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The competition was held in Dunedin last weekend, and schools from across the country attended.
About 830 participants from 24 choirs competed at the Dunedin Town Hall in the country’s leading choral competition for secondary students.
The finale is the culmination of Big Sing regional festivals all around New Zealand, from which choirs are chosen to attend the National Finale.
Three choirs were selected from Christchurch – Rangi Ruru’s Resolutions group was joined by Cantrices, from Christchurch Girls’ High School, and Con Brio, from Villa Maria College which also received recognition with a silver award.
Each choir presented two recitals, with a total of five songs from a wide range of genre, Rangi Ruru director of music, Janet Kingsbury said the standard was incredibly high.
“There were some tough decisions having to be made by the three adjudicators,” she said.
“One commented that he was looking for empathy through the stories that were told, whilst recognising the processes required to produce stellar performances from the young choral singers. Many long hours of work since the start of the year have paid off for these wonderful young women who represented Rangi with pride and dignity.”
Mrs Kingsbury said, the competitive element notwithstanding, it is the camaraderie and sense of joy the young singers bring to the finale which is memorable.
“The finale truly was a chance for young people to see first-hand how hard work, discipline and collaboration brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to celebrate the power of music through song.”