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It's Auckland! NZCF wins bid to host IFCM World Choral Symposium in 2020

The New Zealand Choral Federation is thrilled to be able to announce that it has won its bid to host the 12th triennial World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland in July/August 2020.

Confirming the outcome of the bid process in an international press release, IFCM President Michael Anderson has acknowledged the strength and energy of the NZ choral scene as a key factor behind the decision. Competition was strong, and the fact that bids were received from Africa, North America, South America, Eastern Europe, the UK and Russia attests to the truly global nature of, and interest in, this event.

Many New Zealanders have attended past World Symposia and some of our leading choirs and practitioners have presented at them. All have returned excited and enriched by the scale, quality, depth and sheer variety of this great choral festival, and inspired to apply what they’ve learnt to their own music-making back home. It has therefore been a long-held dream of the NZCF Governance Board to bring these riches to our own shores for all our members to share.

To this end, Chief Executive Grant Hutchinson and I last year approached Tourism NZ, who agreed to fund a feasibility study and subsequently commissioned ATEED’s Auckland Conference Bureau to work with us in producing a highly professional bid document. In the meantime we met with three top IFCM officers at the World Choral Expo in Macau and ascertained what they were looking for in a successful application. Our submission in March 2016 was the result.

Most of the hard work of course is still ahead of us, as we spend the next four years organising a creative, impressive and utterly memorable Symposium. We also have to raise a very substantial sum of money, to pay for venues and marketing and to bring some 24 choirs and 30 presenters to NZ. But for the moment the Federation and the whole choral community can sit back and take no small pride in our country’s selection as host of WSCM12.

John Rosser
Chair, New Zealand Choral Federation