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“Norma” and 900 singers' home

The beautiful Dunedin Town Hall will very much be “home” for the 900 + singers and their many supporters for The Big Sing Finale.  In New Zealand terms it’s a respectably old building with a Heritage 1 Historic Places classification.  It was built in two phases, begun in 1878, at a cost of £20,000, with a second construction phase in 1928, costing £86,000.

It’s architectural styles are Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque, both giving it a grand, traditional presence in Dunedin’s Octagon.  In the late 1980s the building was refurbished and modernised, The design won the New Zealand Architects’ National Award. Many of the original historical features remain – such as the impressive barrel-vaulted, coffered ceiling in the ground floor foyer.

So, who is ‘Norma’? Norma is the symphonic pipe organ built in 1919!

Image: the Dunedin Town Hall stairs

 

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