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20 Mar 2020
We’re very sad to announce that The Big Sing will not take place in 2020. There is no guarantee at all that the restrictions on gatherings of more than 100 people will be lifted by the end of May...
05 Mar 2020
We’re pleased to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2020 regional festivals:   Philip Norman: Auckland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty Rachael Griffiths-Hughes: Wellington, Taranaki,...
08 Feb 2020
We are delighted to welcome Emma Billings to the NZCF team in a new role as Events Manager. This new position within the team will incorporate the role of The Big Sing National Coordinator, which Emma...
07 Feb 2020
It’s a stellar year for international choral performances in New Zealand! Ahead of our own World Symposium in July, there are two amazing opportunities in the NZ Festival of the Arts in Wellington....
05 Feb 2020
NZCF has had advance notice of an upcoming movie release we’re sure will appeal to our members and would provide the ideal opportunity for a choir fundraiser! Military Wives is directed by Peter...
04 Feb 2020
Elizabeth Crayford reports on the 20th annual Teapot Summer School which took place in Brightwater, Nelson from 10-19 January 2020 How about this for a summer holiday? Being part of a capacity choir...
06 Dec 2019
The New Zealand Youth Choir (NZYC) has just turned 40 and to celebrate, it’s holding a special Christmas concert in Auckland, Friday 6 December, before boarding a cruise ship the next day for a...
06 Dec 2019
Continuing our series of videos recorded at the 2019 Choral Connect convention in Wellington, we’re delighted to release Rachel Fuller’s presentation Not just an accompanist! in which she...
06 Dec 2019
This month, MPs and staffers from across Parliament are coming together to stage a fundraising show like no other …with a little help from Brent Stewart and the NZCF. For one night only, it won’t...
06 Dec 2019
Looking for ways to show your choir director how much you appreciate them? How about giving them the gift of a career-boosting opportunity for Christmas? Both your conductor and your choir will...
06 Nov 2019
We’re delighted to announce that British ensemble VOCES8 will join the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM2020) programme with two headline performances. WSCM2020 will be the ensemble’s...
05 Nov 2019
Following on from this year’s highly successful Choral Connect convention in Wellington, we’re delighted to release the second in a series of videos we recorded at selected Choral Connect...
05 Nov 2019
In the last major project before his death, NZCF’s former Chair Dr Guy Jansen set out to document the outstanding development of choral music in Aotearoa. That project has come to fruition in the...
04 Oct 2019
Children in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Nelson regions have been singing their lungs out, rehearsing for their respective The Kids Sing (TKS) festivals to be held in Hamilton, Wellington...
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
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...
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...
30 Jul 2019
Last month, 85 of New Zealand’s choral directors came together in Wellington to exchange ideas and develop their art at the NZCF Association of Choral Directors’ biennial Choral Connect...
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
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...
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 –...
05 May 2019
We’re pleased to announce a further two concerts at this year’s Choral Connect, in addition to the final concert on Saturday 13 July at St Mary of the Angels, featuring the Toronto Children’s...
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...
01 May 2019
Song Leaders Network Aotearoa (SLNA) is an organisation aiming to support leaders of singing groups that learn by ear, and that sing informally/recreationally or for health benefits. Their members...
26 Mar 2019
One of the cornerstone events of the Wellington choral scene is the annual May Workshop, hosted by the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Choral Federation. The event, which has run every year since...
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...
05 Dec 2018
In October this year, our premier national choir, VOICES New Zealand, headed overseas for a 6-centre, 4-country whirlwind tour of Europe. Directed by Karen Grylls, the choir was joined by taonga...
05 Dec 2018
10 – 13 July 2019 at  St Mark’s Church School, Basin Reserve, Wellington Choral Connect in 2017 was a huge success – and in 2019 the Association of Choral Directors’ convention will be held...
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...
04 Oct 2018
On Sunday September 16th 2018, at Wellington’s Hannah Playhouse, Supertonic Choir attempted to go “where no choir has gone before” with their sold-out production of Space: A Choral Odyssey. In...
11 Aug 2018
As an NZCF member this is the concert you don’t want to miss. After all, Wellington is choir mad, in a good way. Triple C – a Capital Singfest, celebrates our local choral community in a concert...
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...
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...
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...
28 May 2018
The 30th anniversary May Workshop proved a huge success, with over 150 singers from across the North Island and upper South Island joining in for the weekend’s activities. Maestro Tecwyn Evans, who...
26 May 2018
Twelve singers from Wellington’s Supertonic choir squeezed into the Radio New Zealand’s ‘Nights’ studio on 23 May for a sofa session. Hear the interview with Isaac Stone and his merry band. ...
27 Apr 2018
Recently the Kapiti Chamber Choir and Renaissance Singers collaborated in a concert. Eric Sidoti writes: “We circulated major choirs in the Palmerston North, Hutt Valley, and Wellington areas,...
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...
13 Oct 2017
A memorial celebration of the life of Professor Peter Godfrey will be held at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on Sunday 12 November at 5pm. This takes the place of regular Choral Evensong, and honours...
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...
16 May 2017
For 30 years Wellington has run ‘May Workshops’ and Life Member Judy Berryman has sung in them all! We’re sure that when the late John Knox, Stanley Barnes, Judy Berryman and their Wellington...
05 Apr 2017
The award-winning New Zealand Youth Choir is coming to the Kapiti Coast and Featherston. Known to deliver a spine-tingling, entertaining and engaging programme, a concert by the New Zealand Youth...
08 Feb 2017
Wellington Region’s 2017 May Workshop will be directed by David Squire. David needs no introduction to NZCF members.  He is a member of the NZCF Governance Board and was a guest conductor at this...
01 Dec 2016
NZCF Wellington held their first ever The Kids Sing (TKS) at St Marks Church School, near the Basin Reserve, on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 with 810 children taking part. We were delighted that we...
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...
26 May 2016
All singers – not just skilled sight-readers and experienced singers but all who enjoy combined singing – love the chance to sing a major choral work. Each year in May singers in the Wellington...
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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