Nelson School Of Music announces hard hat tours


The public are invited to don on a hard hat for a tour of the Nelson School of Music.

As part of the fundraising for the Nelson School of Music’s earthquake strengthening and rebuild project, the school are running tours, which event organiser Bob Bickerton says will give people a last look at the School prior to the start of construction early in the New Year.

“This is the final chance for a behind the scenes look at the old School of Music as it was built in 1901,” he said. “There are some really interesting and spooky parts of the School to be explored on the tour, which will include back stage, the infamous ‘Harry Potter’ room and a scary encounter inside the organ.”

Hard hat tours are set for Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29, from 12 noon to 4 pm each day, and will start from Rainey House behind the School in Collingwood Street.

Tours are priced at $10 each or $20 for a family and run every half hour on the half hour.

Bob Bickerton

The School has already received $600,000 through public donations and sponsorship. The fundraising campaign was launched in June with an ambitious target of $1.4 million dollars.

Fundraising chair Colleen Marshall said the fundraising committee has been working hard, asking for gifts and giving presentations to groups around the Nelson region.

“We’ve had a very positive response – to have raised 43 percent of our target in just five months, mainly from personal gifting, is a measure of the strong support the School of Music enjoys in our community,” she said.

Design for the School redevelopment is nearing completion and construction is expected to start in February, subject to the outcome of a Lottery Grants Board application.

For hard hat tour tickets, email [email protected] or call 548-9477.