SOUNZ NZCF Composition Award 2014: closes 15 May
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:
|TOTAL||as at 11/4/14|
As 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)
- 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.)
This 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!
Looking for New Zealand repertoire?
- 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 PACfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fri 6 Jun 2014
10.00am – 3.30pm
|Whangarei Forum Northemail@example.com|
|Mon 9 June 2014
|Auckland Town Hallfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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|
|Waiapu Cathedral, Napieremail@example.com|
|Weds- Thurs 28-29 May 2014
Gala Concerts 6.00pm both nights
|Michael Fowler Centrefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wed-Thu 4-5 June 2014
Sessions: 10.00am- 5.30pm
Gala Concerts both days: 7.00pm
|Regent Theatre, Palmerston Northemail@example.com|
|Wed 11 Jun 2014
Concert 7.00 – 8.30pm
|St Andrew’s Churchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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 Churchemail@example.com|
|Avonhead, Christchurch/ CBS Arena – Gala Concert|
|Thurs-Fri 5-6 June 2014
Gala Concert Fri 6, 7.00pm
|Church of the Nativityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wed 11 Jun 2014
1.00 – 4.00pm, Concert 7.00pm
|Otago/South Canterbury||Rosemary Tarbotton/ Carole Randall|
|Dunedin Town Hallemail@example.com|
|Wed 18 Jun 2014
11.30 – 1pm; 1.45- 5.00pm
Festival Concert 7.00pm
|First Church, Tay Stfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tues 19 Jun 2014
|NATIONAL FINALE||Olive Leddy|
|Auckland Town Hallemail@example.com|
|Thurs- Sat 21-23 August, 2014|
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