Win tickets to the Church Tour 2016

Whether you’re religious or not, churches are often very pleasing spaces, and well suited for musical performance.

Now in its eighth incarnation, The Church Tour has become something of an institution as each year a different set of talented Kiwi musicians and songwriters perform acoustic sets in a selection of houses of worship up and down New Zealand.

The Church Tour lineup for 2016
The Church Tour lineup for 2016 (image supplied)

This year the combined powers, voices and songs of Sharon O’Neill, Shona Laing, Debbie Harwood and Hammond Gamble will fill our churches with the sounds of new material and Kiwi classics as you’ve never heard them before.

There will be two Christchurch shows this tour, the first in St Michaels & All Angels on Friday 30 September and a second concert at the Transitional Cathedral on Saturday 1 October. In either venue it looks to be a great night out for music lovers.

Tickets are on sale from and

Transitional Cathedral on Madras Street
Transitional Cathedral on Madras Street, Flickr File Reference: 2014-01-03-IMG_1455

One double pass up for grabs

We have one double pass to give away to the first Church Tour date here in Christchurch on Friday 30 September at St Michael’s & All Angels. Just email subject line “The Church Tour” and tell us your name and your favourite song by Sharon O’Neill, Shona Laing, Debbie Harwood or Hammond Gamble. Entries close Wednesday 21 September at 6pm.

Terms and conditions

  • A winner will be selected by random draw.
  • If you are a winner, you consent to your name and photograph being used for reasonable publicity purposes by Christchurch City Libraries.
  • Staff of Christchurch City Libraries and their immediate families are not able to enter.
  • The competition ends on Wednesday 21 September at 6pm.
  • We will notify the winner by telephone and/or email on Friday 23 September.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Prizes are as stated and are not transferable.

Music by The Church Tour line-up

It all kicks off in the Cathedral – WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

Cover of Cardboard CathedralWORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival starts this evening (Wednesday 27 August) with a talk about a book about the Cardboard Cathedral starring architect Shigeru Ban and the book’s author Dr Andrew Barrie. In the Cathedral, about the Cathedral, and by the person who designed it – that’s a meta start to the Festival.

It is also symbolic of the Festival itself. As Philip Matthews says in his excellent article in today’s Press:

That is a natural place to start for a festival that has its own story to tell about recovery, rebirth and the support of the Christchurch community for local forms of expression.

I am keen to go tonight, having watched its progress – from a twinkle in Shigeru Ban’s eye, to a fascinating cardboard roll structure, to its current status as a  popular event venue as well as a cathedral. This will be the first event I’ve attended in it.

This Festival is full of literature, challenge, poetry, music, comics, ideas, and also that powerful Christchurch connection.

Christchurch City Libraries will have bloggers going to sessions and reporting back. We have 39 quick interviews with festival guests online – and they’ve got lots of ideas and words that’ll get you in the WORD mood. See you there!

Cardboard Cathedral
Cardboard Cathedral site. Friday 5 October 2012. Flickr: CCL-2012-10-IMG_8165

Cardboard Cathedral, Latimer Square
Thursday 21 February 2013. Flickr: CCL-2013 -02-21-IMG_3874

Transitional Cathedral on Madras Street
Friday 3 January 2014. Flickr: 2014-01-03-IMG_1449