Friday Music
September 2012

St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)

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7 September


Julia Ryder (cello)

Ros Dunlop (clarinet)

"Baroque & Beyond"

featuring bass clarinet and cello


Movements from 'French Suite No. 6'  - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)


Little Duets  - Ross Edwards (1943 - )

Duet  - Ignace J. Pleyel (1757 - 1831)

Sonata  - Joseph Boismortier (1659 - 1755)

Rondo  - Alain Lefèvre (1843 - 1917)

Chitter Chatter  - Tom Fitzgerald


Ros Dunlop is one of Australia's leading clarinetists/bass clarinetists. She has been a strong advocate  of new music for the clarinet & bass clarinet all her professional life. She has commissioned many Australian Composers and  premiered many new compositions by composers worldwide.   Ros has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand ,Canada, the UK, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, East Timor and the USA,  Her CDs have received International acclaim.  Ros is a founding member of Charisma, with whom she has commissioned and premiered many new works including many multimedia premieres.   She is currently enrolled as a PHD student at Newcastle University to research the traditional  music of East Timor which she has spent 10 years recording.  She is writing the first definitive book on the music of  East TImor to be released in September 2012. Ros  teaches clarinet at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Julia Ryder has earned a reputation as one of Australia's most accomplished performers. She has won various prizes for her interpretation of Beethoven and chamber music as well as for her performances at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue   Musik. She has worked with composers such as Messiaen, Xenakis, Ferneyhough and Finnissy and has toured and recorded extensively as a soloist and with Australian and European ensembles and also appearing regularly at major festivals in Australia, Asia and Europe. Julia records for ABC Classics,  Etcetera records (Holland) and Virgin Classics.  She is a founding member of Charisma  and Michelangeli Ensemble. She has taught chamber music at Melbourne University and Sydney Conservatoirum of Music.




14 September


Angus McPherson (flute)

Szu Yu Chen (piano)


Andante et Scherzo - Louis Ganne (1862 - 1923)

Tango Etude No. 4 - Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)

Concerto in G Major arr. Flute and Piano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)

I. Allegro maestoso
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Rondo


Owing to the sudden illness of today's accompanist, we are most grateful that our soloist has offered to perform an unaccompanied program.



Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)  - Fantasie No. 6

Christine Draeger  - Melusina's Dream

Gergely Ittzés (1969 - )  - Mr Dick is Thinking in Terms of a Blues-Pattern

Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)  - Tango Etude No. 4 and 3

Ian Clarke (1964 - )  - The Great Train Race



Angus McPherson grew up in Sydney and began playing the flute in his primary school band when he was nine years old. He has recently completed a Master of Music (Performance), studying with Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Angus has performed with the Conservatorium's Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Modern Music Ensemble and has played in the orchestra pit for several chamber operas. He regularly performs in orchestras for various musical societies as well as with the Turramurra based Orchestra 143 and was a co-soloist with Orchestra 143 in May, 2011, performing Cimarosa's Concerto for Two Flutes.

Although Angus enjoys many styles of music, he is keenly interested in contemporary music and extended techniques for the flute. In 2011 he spent several months in New York where he conducted interviews with the contemporary flute expert Robert Dick about his invention; a sliding extension for the flute called the Glissando Headjoint. He has performed in international masterclasses for Robert Dick in Seattle, USA, and Gergely Ittzés in Győr, Hungary. In August 2011 he played flute, alto flute and piccolo in the International Opera Theater's production of the new opera, Decameron, in Citta della Pieve and Citta di Saluzzo, Italy. Angus has also performed in masterclasses in Sydney for numerous flutists including Alison Mitchel, Michael Cox and Emmanuel Pahud.


Pianist Szu Yu is currently studying at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a postgraduate accompaniment student with a scholarship and is a student of famous pianists David Miller and Gerard Williams. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Taipei National University of the Arts with a major in piano performance. She also studied music education. She later earned her Masters degree in piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University in the United States. Szu Yu spent two years in the United States studying solo piano with Alexander Shtarkman and chamber music with Ellen Mack, Marian Hahn and Seth Knop. She was also an important part of Peabody Preconservatory and a Baltimore Music College accompanist.

