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!
This time it’s Wellington’s turn to take to the stage and host 24 choirs at the Michael Fowler Centre for three intense days of rehearsals, recitals, massed choir singing and adjudication. The Finale 24 have been selected from a total pool of 257 choirs involving 9,500 nationwide, after weeks of regional events around the country.
The 2018 Finale will truly be a celebration of the range of talent across the country, with seven different regions represented, from Auckland all the way down to Southland. It’s particularly exciting for those schools who have been selected for the first time – Animoso from Bethlehem College (Tauranga), Viva Camerata from Rathkeale and St Matthew’s Colleges (Wairarapa) and Baradene College of the Sacred Heart (Auckland).
Each choir will present two recitals – a 10-minute performance of three items, and an 8-minute performance of two items. These recitals are adjudicated by a panel of three expert judges – Karen Grylls (Auckland), David Childs (USA, born in NZ) and Peter Walls (Wellington), who will then provide each choir with written feedback on each item they sing as well as performing the difficult task of assigning each choir with a Bronze, Silver or coveted Gold award. These are announced at the final event of the festival – a Gala Concert where each choir will sing one song from their repertoire, along with special prizes for the best performance of NZ music, art music, music with a Māori text.
The event will be live streamed, and each year thousands of viewers from around the globe tune in to what has been described as one of the best secondary school choral festivals in the world.
Tickets for the Saturday evening Gala Concert are $30 (or $20 for students and children), and can be purchased from Ticketmaster. All other sessions are $5 each (or $30 for a three day pass), with tickets available on the door. Gala concert tickets have sold at record speed this year, so get in early to avoid disappointment.
The full schedule for the festival can be found at the following link: https://www.nzcf.org.nz/the-big-sing-2018-results-finale/
See you there!