The Royal Dunedin Male Choir 

About us: See also  History, Choral Singers

Administration

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
Trustees:Brian Foley, Nick Nicolson

Musical Director - John Buchanan

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.

Deputy Conductor

Peter Keddell

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”.

Accompanist

Linda Folland
Linda Folland

Committee

John BuchananMusical Director
Nick NicolsonPresident
Peter KeddellImmediate Past President
Don BarkmanVice President
Ian GraySecretary
Neil HodgkinTreasurer
Neil HallRegistrar
Robert StormLibrarian
John DennisonAssistant Librarian
Michael Ayers
Rod Maclennan
Ray Sheppard
Jonathan Storm
Alby Warner
Graeme Welsh

Website Editor

Alan Jackson with John Shanks of Spacific Design

Honorary Solicitor

Paul Hubbard (of Downie Stewart)

Honorary Members

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

Contacts

Postal


Secretary


Ian Gray

Royal Dunedin Male Choir

68 Church Street

MOSGIEL 9024

Phone: 021 884 661

rdmchoir@gmail.com

Email

info@rdmc.nz

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