14 Dec 2015

David Hamilton (b 1955)

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 14 December 2015
Composer David Hamilton

Composer David Hamilton Photo: Supplied

New Zealand composer David Hamilton talks with Christine Argyle, to mark his 60th birthday.

He has been particularly prolific in choral composition, and his pieces continue to dominate the New Zealand art song compositions at the 'Big Sing' festivals all around the country each year. Some composers might only want to write for advanced adult choirs, at a more esoteric level, but David Hamilton has devoted a great deal of his output to school and community choirs of mixed ability.

Music Details:

David Hamilton: Lux Aeterna - NZ Youth Choir 1982/Peter Godfrey (Private Recording)

David Hamilton: Ave Maria - Special Choral Ensemble (Private Recording)

David Hamilton: Karakia of the Stars - Horomona Horo (taonga puoro), Voices NZ Chamber Choir/Karen Grylls (Atoll ACD 213)

David Hamilton: An Offering for Parihaka - Richard Nunns (taonga puoro), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Young (Trust MMT 2033)

David Hamilton: Double Percussion Concerto - Richard Horne, Bruce McKinnon (percussion), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra/John Hopkins (Ribbonwood RCD 1004)

David Hamilton: Leukos - Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra/Rudolpho Fischer (RNZ recording)

David Hamilton: Fanfare, Zarya - Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra/Miguel Harth-Bedoya (Atoll ACD 100)

David Hamilton: The Faraday Cage - NZTrio (RNZ recording)

David Hamilton: The Moon is Silently Singing  - Peter Sharman, Greg Hill (horns), NZ Youth Choir/Karen Grylls (Manu CD 1412)