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Concert highlights



The following is a list of programmes in which Vivien Hamilton has been involved. They are both a sample and an example of the diversity of her work which encompasses solo work in opera, concert and oratorio as well as extensive experience as a recital singer and as a chamber musician with both instrumental groups and vocal ensembles.

Sunday, 26 April 2009 at 3pm. St Andrew's Church (Brighton) Concert Series presents: "The Muse of Scotia: The songs and ballads of Robert Burns, as interpreted by his musical followers in times not long past"

Vivien Hamilton, Soprano and Len Vorster, Piano present an artsong recital celebrating the genius of the song poems of the National Bard of Scotland, Robert Burns in the 250th anniversary year of his birth.

Sunday, 5 April 2009 at 5pm
UZTON MUSIC SERIES 09: "Love & the Art of War"

Sydney Opera House, NSW 2000
"I would see this program several times for the exuberance, skill and integrity of all participants." The Age

Two of Australia's leading Early Music groups, vocal ensemble e21 and Ludovico’s Band, have collaborated to create this extraordinary work exploring Claudio Monteverdi's 8th Book of Madrigals. The centrepiece of the program, Monteverdi's Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, tells the tale of two lovers, one Christian and one Muslim who, without recognising each other, meet upon the field of battle. Featuring guest soloist Tyrone Landau as the narrator and led by renowned opera and theatre director Caroline Stacey, Love and The Art of War puts Early Music into a contemporary context, staged in an intimate, theatrical setting.

Saturday, 21 March at 7.30 pm
Camberwell Music Society presents: Crete - The Labyrinth of Intimacy

Hartley Newnham

Hartley Newnham counter-tenor/baritone, Vivien Hamilton soprano, Hana Crisp mezzo soprano, Paul Bentley tenor, Tom Healy baritone and Glenn Riddle piano present Hartley's song cycle based on the collection of poems, Crete by award winning poet Dorothy Porter.

The programme also features works by Monteverdi as well as three fourteenth century Italian masters (Francesco Landini, Jacopo da Bologna and Don Paolo da Firenze) and by our own William James Schmidt.

Thursday, 26 February 2009
University House, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic 3052

A Toast to Robbie Burns: on the 250th celebration of his birthday. 7.00 for 7.30pm

A dinner event with music - a singer, a pianist and a bagpiper - and a tasting of traditional Scottish fare, including Haggis and Atholl Bros (Whisky). An entertaining recital of a selection of songs from the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland.

"We'll tak a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne!" Robert Burns is rightly renowned for his poetry. Singers and musicians owe him a further debt of gratitude. He collected and preserved the music of the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland in his pocket musical companion 'The Scots Musical Museum' (1787). To celebrate his enduring genius we present a traditional Scottish dinner accompanied by a recital of music.

Featuring Vivien Hamilton, Soprano and Len Vorster, Piano. Performing traditional songs by Robert Burns, as well as a choice selection of 19th and 20th century German, French, American and Australian artsongs based on the Scottish Bard's Romantic poetry.

Friday, 27 February 2009 at LEONDA, HAWTHORN at 7.20pm
The Melbourne Scots 250th Anniversary Celebration

A NICHT WI' BURNS (Private Function)

Thursday October 16th
Early Music Dinner performance (private function)

"Princely Pleasures - Carnal Delights"

Vivien Hamilton, soprano
Rosemary Hodgson, lute and theorbo
Laura Vaughan, viola da gamba
Consort Eclectus
and Early Voices Ensemble from the Early Music Studio, The University of Melbourne

University House
The University of Melbourne
7pm for 7.30pm

Sunday 12 October 2008
L'elegance de Paris

Music from 17th century France

Vivien Hamilton, soprano
Rosemary Hodgson, lute, theorbo
Laura Vaughan, viola da gamba

St Mary of the Angels Basilica
3pm Geelong

A Millennium of Music - (4 Concert series)
Concert 4 - Crete
The Labyrinth of Intimacy

in 2008 near the You Yangs (Third Series)
110K Windermere Road, Lara, Vic. 3212

Vivien Hamilton, Soprano
Belinda Paterson, Mezzo soprano
Hartley Newnham, Countertenor
Paul Bentley, Tenor,
Tom Healey, Baritone
Glenn Riddle, Piano

