The Big Sing (TBS), the New Zealand Choral Federation’s festival for secondary school choirs, has been held annually for over 30 years. With some 10,000 singers from around 160 schools and 260 choirs entering the regional festivals each year, it is one of New Zealand’s largest choral and school events. Our regional event on 7 June, 2019 will see 27 choirs and almost 1000 choristers take to the stage in a festival of song and some of these choirs will be selected for our National Finale, a competition for the top 24 choirs selected from our regional festivals, which is to be held in Dunedin at the end of August.
Others will be selected to participate in Cadenza, 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.