School choirs to perform in Timaru

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Tuning in . . . Timaru Girls' High School Chorale, pictured performing in St Mary's Church earlier this year, will be one of 12 school choirs taking part in the Big Sing Cadenza event later this month. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Competing school choirs will perform in Timaru later this month.

The town is hosting its first Big Sing Cadenza festival on August 16 and 17, the sole South Island event of the three-part Cadenza series.

It is a separate event from the interschool choir Big Sing competitions, but provides the 12 choirs with the atmosphere of a Big Sing finale event, along with mass workshops for attendees.

Timaru Girls’ High School is one of the 12 choirs involved in the mass performance and preceding workshops.

While Craighead Diocesan School’s Chorale was not one of the 12 choirs, the school group will also join Timaru Boys’ High School in the workshops.

The Craighead Chorale is also set to attend the finale of the Big Sing in Dunedin at the end of August, following a successful performance in the regional event earlier this year.

Craighead is also playing host to the adjudication and workshop sessions, which will all be held in the school auditorium.

Participating choirs will be judged by Christie Anderson, from Adelaide University, across four sessions.

The first two will be held on Friday, August 16, followed by two more on August 17.

There will also be three mass choir workshops – involving the 12 choirs, plus the Timaru Boys’ choir and Craighead Chorale – across the two days.

Two will be held at Craighead on the Friday afternoon and evening, and the third will be held in the Theatre Royal on Saturday afternoon. These workshops and adjudications will culminate in a public gala concert on the Saturday evening, also at the Theatre Royal, which will allow all the choirs to showcase an item from their Cadenza repertoire, as well as singing the mass-rehearsed music rehearsed with Anderson.

The Gala Concert will be held on August 17, at 7pm.