Bookings: 03 52825554
Email hartleynewnham@westnet.com.au
$40/$30

13th - 14th November, 2008
The 39th Annual Symposium of the Australian Academy of the Humnities
Inspiration of place: the artistic life of cities

5.30-6.00 pm David Tunley FAHA, University of Western Australia, on The Fashionable Salons: Mirrors to the cultural and urban life of 19th-century Paris Chair: Gerard Vaughan FAHA
6.15-7.15pm Salon Recital: Music at the home of Princess Mathilde, Paris, 1866. David Tunley as host. Solo singer Vivien Hamilton with members of the Australia Ensemble resident at the University of New South Wales.

Utzon Room,
The Sydney Opera House,
Bennelong Point, Sydney
6.15pm

August 25

CD Launch - Consort Eclectus: Music for viols and voice.

SOMETHING NEW...SONGS OF THE GLASS BEAD GAME.

With soprano Vivien Hamilton and counter-tenor Dean Sky-Lucas. Music by Natalie Williams. SOMETHING NEW...SONGS OF THE GLASS BEAD GAME. (The Lyrebird commission for 2006) and songs set to poems by Robert Herrick and Philip Martin by Calvin Bowman.

The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne Vic 3010

[Situated on Swanston Street between Faraday and Elgin streets in Parkville]

Telephone: 61 3 8344 5148

Facsimile: 61 3 9349 3518

Email: potter-info@unimelb.edu.au

8pm $25/$15

September 1

Early Music Enterprises presents ......Musicke and Mirthe

Vivien Hamilton, Soprano with Convivio (Miriam Morris and Laura Vaughan- Viola da Gambas).

A programme of music by Dowland, Hume, featuring 'an enterteinement' devised of music and poetry from the time of Charles II (1660).

University House, Australian National University, Canberra ACT.

Contact: Jill Downer eme1@iinet.net.au

September 21

"Songs of Love, Mirth and Madness", Art Song recital by Vivien Hamilton and Shonagh Croal, George Watson's School, Colinton Road, Morningside, Edinburgh.

Friday 21st September 12.45pm. Auditorium.

September 25

"A Scot Well Travelled" – A recital of art songs from Australian, French composers and contemporary Scottish composers.

Vivien Hamilton, Soprano; Dr Colin Kingsley, Piano.

Robertson Music Centre, St George's School for Girls, Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 6BG, UK Phone: +44 131 311 8000

October 4 & 6

2007 OPERA PROJECT. The Early Music Studio of The University of Melbourne, in conjunction with the Spring Early Music Festival, presents two concert performances of Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (1607) .

Soloists plus Early Voices Ensemble (dir, Vivien Hamilton) plus Orfeo Chamber Orchestra (Dir. Greg Dickmans, Julie Hewison) from the Early Music Studio Faculty of Music, The Unversity of Melbourne. 2007 OPERA PROJECT conducted and directed by guest artist renowned Italian tenor Sandro Naglia.

St Peter's Eastern Hill Church Hall, Melbourne 3000.

Time: TBC.

October 18

The Early Music & Renaissance Dinner.

University House, The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010.

7.00pm for 7.30pm.

In association with the spring Early Music Festival and the EARLY MUSIC STUDIO (Faculty of Music, The University of Melbourne).

A showcase of Renaissance Ayres, Rounds, and Madrigals from Dowland to Purcell, Vecchi to Monteverdi.

With Vivien Hamilton, Soprano, Rosemary Hodgson, Lutes, Renaissance Guitar, The Early Voices Ensemble (dir. Vivien Hamilton) & the University Renaissance Dancers (dir. Helga Hill).

October 28

St Michaels Anglican Church,

Cnr Russell and Collins St, Melbourne VIC.

11am Service.

