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David Hamilton to adjudicate the 2020 NZCF/SOUNZ Choral Composition Competition

NZCF is delighted that renowned New Zealand composer David Hamilton will be the adjudicator for the NZCF/SOUNZ Choral Composition Competition 2020. The competition is open to NZ secondary students.

David Hamilton is well-known as a choral composer and conductor, workshop leader and adjudicator. He was Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School until the end of 2001, where he conducted the award-winning girls choir Opus. He has been Deputy Music Director of Auckland Choral (1996-2011) and Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (1999). He maintains part-time involvement in music education as a composition tutor and choral conductor.

David’s choral music is widely performed, and is published in the UK, USA, Germany and Finland. His music has won numerous composer competitions in New Zealand, and also in Italy (2000), the USA (2005, 2006, 2008, 2016 and 2019), Israel (2007), and the UK (2008). In 2018 he was awarded the annual SOUNZ Community Commission and in 2019 was a winner in the Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble’s composer competition.

David says “I’m really pleased the composition part of The Big Sing will still go ahead this year. It’s a great goal for our student composers and many fine works have been created over the years. I’m looking forward to receiving lots of interesting and exciting pieces in July.”

The deadline for entries has been extended to Friday 3 July. To find out more information on the competition click here.