaye Carrington-Smith

Sun 11 Oct, 2pm
YPS Showcase at the Globe Theatre, convened by Guy Donaldson

Mon 8 Nov
Here and There, convened by Joe Pape

Mon 5 Dec
The Feast, convened by Virginia Warbrick

Come and enjoy some local live music – we’d love to see you.

Contact Details

Guy Donaldson




47 The Square, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand