Auckland secures ‘Olympics of choral music’

The New Zealand Choral Federation (NZCF) has won the rights to host the 13th World Choir Games in Auckland in 2024.

Organised by international choral body INTERKULTUR, the World Choir Games is the largest choral festival in the world.

Held every two years, it attracts around 300 choirs from over 50 countries, with up to 15,000 participants.

“Aotearoa New Zealand is a singing nation with a thriving choral scene,” said Juliet Dreaver, chair of NZCF.

“We look forward to a rich cultural exchange as thousands of singers from around the world lift their voices together in song on our shores.”

NZCF was to have hosted the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in July this year but was forced to cancel the event as a result of Covid-19.

“After the crushing disappointment of losing the Symposium, this tremendous news couldn’t come at a better time for our choral community,” she said.

Auckland will host the Games over 11 days in July 2024 in concert halls, churches and large public venues.

The event is supported by funding from New Zealand Major Events through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Auckland Unlimited, on behalf of Auckland Council.