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26 Jun 2017
Congratulations to the 24 choirs (and the reserve choirs) that have been invited to attend The Big Sing Finale 2017, to be held this year in the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland from Thursday 24...
30 May 2017
Tour Time are looking forward to attending The Big Sing regionals in the upcoming weeks and have been pleased to be involved in the Fine Tuning Workshops that have been held with choirs throughout the...
30 May 2017
Choristers from 17 East Coast secondary schools have been perfecting their vocals for The Big Sing which kicks off on Wednesday 31 May. The two-day event involves 34 choirs from Gisborne through to...
24 May 2017
The adjudicators for The Big Sing Finale to be held in Auckland this year are Jonathan Grieves-Smith (Melbourne), Rachael Griffiths-Hughes (Hamilton) and Anthony Ritchie (Dunedin). Find out more...
11 May 2017
NZCF is delighted to announce a partnership with the Ministry of Youth Development and a new award for The Big Sing, the NZCF/Ministry of Youth Deveopment ‘Spirit of the Festival’ Regional...
10 May 2017
The NZCF/SOUNZ Composition Competition closing date has just been extended to 30 May 2017. This competition is a great opportunity for budding composers to explore their creative skills in choral...
27 Apr 2017
The Big Sing regional festivals have begun the first festival held recently in Napier. Check out the dates and times below and support New Zealand’s (arguably) most successful music...
01 Sep 2016
Another Big Sing Finale is over, and 900-plus singers from 24 choirs, along with their directors and supporters have returned to their home towns. The three days’ event, beginning on Thursday 25th...
31 Aug 2016
As a family business that was started by my parents 25 years ago in Palmerston North, Tour Time is are very proud to be able to give back to New Zealand’s youth by being the National Sponsor of The...
31 Aug 2016
NZCF has enjoyed unprecedented success with digital media at The Big Sing Finale this year. The live-streaming of the event attracted over 96,000 visits over the three days and Facebook also peaked at...
30 Aug 2016
For those people who can’t wait for this information to come out :))),  The Big Sing Finale will next be held in Auckland from 24 to 26 August 2017 and then in Wellington in 2018. See you there! ...
28 Aug 2016
The Big Sing Finale is over for another year. A fantastic three days and a thrilling Gala Concert last night. You’ll find the awards list here.  Congratulations to everyone! Here’s more...
26 Aug 2016
Voci Celesti, the thirty-three strong Aquinas College Mixed voice choir, recently attended the World Projects South Pacific Australian International Music Festival, in Sydney, from 3 – 10 July. The...
24 Aug 2016
Another of the team of three adjudicators, Peter Watts, shares some thoughts on the next few exciting days. Peter says, “The Big Sing is one of the most important dates in the NZ choral calendar....
24 Aug 2016
Debra Shearer-Dirie arrives to adjudicate from Brisbane, on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. While looking forward to her role she’s not so keen on the change in the weather, saying, “The Big Sing...
22 Aug 2016
Leading up to the Finale keep up to date and connected. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram #tbsfinale 2016, Snapchat or Twitter! Just search nzcfthebigsing and you will find us. ♬♫♬♫ ...
21 Aug 2016
The Finale adjudicators this year will be Debra Shearer-Dirie (Brisbane), Michael Leighton Jones (Melbourne), Peter Watts (Auckland) and Kelly-Ann Tahitahi (Dunedin), (photographed left). Find out...
20 Aug 2016
The beautiful Dunedin Town Hall will very much be “home” for the 900 + singers and their many supporters for The Big Sing Finale.  In New Zealand terms it’s a respectably old building with a...
19 Aug 2016
Have you met our TBS Regional Team? The non-stop hard-working crew snapped here are, from left, Rosemary Tarbotton, Deputy Finale Coordinator, Rhys Thorn, Committee member, John Buchanan, Treasurer...
14 Jul 2016
Megan Younger, in Year 13 at Nelson College for Girls, is this year’s winner of the prestigious Soundz Choral Composition award, with Dover Beach. Megan, a school Arts Captain, says that attending...
01 Jul 2016
General comments by the adjudicator, Leonie Holmes I was hugely impressed with the quality of all the scores entered for this SOUNZ Choral Composition Award. The variety in musical style was great to...
26 Jun 2016
Mark your calendars for the announcement of the choirs invited for The Big Sing Finale on our website at 3.00pm on 1 July 2016. This year the Finale will be held in the Dunedin Town Hall, from...
23 Jun 2016
The Big Sing – Auckland 2016 Anyone passing by the Auckland Town Hall between 6.30 and 7.00pm on Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th June, would possibly have thought a huge party was...
12 Jun 2016
The Big Sing 2016 gets underway in Napier.  Read more here. ...
03 Jun 2016
RNZ Concert’s arts magazine programme, Upbeat, (FM 92.5khz), will feature an interview with The Big Sing Regional Adjudicator, Rachael Griffiths on Monday June 13 at 1.00pm. ...
23 May 2016
“The Big Sing” will be taking place in the Auckland Town Hall 14 – 16 June 2016. Please click here for the Auckland Big SIng 2016 timetable. Although the sessions will begin at the given...
22 May 2016
This year’s NZ Choral Federation’s Regional Festivals, The Big Sing 2016, are about to start. In some ways they are even more interesting than the National Finale held each August, since they...
24 Mar 2016
This year NZCF Association of Choral Directors is running intensive workshops, led by two highly-experienced choral professionals, prior to the regional The Big Sing (TBS) festivals. These dynamic and...
01 Feb 2016
      Here are the dates and venues for The Big Sing regional festivals in 2017 The Big Sing Finale will be held at Auckland’s ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 August...
Finale 2018 Archives
2016 Festivals Download the list of regional festival dates, venues and coordinators 2016 Download Wellington regional awards here Download Auckland Special Awards here Download Auckland Certificates here Download the Waikato awards here Download the Manawatu/Whanganui award here Download the Canterbury/West Coast awards here
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