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06 Sep 2019
As the dust settles on another highly successful Big Sing Finale, we’re keen to acknowledge the huge amount of effort on the part of everyone who contributed to its success. From our National Big...
06 Sep 2019
The Big Sing got even bigger this year with the addition of three highly successful Cadenza festivals in the South Island (Timaru), Lower North Island (Whanganui) and Upper North Island (Rotorua). A...
23 Aug 2019
**WATCH THE LIVE STREAM HERE** Around 830 singers with their choir directors and supervisors will converge on Dunedin 29-31 August when the 24 secondary school choirs selected from The Big Sing (TBS)...
22 Aug 2019
Thirteen secondary school choirs selected from The Big Sing Regional competitions in Auckland and Waikato/Bay of Plenty took to the stage to compete in the inaugural Big Sing Cadenza in Rotorua on...
20 Aug 2019
Twelve Secondary School choirs selected from The Big Sing Regional competitions in  Wellington, East Coast, Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki took to the stage to compete in the inaugural Big Sing...
18 Aug 2019
Ten secondary school choirs selected from The Big Sing Regional competitions in Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury/West Coast, Otago/South Canterbury and Southland took to the stage to compete in the...
01 Aug 2019
Over 1800 young singers are excitedly preparing for The Big Sing Cadenza and Finale festivals coming up this month in Timaru, Whanganui, Rotorua and Dunedin. 36 secondary school choirs were selected...
01 Aug 2019
We’re very excited to announce that Hilary Barry will be the compère for the Gala Concert at this year’s The Big Sing Finale in Dunedin. Hilary was a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir from...
04 Jul 2019
We’re enormously grateful to our national sponsors, Tour Time, for their ongoing, generous support of The Big Sing, both at regional level, at Finale, and now this year at our three Cadenza...
03 Jul 2019
A big shout-out to all the choirs who entered the Ministry of Youth Development’s ‘Spirit of the Festival’ Youth Ambassadors Award this year. As always, our regional committees anguished over...
03 Jul 2019
We’re pleased to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2019 Cadenza and Finale festivals: Christie Anderson: Cadenza Timaru & Cadenza Whanganui Tim Sharp: Cadenza Rotorua & Finale Madeleine...
03 Jul 2019
Palmerston North Girls’ High School Cantatrices scooped Supreme Award at Manawatu-Whanganui TBS on Thursday 13 June and also received the Judith & Guy Donaldson award for the best performance of a...
28 Jun 2019
Another successful TBS 2019 event! Check out the Awards List 2019 Photos: St Bede’s MYD Choir shining their shoes before performing & Gala in ChCh Town Hall ...
26 Jun 2019
What an amazing time we have all had! Well done to all the fabulous choirs who participated to make the event such a great success. Click the links below to see the results: TBS 2019 Akld Regional...
07 Jun 2019
940 singers from 25 secondary school choirs will be coming to the Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North for the Manawatu-Whanganui ‘The Big Sing’ Regional Festival on Thursday 13 June. Districts &...
07 Jun 2019
The Big Sing regionals are well underway, with Hawkes Bay leading the way on 29 & 30 May and Christchurch choirs singing their hearts out as we ‘go to print’.  Further festivals are scheduled for...
31 May 2019
Pass by any Wellington high school in the coming weeks and you may well hear the sound of glorious choral music echoing through the air. The reason behind that is The Big Sing Wellington Regionals –...
31 May 2019
Download the timetable for the daytime sessions as of the end of April. There may be minor changes which will be shown in updates. Entry cost is $2 pp for these sessions, paid at the door. Please note...
13 May 2019
The SOUNZ-NZCF Composition Competition is a great opportunity for budding composers to explore their creative skills in choral music and get valuable feedback from an award-winning NZ...
04 May 2019
The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) is supporting The Big Sing (TBS) for the third consecutive year, in recognition of the ways in which TBS festivals offer development opportunities to student...
29 Apr 2019
Here are the dates and venues of The Big Sing 2019 regional festivals. For any enquiries about your local event, please contact your Regional TBS Coordinator. NORTHERN AREA Auckland Auckland...
28 Apr 2019
We’re pleased to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2019 regional festivals: Andrew Withington: Auckland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty David Burchell: Wellington, Taranaki, Nelson-Marlborough Jono...
