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 on composing, 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), has been composer-in-residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (1999), 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, and is 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', and in early 2015 he was composer-in-residence at the NZ Singing School.

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. From 2017 he has been appointed as Principal Guest Conductor with Pakuranga Choral Society.

Full biographical details and lists of works can be accessed on other pages.


Some YouTube videos of performances from the 2017 Big Sing finale...

"When Night is Over"
performed by Choralation conducted by Rowan Johnston with Samantha Lim (soprano saxophone)
(Note: sadly, the 2017 finale took place in the Aotea Centre, so a full pipe organ was not available. The work had more impact in the Town Hall at the regional event.)



Some YouTube videos of performances from the 2016 Big Sing finale...

"Joy" performed by Choralation conducted by Rowan Johnston

"Karakia of the Moon" performed by Canatare conducted by Fiona Wilson

"Come Sleep, Oh Sleep" performed by Bel Canto conducted by Sue Densem








A long overdue update of my website!! November 2017. Lists of works still need updating. Some links to recordings may currently not function.


Competition successes in 2017:

1. 1st place in the ensemble viola section of the Australia New Zealand Viola Society composer's competition for "Are We There Yet?" (for 5 violas).

2. 3rd place in the 4th Komos Choral Composers' Competition (Bologna, Italy) for "Cling to Me".

Works completed through to November are:

Meeting Place
for Maori instruments, strings, and harp (written for ACG PArnell College Chamber Orchestra)
String Theory for 2 violins, viola, piano
On That Day Again for piano solo
Imagined Dances II for viola d’amore, cello, guitar
Jalan Pekeliling for concert band (written for Auckland Grammar School Premier Concert Band)
Mein Leben Ist Nicht Diese Steile Stunde for 5-part male voices (CtTTBB)
Song of the Gumfield for male voices (Tr.(Opt)Tbb)
Cling To Me for TTBB (awarded 3rd place in the Komos Choral Composition Competition 2017 - Bologna, Italy)
Christmas Day SSAATTBB
Sea Song for SA, piano (written for Black Watch Singers, St Cuthbert's College)
When Night is Over for soprano saxophone, SATB, organ (written for Choralation, Westlake Boys and Girls High Schools)
Places Among the Stars for soprano and baritone soloists, SATB, organ (written for Pakuranga Choral Society)
I Carry Your Heart With Me for 2 SATB choirs, organ
Family Matters for unaccompanied SATB (written for Viva Voce)
Was It Light That Spake? for SSAATTBB, piano
Land, Sea and Stars for soprano and mezzo-soprano solo, SSA and SA choirs, orchestra (picc222bcl2;3331;timp;3perc;pf;str)
(commissioned by Epsom Girls Grammar School for the school's centennial)
Unity for counter-tenor, SATB choir, chamber orchestra (1220;2000;perc,str)

Still ahead are works for the NZ Secondary Students Choir and a work for the international handbells congress 2018 in Cairns. Plus works for the schools I'm involved with.



The premiere of "The Faraday Cage" on 16 September 2015 (with subsequent performances on the 18th and 20th) generated some very positive reviews and also this article in the NZ Herald. Headlined "Emotional contact is essential" the article covered some of my philosophy of composition, in particular the importance of working with community groups. Here is the link:



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 becoming a popular piece for ANZAC Day commemorations also. Available in a version for SSA and piano, and also available with orchestral accompaniment.

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