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A history of City Choir Dunedin

City Choir Dunedin is proud to announce the publication of its history in The Life and Times of a Choral Society – Dunedin’s City Choir 1863-2013. The Dunedin Choral Society, which performs as City Choir Dunedin, is the second-oldest choral society in New Zealand.

The choir’s predecessors have been performing since Christmas Eve 1863, when selections from Messiah were presented to Dunedin by the newly-formed Philharmonic Society.  Like every other New Zealand choral society its career has been a chequered one, but Dunedin’s Choral Society presents a heroic tale of vision and determination. It has endured and flourished.

The Choral Society has been involved in such diverse events as opening ceremonies for new buildings, royal and vice-regal visits, charitable fund-raising, victory celebrations, commemorations, exhibitions, festivals, sporting events and, of course, choral concerts.

The society’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore was much admired in 1886 – not least for its costumes. The season was so successful that extra performances were put on, and the whole production was even taken to Oamaru on a special train.

Find out more of this fascinating story in City Choir Dunedin’s new official history. Well-known local musicologist Dr Jenny Burchell tells the story of the first 150 years, setting the choir’s activities in the context of the social and artistic fabric of the developing city and country.

To purchase your copy from City Choir Dunedin:

email info@citychoirdunedin.org.nz
or phone 021 383 667
or write to PO Box 5464, Dunedin 9054

(soft cover, 430 pages, $45 pick up, $52 by mail order).