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Gearing up for the World Choir Games

Gearing up for the World Choir Games

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With registrations closed, planning for the World Choir Games 2024 is well underway.

From 10 to 20 July, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland will resonate with the sounds of singers from all corners of the world as they move between their competition, workshop and concert venues, and out to the Friendship Concerts at some of Auckland's most iconic cultural destinations.

With over 250 choral groups from 40 countries and six continents taking part, there really will be something for everybody. The many competition categories will showcase a wide range of singing styles and include traditional and more modern choral pieces, as well as lively cultural performances.

Ceremonies

The Games open on Wednesday 10 July with a spectacular Olympic-style Opening Ceremony at Spark Arena, complete with a flag parade, anthems and a very special ‘show’ that welcomes the international choirs to Aotearoa. Large awards ceremonies, for both Open and Champions categories will take place at the end of each Part of the Games, before the curtain finally comes down on Saturday 20 July with a rousing Closing Ceremony that farewells our visitors, hands the Games over to the next host, and ends with a performance of iconic songs from the specially-assembled massed stage choir of 750 (including our ‘Single Singers’!) and the Auckland Philharmonia.

Competitions

Choirs will compete in one or more of the 28 competition categories, based on the age, size or vocal range of the group and/or the type of music they like to sing. Competitions will take place concurrently across several central-Auckland venues and purchasing a day pass gives you the run of that day’s competition, from the start of the first session to the end of the last.

Since almost all venues are within walking distance, by moving between them you can hear various categories and a lot of choirs every day. And each choir will be giving its very best performance to our panel of internationally-renowned jurors... and you!

Celebration Concerts

On each evening of the Games, you can buy tickets to premium performances from the cream of the international choirs attending, as well as kapa haka and Pasifika showcases from here in Aotearoa. A very special offering will be a new multi-choir, multi-composer work written especially for WCG2024 to celebrate Matariki. These concerts promise to be among the absolute highlights of the Games.

Friendship Concerts

An important aspect of the World Choir Games is its focus on participation and accessibility for all. To bring this to life, daily Friendship Concerts will be free to attend and take place in 14 venues right across Tāmaki Makaurau. No ticket or pass required; just turn up and enjoy!


Join the audience - tickets go on sale in April!

Volunteer - if your choir isn’t coming but you still want to be part of the Games, why not join our volunteer team? Find out more here. 

Collaborate - some of our visiting choirs may be keen to collaborate in shared concerts with local choirs around the country. If your choir would be keen to collaborate, please contact cathryn.wyllie@wcg2024.co.nz

Stay tuned - find the World Choir Games 2024 on Facebook or Instagram.

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