Victoria at the Club: For love or money: The perils and rewards of managing a performing arts company in Aotearoa

Victoria at the Club with Emeritus Professor Peter Walls

Performing arts companies are, by and large, not-for-profit entities. They operate as businesses with no margins. Drawing on some of the white-knuckle moments in his years as an arts manager, Peter Walls will provide observations relevant to the current review of the Charities Act about sustaining the arts in New Zealand. He will also offer a personal perspective on the value of a strong arts culture for education, societal well-being and cultural diplomacy. His experience – like that of others in the industry – is one in which the exhilaration of moments like hearing the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in the world’s greatest symphonic venues makes it all worthwhile.

Emeritus Professor Peter Walls was chief executive of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2011. After a brief, but unsuccessful, attempt at retirement, he took up the position of chief executive at Chamber Music New Zealand in 2015. He retired at the end of January and is focusing once again on research and performance. Prior to his role at the NZSO, he was Professor of Music at Victoria University, was made an Emeritus Professor at Victoria in 2006 and received an ONZM for his services to music in 2012. Walls is also a Wellington Club member.


Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
Dress: Business Casual


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