English born, Australia-based countertenor, Hamish Gould, has completed his Master of Arts (Music Performance), Bachelor of Music and Honours at Monash University and also has completed a foundation course in Music Theatre at the VCA.
In 2013 and 2016, Hamish performed on 3MBS radio station for their competition ‘The Talent’, aimed at tertiary and recently graduated classical music students. In 2014 he represented Monash University as a finalist for the Lyceum Club’s Margaret Sutherland Competition. In the Boroondara Eisteddfod, he received 1st place (2015) and 2nd place (2016) in the Oratorio/Cantata Section and 2nd place (2015) and 3rd place (2016) in the Robert Salzer Vocal competition, as well as the Hermann Schilberger Award for Most Promising Young Singer (2015). In 2017, Hamish won the Monash Aria and Concerto Competition, it was his fourth time being in the finals for this competition, and he performed with the Monash Academy Orchestra in a Concert in October this year as a result. Last year he was the reserve finalist for Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition, and performed in their finals at Deakin Edge.
In his Bachelor of Music, he has received the Jean Robinson award for the highest overall mark as a first year vocalist, the Anna Chmiel Memorial fund prize for Voice and the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Recognition Award. He has also received a scholarship for his Honours degree and a Stipend Scholarship to fund his Masters degree.
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 alto soloist for Bach Cantata Services at St John’s Church, Southgate, including the alto solo cantata, “Geist und Seele”. 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. In regards to more contemporary classical music, Hamish was the solo countertenor in Matthew Sleeth’s multimedia performance art piece: ‘Drone Opera’ (vocal music by Susan Frykberg). Last year he played the role of Raphael in Jonathan Dove’s opera, Tobias and the Angel in collaboration with XL Arts and the School of Hard Knocks.
This year, Hamish is participating in the Young Songmakers Development Program and also undertaking freelance performance work and vocal teaching.