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Cadenza combines the excitement of a competitive, Finale-style event with the extra dimension of massed workshops, featuring an international choral specialist who also acts as adjudicator. These two-day events, which involve a total of 36 choirs from across New Zealand, culminate in a public gala concert where all choirs at the festival showcase an item from their Cadenza repertoire and sing together music prepared with our international guest.

The 2023 Cadenza festivals will take place in three centres – one in the South Island, one in the lower North Island and one in the upper North Island – with 12 choirs in each. Those invited to attend Cadenza are the 12 choirs from their area ranked immediately below those selected for Finale, with a limit of one choir per school.

Cadenza dates for 2023:

Region Dates 2023 Venue Coordinator
South Island: Timaru Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August 2023 Craighead Diocesan School (competitive sessions) /
Sacred Heart Basilica (gala)

Wayne Pahl

Upper North Island: Rotorua Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 August 2023 Sir Howard Morrison Centre, Rotorua Jenny Lewy
Lower North Island: Whanganui Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August 2023 War Memorial Hall / Royal Whanganui Opera House (gala) Edwyna McDonald

For more information please contact NZCF's Events Manager, Emma Billings, on 0211718501 or at emma.billings@nzcf.org.nz

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