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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 (1996-2011).

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 Forest Sing'.

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", 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.






"Wairua" 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") will be presented at the international World Harp Congress in Sydney in July 2014. The press release referred to the high quality of entries, with composers from around the country submitting works.

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".


On the "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.


New works have been produced, or are underway, for the following groups:

Viva Voce: "The Bridge of Love": for choir and piano duet (premiere on 23 March)

Cantare (Westlake Girls High School): "Karanga of the Winds": for 2 SSA choirs and piano

Hilltop School (Taupo) 50th anniversary celebrations: "Our Beautiful Place" for 2-part treble voices and piano

Premier Concert Band (Auckland Grammar School): "Jekyll and Hyde" for solo oboe and clarinet, with concert band

Choralation (Westlake Girls High School): "Luz Ultima" for triple choir and piano

Feel free to contact me if you want any further information on anything - my contact details are on the Contact Me page.