English born, Melbourne-based countertenor, Hamish Gould, completed his Master of Arts (Music Performance) at Monash University in 2019, researching and performing contemporary countertenor arias under the tutelage of Dr. Joel Crotty and Merlyn Quaife.
In 2013 and 2016, Hamish performed on 3MBS’s competition ‘The Talent’, represented Monash University as a finalist for the Lyceum Club’s Margaret Sutherland Competition in 2014, and was a prize winner in the Boroondara Eisteddfod in both 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Hamish won the Monash Aria and Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance with the Monash Academy Orchestra later that same year. He was a finalist for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition in 2019, and a reserve finalist in 2018 and 2020.
Throughout his studies, Hamish has received the Jean Robinson award for the highest overall mark as a first-year undergraduate vocalist, the Anna Chmiel Memorial Fund Prize for Voice, and the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Recognition Award. He has also fully funded during both his Honour’s and Master’s degrees, receiving scholarships and stipends for the majority of his studies.
He has performed as a soloist for Box Hill Chorale, Victoria Chorale, and the Art of Sound Orchestra numerous times. He also has frequently performed as an alto soloist for Bach Cantata Services at St John’s Church, Southgate. He played the Sorcerer in XL Arts’ production of Dido and Aeneas, which was described as “a particular highlight [and] especially terrifying in the best of ways”. He has also given numerous solo recitals for the Lyceum Club, the Melbourne Club, and the Melbourne East Arts Festival. Regarding contemporary classical music, Hamish was the solo countertenor in Matthew Sleeth’s multimedia performance art piece ‘Drone Opera’. In 2019, he branched out as an international artist, playing the main role of Caesar in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto in Auckland, New Zealand.