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:Nick Nicolson
Immediate Past President:Peter Keddell
Vice Presidents:Neil Hall, Robert Storm, Don Barkman and Peter Stapleton]

Musical Director - John Buchanan MNZM

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.


Linda Folland
Linda Folland


John Buchanan MNZMMusical Director
Nick NicolsonPresident
Peter KeddellImmediate Past President
Ian GraySecretary
Neil HodgkinTreasurer
Neil HallRegistrar
Robert StormLibrarian
John DennisonAssistant Librarian
Michael Ayers
Rod Maclennan
Ray Sheppard
Jonathan Storm
Graeme Welsh

Website Editor

John Buchanan with John Shanks of Spacific Design

Honorary Solicitor

Paul Hubbard (of Downie Stewart)

Honorary Members

Judy Faris
Allan Garth
Sir Bryn Terfel
Netta Wylie
Russell Clark




Ian Gray

Royal Dunedin Male Choir

68 Church Street


Phone: 021 884 661


In person

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.

The RDMC Lyre emblem
carved by Phil Ashton