Burnside High's Bel Canto on song at Big Sing

06:18, Aug 19 2012
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Chilton Saint James School at the Big Sing national choir competition at the Wellington Town Hall.
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Burnside High School at the Big Sing national choir competition at the Wellington Town Hall.
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Marlborough Girls' High School at the Big Sing national choir competition at the Wellington Town Hall.
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Villa Maria College at the Big Sing national choir competition at the Wellington Town Hall.

Burnside High School's senior girls choir has come out on top at last night's Big Sing Finale for 2012.

The group, called Bel Canto, took away the premium platinum award at the event at Wellington's Town Hall last night.

The competition saw choirs from all over the country performing over the last three days in front of choral judges from New Zealand and Australia. The top 18 were chosen to compete in Wellington for the national title.

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ON SONG: Burnside High School's Bel Canto.

Burnside High's senior mixed chorale also won gold at the event.

Sally Coughlan, one of the performer's mothers, said the result was thrilling, "especially after a demanding year when resources were stretched between both [Burnside's] own students and Avonside Girls', who were on campus since the February earthquake till the end of last year".

"It is a great acknowledgement to the spirit of the arts being alive in Chirstchurch despite so much upheaval. The Big Sing was described as the Olympics of secondary school choral music in New Zealand as it provides the ground for many of our aspiring singers and conductors.

"There have been thousands of hours put into this result. We are very proud of them."

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