The Royal Dunedin Male Choir is administered by the Royal Dunedin Male Choir Incorporated, limited to and exclusively for charitable purposes, in New Zealand. The activities of the Choir are administered by a Committee, elected at the Annual General Meeting.
|Patron:||Judy Bellingham MNZM|
|Immediate Past President:||H Robert Wilson|
|Vice Presidents:||Neil Hall, Nick Nicolson, Robert Storm, Don Barkman and Peter Stapleton|
|Trustees:||Brian Foley, Nick Nicolson, H Robert Wilson|
Musical Director - John Buchanan
John has won many accolades during his professional career including the Dunstanza senior girls’ choir Gold Medals at Melbourne Eisteddfod in 2014; People’s Choice in the 2015 Big Sing Regional Competition and in 2017 winning a silver award and the award for the best presentation of a song in Te Reo at The Big Sing Finale in Auckland. In 2018 the Seniors Girls were invited to attend the Australian International Music Festival in Sydney where they gained a very high Silver Award
In 2017 he was invited to conduct the Roxburgh Brass Band taking them to the National championships in Wellington where they won the D grade section and Conductors award for best conductor. The following year the band went to the National Championships in Blenheim and again won the whole D grade section- a first for the band.
When John returned to Dunedin earlier this year he was invited to conduct Opera Otago’s production of Mikado. He is also very involved with the New Zealand Choral Federation and he was contracted by them to organise three musical festivals in three regions of the country.
John now lives in Dunedin with his partner Sharon McLennan.
Peter Keddell joined the Choir in September 2001 and was appointed Deputy Conductor the following year.
He studied law at Otago University, graduating in 1965 and joined a legal firm at Milton which later merged with a firm in Balclutha so all his years as a legal practitioner were spent in South Otago. He was also the Coroner for South Otago for a number of years.
He was a provincial hockey representative, has always loved music and is a keen pianist, preferring to accompany, and he has played for many shows and concerts.
He writes “music in the blood is an addiction that doesn’t need curing, just feeding”.
Frances Brodie first accompanied on piano at Secondary School assemblies and was “pushed” to play the organ on her first day at Bible Class and has been playing for church services ever since.
She was invited by the late Les Bonar, the former conductor of Royal Dunedin Male Choir, to be deputy accompanist and was appointed in March 1998.
She has been a Royal Dunedin Male Choir subscriber since 1972, and has attended most concerts.
Frances has an enviable record of attendance at rehearsals – hardly ever missing one and the baritone and bass sections really appreciate the gift of her encouragement.
|John Dennison||Chairman & Assistant Librarian|
|Bob Chalmers||Deputy Chairman|
|John Buchanan||Musical Director|
|Murray Ayson||Stage Manager|
|Alan Jackson with John Shanks of Spacific Design|
|Sir Bryn Terfel|
Royal Dunedin Male Choir
68 Church Street
Phone: 021 884 661
The Choir administration does not maintain a physical office. If you wish to speak to a committee member we suggest that you visit us during a choir rehearsal session on a Monday evening between 7:00pm and 9:30pm. There is typically a short break in rehearsals at 8:30pm.
Rehearsals are on Mondays at 7:15pm at the Caversham Baptist Church, corner of Surrey Street and Main South Road, Caversham, Dunedin.