There have been some sweeping changes in 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.
|GET MORE INFO about the rules and regulations. DOWNLOAD this list as pdf|
|By Area, Date and Region||Regional Coordinator|
ADJUDICATOR: Mark Dorrell, Wellington
|Bethlehem College PACemail@example.com|
|Fri 6 Jun 2014
10.00am – 3.30pm
|Whangarei Forum Northfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mon 9 June 2014
|Auckland Town Hallemail@example.com|
|Tues- Thurs 10–12 June 2014
9.00am – 5.00pm Tue – Thu
Concert Thu 6.30-9.30pm
ADJUDICATOR: Judy Bellingham, Dunedin
|East Coast||Glenys Kempshall|
|Hawke’s Bay Opera House, Hastingsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Weds- Thurs 28-29 May 2014
Gala Concert 7.00pm
|Michael Fowler Centreemail@example.com|
|Wed-Thu 4-5 June 2014
Sessions: 10.30am & 2.00pm
Gala Concerts both days: 7.00pm
|Regent Theatre, Palmerston Northfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wed 11 Jun 2014
Concert 7.00 – 8.30pm
|St Andrew’s Churchemail@example.com|
|70 Liardet St, New Plymouth|
|Tues 17 Jun 2014
7.00 – 9.30pm
ADJUDICATOR: David Hamilton, Auckland
|Canterbury/ West Coast||Heather Mace|
|St Mark’s Presbyterian Churchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Avonhead, Christchurch/ CBS Arena – Gala Concert|
|Thurs-Fri 5-6 June 2014
Gala Concert Fri 6, 7.00pm
|Church of the Nativityemail@example.com|
|Wed 11 Jun 2014
1.00 – 4.00pm, Concert 7.00pm
|Otago/South Canterbury||Rosemary Tarbotton/ Carole Randall|
|Dunedin Town Hallfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wed 18 Jun 2014
11.30 – 1pm; 1.45- 5.00pm
Festival Concert 7.00pm
|First Church, Tay Stemail@example.com|
|Tues 19 Jun 2014
|NATIONAL FINALE||Olive Leddy|
|Auckland Town Hallfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Thurs- Sat 21-23 August, 2014|
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!
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.)
Remember, of course, that these categories apply to choirs who wish to be considered for participation in the National Finale (Auckland Town Hall 21-23 Aug 2014).
The Big Sing is a secondary schools’ music festival celebrating choral music throughout Aotearoa– even if you’re not ‘competing’ sign up your choir, sing a few pieces and participate in this great event!
Regional Festival dates will be announced soon . . .
THE BIG SING
CATEGORIES OF MUSICAL STYLES (amended for 2014)
- 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.)
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.)
- Folk (traditional lyrics and melody in a choral arrangement)
- Spiritual (African-American music with religious inspiration)
- 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 email@example.com for clarification.
Download the Finale DVD Order Form to grab your hard copy of The Big Sing Finale 2013 from Dunedin Town Hall.
You can also find videos of all the choirs’ performances online here-- the same web address as the live feed.
Eventually, all sessions and choirs’ performances will be available. Thank you for your patience while we individually edit each and every session to ensure all info is correct and each choir is shown in their best light.
Below is the complete list of awards from the festival.
Congratulations to all the participants and a huge thanks to all those at Dunedin Town Hall who made this festival such a success.
|Westlake Girls’ & Boys’ High Schools||Choralation||PLATINUM|
|Burnside High School||Bel Canto||GOLD|
|Burnside High School||Burnside Senior Chorale||GOLD|
|Westlake Boys’ High School||Voicemale||GOLD|
|Craighead Diocesan||Craighead Chorale||SILVER|
|King’s College||All The King’s Men||SILVER|
|Wellington College||Wellington College Chorale||SILVER|
|Macleans College||Macleans College Choir||SILVER|
|Rangitoto College||The Fundamentals||SILVER|
|Diocesan School for Girls||St Cecilia Singers||SILVER|
|St Cuthbert’s College||Saints Alive||SILVER|
|Epsom Girls’ Grammar School||Paradisum||SILVER|
|Saint Kentigern College||Kentoris||BRONZE|
|Villa Maria College||Con Brio||BRONZE|
|Rangi Ruru Girls’ School||Resolutions||BRONZE|
|Havelock North High School||Future Prospect||GUEST|
|James Hargest College||Ancora||GUEST|
|St Hilda’s Collegiate School||Sings Hilda||GUEST|
|Hutt City Trophy|
Choralation, Westlake Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools, Auckland
|Auahi Kore Award & Youth Ambassadors Award|
Fortissimo, Dilworth School, Auckland