The Big Sing is once again over for the Auckland region. With Michael Stewart from Wellington as our main Adjudicator, we heard 71 choirs over three days covering a wonderful range of styles. Warmest congratulations to all choir directors and students whose support for every choir made the festival very special.
Let me mention three highlights this year.
The first was having Tim Sharp, the Executive Director of the American Choral Directors’ Association there to present the Margery Charlton Memorial Cup on the Wednesday evening. A student from Manurewa High School’s Choir Rewaken, received the award and acted as a Faaluma (comedian) demonstrating a Samoan clapping rhythm chant.
The second highlight involved Manawanui from Te Kura Taumata o Panguru (our one Northland choir). After hearing that they had gone home to the Hokianga and being unable to get a phone call though to them, we were surprised to find that they were there at the awards ceremony on Thursday evening. Upon hearing that they had won the Te Tohu Manu Waiata award, they greeted Robert Wiremu, our Maori adjudicator on stage with a hongi, and treated us all to a stirring haka from the back of the stalls. Very special.
Finally, Juliet Dreaver, chair of the NZCF Governance Board, was with us at the awards ceremony to present Olive Leddy with a Distinguished Service Award for her thorough commitment as chair of NZCF Auckland over the past eleven years. Juliet presented Olive with a framed certificate and a gift from the Governance Board.
Auckland Regional Festival
The Big Sing