Gordon Hamilton / composer

composer / conductor

composer / conductor

In Memory of Those Who Couldn't Marry

I’m pretty excited about this… The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) are apparently letting me have another go at them. I composed a piece for them this year called Ghosts in the Orchestra, where I get a bunch of singers from my choir The Australian Voices (TAV) to stand among the orchestral players and sing instructions at them. The instructions get unrolled into little symphonic miniatures.

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Singing Naked Sounds Better

Here's an article I wrote for the ABC Classic 2 Tumblr. Have you ever wondered why your singing sounds so good in the shower, but when you belt out an aria in front of friends, a stranger’s voice emerges? Where did the charismatic, full tone disappear to? Why do we sound better in the buff? Here are four reasons.

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Joby Talbot's 'Path of Miracles'

Every now and then a piece of music comes along that makes me think of a familiar instrument in a different way. After a nutritious education of orthodox piano training I was introduced to Messiaen's piano – an avery, organ, orchestra and religious object all rolled up together.

Joby Talbot's hour-long choral work Path of Miracles recently shocked me out of a humdrum attitude toward the choir (goddammit lots of choral music can be predictable and boring).

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