Szu Yu won several prizes and scholarships in both piano, solo flute solo and chamber music competitions. In 2006, Szu Yu started her career as a solo pianist. She performed in Taiwan, Australia, the United States, France, German and Italy. Between 2007 and 2008 Szu Yu was involved with the Edan Joyful Choir as a pianist which toured the world with the support of the Taiwanese government. Recently she just won the Geoffrey Parsons Award and the Chen-Mollie Neale Memorial prize and played with cellists Georg Pedersen and Janis Laurs.




21 September


Andrew Smith (saxophone)

Sneha Balakrishnan (clarinet)


Selections from "8 pieces" - Max Bruch (1838 - 1920)

Rapsodie - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)

The Ox and the Lark - Nikola Resanovic (1955 - )


Andrew Smith is a Sydney based freelance saxophonist who is highly active in new music, having premiered and workshopped countless new works involving saxophone. Andrew has been awarded both a B.Mus (Hons) and M.Mus from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the study of the latter was undertaken with the assistance of the prestigious Henderson Postgraduate Award. Throughout his tertiary study Andrew won numerous competitions and received a number of scholarships as well as furthering his study at the European University for the Saxophone (Gap), with lessons from some of the worlds leading saxophone performers and pedagogues. Andrew has also embarked upon further saxophone study, with trips to the Netherlands, France, England and Portugal. Throughout his study Andrew has been fortunate enough to perform in masterclasses for Claude Delangle, Niels Bijl, Kenneth Tse, Otis Murphy and the Diastema Quartet.

Andrew is a highly active performer who can be frequently seen performing in chamber, orchestral and solo settings. Andrew is a member of the acclaimed Chronology Arts core ensemble, the Nexas Saxophone Quartet, the eXa Project, Duo Plunge and The Sax Summit. He has also recently played for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Win Wollongong Symphony Orchestra and the Black and White Big Band. For more details on performances and his ensemble activities please go to

Sneha Balakrishnan graduated from the University of NSW with an Arts/Law degree, obtaining her L.Mus.A in clarinet along the way. Sneha has performed with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, the Paris-Sorbonne Orchestra and in 2007 successfully auditioned to be on the casual list of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Sneha also has a strong interest in chamber music, performing regularly with her chamber group The Clock Ensemble. In her spare time, Sneha works as an Intellectual Property lawyer.




28 September


Mark Quarmby (organ)

Director of Music, St Stephen's



Festival Prelude & Fugue on Old 100 - Clarence Eddy (1851 - 1937)

Three pieces for Musical Clocks - Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)

Voluntary No. 2 in D major - James Hook (1746 - 1827)

Postlude in D - Henry Smart (1813 - 1879)

Verset Op.19 - Alexandre Guilmant (1837 - 1911)

Méditation (Trois Improvisations) - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Final (Sept Pièces Op. 27) - Marcel Dupré (1886 - 1971)




Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music majoring in organ under Norman Johnston.  He has given many recitals throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand. For over 20 years he was associated with the music of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, playing for all their choral services, national live broadcasts and State occasions such as visits from Queen Elizabeth II, funerals of State governors and national memorial services. He has accompanied the Cathedral choir on several CDs and played for services with them in many of Britain’s most famous cathedrals including St Paul’s, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Oxford, Winchester, Lichfield, Westminster Abbey and St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. His recital tours to Europe have taken him to Germany, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Italy where he has often included Australian organ music on his programs and lectured on the history of the organ in Australia. In 2009 he gave the opening recital of the American Guild of Organists Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, playing a whole program devoted to organ music written by Australian composers.  He was a tutor and recitalist for the Pipe Organ Encounter program held in Singapore in 2005. He served as the President of the Organ Music Society of Sydney for six years, and is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (as well as being the web master for these two organisations). Mark Quarmby teaches piano, organ and musicianship at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield and privately.  From August 2009 he was appointed as the Director of Music at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.  During his spare time he has been researching and building a web site on the organs of Sydney which he has extended to cover organs throughout Australia.

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