Gordon Hamilton / composer

composer / conductor

composer / conductor


'THUM PRINTS' in SYDNEY, COLOgne & Nürnberg

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Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 16 September 2018, 14:00
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
Also featuring 482 Variations on a Very Short Theme & Opposites (World Premiere)

WDR Funkhausorchester
Friday 11 October 2018 (+ Live stream)
Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne)
Also featuring Baby Steps First

Nürnberg Symphoniker
Wednesday 27 March 2019 (7:00pm)
Thursday 28 March 2019 (9:30 & 11:15am)
Friday 29 March 2019 (9:00 & 11:00am)
Musiksaal in der Kongresshalle (Nürnberg)

Conductor | Gordon Hamilton


Tom Thum, the man with the orchestra in his mouth, joins forces with composer Gordon Hamilton. Armed with just a microphone, this magnificently talented dude produced an inexhaustible vocal inventory of glorious and weird noises. Gordon and Tom smoosh together the sounds of a real-life orchestra with all the surprising possibilities of beatboxing. 

BBC Concert Orchestra – performance of ‘Baby Steps First’


Sunday 18 November 2018 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor | Bramwell Tovey

London Jazz Festival

Gordon Hamilton | Baby Steps First
Wayne Shorter | Nefertiti
Dave Heath | The Frontier
Bramwell Tovey | Pictures in the Smoke
James Tenney | Chorales
Shiva Feshareki | Dialogue

'Red Live Breath' Tour With The Australian Voices

St Peter's Anglican Cathedral, Armidale (25 Nov.) / St John's Anglican Church, Mudgee (26 Nov.) / Holy Trinity Anglican, Orange (27 Nov.) / St Patrick's Catholic Church, Lithgow (28 Nov.) / Wesley Music Centre, Canberra (30 Nov.) / Sydney 1 Dec.) / Our Lady Star of the Sea, Nambucca Heads (3 Dec.)

The Australian Voices
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton


Join one of the country’s premiere vocal ensembles for Red Live Breath by Cathy Milliken. In this stunning ritualistic work, the choristers gather to sing short phrases, play stones, exchange sonorities with whirlies and interact with torches: all actions that set the space as a magical place. The program also includes Australian works and sacred classical music.

US Premiere of 'Turing Believes Machines Think'

Freshly Squeezed

Saturday 8 December, 7:30pm
2138 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709, United States

Saturday 15 December, 7:30pm
1111 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109, United States

International Orange Chorale of San Francisco
Artistic Director | Zane Fiala

'Danzón Cubano' with NürnbergER Symphoniker, SWP Konstanz & Marialy Pacheco


Nürnberger Symphoniker
Thursday 21 March 2019, 8:00pm
Friday 22 March 2019, 8:00pm
Musiksaal in der Kongresshalle, Nürnberg

Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie
Sunday 24 March 2019, 8:00pm
Schänzlehalle, Konstanz

Works and arrangements by Marialy Pacheco & Gordon Hamilton. Featuring Joo Kraus (trumpet).

Conductor | Gordon Hamilton


Nürnberger Symphoniker

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 7:00pm
Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg


Nürnberger Symphoniker
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Gioacchino Rossini | Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Ouvertüre; Una voce poco fa)
Emmerich Kálmán | Die Csardasfürstin (Ouvertüre; Heia in den Bergen)
Pietro Mascagni | Intermezzo sinfonico
Hamilton/Thum | Thum Prints

Elektrobeats with WDR FUnkhausorchester

Friday 10 May 2019, 8:00pm
Funkhaus Wallrafplatz

WDR Funkhausorchester
Elektro-Duo | dyrtbyte
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton
Slam Poetry | Lars Ruppel

The WDR Funkhausorchester switches on the turntables with Cologne electro duo dyrtbyte, squashing symphonic sounds through the processors and transforming the Funkhaus into a club…

AMerican Masters: Nico Muhly Premiere with Omega Ensemble


Tuesday 2 July 2019, 7:30pm
City Recital Hall Angel Place (Sydney)

Omega Ensemble
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Glass | Etudes for Solo Piano (Selections)
Glass | Sonata for Violin and Piano
Adams | Shaker Loops
Nico Muhly | By All Means
Nico Muhly | No Uncertain Terms
Nico Muhly | [New Commission; world premiere]

Philip Glass and Steve Reich changed music with their revolutionary works of hypnotic repetition. While initial audiences were baffled, this music is now recognised for its textural richness and the expansion of classical forms. Schooled in this American tradition (including working as Glass’ assistant), composer Nico Muhly’s work ranges even more widely, incorporating stylistic fragments from Byrd to Webern, as well as his film work and collaborations with contemporary musicians such as Björk and Sufjan Stevens. This commissioned work by Muhly for Omega Ensemble, is a setting of a tenderly erotic poem by Constantine Cavafy.

