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Chief of CMNZ leaves on high note

Chief of CMNZ leaves on high note

Brian Budd, Chief Executive of Chamber Music New Zealand has resigned after 10 successful years leading one of New Zealand’s arts icons now in its 55th year. CMNZ was born from a group of people passionate about chamber music, intent on presenting the world’s finest chamber music to New Zealand.

2005 has been a positive year of growth for the organisation, with a new Board structure and including new Board members such as well-known and respected business and arts people Brian Stevenson, Nicholas McBryde and Roger Moses.

2005 also marked the opening of CMNZ’s first Auckland office and the appointment of arts management specialist Maryanne Mummery as Development Manager. Maryanne’s role is to help develop new audiences
and revenue for CMNZ, and to run CMNZ’s first ever Auckland office.

Brian has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the organisation. “It’s been a pleasure and real joy to have lead Chamber Music New Zealand, an organisation which I feel very passionate about”, said Brian. “Chamber Music New Zealand represents a musical genre which is very close to my heart. The organisation provides New Zealanders with the world’s best chamber music ensembles, live on their doorstep.”

The Board of CMNZ is currently seeking a replacement for Brian who is leaving to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington.

For more information visit, email or phone 0800 CONCERT (266 2378).

Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges major funding from Creative New Zealand.



Chamber Music New Zealand presents local and international chamber music ensembles throughout New Zealand. Its annual Celebrity Season showcases premier international artists, while the Associate Societies programme focuses on New Zealand performers. The New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, fosters the musical stars of the future.

Brian Budd has been with Chamber Music New Zealand since 1995 and under his management, the organisation has moved forward and retained its position as one of New Zealand’s leading arts organisations and the major presenter of chamber music concerts of international excellence.

An excellent line up of international and New Zealand artists have been secured for the 2006 Celebrity Season and the organisation is currently working on some exciting initiatives for future seasons.

The 2006 Celebrity Season will be launched on 30 September 2005.

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