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03 Sep 2021
We are very grateful that we were able to hold the Lower and Upper North Island Cadenzas this year before New Zealand went into lockdown at midnight on 17 August. Unfortunately we had to cancel the...
04 Aug 2021
We’re thrilled that celebrity TV presenter Miriama Kamo will compère The Big Sing Finale this year in the Christchurch Town Hall. Miriama has a distinguished career as a broadcast journalist  and...
03 Aug 2021
We’re delighted that KBB Music have come on board as sponsors for The Big Sing Finale in 2021. KBB Music has been with Kiwi musicians since 1888. From its humble beginnings as Kirk-Burnnand &...
26 Jul 2021
2021 TBS Finale and Cadenza choirs announced   We are thrilled (and more than a little relieved!) that all 10 of our regional The Big Sing festivals were able to go ahead without disruption this...
04 Jun 2021
                    EAST COAST Wednesday 2 June Toitoi Hastings Arts and Events Centre Gala concert: 7:30pm ($20 adults, $15 gold card, $12 school students) Tickets available through...
04 Jun 2021
Tour Time is a family owned, full-service tour operator that has specialised in group tours to global destinations for over 29 years. NZCF has enjoyed their sponsorship of The Big Sing since 2013 and...
08 Apr 2021
We’re delighted to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2021 Cadenza and Finale festivals. Former King’s Singer Timothy Wayne-Wright has recently relocated to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife...
01 Mar 2021
We’re pleased to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2021 regional festivals: Philip Norman: Auckland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty Rachael Griffiths-Hughes: Wellington, Taranaki,...
26 Feb 2021
Tōku reo, hai kai mō te hinengaro | My language (my voice), is the sustenance for my consciousness  (Toni Huata) NZCF and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music are delighted to announce a new award...
17 Nov 2020
We were delighted to receive entries from all over New Zealand for The Online Sing: A showcase for NZ secondary school choirs. We held watch parties on our YouTube channel and The Big Sing Facebook...
28 Sep 2020
On Thursday 24 September the Performing Arts Centre at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt reverberated with the sound of school choirs performing again. The Mini Sing brought together choirs from...
04 Sep 2020
We’re pleased to announce the dates for The Big Sing 2021. Check out the tables below for the TBS dates in your region, as well as dates and locations for Cadenza and Finale. Registrations for...
27 May 2020
180 secondary school students from Whangarei to Invercargill reached out from their bubbles during lockdown to join voices in NZCF’s virtual choir project, The Virtual Sing.  Our newly-released...
03 Apr 2020
With the cancellation of many of NZCF’s major events this year, including the World Symposium of Choral Music and The Big Sing, we have been exploring other ways to engage with our choral...
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...
09 Dec 2019
We are delighted to announce our three regional adjudicators for 2020: Philip Norman, Rachael Griffiths-Hughes and Peter Watts. A full list of regional dates and adjudicators is below, along with...
06 Sep 2019
As the dust settles on another highly successful Big Sing Finale, we’re keen to acknowledge the huge amount of effort on the part of everyone who contributed to its success. From our National Big...
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...
23 Aug 2019
**WATCH THE LIVE STREAM HERE** Around 830 singers with their choir directors and supervisors will converge on Dunedin 29-31 August when the 24 secondary school choirs selected from The Big Sing (TBS)...
22 Aug 2019
Thirteen secondary school choirs selected from The Big Sing Regional competitions in Auckland and Waikato/Bay of Plenty took to the stage to compete in the inaugural Big Sing Cadenza in Rotorua on...
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...
18 Aug 2019
Ten secondary school choirs selected from The Big Sing Regional competitions in Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury/West Coast, Otago/South Canterbury and Southland took to the stage to compete in the...
01 Aug 2019
Over 1800 young singers are excitedly preparing for The Big Sing Cadenza and Finale festivals coming up this month in Timaru, Whanganui, Rotorua and Dunedin. 36 secondary school choirs were selected...
01 Aug 2019
We’re very excited to announce that Hilary Barry will be the compère for the Gala Concert at this year’s The Big Sing Finale in Dunedin. Hilary was a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir from...
04 Jul 2019
We’re enormously grateful to our national sponsors, Tour Time, for their ongoing, generous support of The Big Sing, both at regional level, at Finale, and now this year at our three Cadenza...
03 Jul 2019
A big shout-out to all the choirs who entered the Ministry of Youth Development’s ‘Spirit of the Festival’ Youth Ambassadors Award this year. As always, our regional committees anguished over...
03 Jul 2019
Palmerston North Girls’ High School Cantatrices scooped Supreme Award at Manawatu-Whanganui TBS on Thursday 13 June and also received the Judith & Guy Donaldson award for the best performance of a...
28 Jun 2019
Another successful TBS 2019 event! Check out the Awards List 2019 Photos: St Bede’s MYD Choir shining their shoes before performing & Gala in ChCh Town Hall ...
26 Jun 2019
What an amazing time we have all had! Well done to all the fabulous choirs who participated to make the event such a great success. Click the links below to see the results: TBS 2019 Akld Regional...
07 Jun 2019
940 singers from 25 secondary school choirs will be coming to the Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North for the Manawatu-Whanganui ‘The Big Sing’ Regional Festival on Thursday 13 June. Districts &...
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...
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 –...
31 May 2019
Download the timetable for the daytime sessions as of the end of April. There may be minor changes which will be shown in updates. Entry cost is $2 pp for these sessions, paid at the door. Please note...
13 May 2019
The SOUNZ-NZCF Composition Competition is a great opportunity for budding composers to explore their creative skills in choral music and get valuable feedback from an award-winning NZ...
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...
29 Apr 2019
Here are the dates and venues of The Big Sing 2019 regional festivals. For any enquiries about your local event, please contact your Regional TBS Coordinator. NORTHERN AREA Auckland Auckland...
28 Apr 2019
We’re pleased to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2019 regional festivals: Andrew Withington: Auckland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty David Burchell: Wellington, Taranaki, Nelson-Marlborough Jono...
04 Apr 2019
Cadenza, the ‘next best thing to The Big Sing Finale’ will be launched this August in Rotorua (please note the change in dates!), Whanganui and Timaru. Cadenza enables 36 competing choirs from...
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...
04 Feb 2019
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge” (Albert Einstein) For nearly three decades Timaru and indeed the rest of New Zealand have had the...
19 Dec 2018
In May 2019, the NZCF Association of Choral Directors is running in-school choral workshops in the Invercargill, Dunedin and Timaru regions prior to The Big Sing (TBS) festivals. ACD Advisor Dr...
07 Dec 2018
In our February issue of eBreve we will outline plans for Cadenza, our new initiative for The Big Sing choirs, which we’re intending to launch in August 2019, in three regional centres. Planning is...
06 Nov 2018
You can now see all videos from The Big Sing National Finale 2018 here. This includes the Opening Ceremony, Gala Concert and NZSSC Concert. Happy watching! ...
01 Nov 2018
A fabulous opportunity for 18-28 year olds, the Asia-Pacific Youth Choir (APYC) will take place in Hong Kong from 20-25 July 2019. NZ was one of the original members of the Asia Pacific Choral...
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...
13 Oct 2018
Have you visited our YouTube page lately?! If so, you will see that the videos of each choir are being gradually uploaded. At the moment there are three sessions available with more coming soon. You...
03 Sep 2018
The Big Sing 2018 National Finale Awards Here is the full list of awards presented at the Gala Concert, at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday 1st September. Congratulations to all who took...
Future Finales
The following are the dates for The Big Sing Finale in 2022: Christchurch (Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 August 2022 in the Christchurch Town Hall)  
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