Eternal Requiems with Omega Ensemble & TAV


Tuesday 5 November, 2019
7:30 pm
City Recital Hall Angel Place (Sydney)

Omega Ensemble
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Fauré | Requiem
Mozart | Ave Verum Corpus
Fauré | Cantique de Jean Racine
Britten | Cantata Misericordium, Op.69
Mozart/Hamilton | Requiem [Re-composed]

Compared to Fauré’s work of deep but simple consolation, Mozart’s Requiem – here in a recomposition by Gordon Hamilton, – is naturally more operatic, encompassing fear of hell-fire with the ultimate hope for peace. The concert also features Benjamin Britten’s extended meditation on the parable of the Good Samaritan, composed in 1963 for the Centenary of the Red Cross.




Sunday 11 November 2018, 2:00pm & 6:00pm
QPAC (Playhouse)
Tickets (free)

Armistice is a new theatrical performance reflecting on Australia’s wartime and peace-keeping history combining song, music, dance, spoken word and archival footage. The performance includes The Australian Voices singing Dark Hour.



Queensland Music Festival

9 November 2018
Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

10 November 2018
Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns
Grafton Street, Corner of Minnie Street

Conductor | Patrick Pickett

Including the premiere of two commissioned works Eleven and Imperial Snapshot, as well as Dark Hour, Queensland Music Festival will stage two concerts in Toowoomba and Cairns in the lead up to Remembrance Day. The concert features songstress and QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan, and renowned New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Horrorshow x The Metropolitan Orchestra


Thursday 1 November, 2018, 8:00 pm
City Recital Hall Angel Place

Tuesday 6 November, 2018, 8:00pm
Melbourne Recital Centre (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall)

The Metropolitan Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Australian hip hop act Horrorshow recreate their much-loved classics with the power and emotion of an 18-piece orchestra. Working with conductor Gordon Hamilton, this is a collision of two musical worlds and an experience never to be repeated. Horrorshow with The Metropolitan Orchestra is exclusively part of ET20, a celebration of 20 years of Elefant Traks, and is presented by Elefant Traks, WME and The Music.

‘The Happiness Box’ with Sydney Symphony Orchestra


Sunday 4 November, 2018, 2:00 pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Bryony Marks | The Happiness Box

‘The Happiness Box’ is the inspiring story of three friends – a lizard, a monkey and a frog – who find a magical box and embark on a journey through the jungle to discover the secret of happiness. The story was written in secret in 1942 by two Australian Prisoners of War (David Griffin and Leslie Greener) to lift the spirits of the child prisoners in Changi Jail. Australian composer Bryony Marks has captured the story in a musical celebration of humour, courage and friendship.


'Everyday Requiem' with edc & TAV

The Australian Voices and Expressions Dance Company
12 – 20 October 2018
QPAC Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane

Melding beautiful new choreography by Natalie Weir and an acapella score by Gordon Hamilton performed by The Australian Voices, 'Everyday Requiem' celebrates the ordinary moments of life.


QSO Performance of ARRANGEMENT of ‘Bolero’

Tuesday 11 September 2018
Jubilee Hall, Roma State College
Roma, QLD

Recently I arranged Ravel’s Bolero for single instruments (it wasn’t easy!) Thanks to QSO for the performance.

Performance of '482 Variations on a Very Short Theme'

Not The Last Night of the Proms
Thursday 9 August 2018, 7:30pm
QPAC Concert Hall

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Alondra de la Parra

'Comic Con' with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Friday 27 July 2018, 7:30pm
Auckland Town Hall

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Comic Con is one of the largest celebrations of science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels and popular culture in the world. For the first time the NZSO performs a special Comic Con-themed concert presenting some of the most popular music from television, film and video games.

