Hylton Mowday


Hylton Mowday studied Composition and Performance at the University of Cape Town and further continued his studies with Professor Douglas Masek of USC and The Berklee College of Music. 

He arrived in Australia with a Distinguished Talent Visa being introduced to the Australian Music scene performing saxophone with James Morrison.


Music is my expression of who I am, who I wish to be and how I feel.

It is my most comfortable and sincere language of communication.

Just like an ever-changing mood and personality, 

I embrace the fluidity of musical genres; R&B, Jazz, Funk, Baroque and everything in-between.

It is through continual education and hard work to comprehend the building blocks of music

that I find the source of the liberation of creativity.

Every note can be as beautiful as it can be ugly, knowing in which order to place them makes all the difference.

I do not believe personal subjectivity makes strong enough a defence for the like or dislike of music.

Knowledge, education and being open to question one’s own certainty forges a path to musical insight and development. This is true for composer, performer and audience.”

AGSC Board Statement

Aside from being a composer and multi-instrumentalist I am a staff employing international business owner that has familiarity and experience in management, process and strategy.

Although having (for my first elected year as board member) been on the education sub-committee, it is my intention to be more involved in the industrial relations committee. I feel very ardently about persuading Australian Networks, Broadcasters and also Australian “Brands” to use Australian Composers and believe the AGSC can have even more influence in 2021 to keep our composed music on local shores.
Along with new members of the board, I want to make it an obvious decision for all Australian screen composers to realise the benefits of a collective voice within this turbulent industry.

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