The Royal Dunedin Male Choir


A warm welcome to the website of the Royal Dunedin Male Choir. With origins in 1878 it is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most respected male choirs.

Members of the public are welcome to attend all or a part of one of our rehearsals at Caversham Baptist Church (see Map) - Mondays 7.15 to 9.30pm with a break around 8.30pm.

2018 Chor Farmer goodwill tour to New Zealand and Australia

They are a highly talented choir from Tokyo who travel to Australasia every two years to promote peace and goodwill through music.

7.30pm Sunday 9 September 2018 at Kings and Queens Performing Arts Centre

Tickets will be on sale at the door for a $5 to $10 donation. They are worth at least three times that amount.

7.30pm Sunday 9 September 2018 Kings and Queen's Performing Arts Centre

The CHOR FARMER choir was formed as a Male Voice Choir from the Tokyo University of Agriculture in 1967 by Hiroshi Masumoto. They are a first rate choir and carry out performances in Australia and New Zealand as well as in their home country. They have made Goodwill Tours to Australasia every two years since 1977 and they always sing at the two towns, Cowra and Featherston, where Japanese prisoners were kept during the war. Their beautiful music is a balm of peace today.

They sing in many languages and specialise in Schubert as well as Japanese.

Their conductor, Mr Hiroshi Masumoto, has made many fine arrangements of songs, which he has kindly allowed our choir to use in our own concerts.

Their 50th Anniversary Concert was held on 20th January 2018 in Tokyo

Please see their web site for more details

Our Chor Farmer friends in Japan celebrated their 50th Anniversary in January.

Some of the Choir getting ready to entertain passengers at Dunedin International Airport just before Christmas - photo: Richard Roberts
The choir sang Christmas Carols at Dunedin International Airport in the week before Christmas. Peter Keddell conducted
At the conclusion of the 2017 Christmas Concert - Photo: Russell Leader

Bohemian Rhapsody

Mary Did You Know?

It is Well With My Soul

Choir in good form and well supported

Christmas Concert Review by Elizabeth Bouman of the Otago Daily Times

ODT Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Music for the Festive Season featured at a variety concert on Monday night, presented by the Royal Dunedin Male Choir conducted by Richard Madden with accompanist Linda Folland, organist David Burchell and guest artists.

The choir opened with Rogers and Hammerstein’s It’s a Grand Night for Singing, which indeed they did with popular choral arrangements of songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Seventy-six Trombones and Fascinating Rhythm. The choir was in good form with some impressive harmonies in numbers such as an interpretation of Sing We Now Nowell, a beautifully serene Mary Did You Know? and This Nearly Was Mine.

The Dunedin Star Singers presented two brackets of selected choral numbers, which included a choral arrangement of Breathe Soft Ye Winds and a humorous seasonal song The Twelve Days After Christmas.

Guest artist tenor Ridge Ponini is a name to remember. This young man came from Rarotonga in 2015 to study voice at University of Otago, and the three songs performed last evening showed strong tenor resonance with a passionate sincerity in expressing the text, demonstrating his determination to succeed as a professional singer.

Music from Kaikorai Metropolitan Brass Band (conductor Norman Thorn) was a popular addition to the programme, their highlights being O Holy Night with cornet soloist Mat Patchett, and a very energetic Snoopy’s Christmas, with the audience clapping and coming in right on cue with “Merry Christmas My Friend!”.

The concert ended with both choirs and band combining for a robust delivery of And The Glory of the Lord from Messiah by Handel, and a powerful medley of carols entitled A Christmas Fantasy. The evening was compered by Tony Binns, who introduced the items with interesting background information.

Ridge Ponini richly rendered his songs
The Star Singers gave colour, in more ways than one, to our Christmas Medley

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Sunday 17th June 2018 at 2.00pm in the Town Hall

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A visitor made this video at one of our earlier concerts

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