Gordon Hamilton / composer

composer / conductor

composer / conductor



Sunday August 18, 2:00 pm
Maleny Community Centre

The Australian Voices
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

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Join The Australian Voices at the Maleny Winter Festival for an afternoon of stunning sounds followed by a relaxed reception on the deck to meet the singers. The program will feature compositions by Margaret Tesch-Muller, Dan Walker and Gordon Hamilton, as well as the much-loved Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings) by Samuel Barber.


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Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
2 & 3 March 2019
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
(w/ Hamilton: Opposites, Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances & Riley: In C

Nürnberg Symphoniker
27, 28 & 29 March 2019
Musiksaal in der Kongresshalle
(w/ Mozart Symphony No. 25)

Podium Strings @ Beethovenfest Bonn
27 September 2019, 8:00pm
Telekom Forum
(w/ Koka Nikoladze, Beatmachines)

Imperial Symphony Florida
15 November 2019, 8:00pm
Polk Theatre

Orchestre national de Lyon
16 May 2020, 3pm & 6pm
Auditorium Lyon

Beatboxer | Tom Thum
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. 

Live performance of film score to ‘AElita: QUEEN OF MARS’ w/ Tom Thum & Ben Walsh


Friday 11 & Saturday 12 October
GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art), Brisbane

This 1924 Soviet silent film is widely credited for its early and influential science fiction elements. Beatboxer Tom Thum, percussionist Ben Walsh and I join forces to smash out a noisy live film score.

'Danzón Cubano' w/ NürnbergER Symphoniker, SWP Konstanz, Bergische Symphonikern & 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

Bergische Symphoniker
Friday 5 June 2020
Konzertsaal Solingen

Bergische Symphoniker
Saturday 6 June 2020
Theater Remscheid

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

Piano | Marialy Pacheco
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

TAV @ Extended Play Festival, Angel Place


Saturday 31 August (noon – midnight)
City Recital Hall Angel Place

Extended Play Festival

The Australian Voices
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

City Recital Hall Angel Place and Lyle Chan have joined forces to create a spectacular program jam-packed with twelve hours of eclectic and dynamic new music across the entire four floors of the venue. Last year’s festival was described by The Australian as “the best new classical music initiative Sydney has seen in years”.

Eternal Requiems w/ Omega Ensemble & TAV


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

Omega Ensemble & The Australian Voices
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Faure, Mozart, Britten, Hamilton

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.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra premiere ‘Far South’

Thursday 5 March, 7:30pm & Saturday 7 March 2020 at 2:00pm
Hamer Hall
Tickets & More Info

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Alexander Shelley
Piano | Alexandra Dariescu

Gordon Hamilton: Far South (World Premiere)
Grieg: Piano Concerto
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony


Glad to announce that Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform my Antarctic work Far South in their first Masters program next year, sharing the premiere with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. A great-looking 2020 season! My thanks to The Australian Antarctic Division! Read more about my composition and Antarctic experience here. Can't wait!



Friday 2 August, 7:30pm
Townsville Civic Centre

Wu Man (pipa), David Griffiths (clarinet), Robert Oetomo (percussion), Aura Go (piano), Ben Jacks (horn), Rachael Clegg (oboe), Australian String Quartet, Roberto Carrillo-Garcia (double bass)

Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

The world premiere of Xiaogang’s Gardenia (new version), a movement for 11 mixed instruments including the pipa – an exciting AFCM moment in musical history! The city flower of Yueyuang City in China's Hunan Province is the gardenia. In creating this work, Xiaogang Ye adapted folk songs and operas from the region to convey a sense of loss and his longing for the beautiful scenery of Southern China.

TAV @ Hobart Festival of Voices


Saturday 13 July, 7:30pm
Federation Concert Hall

The Australian Voices
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Hobart Festival of Voices

The Australian Voices present a program of fascinating music by contemporary composers, including Antarctica, composed by Gordon last year on the southern continent. The second half of this double-bill is Cherubini’s Requiem, performed by The Festival of Voices Chorus and Hobart Chamber Orchestra under Graham Abbott.

AMerican Masters: Nico Muhly Premiere w/ Omega Ensemble

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

Omega Ensemble
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Glass, Adams, Muhly (world premiere)

Schooled in the American tradition of Glass and Reich, composer Nico Muhly’s work ranges 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.

TAV and Camerata – QLD’s Chamber Orchestra

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Saturday 22 June, 7:30pm
Gympie Civic Centre

The Australian Voices
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Audiences in Gympie will have the exclusive experience of seeing The Australian Voices join forces with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. This first-time collaboration will be in a stirring and evocative performance.

JónSI + AlEX w/ Tasmanian SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ‘Riceboy Sleeps’

Friday 14 June, 7–8pm (doors 6pm)
Saturday 15 June, 6–7pm (doors 5pm)
Federation Concert Hall
Tickets (SOLD OUT)

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra + Chorus
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton


Sigur Rós singer Jónsi Birgisson and film composer Alex Somers join forces with the TSO for a rare live performance of their sweeping, ambient debut album Riceboy Sleeps, ten years after its release.

‘I LOVE SONGS’ w/ Thundamentals & QSO

Friday 24 May 2019, 8:30 pm
The Tivoli
Tickets (SOLD OUT)

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Peter Morris
Arrangements | Gordon Hamilton

Acclaimed Australian hip-hop trio Thundamentals stage a special one-off show with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in I Love Songs: A Night At The Symphony, re-imagining their acclaimed new album I Love Songs in its entirety, plus playing some of their most loved hits from the past decade alongside the mighty Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Elektrobeats w/ WDR FUnkhausorchester

Friday 10 May 2019, 8:00pm
Funkhaus Wallrafplatz

WDR Funkhausorchester
Elektro-Duo | dyrtbyte
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

The WDR Funkhausorchester switches on the turntables with Cologne electro duo dyrtbyte. Watch the full concert here.

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

U.S. Premiere of 'Turing Believes Machines Think'

Ensemble NOTUS
Conductor | Hana Cai
Tuesday 9 April 2019, 8:00pm
Indiana University (Auer Hall)
Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

International Orange Chorale of San Francisco
Artistic Director | Zane Fiala

Saturday 8 December, 7:30pm
2138 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA, USA

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

'Red Live Breath' Tour w/ 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.) / Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney (1 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.

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

Armistice @ QPAC


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’ w/ 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.


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


'Everyday Requiem' w/ 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 Arr. 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

‘The Music of Comic Con' w/ 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' w/ 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' w/ 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


Faure Requiem w/ QSO

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

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

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' w/ Cathy Milliken & 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