04 Apr 2019
Cadenza, the ‘next best thing to The Big Sing Finale’ will be launched this August in Rotorua (please note the change in dates!), Whanganui and Timaru. Cadenza enables 36 competing choirs from...
18 Feb 2019
Registration for The Big Sing (TBS) 2019 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...
08 Feb 2019
Plans are shaping up for three Cadenza festivals around the country this August. Cadenza is the ‘next best thing to The Big Sing Finale’ enabling 36 competing choirs from across New Zealand to...
04 Feb 2019
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge” (Albert Einstein) For nearly three decades Timaru and indeed the rest of New Zealand have had the...
19 Dec 2018
In May 2019, the NZCF Association of Choral Directors is running in-school choral workshops in the Invercargill, Dunedin and Timaru regions prior to The Big Sing (TBS) festivals. ACD Advisor Dr...
07 Dec 2018
In our February issue of eBreve we will outline plans for Cadenza, our new initiative for The Big Sing choirs, which we’re intending to launch in August 2019, in three regional centres. Planning is...
06 Nov 2018
You can now see all videos from The Big Sing National Finale 2018 here. This includes the Opening Ceremony, Gala Concert and NZSSC Concert. Happy watching! ...
01 Nov 2018
A fabulous opportunity for 18-28 year olds, the Asia-Pacific Youth Choir (APYC) will take place in Hong Kong from 20-25 July 2019. NZ was one of the original members of the Asia Pacific Choral...
27 Oct 2018
TBS REGIONAL DATES AND VENUES 2019 Registration opens February 18 and closes March 18, 2019. Late closing April 5, 2019, late entry fee $80. Late payment fee $100 after May 9. SOUNZ Composition...
13 Oct 2018
Have you visited our YouTube page lately?! If so, you will see that the videos of each choir are being gradually uploaded. At the moment there are three sessions available with more coming soon. You...
03 Sep 2018
The Big Sing 2018 National Finale Awards Here is the full list of awards presented at the Gala Concert, at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday 1st September. Congratulations to all who took...
21 Aug 2018
Here is the session information for the Finale! THE BIG SING 2018 FINALE RECITAL ORDER THURSDAY 30 AUG Session 1: 2-3:30pm S1.1 R – Burnside HS Senior Chorale Burnside High School S1.2 E –...
24 Jul 2018
DAVID CHILDS David is a full-time freelance composer of music, conductor, educator, and owner of River Avon productions (www.davidchilds.com). In addition to a busy composing and presentation...
18 Jul 2018
It’s that time of year again! The largest annual event of the New Zealand Choral Federation calendar is upon us from August 30 to September 1 – The Big Sing National Finale 2018! Watch the...
08 Jul 2018
NZCF is pleased to announce the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) ‘Spirit of the Festival’ Youth Ambassador Awards for 2018.  The awards are given in recognition of the ways in which TBS...
06 Jul 2018
The Big Sing Wellington Regionals 2018 proved to be a huge success, with two spectacular days of choral music that was enjoyed by all. This year a near record 40 choirs entered, with 1500+ students...
04 Jul 2018
NEWSFLASH: Tickets are now on sale for The Big Sing Finale Gala Concert on Saturday 1 September at 6.30pm from Ticketmaster. Tickets are $30 for Adults, and $20 for Students and Children. The New...
28 Jun 2018
A snowy day meant that Dunstan High School was unable to attend but we were glad they could travel to Invercargill two weeks later and take part in their festival. The folks from Timaru and Oamaru...
25 Jun 2018
The Canterbury/West Coast Regional competition was held on Thursday 7 & Friday 8 June 2018 in the lovely new auditorium at The Piano, Centre for Music and the Arts, while the evening Gala Concerts...
25 Jun 2018
Here are the results from the regional The Big Sing held recently in East Coast, with thanks to coordinator Glen Kempshall: Adjudicator’s Award: Future Prospects (Havelock North High School) Best...
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
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 school choirs,...
20 Jun 2018
The Big Sing is once again 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. Warmest...
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...
Future Finales
The following are the provisional dates for The Big Sing Finale (subject to change): 2020 Christchurch (Thurs 27-Sat 29 August in the Christchurch Town Hall, TBC); 2021 Auckland (26-28 August)  
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