Queen's High School choir Vocarmony performs Viva La Vida
during the Big Sing New Zealand secondary schools choir
festival gala concert last night.
They were among about 480 pupils in 20 choirs from 13 Dunedin
and Timaru schools, who competed in the festival at the
Dunedin Town Hall yesterday.
Each choir's performance was recorded, and the recordings
will be used by three national adjudicators to select 24
choirs from around the country for the three-day finale in
Auckland in August.
While the national finalists would not be known until later
this month, regional awards were handed out last night.
Results were: Best performance in New Zealand composition or
arrangement, Craighead Chorale, Craighead Diocesan School;
best performance in classical composition, Mandate, Otago
Boys' High School; best performance in other styles, Southern
Hesperides, Otago Girls' High School; most improved choir,
Timaru Girls' High School Chorale; conductor of most improved
choir, Suzanne White, Timaru Girls'; student conductor award,
Eleanor McGechie, Craighead; choir representing the spirit of
the festival, Bel Coro, Taieri College; people's choice
award, King's High School for In the Still of the Night.