"As if the gates of heaven had opened"
– New York Times (2013)
"...the finest choral singing that I have ever heard in Australia."
– Limelight Magazine (2015)
"This ensemble is captivating: breathtaking homogeny, perfect intonation, spectacular virtuosity..."
– Martin Steidler, Professor of Choral Conducting, Munich University (2011)
It is with a distinctive, fresh sound and high artistic energy that The Australian Voices commission, perform and record the music of Australian composers. Since 1993 the ensemble has championed an astonishing flourish of new Australian vocal music, having commissioned hundreds of new works. Gordon Hamilton has been Artistic Director since 2009 and is considered one of Australia’s most exciting young conductors and composers.
The ensemble tours internationally every year and has been awarded some of the highest honours in choral music, including gold medals at the World Choir Games and first prizes at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Recently The Australian Voices have created new works specifically intended for “performance” on YouTube. Hamilton’s composition The 9 Cutest Things That Ever Happened has been viewed over one million times. Other new works such as Rob Davidson's We Apologise and Hamilton's Toy Story 3 = Awesome! (using Facebook status updates as lyrics) have drawn into question the meaning of words like 'composer', and 'text'.
In 2012 the ensemble gave 20 performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a direct broadcast on BBC3 in London. Their self-titled album for Warner Classics (2012) was observed by Gramophone magazine to "boast a crisp, resonant delivery of the sonic goods under Hamilton's confident direction." In 2013 The Australian Voices released an songbook with Edition Peters, featuring some of the group’s best-known repertoire.
Recently the group has brought their distinctly Australian sound to audiences in China, the UK, Germany, New Caledonia, USA, Palestine, Woodford Folk Festival and Hobart Festival of Voices. In 2016 they will tour Germany & Palestine, and present a concert series at Melbourne Recital Centre.
In 2014 they made international headlines with commissioned works from Rob Davidson using musicalisation of political speeches. Not Now, Not Ever! – based on former PM Julia Gillard’s famous ‘misogyny’ speech – went viral as a YouTube video; and a treatment of Noel Pearson’s eulogy to Gough Whitlam was premiered on live TV on ABC’s Q&A program, in Pearson’s presence.
In 2015 The Australian Voices premiered Gordon Hamilton’s The Trillion Souls with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. For the Queensland Music Festival they collaborated with the band Topology in a concert – Unrepresentative Swill – inspired by prime-ministerial speeches.
The Australian Voices are ensemble-in-residence at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 and 2017 TAV and QSO present a collaborative concert series.
It is with high artistic energy that The Australian Voices (TAV) commission and perform the work of Australian composers.
Recently TAV has recorded new works intended for “performance” on YouTube. Hamilton’s composition The 9 Cutest Things That Ever Happened (2013) has been viewed over one million times. In 2014 they made international headlines with a video of Rob Davidson’s Not Now, Not Ever! (2014), a musicalisation of Julia Gillard’s ‘misogyny’ speech.
Their album for Warner Classics (2012) was observed by Gramophone Magazine to "boast a crisp, resonant delivery of the sonic goods under Hamilton's confident direction." In 2013 they released an songbook with Edition Peters and in 2016 an album for ABC Classics.
Recently the group has brought their distinct sound to China, the UK, Germany, USA and Palestine.
The Australian Voices are ensemble-in-residence at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 TAV and QSO present a collaborative concert series.
The Australian Voices is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
- Mr Philip Bacon
- Mr Alexander Harper
- Mr Scott Griffin