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Introducing The Big Sing 2022 regional adjudicators

We’re pleased to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2022 regional festivals taking place in nine regions around the country from 8-16 June.

Karen Grylls: Wellington, Otago-South Canterbury, Southland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty

David Hamilton: Canterbury-West Coast, East Coast, Manawatu-Whanganui

Andrew Withington: Nelson-Marlborough, Auckland

Click here for dates and venues for The Big Sing regionals in 2022

Read more about our adjudicators below…


Karen Grylls ONZM is Associate Professor in Choral Conducting at the University of Auckland. She conducted the New Zealand Youth Choir from 1989 to 2011, founded Voices NZ in 1998, and is currently Artistic Director of three internationally acclaimed national choirs: these two and the NZ Secondary Student’s Choir. She received an Auckland University Distinguished Teaching Award in Music (1996), and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for her services to choral music (1999). She is also the recipient of two national citations for services to New Zealand music.

Karen is much in demand as an adjudicator for competitions and festivals worldwide, most recently in Tokyo, Bali and Taipei, the 48th International competition in Tolosa, and the Marktoberdorf International Chamber Choir Competition, Bavaria.

Andrew Withington has a PhD in Choral Pedagogy and a Masters in Choral Conducting Performance with First Class Honours. Andrew has recently returned from the United States where he was Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Voice Area Head at Westminster College. In 2020, he was voted “Professor of the Year” at the College. As a university professor, he has taught choirs; and courses in conducting, choral literature, diction, vocal pedagogy, voice, and teacher education.

For 10 years, Andrew was Artistic Director of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir. He is currently freelancing as a conductor, choral consultant, educator and mentor for beginning teachers.

David Hamilton was Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School until the end of 2001. He has been Deputy Music Director of Auckland Choral (1996-2011) and Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (1999). He works part-time in music education as a composition tutor and choral conductor.

He is well-known as a choral composer and conductor, workshop leader and adjudicator. His choral music is widely performed, and is published in the UK, USA, Germany, Spain and Finland. His music has won numerous competitions in New Zealand, and also internationally (Italy, USA (5 times), Israel, Spain and the UK).

Dates of the 2022 Regional Festivals are on this page of our website.

Entries close on 18 March 2022 – click here for the entry form