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SOUNZ NZCF Composition Award 2014: closes 15 May

Rule & Musical Category Changes for 2014. . . . . . Regionals Details

The Biggest Big Sing Yet!

11 April, 2014

Once again, the numbers of choirs who have registered to be involved in The Big Sing has exceeded previous years. Here are this year’s numbers:

Schools Region Choirs
43 Auckland 74
20 Canterbury/West Coast 32
13 East Coast 27
7 Manawatu/Whanganui 16
5 Nelson/Marlborough 7
3 Northland 6
13 Otago/South Canterbury 20
4 Southland 5
3 Taranaki 3
15 Waikato/BOP 21
25 Wellington 46
TOTAL as at 11/4/14  
152   258

NEW & IMPROVED! Musical Categories

8 April, 2014

choices_JKRowlingAs you may already have seen from our earlier blog post the Musical Categories have had a mild overhaul for 2014.

Check out the amended list of Musical Categories.

Here are the changes, in a nutshell:

  • Category 1: no change
  • Category 2 (previously nicknamed “Art Music pre-1930″) has been extended to cover 20th Century and present-day classical music.
  • Category 3 has been reworded (see list below.)

The Big Sing is a secondary schools’ music festival celebrating choral music throughout Aotearoa — and your choir doesn’t need to compete for the National Finale to join in the festival.

Here’s the official statement regarding the change:

“Some adjustments to The Big Sing music categories were announced in September 2013, to apply from 2014. The main change places classical choral music – that is, all ‘art’ or sacred choral music originally written for choir or vocal ensemble – of all eras (Mediaeval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th/21st Century) into Category 2 to remove unhelpful date limits and overlaps. It also notes that reconfigurations of these works are acceptable (for instance to SSA or TTB if the original was for mixed choir), but that they should preserve the original work in all other respects.”



THE BIG SING

CATEGORIES OF MUSICAL STYLES (amended for 2014)

CATEGORY ONE
NewZealand Composition/Arrangement
- Maori
- Pasifika
- New Zealand Art Music (original composition, sacred or secular)
- New Zealand Folk Music (traditional lyrics and melody in a choral arrangement)
(Note that arrangements of popular music fall into Category 3.)

CATEGORY TWO
Classical Composition (non-New Zealand)
- Mediaeval to the present day (originally written for choir or vocal ensemble)
(Note that reconfigurations for eg SSA or TTB are permissible, but should otherwise preserve the original work in all other aspects.)

CATEGORY THREE
Other Styles
- Folk (traditional lyrics and melody in a choral arrangement)
- Spiritual (African-American music with religious inspiration)
- Gospel
- Musical theatre, opera, operetta
- Popular (eg jazz, swing, pop, rock, hip hop)
- World music (in the traditional style of a particular people)
(Note that Maori and Pasifika works fall into Category 1.)

NOTE: Choir directors who are unsure in which category a selected piece falls should contact John Rosser at songanddance@xtra.co.nz or visit our FAQ page for clarification.

SOUNZ NZCF CHORAL COMPOSITION AWARD

18 March, 2014

SOUNZ_logoThis competition, introduced by NZCF to mark the third millennium, with a trophy presented by NZCF Auckland Region, is run in conjunction with The Big Sing National Finale and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, and awards a prize for the best choral piece composed by a New Zealand secondary school student.

Entries close on 15 May 2014 so download the application form and get composing!

Adjudicator: David Griffiths

Adjudicator: David Griffiths

Looking for New Zealand repertoire?

SOUNZ is your best starting point. View SOUNZ’s suggestions for Big Sing repertoire now.

Online Registration Now Open

17 February, 2014

Christchurch. New Zealand, 2006REGISTER ONLINE for The Big Sing 2014. Registrations close 18 March with no entries accepted after 5 April.

Get more information on the Rules & Regulations and about your Regional Festival for 2014.

Big Changes for 2014

13 December, 2013

Photo by Stewart BairdThere have been some sweeping changes in the musical categories and how The Big Sing is run overall– and you are gonna love some of them. Here are the big 3 in a nutshell:

  • 24 choirs compete in the Finale (was 18)
  • NO Guest Choir programme in 2014
  • Only 2 items in Finale Recital 2 (still 3 items in Finale Recital 1)

Got it? Ok here are the details. Back in the day (when The Big Sing was starting out) only 60ish choirs participated in The Big Sing regional festivals, with between 18 and 20 choirs attending the National Finale.

