About Us

Handel's Messiah, 2017. Photo: Ian Thomson.

City Choir Dunedin is the second oldest New Zealand choir. It has performed under various names including Scholar Cantorum and City of Dunedin Choir, before assuming its present name in 2013 when it celebrated 150 years of existence. 

Our singers are 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 and perform classics of the repertoire. We also perform major new compositions by New Zealand composers. We love to work with young, aspiring soloists and welcome opportunities to perform with other choirs, such as the Christchurch City Choir and the Auckland Choral Society.

The Choir is usually involved in four or five concerts a year. We regularly perform with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and occasionally with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.


The Life and Times of a Choral Society 

Jenny Burchell’s research and documentation of the history of Dunedin’s city choir has been very well received. 

This book costs $45 and is available directly from the choir (+ $7 postage). 

To order email info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz and pay by direct credit online banking to Dunedin Choral Society 03 0903 0383102 00 with YOUR NAME and HISTORY as reference.

David Burchell, Musical Director

Musical Director

David Burchell has been Musical Director of City Choir Dunedin since the beginning of 2000 and is now the longest-serving Musical Director in the choir’s history. He is Organist and Choir Director at St Joseph’s Cathedral, and Senior Organist at All Saints’ Church. He is the Dunedin City Organist, the University of Otago’s graduation organist and organ tutor for the Performing Arts Music Programme. He is also the Musical Director of The Little Box of Operas and a regular conductor of the Dunedin Youth Orchestra. David is a graduate of Oxford University and there enjoyed an association with the renowned Choir of New College Oxford, first as Organ Scholar and later as Assistant Organist. This included a term in charge of the choir, television and radio broadcasts, and participation in the recording of many CDs as organ accompanist and soloist. While in the UK he has also worked as a university lecturer and was director of the Newcastle University Orchestra. From 1999 to early 2011 he was Organist and Choir Director at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin. As Musical Director of City Choir Dunedin he directs performances of major works for choir with a variety of accompanying groups.

Accompanist: Roland Storm
Assistant Conductor: Mark Anderson


ChairpersonDeborah Dons
Musical DirectorDavid Burchell
SecretaryJohn Matthews
TreasurerRosi Crane