PerformanceS of 'Dark Hour' in Galway & Canberra 


Wednesday 25 April 2018, 8:00pm
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway
Cois Cladaigh
Conductor | Dr. Brendan O'Connor

Tuesday 1 May 2018
10:00am & 12:30pm
Canberra International Music Festival
Australian War Memorial
Luminescence Chamber Singers


The text of my piece 'Dark Hour' is from Prime Minister Billy Hughes' off-the-cuff remarks at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1916. He was summing up the Australian experience at Gallipoli. Download the score here.

Premiere of 'Macquarie' with Rapper-Poet Luka Lesson and QSO


Friday 20 April 7:00pm
QSO WAVE Festival
Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Sarah Grace Williams


Rapper-poet Luka Lesson and I wrote 'Macquarie', an orchestral-hiphop interrogation of Lachlan Macquarie's legacy.

"...a harrowing piece exploring the realities and romanticisms of Lachlan Macquarie... Truthfully, I’m just not sure anything could follow ‘Macquarie’ and garner the same attention and awe as its predecessor... never doubt an orchestra’s ability to kick ass." – Kyley Thompson for Scenestr.com [read in full]



Friday 20 April 9:30pm
QSO WAVE Festival
Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre
Tickets SOLD OUT

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor, Arranger | Gordon Hamilton


Horrorshow x QSO collab... Solo on the mic and Adit on the fader. And I got to conduct in a merch shirt!

"If only all collaborations between orchestras and contemporary musicians were done with such joy and flair! One of the QSO’s secret weapons is Gordon Hamilton, a musical chameleon with bonafides in the territories of Hip Hop and Classical music. His arrangements were authentic, used imaginative colour and crucially, celebrated rather than patronised the orchestral force." – Gillian Wills for ArtsHub [read in full]


Performances of 'Vrbanja Bridge' in Germany & NORWAY

Friday 11 March, 7pm
Schloss Erbdrostenhof, Münster, Germany

Wednesday 11 April, 7pm
Stavanger Konserthus Fartein Valen, Norway



My new piece for cello and piano, based on the tragic story of Admira Ismić (a Bosniak) and Boško Brkić (a Bosnian Serb) living in Sarajevo during the the Siege of Sarajevo. As they crossed Vrbanja Bridge, sniper bullets killed them. 

PREMIEREs of 'Outer Landscape' & 'PARAPHRASE on CIELITO LINDO' with Alondra... en México

Wednesday 13 Dec. 2017, 21:00
Auditorio Pabellón M, Monterrey, NL

Saturday 16 Dec. 2017, 21:00
Auditorio Metropolitano, Puebla

Tuesday 19 Dec. 2017, 19:00
Explanada De La Bandera

Thursday 21 Dec. 2017, 20:00
Club de golf puerto Cancún

Conductor | Alondra de la Parra

Two short works, premiering in Mexico as part of Navidad en México (programmed and conducted by Alondra de la Parra). Outer Landscape is scored for orchestra with solo overtone singer (a type of multiphonic for the voice). Paraphrase on Cielito Lindo is my re-imaginging of Mexico's most famous song... "Ay ay ay ay!"

 Gordon Hamilton, Alondra de la Parra, Paul Lewis and Moisés Medina

Gordon Hamilton, Alondra de la Parra, Paul Lewis and Moisés Medina

The Singing Politician

Friday 14 July 2017, 8pm
Hobart Festival of Voices
Nolan Gallery, MONA
Tickets ($70 / $40)

Sunday 7 May 2017, 2pm
Canberra International Music Festival
National Gallery of Australia – Gandel Hall
Tickets ($57 / $52 / $30 / $25)

Friday 15 September 2017, 7:30pm
Brisbane Festival
ABC Studio 420
Tickets ($35/$30)

Sunday 23 July 2017, 5pm
Unashamedly Original Festival
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney
Tickets ($25)


Topology and The Australian Voices
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

“A fascinating and artistically absorbing musico-political event”
– Limelight Magazine

“It is simultaneously quite serious, quite moving and absolutely hilarious”
– James Morrison

Prime Ministerial speeches set to music: Topology and The Australian Voices bring iconic speeches and exceptional musicianship together to celebrate pivotal moments in Australian history. Composed by Robert Davidson, John Babbage and Gordon Hamilton, The Singing Politician takes the words right out of our Prime Ministers’ mouths – from Robert Menzies to Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser to Paul Keating, Bob Hawke to Tony Abbott – and marries them seamlessly to an overlay of stirring music and choral work.


