Hamil­ton to con­duct choir’s sec­ond con­cert

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One of New Zealand’s most widely per­formed com­posers takes up the ba­ton to con­duct Auck­land Choral’s sec­ond con­cert of the year.

Cur­rently the choir’s act­ing mu­sic di­rec­tor, David Hamil­ton is known es­pe­cially for his choral mu­sic, and in this ret­ro­spec­tive of works for choir and orches­tra, four of his pieces fea­ture.

Te Deum was com­mis­sioned by the choir and pre­miered to con­sid­er­able ac­claim in 1986, and here re­ceives a per­for­mance in a new scor­ing for orches­tra. This colour­ful and rhyth­mic work fea­tures alto soloist Kate Spence, and also three youth choirs: Auck­land Youth Choir, Dioce­san School Se­nior Choir and Ken­toris (Saint Kentigern Col­lege).

‘From the sub­lime to the ridicu­lous’ could be the ti­tle of this con­cert with the ap­pear­ance of Mon­day’s Troll. Set­ting Jack Pre­lut­sky’s witty po­etry for chil­dren of all ages, this piece is a com­pan­ion to last year’s The Dragons are Singing Tonight. New Zealand po­etry also fea­tures with a set­ting of Pa­tri­cia Grace’s lul­laby Whis­per to Me.

The con­cert opens with Haydn’s joy­ful set­ting of the Te Deum text. Here the choir will be joined by the Choir of Trin­ity Col­lege Melbourne. En route to a tour in the United States, this fine Aus­tralian choir will also present a bracket of their own pieces.

The con­cert is rounded out with Bach’s Can­tata No 98 and Hamil­ton’s string orches­tra piece Well Done, Mis­ter Bach which is based on the choral tune from the Bach can­tata.

Ac­com­pa­ni­ment for the con- cert is pro­vided by St Matthew’s Cham­ber Orches­tra, and young soloists Ju Hyeon Han and Bon­aven­tura Al­lan-Moetaua fea­ture in the Bach can­tata.

The con­cert takes place at Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral at Satur­day, July 5, at 7.30pm.

Con­cert tick­ets are avail­able from choir mem­bers or by phon­ing 358-2892. • New Zealand com­poser David Hamil­ton (born 1955) was head of mu­sic at Ep­som Girls Gram­mar School un­til the end of 2001 where he con­ducted the award­win­ning girls choir Opus.

He is cur­rently act­ing mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of Auck­land Choral and has been com­poser-in-res­i­dence with the Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia since 1999.

He con­cen­trates on com­pos­ing while main­tain­ing part-time in­volve­ment in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion as a com­po­si­tion tu­tor and choral con­duc­tor. He is well-known as a choral con­duc­tor, ad­ju­di­ca­tor, work­shop leader and clin­i­cian. His choral mu­sic is widely per­formed, and is pub­lished in the UK, United States and Fin­land.

Works have been com­mis­sioned by choirs in Ja­pan, Eng­land, the US, Fin­land and Ire­land. Choral works have won com­pe­ti­tions in Italy (2000 – Veni Sancte Spir­i­tus) and the US (2005 – Deus, Deus meus). In 2006 he won the Ned Rorem Award for Song Com­po­si­tion (US) and the NZ Flute So­ci­ety’s com­posers’ com­pe­ti­tion. In 2007 Hine Raukatauri, a con­certo for flute and cham­ber orches­tra, took first in the Haifa In­ter­na­tional Com­posers Com­pe­ti­tion (Is­rael), and The Singers took sec­ond place in the Longfel­low Cho­rus Com­posers Com­pe­ti­tion.

David Hamil­ton: One of New Zealand’s most widely per­formed com­posers takes up the ba­ton to con­duct Auck­land Choral’s sec­ond con­cert of the year on July 5.

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