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Cadenza is 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.

The 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 attending each. Choirs attending Cadenza will be the next 12 choirs from their region ranked immediately below those selected for Finale, and will be limited to one choir per school.

Each competing choir will be asked to present two recitals, each comprising two items of up to 8 minutes’ total performance time. The four items will comprise at least one piece from each of the three TBS categories.

Cadenza dates for 2021:

Region Dates 2021 Venue Coordinator
Lower North Island: Whanganui Friday 13 and Saturday 14 August 2021 Royal Whanganui Opera House Edwyna McDonald
Upper North Island: Rotorua Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 August 2021 Rotorua Energy Events Centre Elizabeth Pilaar
South Island: Timaru Sunday 22 and Monday 23 August 2021 Craighead Diocesan School (competitive sessions) /
Sacred Heart Basilica (gala)
Wayne Pahl

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

Click here for TBS 2019 results - which choirs made it into the Cadenza Festivals?



Future Finales
The following are the dates for The Big Sing Finale in 2021: 2021 Christchurch (Thursday 26 - Saturday 28 August in the Christchurch Town Hall)  
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