The Royal Dunedin Male Choir

About us: See also  History, Choral Singers


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.

Principal Officers

Patron:Judy Bellingham MNZM
President:Peter Keddell
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 (Conductor) - retiring after the 2019 Christmas Concert

Richard Madden QSM

Richard Madden, Mus.B (Hons), LRSM, QSM, was appointed the Choir's Conductor in 2001.

Born in Dunedin, Richard joined the Choir as a First Tenor in 1998, was appointed Deputy Conducter in 1999 and has been Conductor since 2001. He is a very talented musician and has composed a wide range of music.

Richard was educated at Otago Boys’ High School (1966-71) and the University of Otago (1971-76). He studied composition with Don Byars and Edwin Carr and singing with Honor McKellar, graduating with BMus (Hons).

He was awarded the Queens Service Medal in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Deputy Conductor

Peter Keddell

Peter Keddell joined the Choir in September 2001and 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”.


Linda Folland
Linda Folland

Deputy Accompanist

Frances Brodie

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 DennisonChairman & Assistant Librarian
Bob ChalmersDeputy Chairman
Ian GraySecretary
Neil HodgkinTreasurer
Richard MaddenMusical Director
Neil HallRegistrar
Murray AysonStage Manager
Robert StormLibrarian
Peter KeddellPresident
Michael Ayers
Rod Maclennan
Ray Sheppard
Jonathan Storm
Alby Warner
Graeme Welsh

Website Editor

Alan Jackson with John Shanks of Spacific Design

Honorary Solicitor

Nick Nicolson

Honorary Members

Judy Faris
Allan Garth
Dulcie Jones
Sir Bryn Terfel
Netta Wylie
Russell Clark

Public Documents