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Christchurch Strikes the Right Chord for Musician

It was a big decision making the move from Auckland to Christchurch for Emma and her family but Christchurch ‘ticked all the boxes’ and now she just wishes she’d done it sooner.

Originally from Timaru, Emma made the move to Christchurch with her wife and one year old daughter in late 2019 after she secured a role with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO). It just so happens that everything else fell into place once they’d made the move.

A modern family home with plenty of space to grow, a welcoming community and a career opportunity for her wife all followed in close succession.

Despite living in Auckland for eleven years, I’d always seen myself as a South Islander and ultimately bringing up children here. When I hit my mid-30s I began to think about what I really wanted in life and Christchurch was the perfect fit,"

Emma Eden - Principal Horn CSO

“Despite living in Auckland for eleven years, I’d always seen myself as a South Islander and ultimately bringing up children here. When I hit my mid-30s I began to think about what I really wanted in life and Christchurch was the perfect fit,” Eden said.

A talented and experienced musician, Emma was incredibly grateful to have won the hotly contested role as Principal Horn in the CSO.

“I love playing for the CSO, they are an amazing orchestra. We’re lucky enough to practice and perform at the Christchurch Town Hall which has some of the best facilities in New Zealand. The CSO’s whole philosophy and community engagement programme is all about making music as accessible to as many people as possible, which aligns with my values as a musician.”

The CSO programme of ticketed events includes something for everyone including Jurassic Park, Ōtautahi Proud, Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash and Tūmahana: Exchange – a performance in Te Reo Māori and English.

Alongside the orchestral concerts the CSO’s amazing community engagement programme visits libraries, rest homes, schools and corrections facilities across the region.

“No matter who you are or where you are, music can make life better. Making music easily accessible and fun is the first step to helping people discover this.”

It’s this combination of career fulfilment, home affordability, lifestyle, community and arts and culture scene that make Emma wish she’d moved to Christchurch earlier.

Her message to anyone considering Christchurch as their new home is simple – ‘Hurry up and get here! the people are friendly, the city is buzzing, there’s loads of free and fun activities to explore, it’s an amazing place to live.”