Formerly the Nelson School of Music, the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts is the natural home of the Festival and following extensive strengthening and redevelopment will be the principal venue of the Festival in 2019.

Comfortable seats, silent air-conditioning and most importantly world class acoustics for chamber music are what makes the Nelson School of Music auditorium one of the best in the Southern hemisphere for chamber music concerts.

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Nelson Cathedral

Nelson Cathedral

Nelson Cathedral has a beautifully expansive acoustic for chamber music and it is where we stage our Cathedral by Candlelight concerts.

The Premium and Standard seating section in the Cathedral have good sight lines as well as excellent acoustics. However, seats in the aisles have restricted views because of pillars and these seats are sold as general admission at much reduced prices.

We use the Cathedral with the kind permission of the Dean.

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Lake Rotoiti Chapel

Set in the wondrous Nelson Lakes National Park, the Lake Rotoiti Chapel at St Arnaud offers a delightful venue to present this year's first Up Close event.

The backdrop for the stage is a large picture window offering stunning views over the mountains and through the bush.

Always a favourite with our Festival Pass holders.


Waimea West

Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church

This delightful historic church at Waimea West is the choice for the second Up Close event. Built in 1855 the church offers a good acoustic and a wonderfully intimate concert experience.




Click on the map icon to download a printable map of central Nelson that shows all the venues.