Gordon Hamilton / composer

composer / conductor

composer / conductor


Saturday 25 March 2017, 6:30-7:30pm
ABC Studio 420, Brisbane
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Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

TAV crams five world-firsts into one concert. Highlights include György Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna – admired for its micropolyphony – and Stephen Leek’s spectacularly guttural Wirindji, about mystical women from The Dreaming that were literally man eaters.

A typewriter makes (at least) one appearance.

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.



Sunday 16 July 2017, 7:00 pm
Christopher Festival
Vilniaus universiteto Botanikos sodas, Vilnius

St. Christofer Chamber Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Hamilton: Florence Bay, Winter
Hamilton/Thum: Thum Prints

A concerto for beatboxer and orchestra, featuring Tom Thum, a magnificently-talented dude with an inexhaustible vocal inventory of glorious and weird noises. More info here.

BERLIN Premiere of 'Vrbanja Bridge'

Friday July 28, 7pm
Mendelssohn Gesellschaft am Gendarmenmarkt
Jägerstrasse 51, Berlin


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.

Sing with QSO: Faure Requiem

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

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton

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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 will rehearse in QSO’s South Bank Studio before being joined by Queensland Symphony Orchestra to sing through Faure’s Requiem.




Sunday 17 September 2017, 5:00 pm
Red Earth Arts Festival
Hampton Oval, Dampier

Perth Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton


A concerto for beatboxer and orchestra, featuring Tom Thum, a magnificently-talented dude with an inexhaustible vocal inventory of glorious and weird noises.

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

Reserve free tickets here.


'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

'THUM PRINTS' with Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 16 September 2018, 2:00 pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Gordon Hamilton


Tom Thum, the man with the orchestra in his mouth, fronts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a concert that will leave you amazed. Armed with just a microphone, this magnificently talented dude produced an inexhaustible vocal inventory of glorious and weird noises, not to mention some favourite classical tunes. Now, teaming up with composer Gordon Hamilton, he’s taken it to the next level, smooshing together the sounds of a real-life orchestra with all the surprising possibilities of beatboxing. Come and discover some wild and astonishing sounds when we perform Thum Prints, a concerto (sorry, contradiction!) for beatboxer and orchestra.