The Ugly Sound

Commissioned for performance by the Mini TSO education ensemble in 2016, The Ugly Sound is a narrated musical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen literary fairy tale The Ugly Duckling.

Composed and written by Brisbane-based composer Gordon Hamilton with co-author Tali Kellam-PearsonThe Ugly Sound explores Wellbeing themes of social exclusion and bullying in a touching story and delightful musical score.

The recording features Tasmanian actor Bryony Geeves as narrator, and the Mini TSO Ensemble conducted by Greg Stephens. The animation competition will require the recording be used, in its entirety and unaltered in any way, as the soundtrack.

LISTEN to our brand new recording of The Ugly Sound by Gordon Hamilton.

DOWNLOAD PDF of teaching resources.

READ about resource writer Dianne O’Toole.


Many thanks to Toby Frost and Veronika Vincze from ABC Classic who recorded and edited this wonderful musical story!

Congratulations to 13 year-old Tadhg Morgan, winner of The Ugly Sound Animation Competition. You can view Tadhg’s winning entry here.