The Royal Dunedin Male Choir

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Spring Sing at Gore 25th August 2019

A special Spring Concert by the Choir at Gore this year

Gore has ‘appetite for fine music’

The Ensign Review 28th August 2019 by Sandy Eggleston

A near-capacity crowd enjoyed a selection of items from the Royal Dunedin Male Choir and guests on Sunday afternoon.

The 40-strong choir was conducted by Richard Madden.

Guest artists were soprano Erica Paterson, baritone Scott Bezett, Windforce Four members Isabelle Coe, Minori Otsuka, Suhung Yang, Alexandra Giles (all clarinet) and violin duo Victoria Williamson and Skyla Murray.

Accompanists were Lynda Folland and Sandra Crawshaw (piano) and Frances Brodie (pipe organ). Co-organiser Bill Christie said the concert was well-supported nearly 400 people attending.

“(The audience) were so enthusiastic.

“(This) indicates that Eastern Southland has an appetite for fine music,” Mr Christie said.

It was seven years since the choir had performed in Gore.

"In another seven years the choir will be celebrating their 150th anniversary and it would be nice if they were to come back again then in 2026”.

Mid-Winter Concert Sunday 16th June 2019 2pm

A varied programme was again on offer at our Mid-Winter Concert 2019
The Otago Daily Times took this photo of the choir at the 2019 Mid-Winter Concert

Crowd enjoys male choir in excellent voice

ODT Review of 17th June 2019 by Elizabeth Bouman

A large crowd enjoyed the programme of items presented by Royal Dunedin Male Choir (director Richard Madden) and guests in the town hall yesterday, proving the Sunday 2pm start was ideal for midwinter Dunedin concert-goers.

The choir was in excellent voice with plenty of new repertoire among old favourites. A powerful robust Let All Men Sing opened the concert and the favourite Gwahoddiad was a commanding final item.

Other choral numbers included The Impossible Dream, New York, New York, The Glendy Burk, which was a rousing folk-tune with finely shaded harmony, a laid-back delivery of the Streisand hit Evergreen, The Turtle Dove with two beautifully enunciated verses from soloist Tyler Neumann, and a new song Come In From the Firefly Darkness by Amy Bernon. One Song (Hamlisch) with its deep and meaningful text was dedicated to the people of Christchurch.

David Burchell accompannied several items from the town hall organ and also contributed three contrasting solos: a rousing delivery of Mendelssohn's War March of the Priests Saint-Saen's famous The Swan in an arrangement for organ which I found disappointing, and a most entertaining contemporary work by Lebanese-French composer and organist Naji Hakim (1955-).

Guest artist pianist Sophie Sun (year 12) chose classical repertoire by Brahms and Chopin, and Prelude Op.3. No.2 by Rachmaninoff, all displaying exceptional talent and memory in one so young. Soprano Erica Paterson (accompanied by David Burchell) sang selected songs, and Daniel Kelly conducted the Southern Consort in three a capella numbers, maintaining the flair and high standard of musicianship this group is currently achieving. The choir's accompanist was Linda Folland and the afternoon was compered by Lyn Murray.

The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held on 25th March.

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