Big Sing strikes a chord

Photo by Linda Robertson

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.

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