Graham Hair

Graham Hair composes primarily for women's voice or voices, usually accompanied by solo instrumentalist, ensemble or orchestra, and often for the Glasgow ensemble Scottish Voices. There are also a few works in each of several other media (choral, orchestral, chamber, solo, electro-acoustic) and many arrangements of popular music.

  • Professor at Glasgow University since 1990
  • Australia Council Composition Fellow, 20032007
  • Adjunct Professor, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Visiting Professor, Radford University, Virginia, USA, 2003-4 and 2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Monash University, Melbourne, 1999-2005
  • Head, Composition, Sydney Conservatorium (1980-90)
  • Senior Lecturer, LaTrobe University (1975-1980)
  • Visiting Professor, Princeton University; USA
  • Composer-in-Residence, MIT

Recent Awards

  • British Academy (3 awards)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (8 awards)
  • Scottish Arts Council (2 awards)
  • Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship
  • Australian Research Council
  • National Library of Australia (Harold White Fellowship)
  • Potter Trust
  • Carnegie Trust
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh


  • Into the Shores of Light (Norfolk, Va: ERM)
  • O Venezia (Glasgow: SV)
  • American Waltzes (Glasgow: SV)

Publications (published by Southern Voices, Canberra, Australia, unless otherwise indicated) include .............

Choral Music

  • Into the South (with orchestra or ensemble)
  • The Flow of Occurence (with orchestra or ensemble)
  • The Great Circle (with orchestra or ensemble)
  • In Ecclesiis (with ensemble)
  • Nunc Dimittis (unaccompanied)
  • Hymn to St Peter (unaccompanied)
  • Lament for Santa Sophia (with electro-acoustic sound)

Vocal Music

  • Seven Words (4 women's voices, cor anglais and harmonium)
  • The Setting of the Moon (soprano, ensemble)
  • Somewhere in the Orange Tree (voice, piano)
  • Serenissima (4 women's voices and harp)
  • Venetian Vespers (4 women's voices and harp)
  • Gospel Verses (SSATBB)
  • Stanzas from Pascoli (sop, cor anglais, vibes)
  • Lyrics from Salvatore Quasimodo (soprano, 3 instruments)
  • Sibylline Voices (3 women's voices, 7 instruments)
  • Snatches from Joyce (2 voices, 3 instruments)

Vocal Music Arrangements

  • American Waltzes (3 women's voices and piano)
  • Arlen Trios (3 women's voices and piano)
  • Cole Porter Paraphrases (3 women's voices and piano)
  • Gershwin Doubles (3 women's voices and piano)
  • Gershwin Glosses (3 women's voices and piano)
  • Gershwin Paraphrases (3 women's voices and 7 instruments)
  • Gospel Paraphrases (4 women's voices and piano)
  • Gospel Paraphrases (SSATBB)

Instrumental Music

  • Concerto for Clarinettist and Double Ensemble (clarinet and 6 instruments)
  • Concertino for Four Soloists
  • Fantasy on Leopardi's The Setting of the Moon (9 instruments)
  • Ganymede / Prometheus (4 instruments)
  • Frenzy and Folly, Fire and Joy (clarinet)

Instrumental Music Arrangements

  • Weather Report Studies

Orchestral Music

  • Into the Shores of Light

Piano Music

  • Wild Cherries and Honeycomb
  • Dances and Devilment and Sunlit Airs
  • Under Aldebaran


    A Guide to the Don Banks Collection in the National Library of Australia
    (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1999) ISBN 0 642 10711 4

Books Edited

  • Loose Canons
  • Modernism in Austrslian Music, 1950-2000: Eight Case Studies
  • The Music of Thomas Wilson
  • Musica Scotica: 800 years of Scottish Music/Proceedings from the 2004 and 2005 Conferences,


  • Don Banks: Duo (with introductory essay)
  • Don Banks: Sonata (with introductory essay)
  • Don Banks: I'm Easy (with introductory essay)
  • Don Banks: Psalm 70 (with introductory essay)
  • Don Banks: Episode for Small Orchestra (with introductory essay)
  • Don Banks: An Australian Entertainment (with introductory essay)
  • Don Banks: String Quartet (with introductory essay)
  • Don Banks: Divertimento (with introductory essay)
  • Don Banks: Fantasy for String Orchestra (with introductory essay)
  • Don Banks: One for Murray (with introductory essay)