Singing their little hearts out

Students from Otumoetai College performing at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional festival of the New Zealand Choral Federation’s The Big Sing 2015 competition. Photo: NZCF/Facebook.

The voices of more than 9000 secondary school students will ring out across New Zealand with the return of The Big Sing 2017 competition.

This year choirs from Aquinas, Mount Maunganui, Otumoetai, and Tauranga Girls’ colleges will all be performing at the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional festival at Cambridge’s St Peter’s School on June 9.

The Western Bay colleges are four of more than 260 choirs from more than 150 schools taking part in 11 regional festivals organised by the New Zealand Choral Federation.

Each choir competing in the festival will have 10 minutes to present a varied programme that must include a New Zealand composition.

“New Zealand can be proud of its choral achievements, and especially of the enthusiasm and support for all choirs that is evident at The Big Sing festivals,” says a spokesperson for the NZCF.

“Many of these school choristers go on to join NZ national choirs and these often win awards at prestigious international choral competitions.”

Following the regional festivals, adjudicators will meet on June 23 to select the 24 top choirs who’ll all attend The Big Sing National Finale in Auckland from August 24-26.

At the National Finale, the choirs will present two choral programmes of varied repertoire, and these will be judged by a Finale adjudicator panel.

The final special event will be a Gala Concert in the Aotea Centre on August 26 and will feature all the choirs and showcase the music performed over the three days of the finale.

The Waikato/Bay of Plenty regional festival of The Big Sing 2017 competition takes place at St Peter’s School in Cambridge from Friday, June 9, from 9am–3.30pm. For more information, visit