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25 Jun 2018
Southland The Big Sing Awards 2018 Commended Dunstanza (Dunstan High School) Harmonia (James Hargest) Momentum (Southland Boys’ High School) Sanguine (Southland Girls’ High School) Highly...
25 Jun 2018
By Karoline Tuckey Hundreds of young voices joined in a day of harmony, rhythm and expression at the regional The Big Sing for secondary schools. The annual day pits Manawatū-Whanganui secondary...
20 Jun 2018
Another NZCF THE BIG SING is over for the Auckland region. With Michael Stewart from Wellington as our main Adjudicator, we heard 71 choirs over three days covering a wonderful range of styles....
20 Jun 2018
A wonderful night was had on Friday 8th June with the combined The Big Sing and The Kids Sing. Six The Kids Sing choirs and three The Big Sing choirs performed and the evening was adjudicated by Judy...
19 Jun 2018
Fountain Valley High School from Orange County, California will be touring NZ with three vocal ensembles – the BaronTones, Troubadours and Le Petit Neuf. Conducted by Kevin Tison, these vocal...
16 Jun 2018
Here are the results from the regional The Big Sing competition for Waikato & Bay of Plenty, with thanks to Elizabeth Murray. Commended Voci Celesti (Aquinas College) Per Christe Canimus (St John’s...
16 Jun 2018
With Regional competitions nearly wrapped and the finale soon to happen, we wanted to remind you of changes that were made to The Big Sing in 2017. This is important information so please make sure...
14 Jun 2018
The choirs selected for this year’s The Big Sing Finale will be announced at 3.00pm on Monday 25 June 2018 on our NZCF website, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages. The Finale will be held...
10 Jun 2018
We had a wonderful night on Friday 8th June with the combined The Big Sing and The Kids Sing. Six Kids Sing choirs and three Big Sing choirs performed and the evening was adjudicated by Judy...
29 May 2018
Throughout the Wellington region, secondary school choirs are currently working away feverishly preparing for their big moment in their choral calendar. That big moment is The Big Sing Wellington...
29 May 2018
Tour Time would like to wish all the choirs entering The Big Sing festival the best of luck for their upcoming performances. We know how much hard work goes into preparing your programme – from the...
24 May 2018
The Big Sing is being held this year on Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 June in the Auckland Town Hall Timetable of choirs performing here The public are welcome to attend daytime sessions as listed on this...
23 May 2018
The NZCF/SOUNZ Choral Composition Competition, introduced by NZCF to mark the third millennium, with a trophy presented by NZCF Auckland Region, is run in conjunction with The Big Sing National Finale...
23 May 2018
The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) is supporting The Big Sing (TBS) over the next three years in recognition of the ways in which TBS festivals offer development opportunities to student singers,...
01 May 2018
ACD Membership is granted to all with an interest in choral conducting upon payment of the annual subscription or, automatically, to those conductors taking part in The Big Sing or The Kids Sing this...
02 Apr 2018
This year the adjudicators for The Big Sing regional festivals will be Judy Bellingham (Central Area), Mark Dorrell (Southern Area),  Michael Stewart (Auckland) and John Rosser (Waikato/Bay of...
27 Mar 2018
The Big Sing regional festivals start next month. With around 10,000 secondary school students taking part, it is New Zealand’s largest musical competition. The goals of The Big Sing are: • to...
06 Mar 2018
The Big Sing Regionals are just around the corner and we know that choirs outside of the Wellington region who are hopeful of gaining a place in the Finale, might already be thinking about their...
20 Feb 2018
Thinking of touring with your choir? Singers choose Choirs. Choirs choose Tour Time. We believe life is about taking every chance you get, because some things only happen once. Tour Time are...
17 Feb 2018
Registration for The Big Sing TBS) 2018 is now open as are entries for the NZCF/SOUNZ choral competition. TBS is a dynamic, national group-singing competition for secondary school students. The Big...
17 Nov 2017
This year’s Big Sing (TBS) continued to hit new numerical heights, with 273 choirs from 160 schools taking part in the country’s ten regional festivals. Twenty-four choirs were then selected to...
01 Nov 2017
Please note that Fine Tuning is now fully subscribed for East Coast, Manawatu/Whanganui and Wellington regions. There is one spot left in Taranaki. However, schools are still welcome to apply as...
03 Oct 2017
At the recent The Big Sing Finale Gala Concert held in the Aotea Centre, Auckland, St Cuthbert’s College choir Saints Alive, were thrilled to win the Tour Time award for best performance of a...
05 Sep 2017
Check out all the action from The Big Sing Finale held in Auckland this year from 24 to 26 August. Enjoy superb singing from 24 of New Zealand’s finest secondary school choirs on our The Big Sing...
27 Aug 2017
NZCF wishes to acknowledge a few of the people who have made this year’s Big Sing Finale so successful. We would like to begin by expressing to the singers, conductors and accompanists our heartfelt...
27 Aug 2017
Here are The Big Sing Finale 2017 Awards, presented to the choirs after a glittering Gala Concert in the Aotea Centre, Auckland on Saturday 26 August. Congratulations to all! See our The Big Sing...
24 Aug 2017
RONDOFILE is an Australian owned company started by two Sydney “music mums”.  Rondofile 20 and Rondofile 30 display folders first appeared on the market in February 2014. The rationale behind...
30 Jun 2017
We have just enjoyed The Big Sing regional festivals with a record 10,500 students from 270 choirs (160 schools) taking part. Congratulations to all concerned and many thanks to our regional...
28 Jun 2017
Last week – 18-24 June – was National Volunteer Week, and the backbone of NZCF really is its large volunteer force. So we’d like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our hundreds of...
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...
11 May 2017
The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) is supporting The Big Sing (TBS) over the next three years in recognition of the ways in which TBS festivals offer development opportunities to young student...
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...
Future Finales
The following are the provisional dates for The Big Sing Finale (subject to change): 2019 Dunedin 29-31 August (confirmed) 2020 Christchurch dates to be advised 2021 Auckland 26-28 August  
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