Thirteen secondary school choirs selected from The Big Sing Regional competitions in Auckland and Waikato/Bay of Plenty took to the stage to compete in the inaugural Big Sing Cadenza in Rotorua on 25 and 26 August.
Tim Sharp, Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association and Vice-President of the International Federation for Choral Music, was the adjudicator for the festival and also led the singers in a series of workshops during the two-day event. The festival culminated in a Gala Concert at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre in which all the choirs performed one song from their repertoire, as well as the four pieces they had rehearsed in the workshops. At the end of the evening, each choir was presented with a Merit, Distinction or Excellence award.
Download the 2019 Upper North Island Cadenza awards here.