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2023 Finale & Cadenza Awards

2023 Finale & Cadenza Awards


Our warmest congratulations to all the choirs that participated at The Big Sing Cadenza and Finale in 2023! Thank you for your passionate performances and the warm and generous support you showed for each other.

At the National Finale, each choir received a Gold, Silver or Bronze award. There are also special awards for Best Performance of an Item in Te Reo Māori, Best Performance of a NZ Composition, Best Performance of a piece of Choral Art Music and the Youth Ambassador Award.

At Cadenza, each choir receives an award named after one of New Zealand’s iconic singing birds. In order of excellence, starting with the highest level, the awards are: Tūī, Korimako (Bellbird) and Wharauroa (Shining Cuckoo). In addition, there is a special award for the Best performance of a piece in Te Reo Māori.

Click here to view the 2023 National Finale programme
Visit this page to find the 2023 Cadenza programmes

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FINALE (listed alphabetically by choir)

AltissimeSamuel Marsden Collegiate SchoolGOLD
Bel CantoBurnside High SchoolGOLD
Bel SuonoWaikato Diocesan School for GirlsSILVER
Blue NotesTawa CollegeGOLD
CantareWestlake Girls' High SchoolGOLD
The Centennial ChoirMt Albert Grammar SchoolGOLD
ChoralationWestlake Girls'/Westlake Boys' High SchoolsGOLD
Con AnimaSt Patrick's CollegeBRONZE
EuphonyKristin SchoolGOLD
FemmeSouthland Girls' High SchoolBRONZE
FortissimoDilworth SchoolSILVER
GrammarphonicsAuckland Grammar SchoolBRONZE
KentorisSt Kentigern CollegeSILVER
LeonessaTakapuna Grammar SchoolGOLD
Ngā KorimakoWellington Girls' College/Wellington CollegeSILVER
ParadisumEpsom Girls' Grammar SchoolGOLD
RāwhitiWellington East Girls' CollegeBRONZE
ResolutionsRangi Ruru Girls' SchoolSILVER
Rewaken Polycation ChoirManurewa High SchoolSILVER
Saints AliveSt Cuthbert's CollegeGOLD
St Cecilia SingersDiocesan School for GirlsGOLD
Takapuna Grammar School ChoraleTakapuna Grammar SchoolSILVER
Voces LuceQueen Margaret CollegeSILVER
VoicemaleWestlake Boys' High SchoolGOLD


Auahi Kore  Award for Best Performance of an Item in Te Reo Māori: Choralation, for I Te Timatanga.
Hutt City Trophy for Best Performance of a NZ Composition: St Cecilia Singers, for Iustus Es by Kitty Milner.
Tour Time Cup for Best Performance of a piece of Choral Art Music: Cantare, for She Weeps Over Rahoon & The Centennial Choir, for Dirait-on.
Youth Ambassador Award for the choir that the Committee thinks most demonstrates outstanding engagement with all elements of the Finale: Grammarphonics.

UPPER NORTH ISLAND CADENZA (listed alphabetically by choir)

All The King's MenKing's CollegeTūī
Confortare Per MariamMarist College/St Paul's CollegeWharauroa
EsquireOne Tree Hill CollegeTūī
Grammar VoicesAuckland Grammar SchoolTūī
Luminosa Armonia ChoraleTauranga Girls' CollegeTūī
Ngā reo o KaitaiaKaitaia CollegeKorimako
Nota BellaWestlake Girls' High SchoolTūī
Rosmini Chamber ChoirRosmini CollegeKorimako
ScholaBaradene College of the Sacred HeartWharauroa
SerenataRangitoto CollegeKorimako
St Mary's College Chamber ChoirSt Mary's CollegeWharauroa
Voci VivaciRotorua Girls' High SchoolWharauroa

Best performance of a piece in Te Reo Māori: Esquire, ​​for their performance of Wairua Tapu by Te Wehi Whānau, arranged Terence Maskell.

LOWER NORTH ISLAND CADENZA (listed alphabetically by choir)

Ad LucemNapier Girls' High SchoolKorimako
CantateWairarapa CollegeKorimako
CantatricesPalmerston North Girls' High SchoolKorimako
Future ProspectHavelock North High SchoolKorimako
IlluminaTaradale High SchoolKorimako
JubilateNew Plymouth Girls' High SchoolKorimako
MANifestoPalmerston North Boys' High SchoolTūī
Multi ChoirWellington East Girls' CollegeKorimako
Ngā wai PahīhīOnslow CollegeTūī
SeraphimChilton Saint James SchoolTūī
Te Whānau Tahi Girls' ChoirNaenae CollegeWharauroa
Tira TawaTawa CollegeWharauroa

Best performance of a piece in Te Reo Māori: Ngā wai Pahīhī, ​​​​​​for their performance of Mareikura by The Modern Māori Quartet, arr. Ngā Waipahihi.

SOUTH ISLAND CADENZA (listed alphabetically by choir)

AncoraJames Hargest CollegeWharauroa
CantricesChristchurch Girls' High SchoolTūī
Con BrioVilla Maria CollegeKorimako
Craighead Diocesan School ChoirCraighead Diocesan SchoolKorimako
DimensionsSouthland Boys' High SchoolWharauroa
FortressOtago Girls' High School/Otago Boys' High SchoolKorimako
Magna VoceBurnside High SchoolTūī
OvationMarlborough Girls' CollegeTūī
PolyhymniaQueen's High School/King's High SchoolKorimako
Sotto VoceNayland CollegeKorimako
SynergyMarlborough Boys' CollegeKorimako
The Bedean ChoirSt Bede's CollegeKorimako

Best performance of a piece in Te Reo Māori: Polyhymnia, ​​​​​​for their performance of E Pari Rā by Paraire Tomoana, arranged Dale Irvine.

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