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  • Denise Hulford

  • Fully Represented SOUNZ Composer


Denise Hulford, born in Christchurch, NZ, was educated at Selwyn College in Auckland. She studied privately with Ernest Empson (Christchuch), Henry Shirley and Patrick Towsey (Auckland). In addition to her study of the piano, Hulford was intensely interested in the voice and studied with Joan Howard-Jones, Emily Mair, Beatrice Webster and Dorothy Hopkins. In 1982 she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Victoria University, Wellington. As part of this degree, the study of Music Education with Elizabeth Kerr in 1980 involved the first taste of composition, and from this time on composition became an important part of Hulford’s musical life. In 1985, after studying with John Rimmer at Auckland University, she completed her M.Mus (Hons) in composition. June 1992 saw her travelling to London to study composition with Professor Glasser, recently retired Head of Music Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 1996 Hulford retired from The Composers’ Association of New Zealand after serving the organisation for six years as President. In the same year she also retired from the Board of the NZ Music Centre Ltd. after a six year term. She remains committed to the promotion of New Zealand music both nationally and internationally.

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Selected Works

Alone for contralto and piano  
Before the Stars begin to Shine for cello and timpani  
Bold as Brass for brass quintet  
Cantata: A Disciple Dreams for soprano, tenor, flute, cello, organ and SATB chorus  
Christmas Bells for choir, tenor saxophone and piano  
Evolution for narrator/tenor and orchestra  
Fascicle for clarinet, trumpet and cello  
Genesis for small orchestra  
Pyramids for string quartet  
Recollections 1 for SSAA choir, soloist and harp  


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