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Denise Hulford


Born: 1944 Died: 2019


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, 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 SOUNZ after a six year term.

Denise Hulford passed away in 2019.

Composed (24)

A prayer for the twenty-first century woman

for bass clarinet, bassoon and two cellos, 15m


for contralto and piano, 1m

Before the Stars begin to Shine

for cello and timpani, 7m

Before the Stars Begin to Shine

for cello and timpani

Bold as Brass

for brass quintet, 15m

Cantata: A Disciple Dreams

for soprano, tenor, flute, cello, organ and SATB choir, 18m

Christmas Bells

for choir, tenor saxophone and piano, 15m


for mezzo-soprano and flute, 3m


for SATB choir and piano, 3m


for flute, bamboo flute and bassoon, 4m


for narrator/tenor and orchestra, 18m


for clarinet, trumpet and cello, 9m

Five Haiku

for soprano and solo instrument, 6m

For whom the bell tolls

for bass clarinet, cello and percussion, 8m


for small orchestra, 7m


for flute and piano, 2m


for mixed chamber ensemble, 1m

Plus Forty Years

for electroacoustic tape, 7m

Psalm 121

for soprano, flute, oboe, viola and SATB choir, 5m


for string quartet, 12m

Recollections 1

for SSAA choir, soloist and harp, 13m


three pieces for soprano and flute/cello, 2m

The Old Place

for soprano, flute, violin, cello and SATB choir, 5m


for baritone and string quartet, 8m