City Choir Dunedin exists for people of all ages and from all walks of life who share a common delight in choral singing. We aim to be a "A Choir of Note" in New Zealand.
City Choir Dunedin presents Handel's Messiah, December 2015.  Photo: Sean Waller

As Dunedin’s leading exponent of large-scale choral works, the choir strives for the highest standards in performing the classics of the repertoire, such as Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, the Beethoven Ninth and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.

In addition, the choir has performed major new compositions by New Zealand composers, such as Missa Pacifica by David Hamilton in 2006, and John Drummond’s The Journey Home in 2012. For its 125th anniversary the choir commissioned a new work from Malcolm (Jack) Speirs: Cantico del Sole, and for its 150th anniversary celebrations the choir commissioned a new work from Christopher Marshall:  For What Can Be More Beautiful?

The Choir provides a forum for young, aspiring soloists and welcomes opportunities to perform with other choirs, such as the Invercargill A Capella Singers and the Auckland Choral Society.

The Choir's membership stands at around 140 and is usually involved in four or five concerts a year. The Choir regularly performs with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and occasionally have performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Click here to read the formal vision and mission of City Choir Dunedin.


Explore the early history of City Choir Dunedin.
Extracting Mr Wolf's new Choral Society from its mythological future, by Dr Jenny Burchell.
City Choir Dunedin celebrated 150 Years in 2013.


City Choir Dunedin is administered by the Dunedin Choral Society Incorporated, limited to and exclusively for charitable purposes, in New Zealand. The society is registered with the New Zealand Charities Services as a charitable organisation (registration number: CC29845).  The activities of the Choir are administered by a Committee, elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Principal Officers

PatronProfessor Anthony Ritchie
Vice PatronHis Worship Mayor Aaron Hawkins
Music Patron  Professor Terence Dennis MNZM
President  Deborah Dons
Vice PresidentsAssociate Professor Peter Adams, Associate Professor Judy Bellingham, Dr Harvey Brown, Dr Colin Gibson MNZ,  Dame Elizabeth Hanan DNZM, Mrs Agnes Hodges, Ms Honor McKellar QSM
Life MembersDr Harvey Brown, Dr Colin Gibson, Mrs Agnes Hodges, Mr Roland Storm, Mrs Joy Smith, Mrs Glennie Jamieson, Mr Bill Dawson, Mrs Gillian Watson, Mrs Clare Kennelly, Mrs Judy Tucker

David Burchell, Musical Director
Musical Director

David Burchell became the Choir's Musical Director in January 2000. Read more about David...


Roland Storm

Assistant Conductor

Mark Anderson


ChairpersonWarren Tate
Musical DirectorDavid Burchell
SecretaryJohn Matthews
TreasurerRosi Crane
LibrarianMaud Schröder
Membership Secretary Jan Stevens
Publicity & ProductionLeta Labuschagne
Stage ManagerNigel Tucker
Venue bookingsLeta Labuschagne
H&S ChairNigel Tucker
Sales tableAnneloes de Groot
NZCF RepresentativeScott Blackwell

Other Officers

Choir MarshallRebecca Westoby
Music Folders Co-ordinator  Christine Ogilvy
Suppers Co-ordinator  Lyn Dowsett
Archive CollectorRosi Crane
Fire WardensScott Blackwell, Nigel Tucker
WebmasterLeta Labuschagne
Honorary SolicitorAlistair Logan


The Choir receives a small annual city service grant from the Dunedin City Council.