Lynley Ward

Concertmaster & Violin

Member for 12 Years




I've been working in daily news, and a short stint in women's magazines, for 15 years. There was a bit of a gap when I became a stay at home mum for a few decades. In many ways journalism found me. I come from a long line of journalists and I happened to love everything about daily news and print journalism. There's a lot of similarities between performing in concerts and meeting daily deadlines under pressure.


When I was growing up in Palmerston North I played in orchestras alongside first violinist Soren Wislang. We both ended up in Auckland years later with families and whenever we'd cross paths he'd ask me if I wanted to play with this fabulous orchestra he belonged to. It took a few years but I eventually took his advice.

I've always loved playing in orchestras and being in the ASO means I can continue playing great symphonic music even though I chose to follow a different career path. I still get to play to audiences in packed-out concert halls alongside so many talented musicians.

There is always something so special when the orchestra stands at the end of a concert and you look out over a packed audience and know that you have been part of a collective that has somehow connected with every single person present that day. Whether it is playing something that triggers a memory from long ago or inspiring someone to take up an instrument, using the gift of music for our community brings so much pleasure and satisfaction.


I love reality television and watching live sport. I travelled to LA before covid changed our world and went out of my way to visit the restaurants of Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Yes. Seriously.