Saturday 10 June, 7:30pm
Sydney University Great Hall

Sydney University Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Luke Spicer

A melody is heard. As it repeats, it halves in tempo and new layers are brought in, each time halving the tempo. Eventually, the initial melody moves so slowly that it would take longer than the current age of the universe to play just once: an other-worldly and spacey piece.



St. Christofer Chamber Orchestra (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Sunday 16 July 2017, 19:00
Christopher Festival
Vilniaus universiteto Botanikos sodas, Vilnius

Perth Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 17 September 2017, 17:00
Red Earth Arts Festival
Hampton Oval, Dampier

Conductor | Gordon Hamilton


Sing with QSO: Faure Requiem

Saturday 16 September, 12:30pm
QSO Studio, Southbank, Brisbane

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Sing with QSO is a program for anyone who loves to sing in a choir and wants to experience the power of a full symphony orchestra. Participants rehearse in QSO’s South Bank Studio before being joined by Queensland Symphony Orchestra to sing through Faure’s Requiem.


Open rehearsal with WDR Funkhausorchester at Kölner Philharmonie


Thursday 21 September 2017, 12:30pm
Kölner Philharmonie

WDR Funkhausorchester (Cologne)
Marialy Pacheco Trio
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton


'DANZóN Cubano' WITH WDR FUNKHAUS & Marialy Pacheco

Friday 22 September 2017, 8:00pm
Jazzfestival Viersen
Festhalle Viersen, Germany

WDR Funkhausorchester (Cologne)
Marialy Pacheco Trio
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Works and arrangements by Marialy Pacheco & Gordon Hamilton, including the world premiere of Gordon's 'Baby Steps First' (paraphrase on Coltrane's 'Giant Steps') for orchestra.


Brückenklang: Vielfältige NRW-Chöre

Sunday 24 September 2017, 5:30-7:00pm
Landesmusikrat NRW
Romaneum Neuss

Free admission

Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Featuring a newly-commissioned choral work on the theme of immigration.

More info (DE)


MSO / Ears Wide open: SCHUMANN

Monday 23 October 2017, 6:30pm
Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton


Part concert, part guided musical journey. One of Schumann’s finest orchestral creations, the Manfred Overture, brings Byron’s semi-autobiographical poem to the concert stage. Find out more about this satisfying work in a part concert/part interactive lecture with Gordon Hamilton and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.



Fri. 27, Sat. 28, Sun. 29 October

Hart's Mill, Port Adelaide
Elephant in the Room Productions

with Charlotte Campbell, Andrew Turner, Megan Fishers, Verity Colyer, Peter Deane, Christian Evans, Dione Baker and James Moffatt.

Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Director | Tessa Bremner (OAM)


Friday 20 October, 8:00pm
Randwick Town Hall, Sydney

Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Freshly-commissioned works and other contemporary choral music.

QSO in Concert in Beaudesert & Premiere of 'Notebook Symphony'

Friday 3 November, 7:00pm
The Centre, Beaudesert

Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Tickets ($20 / $12)

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be in residence in Beaudesert to provide a special musical experience for local children and families. The concert will feature some classical repertoire and popular music scores, presented in a way that helps audience members of all ages explore classical music. Also featured is the premiere of 'Notebook Symphony' by Gordon Hamilton.

'Red Live Breath' with Cathy Milliken and TAV


Thursday 9 November, 6:00pm
Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium Courtyard

Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

In this ritualistic new work by Berlin-based Australian composer Cathy Milliken, the choristers set up portable lights; gathering to sing short phrases, all actions that set the courtyard as a magical place. The text is taken from Picasso poetry.



26 November – 5 December 2017

Festival 'Enlace Coral'
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Thursday 30 November 2017, 6:00pm
Liceo Chapero, Guatemala

Friday 1 December, 6:00pm
Comalapa, Guatemala

Saturday 2 December, 6:00pm
Tepcán, Guatemala

Sunday 3 December, 6:00pm
San Martin, Guatemala

Tuesday 5 December, 6:00pm
Antigua Guatemala