Congratulations to Belle a Cappella— the list has just been announced and Bella has been chosen, out of more than 200 choirs nationwide, to compete once again in the Big Sing National Finale!
According to the adjudicators, James Tibbles (chief adjudicator), Steven Rowe, Robert Wiremu and Andrew Withington, the standard was higher than ever this year.
Bella competed at the Finale for the first time in 2007 in Christchurch, winning a Silver Award, and before that was a guest choir at the 2006 Finale in Auckland.
You can hear Bella’s performance from this year’s regionals in Blenheim, as well as previous Finale performances, on the Videos and Mp3s page.
Bella is also thrilled to see that our region’s original Bella, Bella Voce from Marlborough Girls College, is returning to compete in the Finale. We are both very proud to be representing the Nelson/ Marlborough region.
19 choirs are on the list to compete, plus 2 reserve and 2 guest choirs. All choirs are listed below.
The Finale takes place in Wellington from 21-24 August. Each choir will perform a lunchtime recital somewhere in the Wellington CBD, present 2 ten-minute recitals for adjudication and present one item at the Gala Concert.
The Gala Concert is Saturday 23 August at Wellington Town Hall. We would love to see heaps of supporters there!
Congratulations, Bella– YOU ROCK MY WORLD!
The Fundamentals– Rangitoto College
Choralation– Westlake Boys & Girls Colleges
Euphony– Kristin School
The Sweet Sixteen– Aorere College
Kings College Chapel Choir– Kings College
St Cecilia Singers– Diocesan School for Girls
Saints Alive– St Cuthbert’s College
OK Chorale– Palmerston North Boys High
Queen Margaret Chorale– Queen Margaret College
Seraphim– Chilton St James School
Wellington College Chorale– Wellington College
Nelson / Marlborough
Belle a Cappella– Waimea College
Bella Voce– Marlborough Girls College
Male Voice Chorus– Burnside High School
Auroroa Voices– Burnside High School
Christs College Chapel Choir– Christ’s College
Con Brio– Villa Maria College
Craighead Chorale– Craighead Diocesan School
Otago Girls High School Choir– Otago Girls High School
Reserve 1: Resolutions– Rangi Ruru Girls School
Reserve 2: Luminosa Armonia– Tauranga Girls College
Femme– Southland Girls High School
Coro Notabile– Karamu High School