Hamilton to conduct choir’s second concert
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.