The Big Sing

The Big Sing

The Big Sing is a regional secondary schools choral festival that takes place in 10 centres involving  around 8,000 students from over 200+ schools, supported by their families and communities. 

The Big Sing has been taking place for over 30 years and is New Zealand’s largest choral event with singers entering regional competitions held in Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu/Whanganui, Wellington, Marlborough/Nelson, Canterbury/West Coast, Otago and Southland.

Of the 200+ competing choirs, 60 will be selected for the area Cadenza festivals (held in the Upper North Island, Lower North Island and South Island) and National Finale.

For general enquiries about The Big Sing please contact NZCF Events Manager, Emma Billings, at or 021 171 8501



2023 Finale & Cadenza Awards

Congratulations to all the choirs that took part in The Big Sing 2023 Cadenza and Finale. Check out the awards lists for each festival.

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2023 Cadenza & Finale adjudicators

We're delighted to announce the adjudicators for The Big Sing 2023 Cadenza and Finale festivals.

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SOUNZ-NZCF composition prize winners

Announcing the winners and placegetters in the 2023 SOUNZ-NZCF Choral Composition Competitions.

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Celebrating te reo at The Big Sing

All regions will now award a trophy for the best performance of a piece in te reo Māori at The Big Sing.

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The Big Sing Experience

6 June 2023
TBS Regional - Blenheim
7-8 June 2023
TBS Regional - Wellington
9 June 2023
TBS Regional - Christchurch
12 June 2023
TBS Regional - Dunedin
13 June 2023
TBS Regional - Invercargill
14 June 2023
TBS Regional / TKS - New Plymouth
15 June 2023
TBS Regional - Tauranga
15 June 2023
TBS Regional - Palmerston North
20-22 June 2023
TBS Regional - Auckland
21 June 2023
TBS Regional - Hastings
11-12 August 2023
Cadenza - Timaru
14-15 August 2023
Cadenza - Rotorua
17-18 August 2023
Cadenza - Whanganui
25-27 August 2023
TBS Finale - Auckland

ASB Theatre


Michael Fowler Centre

Christchurch Town Hall

Dunedin Town Hall

First Church

TBS Showplace

Holy Trinity Church

Regent Theatre

Auckland Town Hall

Toitoi Hawke's Bay Art and Events Centre

Craighead School / Sacred Hearth Basilica - See More

Sir Howard Morrison Centre
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Whanganui Opera House
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Auckland Town Hall
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When do The Big Sing Registration open?

Registrations for The Big Sing open on 18 February.  Use the Register button at the top of the page.

When are The Big Sing regional festivals in 2023?

Click here for a list of the regional festival dates.

When will the choirs selected for Cadenza and Finale be announced?

The choirs selected for Cadenza and Finale will be announced at 3pm on Monday 26 June 2023.

When are The Big Sing Cadenza festivals in 2023?

Click here for a list of the Cadenza dates.

When is The Big Sing Finale 2023?

Friday 25 August – Sunday 27 August 2023 at Auckland Town Hall.