Something New - Songs of the Glass Bead Game

August 25 2007 - CD Launch - Consort Eclectus: Music for viols and voice.
With soprano Vivien Hamilton and counter-tenor Dean Sky-Lucas. Music by Natalie Williams. SOMETHING NEW...SONGS OF THE GLASS BEAD GAME. (The Lyrebird commission for 2006) and songs set to poems by Robert Herrick and Philip Martin by Calvin Bowman.
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne Vic 3010

Early Music Enterprises presents ......Musicke and Mirthe

September 1 2007. Vivien Hamilton, Soprano with Convivio (Miriam Morris and Laura Vaughan- Viola da Gambas).
A programme of music by Dowland, Hume, featuring 'an enterteinement' devised of music and poetry from the time of Charles II (1660).
University House, Australian National University, Canberra ACT.

"Songs of Love, Mirth and Madness"

September 21 2007. Art Song recital by Vivien Hamilton and Shonagh Croal, George Watson's School, Colinton Road, Morningside, Edinburgh.

"A Scot Well Travelled"

September 25th 2007. A recital of art songs from Australian, French composers and contemporary Scottish composers.
Vivien Hamilton, Soprano; Dr Colin Kingsley, Piano.
Robertson Music Centre, St George's School for Girls, Garscube Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 6BG, UK

2007 Opera Project

October 4th & 6th 2007. The Early Music Studio of The University of Melbourne, in conjunction with the Spring Early Music Festival, presents two concert performances of Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (1607) .
Soloists plus Early Voices Ensemble (dir, Vivien Hamilton) plus Orfeo Chamber Orchestra (Dir. Greg Dickmans, Julie Hewison) from the Early Music Studio Faculty of Music, The Unversity of Melbourne. 2007 Opera Project conducted and directed by guest artist renowned Italian tenor Sandro Naglia.
St Peter's Eastern Hill Church Hall, Melbourne 3000.

The Early Music & Renaissance Dinner

October 18th 2007. University House, The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. br /> In association with the spring Early Music Festival and the Early Music Studio (Faculty of Music, The University of Melbourne).
A showcase of Renaissance Ayres, Rounds, and Madrigals from Dowland to Purcell, Vecchi to Monteverdi.
With Vivien Hamilton, Soprano, Rosemary Hodgson, Lutes, Renaissance Guitar, The Early Voices Ensemble (dir. Vivien Hamilton) & the University Renaissance Dancers (dir. Helga Hill).

11am Service

October 28th 2007. St Michaels Anglican Church,Cnr Russell and Collins St, Melbourne VIC.

Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Claudio Monteverdi) [Clorinda]

In Love and the Art of War. Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival 2007 and the 16th Castlemaine State Festival 2007. Caroline Stacey (director), e21 (dir. Stephen Grant) and Ludovico's Band (dirs. Marshall Maguire, Tommie Andersson).

Lamento della Ninfa and staged 8th book of madrigals (Claudio Monteverdi)

In Love and the Art of War. Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival 2007 and the 16th Castlemaine State Festival 2007. Caroline Stacey (director), e21 (dir. Stephen Grant) and Ludovico's Band (dirs. Marshall Maguire, Tommie Andersson).

A Gallic Muse

March 2007, Recital in Melba Hall, The University of Melbourne with Len Vorster, Piano.

Lachrimae, or Seven teares figured in Seven Passionate Pavans (Dowland, 1604)

Port Fairy Spring Festival 2006. With Consort Eclectus (guest artist Daniel Yeadon) and Rosemary Hodgson, Lute.

Dixit Dominus (Vivaldi)

Vivien Hamilton, Soprano and soloists, with Melbourne Collegium and Choir (conductor Hans-Dieter Michatz). Australian Premiere of a major new work, lost for centuries. Recently found in Dresden by Dr Jan Stockigt, Newman College Chapel, 30 April 2006, The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010.

Tehillim (Steve Reich) [Lyric Soprano part]

Melbourne International Festival 2006 with e21 (dir. Stephen Grant), Speak Percussion (dir. Peter Neville).

Messiah (Handel)

Perth Concert Hall, 18 Dec 2005. Collegium Symphonic Chorus (dir. Dr Margaret Pride, Concert Master. Paul Wright).

