The North Shore Stringalongs is a group formed in 2013 aimed at giving young string players an opportunity to play in a string orchestra at a early age. The group will be made up of all string instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass) and will meet at 4.00pm – 4.45pm on a Wednesday afternoon at St Peters Church, Takapuna.

Young players (aged 5 and up), with approximately 6 months of lessons under their belt, are invited to become part of this exciting group by clicking on the Application Form. Once we have your details its as easy as coming along to the first rehearsal at the beginning of the year, and seeing how it goes from there! This will be a non-auditioned group.

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The cost for the Stringalongs will be $200 for the whole year. That’s $50 a term, and works out to $5 per week. Payment can be made per term or for the whole year. Those members who are also in the Junior Orchestra will only pay $250 in total for both groups.

The focus of these sessions will be on basic string technique, intonation and tuning, orchestral technique (ie playing together in a section), sightreading, and other primary needs of a young string player.

The group will perform at least 3 times each year, at our main combined concert in June in the Bruce Mason Centre along with two other community concerts.


The Stringalongs will be conducted by David McNeill, a local musician and teacher who’s children have also been through the Junior Orchestra and Youth Orchestra in recent years.

If you have any further questions about this exciting group, please email