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Details of 2019 Cadenza sessions are below:

Timaru Friday 16 & Saturday 17 August Craighead School/Theatre Royal (gala)

Local Coordinator: Lucy Dillon


Whanganui Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 August War Memorial Centre/Opera House (gala)

Local Coordinator: Edwyna McDonald


Rotorua Sunday 25 & Monday 26 August Bay Trust Forum in the Energy Events Centre

Local Coordinators: Elizabeth Pilaar & Ann-Elise Miles


Cadenza is the ‘next best thing to The Big Sing Finale’ enabling 36 competing choirs from across New Zealand to experience the buzz of a Finale-style event, with the added dimension of massed workshops with an international choral conductor who will also perform the role of adjudicator. These two-day events will culminate in a public gala concert allowing all the choirs to showcase an item from their Cadenza repertoire and to sing together music rehearsed with our international guest.

The Cadenza festivals will take place in three centres – one in the South Island, one in the lower North Island and one in the Upper North Island – with 12 choirs attending each. Choirs attending Cadenza will be the next 12 choirs from their region ranked immediately below those selected for Finale, and will be limited to one choir per school.

The timetable in each region is as follows:
Day 1: Session 1 11.00am – 12.30pm
Session 2 2.25pm – 3.45pm

Day 2: Session 3 10.00am – 12.00pm
Session 4 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Gala concert 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Each competing choir will be asked to present two recitals, each comprising two items of up to 8 minutes’ total performance time. The four items will comprise at least one piece from each of the three TBS categories.

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer for your local Cadenza festival, please get in touch with the National Cadenza Coordinator, John Buchanan: j.buchanan@xtra.co.nz

Click here for TBS 2019 results so far - which choirs made it into the Cadenza Festivals?

Find out who is adjudicating here


Future Finales
The following are the dates for The Big Sing Finale in 2020 & 2021: 2020 Christchurch (Wed 26 - Fri 28 August in the Christchurch Town Hall) 2021 Auckland (26-28 August)  
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