RSA Choir

The Dunedin RSA Choir

Has its origins from the grim battlefield of Gallipoli

Read our history!

Welcome to the Dunedin RSA Male Choir Web Pages.

We really hope that you enjoy your time with us. Outlined below is information that introduces the choir and some of our traditions. Please feel free to scroll through our site and become either a supporter or join, and get to know the choir better.

RSA Choir History

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The Dunedin RSA Choir had its origin on the Gallipoli battlefield. It was during a lull in the fighting in 1915 that Dunedin soldier Jimmy McNish was captivated by the singing of the enemy in a trench a short distance away.

Young McNish was so impressed with the singing and he made up his mind that, if he survived the war, he would start a soldiers' choir back at home.

Obviously he did survive, became an early member of the committee of the Returned Soldiers Association, and called a meeting of singers. Only nine turned up, but undeterred, McNish's encouraged friends from wartime days and by the end of 1919 there were 30 in the new choir.

For many years now the choir has numbered around 60, and has played an important and valued role in Dunedin City's cultural activities and the commemorative celebrations of significant historical events.

(Click Here for additional articles and information on Jimmy McNish and war history from 1914)

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