This is the website of David
Hamilton (b. 1955), one of New Zealand's most widely
performed composers. Until 2001 Head of Music at Epsom
Girls Grammar School in Auckland, from 2002 he has been
concentrating mainly on composing and reducing teaching
commitments to part-time. He continued to work with
Opus, the top choir of Epsom Girls Grammar School until
the end of 2003, and conducted St Mary's Schola (St
Mary's College 2008-2012). He was a foundation member of
the New Zealand Youth Choir (1979-1982), and has also
been Deputy Music Director of Auckland Choral
With a strong interest and
involvement in choral music, Hamilton's music is being
increasingly performed by choirs around the world.
Recent significant performances have been in Italy,
Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and the USA, and works have been
commissioned by choirs in England, Japan, Ireland, the
USA and Finland.
He is also active as a choral
adjudicator, having been invited to Japan in 2000
(Takarazuka International Chamber Choir Contest) and
2003 (Japan Choral Association high schools choir
competition), and to Hawaii in 2005 (Pacific Basin Music
Festival). In September 2009 he was an adjudicator and
workshop leader at the Trelew international choir
competition in Argentina, and in 2012 received an
invitation to be an adjudicator at the prestigious
Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales (with a return
invitation in 2013). Also in demand as a workshop
presenter in New Zealand and overseas. He has lectured
in both the School of Music and School of Education at
the University of Auckland. In 2013 he was guest
composer at Sing Aotearoa, the national choral event,
and composed the work which everyone performed at 'The
He is also busy as a choral
conductor with community choirs, having worked with
Tauranga Civic Choir, Napier Civic Choir, Pakuranga
Choral Society, Taupo Choral Society and South Auckland Choral Society, as
well as conducting Auckland Choral on several occasions.
Major works conducted include Lambert's 'The Rio
Grande', Haydn's 'Nelson' Mass (three times) and 'Little
Organ Mass', Handel's 'Samson', Mozart's 'Requiem' and
Clarinet Concerto, Saint Saens 'Christmas Oratorio',
Gounod's 'Saint Cecilia' Mass, Mendelssohn's "Vom himmel
hoch" and "Elijah", Bach cantatas, and Britten's 'Ceremony of
Carols', along with a number of his own choral cycles.
Full biographical details and lists
of works can be accessed on other pages.
SEPTEMBER: HAMILTON MUSIC MONTH!!
A flurry of
performances occurred during September 2014 - see Recent
and Upcoming Performances page
(click on the 'Performances' button on the left).
choir's 2014 annual general meeting, Auckland Choral
elected me as President of the choir. This largely
titular position, has generally held by a past member of
long-standing, or someone with long association with the
COMPOSITION COMPETITION SUCCESS
for solo harp recently won 1st place in a competition
for a new work for solo harp, organised by the
University of Waikato and the Harp Society of NZ. The
work ("Wairua") was presented at the international World
Harp Congress in Sydney in July 2014. The judging panel praised the work for its "...skilful
composition and imaginative use of the resources of the
concert harp, while also opening up a very engaging
sound world for listeners".
"Music" page is a sample of "In Flanders Fields" for
SATB choir and piano. Composed for the 2013
Passchendaele commemoration at Auckland Museum, it is
being performed this year in Perth on ANZAC Day.
2014 COMPOSING NEWS
works have been produced, or are underway, for the
College (Milledgeville GA, USA): "When the Cold Awakens"
(premiere 5 December)
for solo mezzo, SSA and SATB choirs, and chamber
Community of St Luke's Choir: "A Mass for the Community
of St Luke" (premiere on 19 October) for SATB choir and
Bene Choir (Wellington): "Canción de Invierno"
(premiered on 14 September, conducted by Christine
for SSAATB choir.
Voce: "The Bridge of Love": for choir and piano duet
(premiere on 23 March)
(Westlake Girls High School): "Karanga of the Winds"
for 2 SSA choirs and piano
Feel free to
contact me if you want any further information on
anything - my contact details are on the Contact Me