Since then, the total number of participating choirs has increased to 265+ (2013 numbers) while the number of competing Finale choirs has remained at 18. Hmmm . . .

The guest choir programme is on hold for the year while the Auckland committee deals with the increased number of competing choirs.

The limit of two choirs per school remains. TBS committee ruled this to be fair: a limit of one is too strict and a lack of limit probably won’t give a fair national representation. (Feel free to discuss in comments below . . .)

And just in case you haven’t heard, the Musical Categories were overhauled for the 2014 and basically now are . . . logical. Have a look.

DOWNLOAD the pdf of the Announcement of 2014 changes to get the words straight from the committee’s keyboard.

TBS Regionals 2014

5 November, 2013
GET MORE INFO about the rules and regulations. DOWNLOAD this list as pdf

 
By Area, Date and Region Regional Coordinator
 
NORTHERN AREA
ADJUDICATOR: Mark Dorrell, Wellington
 
Waikato/B.O.P Jeremy Whimster
Bethlehem College PAC jvwhim@actrix.co.nz
Tauranga
Fri 6 Jun 2014
10.00am – 3.30pm

 
Northland Virginia Hill
Whangarei Forum North v.hill@wbhs.school.nz
Mon 9 June 2014
12.30-4.00pm
Concert 1.30pm

 
Auckland Shirley Harvey
Auckland Town Hall shirley.harvey51@gmail.com
Tues- Thurs 10–12 June 2014
9.00am – 5.00pm Tue – Thu
Concert Thu 6.30-9.30pm

Auckland-skyline

 
CENTRAL AREA
ADJUDICATOR: Judy Bellingham, Dunedin
 
East Coast Glenys Kempshall
Waiapu Cathedral, Napier mikeandglen@xtra.co.nz
Weds- Thurs 28-29 May 2014
10.00– 5.00
Gala Concerts 6.30pm both nights

 
Wellington Elizabeth Crayford
Michael Fowler Centre ecrayford@clear.net.nz
Wed-Thu 4-5 June 2014
Sessions: 10.15am- 5.30pm
Gala Concerts both days: 7.00pm

 
Manawatu/Wanganui Stanley Barnes
Regent Theatre, Palmerston North stanb@xnet.co.nz
Wed 11 Jun 2014
10.00am-4.30
Concert 7.00 – 8.30pm

 
Taranaki Paul Cooke
St Andrew’s Church n.pcooke@clear.net.nz
70 Liardet St, New Plymouth
Tues 17 Jun 2014
7.00 – 9.30pm

 
SOUTHERN AREA
ADJUDICATOR: David Hamilton, Auckland
 
Canterbury/ West Coast Heather Mace
St Mark’s Presbyterian Church heathermace@paradise.net.nz
Avonhead, Christchurch/ CBS Arena – Gala Concert
Thurs-Fri 5-6 June 2014
Gala Concert Fri 6, 7.00pm

 
Nelson/Marlborough Robin Randall
Church of the Nativity randallr@mgc.school.nz
Blenheim
Wed 11 Jun 2014
1.00 – 4.00pm, Concert 7.00pm

 
Otago/South Canterbury Rosemary Tarbotton/ Carole Randall
Dunedin Town Hall rosemary.tarbotton@otago.ac.nz
Wed 18 Jun 2014
11.30 – 1pm; 1.45- 5.00pm
Festival Concert 7.00pm

c.randall@xtra.co.nz

 
Southland Di Lenihan
First Church, Tay St plenihan@kinect.co.nz
Invercargill
Tues 19 Jun 2014
7.30pm

 
NATIONAL FINALE Olive Leddy
Auckland Town Hall olive.leddy@gmail.com
Thurs- Sat 21-23 August, 2014

 

TBS Finale 2013 on Radio NZ Sundays

4 November, 2013

RadioNZYOungNZRadio NZ Concert is running The Big Sing Finale 2013 recital sessions concluding with the Gala Concert on Sundays in Young New Zealand.

Broadcasts air at 8pm. The final broadcast is on 15 December.

You can also listen online through the Radio NZ website from anywhere on the planet.

Set your i-reminders and listen in!

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