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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...
06 Sep 2019
Building on the success of last year’s SingFest, the Canterbury/West Coast NZCF committee filled the streets with song last month with the Christchurch City SingFest. In warm, spring weather over...
06 Sep 2019
Introducing NZCF’s new Accounts and Membership Manager We’re delighted to welcome Jenni Prentice to the NZCF staff to take on the combined roles of Accounts Manager and Membership Administrator....
06 Sep 2019
With WSCM2020 now less than a year away, and with hundreds of people from over 40 countries already registered, the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland is shaping up to be one of the...
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...
22 Jul 2019
NZCF presents the Christchurch SingFest 19 weekend to be held late in August. A number of community choirs will be holding short performances at venues throughout the inner city over the weekend of...
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 ...
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...
06 Jun 2019
City Choir Dunedin is proud to announce the publication of its history in The Life and Times of a Choral Society – Dunedin’s City Choir 1863-2013. The Dunedin Choral Society, which performs as...
06 Jun 2019
We’re pleased to announce details of the plenary sessions and presentation topics at this year’s Choral Connect, as well as revealing the major work the delegate choir will sing at the final...
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...
02 May 2019
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Di Lenihan on 12 April 2019. Di was held in the highest esteem by her colleagues all around New Zealand and occupied a key position in NZ choral music for...
29 Apr 2019
We are pleased to welcome Catrin Johnsson and Dr Karen Grylls into The Canterbury West Coast region from 2 – 6 May. They will be mainly working with Secondary School Choirs, many of whom are...
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...
06 Mar 2019
WSCM2020 is thrilled to announce the stunning line-up of 24 world-class choirs and over 40 distinguished choral practitioners coming to Auckland in July 2020. The International Artistic Committee...
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...
05 Feb 2019
It’s an exciting month of milestones for WSCM2020! Having had 100% acceptance from the 24 world-class selected choirs, we are launching the core programme and opening earlybird registrations on 20...
05 Feb 2019
Bea is originally from the UK, but spent 14 years living in Amsterdam where she worked as an accountant for two multinational companies. She and her partner Paul immigrated to New Zealand in 1993 and...
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...
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...
24 Aug 2018
Come and join a feast of song in the Central City area! 25-26 August, 2018, 10am – 4.30pm Listen to some of our city’s finest choirs, enjoy a performance by one of our Big Sing Finalists 2018, be...
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...
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...
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...
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...
24 Apr 2018
Tour Time are proud to be working with renowned choral clinician and conductor Jo-Michael Scheibe on his upcoming visit to Auckland and Christchurch this July. Dr Scheibe will be holding workshops...
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...
15 Mar 2018
Choral music enthusiasts from across the city and region of Canterbury will meet and share an exciting new venture for Christchurch city which will provide new opportunities for performance,...
05 Mar 2018
Community and chamber choir directors are warmly invited to attend Giving Direction workshops where they will be given ‘hands-on’ instruction on conducting gesture and other vital aspects of choir...
09 Jan 2018
Is your choir looking for a music director or more singers? NZCF can help in a number of ways… • Paid advertising on our website under this section in eBreve • Free news items under your...
02 Aug 2017
The next IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music will be held in Auckland from 11 to 18 July 2020. For more information, see the WSCM2020 website. Watch the announcment in Barcelona from our WSCM2020...
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...
30 Jun 2017
A new award given at the recent regional events, the Ministry of Youth Development ‘Spirit of the Festival’ Youth Ambassadors Award, recognises the ways in which The Big Sing offers development...
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...
28 Mar 2017
New Zealand concert tour by College Chamber Choir from USA Music Celebrations International and Tour Time is pleased to announce the Allegheny Chamber Choir, from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania,...
26 Nov 2016
It’s nearly 40 years since Martin Setchell established the Jubilate Singers. Since then the choir has had a regular annual concert programme and performed with other choirs, orchestras such as the...
30 Sep 2016
NZCF now has our member choirs’ concerts listed on our website and you can find them in two ways: Home page – search under ‘Upcoming Events’ Regions – select your region and click on...
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...
Regional events Member choirs in the region Regional contacts Photos from the region
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