Tyrannick Love: Music of Henry Purcell

The Orpheus Ensemble (Vivien Hamilton, Soprano, Priscilla Taylor, Harpsichord). Music at St Silas.

Music in France: 19th Century popular French songs from the University of Melbourne's Breçy Collection

National Musicological Conference Concert. Melba Hall, Parkville, July 2004 with Amir Farid, Piano.

No Hope No Reason (Hartley Newnham Music/Jude Walton Choreography)

The Melbourne International Arts Festival 2004. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Sturt St, Southbank, Melbourne VIC.

Les Leçons de Ténèbres (Couperin)

(Costumed and staged). The Melbourne International Arts Festival 2004 - Chamber Music Sunset Series, Collins Street Baptiste Church. Vivien Hamilton and Kristy Swift, Sopranos and Roseanne Hunt, Baroque Cello, Elizabeth Anderson, Harpsichord.

A Renaissance Celebration

The Melbourne International Arts Festival 2004 - Chamber Music Sunset Series, Collins Street Baptiste Church; ABC Sunday Live, Iwaki Auditorium May 2005. La Compania Wind Band (dir Danny Lucin).

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Apollonian Visions: Greek Mythology and the Music of the Baroque

Antipodes Festival 2004. blue medusa productions, Black Box Theatre, Melbourne.

Cancion del Emperador: Song of the Emperor from 16th Century Spain

Gandel Jewish Festival of Music, Gross Gallery, Jewish Museum of Australia. Sept 2004, with Rosemary Hodgson, Vihuela.

Arianna a Naxos (Haydn)

"Spring Serenade". 29th Concert Season 2003 - The Melbourne Musicians (dir. F. Pam). St John's Southgate. Melbourne VIC.

Scandinavian Jazz and folk Music for 4 female voices

Aurora Vocal Quartet: British Music Society, Prahran, Melbourne 2004.

The songs of Henry Handel Richardson

Lunchtime Concert Series 2002, Monash Performing Arts with the School of Music - Conservatorium. With Bruce Steele, Piano.

"I wish I had a boat, and a little horse to ride It's often that I am wary from roaming far away ..."

Façade (William Walton) [Speaker]

Riggs Estate Concert Series 2000 (Conductor, Tom Pugh) Performing Arts Complex, Monash University.

The Music of Andre Previn

Camberwell Music Society, Vivien Hamilton, Soprano, Roseanne Hunt, Cello, Alan Hardy Flute, Len Vorster, Piano.

Voice Jam and Videotape - Barry Kosky (Curator) Tyrone Landau (Musical Director)

[works for 4 female voices and film]. Contemporary Music Events and the Adelaide Festival 1998. Althoff/ Kats-Chernin/ Chesworth/ Conway/ Harvey/ Hindson/ Marcellino/ McCoombe/ Reniets (composers), G Brown/ L Johnston/ RoWood and R March/ Rolf de Heer/ Judy Horacek/ Donna Swan (Filmmakers), Hamilton/ J Marsh/ K Wheeler/ J Van de Velde (Singers).

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Lontan dall' Idol Mio (Scarlatti)

The University of New England, Armidale NSW, 1991-99. Concerts of cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti with Rosalind Halton and Chacona [now on Olympia: Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti, Chacona (dir Rosalind Halton) (ABC Classics) 1999].

A Little Night Music (Stephen Sondheim) [Mrs Andersson]

Melbourne Theatre Company Season 1997 (dirs. Roger Hodgman, Jean McQuarrie).

The Apern Papers (Michael Hurd) [Miss Tina]

Collins Street Promenade Festival 1996. Atheneum Theatre. Melbourne.

St John Passion (JS Bach)

Perth Festival 1992. Peter Schreier (Tenor, conductor), Collegium Musicum (dir Dr Margaret Pride), West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Passio (Arvo Pärt)

Contemporary Music Network (UK) tour 1988, ECM Recording (Germany). The Hilliard Ensemble and the Western Wynde Choir (dir Paul Hillier).

King Arthur (Purcell) [Philidel]

(dir. John Milsom). Festival of Perth 1982. Arts Building, The University of Western Australia.