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Neville Hall


Born: 1962


Neville Hall was born in 1962 in Wellington, New Zealand. He studied composition at Auckland University from 1987–91 with John Rimmer and John Elmsly, graduating MMus with First Class Honours in 1991. On completing university, Neville travelled to Europe where he attended summer schools and private lessons with a number of prominent composers including Franco Donatoni, Brian Ferneyhough, Witold Lutoslawski and Gerard Grisey. 

His works have been performed at festivals and concerts in Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand, and have received a number of international awards, including a Menzione d’Onore in the 16th Concorso International “Luigi Russolo” in 1995 and a Recommendation in the Paris Rostrum of Composers in 2001. Since 1993, Neville has lived in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he is active as a freelance composer.

Neville has represented New Zealand three times at the ISCM World Music Days, most recently in Beijing in 2018. In 2020, he released a CD of his music entitled Or looked back to the flowing, featuring three orchestral works and a selection of chamber music. Recent compositions include so flamed in the air for orchestra, which was premiered in Ljubljana by the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marco Angius in 2021.

Photo credit: Klemen Kunaver

Composed (64)

a splinter of silence in the belly of time

for string quartet and clarinet, 15m

all of a whiteness

for bass clarinet, horn and cello, 3m

and the sound went up like smoke

for two amplified vibraphones, 9m

and the wave concealed her, dark mass of great water

for orchestra, flute and ensemble, 10m

beneath the veil of silence

for mixed chamber quintet and piano, 8m


for clarinet, harp and cello, 4m

But buried dust and rusted skeleton

for bass flute and bass clarinet, 6m


for chamber orchestra, 10m

Covered with close-webbed mist

for chamber quartet, 6m

crystal variations

for piano, 5m


for two cellos, 1m

et j’entendis des voix

for solo accordion, 5m

Evolving Music

for chamber ensemble, 22m

eye-glitter out of black air 1

for wind quintet, 10m

eye-glitter out of black air 2

for wind quintet, 10m

eye-glitter out of black air 3

for wind quintet and orchestra, 21m

Flaking the black soft water

for orchestra, 9m

from a single point

for chamber quintet, 11m

Glass-glint of wave

for string quartet, 15m

in the folds of silence 1

for two flutes, 12m

in the folds of silence 2

for two violins, 13m

It Begins...

for chamber ensemble, 5m

kontinuum I

for saxophone quartet, 13m

kontinuum II

for violin, 13m

lifeless air become sinewed

for bassoon, 7m

lithe sinews of water

for chamber orchestra, 6m


for SATB choir and alto saxophone, 4m

more full of flames and voices

for clarinet, accordion and cello

not a lost shimmer of sunlight

for orchestra, 8m

now ivory stillness

for clarinet, 5m

Octet: Infiltration

for chamber octet, 5m

Or looked back to the flowing

for large orchestra, 14m

ply over ply, thin glitter of water

for chamber quintet, 16m


for alto saxophone and electronic sounds, 9m

six preludes and a postlude

for chamber sextet, 15m

so flamed in the air

for orchestra, 11m

some points in time, book 1

for saxophone, 17m

the crystal funnel of air 1

for two saxophones, 6m

the crystal funnel of air 2

for two saxophones, 6m

the cut cool of the air

for nine players, 14m

the liquid and rushing crystal

for chamber ensemble, 10m

the night recalls each flickering silence

for flute and string quartet, 7m

The shadow eddying fluid

for two cellos, 5m

the sound a gemmed light 1

for brass quintet, 6m

the sound a gemmed light 2

for brass octet, 6m

the way thoughts transfigure

for tenor sax, violin and piano, 12m

the way time accumulates

for chamber septet, 13m

throwing the ladder away

for piano, 13m

time's distance

for chamber septet, 17m


for clarinet sextet, 7m