940 singers from 25 secondary school choirs will be coming to the Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North for the Manawatu-Whanganui ‘The Big Sing’ Regional Festival on Thursday 13 June.
Districts & choirs represented: Manawatu (12), Wanganui (3), Rangitikei (4), Wairarapa (5), Horowhenua (1).
All types of choirs will be involved including Barbershop style, Gospel, Pasifika, as well as a full range of traditional school choirs competitive and non-competitive. This promises to be a great festival of young singers presenting a wide variety of choir pieces.
Each choir will present a bracket of up to 3 pieces. Choirs opting for selection to the NZ ‘The Big Sing’ National Finale (competitive choirs) need to meet criteria that requires each choir to present a bracket of 3 songs from 3 specified categories including one song by a NZ Composer or arranger.
The Big Sing National Finale is a competition for the top 24 choirs selected nationally from the regional festivals. The 2019 Finale will be held in the Dunedin Town Hall from 29 to 31 August.
At the Manawatu-Whanganui TBS festival nationally known choral expert Robert Wiremu of Auckland is the adjudicator. He will listen to all choirs and provide a written report on each choir’s performance.
TBS Day Recital Sessions
Morning: 10 am to 1pm
Afternoon: 2.15pm to 5.15pm
Adult admission $5 per session. Usual TicketDirect service fees additional.
Gala Concert & Prize-giving
Thursday evening 7pm to 9pm
Each of the 25 choirs will present one item.
Admission – Adults $20. Usual TicketDirect service fees additional.
General Admission Tickets now available from TicketDirect outlets and the Regent Theatre Event Ticketing Bureau, Broadway, Palmerston North.
In a new development this year, the next best 36 choirs, chosen nationally, will be offered the opportunity to attend their nearest Cadenza festival to be held in Timaru (16-17 August), Wanganui (19-20 August) and Rotorua (25-26 August).
In the Wanganui event the 12 choirs selected will be judged by a choral expert in the recital sessions, present a gala concert and also take part in workshops. The detailed programme will soon be available.
All these events come under the auspices of the New Zealand Choral Federation and have their own local coordinators and organizing committees.