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 - Mondays 7.15 to 9.30pm with a break around 8.30pm.

QSM for Musical Director

The ODT records, on Monday 5th June, that Richard Madden, Musical Director of our choir, has been awarded the QSM for services to music. Congratulations Richard. Your father, who also conducted this choir, would be so proud.

Videos of the June 2017 concert

18th June 2017 Concert Review (from Marion Poole of the ODT):

Outstanding Delivery by Choir and Guests

A near-capacity house was wowed by the wonderful sound of the Royal Dunedin Male Choir with guests under the direction of Richard Madden and Daniel Cooper with accompanying pianists Linda Folland and Lynley Fuglestad and organist David Burchell at the town hall yesterday afternoon.

Compere Tony Binns made up for the lack of programme notes.

The sound produced by the choir is certainly more vocally agile and more harmonically attuned than in the past.

The items chosen for the performance also asked for more technical and emotional import from the choir than in previous years.

The choir is also to be commended for its choice of guest soloists and for the familial context it maintains via awards and personal anecdotes for its performers and audience.

Boy soprano Grayson Westgate is already a seasoned performer. Mike Batt's song Bright Eyes highlighted the strength of Westgate's clear voice across a wide range and that he can attain nigh perfect diction.

The Christchurch Liedertafel Male Voice Choir showed the strength of individual voices in Irving Berlin's Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning and their capacity for comedy.

Pianist Emmanuel Wong's performance of four numbers by Rachmaninoff and Kaputsin presented a taste of his superb talent. His delivery and phrasing were exceptionally good. We wish him well for his future.

Graeme Downie, from the Leidertafel choir, made a good fist of None but the Lonely Heart.

Special highlights also included the numbers given by the combined choirs. The harmonies in Malotte's The Lord's Prayer were well achieved.

The final chorus of the Battle Cry of the Republic was truly rousing. Members of the Kaikorai Brass Band were also a welcome addition to the choirs' sound. The encore What Would I do Without My Music was widely appreciated.

Upcoming concerts

Sunday 29th October 2pm at East Taieri Church

A Spring Sing to gladden every heart

Monday 4th December at 7.30pm

Subscribers' Christmas Concert

With invited special guest artists

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A visitor made this video at one of our earlier concerts

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