Dudley Benson


Dudley Benson is an Aotearoa original. A lapsed choirboy with a singular musical vision, a well-tuned cultural consciousness, and a touch of the mischievous.

His songs, with their recurring themes of nature and nationalism, tell quintessentially New Zealand stories. In addition to his remarkable voice, his productions combine, among other things, choirs and orchestras, electronica and taonga pūoro, bagpipes and harpsichords. Each of his albums is the product of years of work, with a depth and detailing that demands – and amply rewards – repeated listening. In concert, which is more likely to be in a church, marae or community hall than a bar or club, he utilises elements of dance, theatre and visual art to offer a complete sensory experience.

Dudley Benson live in London, 2019.
Dudley Benson sending out Forest CDs, 2010.
Dudley Benson, Dawn Chorus tour, 2010.
Dudley Benson, 2022.
Photo credit: Alex Lovell-Smith & Ayesha Green
Dudley Benson live at Te Papa Marae, 2012.
Dudley Benson's home studio in Auckland, 2009.
Dudley Benson performing live at Arts Foundation Awards, 2014.
Dudley Benson - The Awakening (2008)
Dudley Benson gig poster, Schooner Tavern, Auckland.
Dudley Benson - Forest: Songs By Hirini Melbourne (2010)
Dudley Benson, 2008
Photo credit: Karen Inderbitzen Waller
Recording Forest at RNZ, 2010.
Dudley Benson and the Dawn Chorus live at Palm Beach Hall, Waiheke Island.
Dudley Benson with Cat Ruka and the Dawn Chorus, 2010.
Photo credit: Josh Thomas
Dudley Benson, 2008.
Photo credit: Karen Inderbitzen Waller
Dudley Benson with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after singing at the Nigel Brown retrospective opening, Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, 2018.
Dudley Benson, 2022.
Dudley Benson.
Photo credit: Charly Walsh
Dudley Benson - Muscles (2018)
Dudley Benson.
Photo credit: Josh Thomas
Dudley Benson - Asthma live at St Matthew-in-the-City, 2007
Recording strings for The Awakening, 2008.
Dudley Benson.
Photo credit: Josh Thomas
Dudley Benson solo show, City Gallery, Wellington.
Dudley Benson and the Dawn Chorus, live at Oratia Settlers Hall, 2010.
Dudley Benson - It's Ōtepoti's Fault (2022)
Dudley Benson - Minerals and Rocks (2007)
Dudley Benson, Dawn Chorus tour poster, 2010.
Dudley Benson on Jason Gunn's Son of a Gunn show, 1994.
Dudley Benson - I Don't Mind live at St Matthew-in-the-City, 2007
Dudley Benson recording the choir for the Forest album, 2010.
Dudley Benson - Deforestation (2014)
Dudley Benson - Zealandia (2018)
Dudley Benson.
Photo credit: Joshua Thomas, Hanna Lee
Dudley Benson.
Photo credit: Russ Flatt and Matthew Galloway
Dudley Benson recording Forest at RNZ with Adrian Hollay, 2010.
Dudley Benson, 2018.
Photo credit: Russ Flatt, Emile Holmewood
Dudley Benson.
Photo credit: Miranda Bellamy
Dudley Benson recording Forest at RNZ, 2010.
Dudley Benson, Port Hills, Christchurch, c. 1988.
Dudley Benson, 2007.
Photo credit: Peter Stichbury
Dudley Benson, 2018.
Photo credit: Josh Thomas
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