Who is the most performed New Zealand composer?

Douglas Lilburn gets a regular run-out; John Psathas and Gareth Farr have strong international followings. If you want to place a bet, though, try putting your money on David Hamilton.

A prominent figure in Auckland music circles for close to 40 years, Hamilton is particularly known for his choral works and he notes that about one-third of the 200-plus choirs participating in the annual Big Sing schools' competition perform one of his pieces.

"It probably says more about how many other New Zealand composers are writing for choirs than that I'm particularly