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The 2014 National Finale of The Big Sing took place in the Auckland Town Hall on 21, 22 and 23 August, featuring 24 high school choirs from around New Zealand.

Radio New Zealand Concert produced the audio with R2 acting as live webcast producer. Video of individual items is available on The Big Sing's YouTube channel.

Young New Zealand carried coverage of the individual recital sessions on Sundays from 19 October, culminating in the Gala Concert on 14 December. Audio on demand is available below, and each choir's set is introduced by an interview with one or two of its senior members.

Presenter & Interviewer: Justin Gregory
Gala Presenter: Christine Argyle
Producer: Robbie Ellis
Music recorded by Tim Dodd & Larry Elliott.


Platinum Award

Choralation (Westlake Girls' & Boys' High Schools, Auckland)

Zoltán Kodály: Túrót eszik a cigány - Rowan Johnston (cond)

Gold Award + Hutt City Trophy for Best Performance of a New Zealand or Pasifika Item

Collegium (Christ's College & St Margaret's College, Christchurch)
for Nicholas Sutcliffe: This is the Day

with Robert Aburn (cond), Nicholas Sutcliffe (org)

Gold Awards

St Cecilia Singers (Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland)

Ola Gjeilo: Tundra - Shona McIntyre-Bull (cond), Nicole Davie & Kelly Kim (solos), Evans Chuang (pno), Gwyneth Nelmes (vln), Debbie King (vla), Alexandra Francis (cello)

Euphony (Kristin School, Auckland)

Jerome Kern / Oscar Hammerstein II arr. Gwyn Arch: All the Things You Are - David Squire (cond), Sheryl Clarke (pno)

OK Chorale (Palmerston North Boys' High School)

Albert Hammond / Mike Hazlewood arr. Peter Knight: I'm a Train - Graeme Young (cond)

The Fundamentals (Rangitoto College, Auckland)

Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca: Jubiabá - Jonathan Palmer (cond)

Vivace (Villa Maria College, Christchurch)

Joan Szymko: Hodie - Ravil Atlas (cond)

Tour Time Cup for Best Performance of a Classical Item

Blue Notes (Tawa College, Wellington)
for Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina: Sicut cervus desiderat

with Isaac Stone (cond)

Auahi Kore Award for Best Performance of an Item in Te Reo Māori

Barock (Otago Girls' & Boys' High Schools, Dunedin)
for Godfrey Pohatu arr. Karen Knudson: Maranga Rā

with Karen Knudson (cond), Tokerau Joseph (bar solo), Mac Te Ngahue & Eugene Shields (gtrs)

Voicemale (Westlake Boys' High School, Auckland)
for Christopher Marshall: He Hīmene

with David Squire (cond), Warwick Robinson (cl)

NZCF-SOUNZ Composition Competition

Luke Ross (Onslow College, Wellington) for Big Cheese

Performed by Choralation, Rowan Johnston (cond), Luke Ross (pno)

Youth Ambassadors Award

One Tree Hill College Chorale (Auckland)

trad. US arr. Howard Helvey: I'm Gonna Sing - Terence Maskell (cond), John Scott & Raewyn Seto (pno)