Friday Music
February 2016

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

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5 February

The Nano Symphony

Neil Thompson - viola
Catherine Thompson - clarinet
Lee Akinsanya - pianoforte


Eight Pieces, Op 83 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (Selections) - Max Bruch (1838 - 1920)

Trio for Clarinet in A, Viola and Piano in A Major, Op 264 - Carl Reinecke (1824 - 1910)
i) Moderato
ii) Intermezzo: Moderato
iii) Legende: Andante
iv) Finale: Allegro moderato


Neil Thompson - Viola

Having begun on viola in his hometown Whyalla, Neil's career has taken him all around the world, including to Europe as soloist. Neil has performed and toured with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras (upon holding an SSO fellowship in 2012), as well as with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and its sister orchestra ACO2 with whom he was an 'Emerging Artist'. He enjoyed two years of touring with 'The Cat Empire' and features as soloist and guest artist on their DVD 'Live at the Bowl'. Neil regularly performs at the Sydney Opera House with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra for Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet.

Primarily involved in playing chamber-music, he has been fortunate enough to have performed alongside Pekka Kuusisto, Kristian Winther, Richard Tognetti, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Simone Young, Brett Dean, Lisa Moore and others.

2015 proved to be a particularly exciting year for him having been invited to join the highly acclaimed 'Omega Ensemble' as well as co-founding 'The Nano Symphony' with his wife, clarinettist Catherine Thompson -

With previous conducting mentors including Richard Gill and Keith Crellin, Neil is currently conductor/director of Killara High's orchestras and has directed performances of Schubert's 'Great' 9th Symphony (in Adelaide) and Faure's Requiem with the Mosman Symphony Orchestra, Sydney.


Catherine Thompson – Clarinet

Catherine is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music having obtained her Bachelor of Music in Performance with First Class Honours. She was a recipient of the prestigious Helpmann Academy Grant which allowed her to undertake two Professional Development Tours in Germany where she studied with Ralph Manno, Chen Halevi, Norbert Kaiser and Wolfgang Meyer. Catherine has also performed in master-classes with Sabine Meyer, Paul Dean and Nuno Silver. 

She has performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, the Elder Conservatorium Symphony and Wind Orchestras and has participated in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Career Development Program and National Music Camp. As a soloist, Catherine has performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra to a sold out audience, to critical acclaim. She is highly

passionate about Chamber Music and is a founding member of chamber group 'The Nano Symphony'

Catherine is also a Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health Coach with a passion for inspiring people to embrace natural health and wellbeing. If you would like to know more you can follow her at


Lee Akinsanya - Pianoforte

Lee Akinsanya (née Cheong) was born in Sydney and studied piano with Elizabeth Powell whilst attending the Conservatorium High School. Lee went on to undertake her BMus with Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium learning from Stephanie McCallum. She was awarded two merit scholarships in 2007 and again in 2008. Lee was a finalist in the Australian National Piano Award in 2008. 

In the following year Lee travelled abroad to study in the UK at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Savage. Lee performed in many concerts at the RNCM including the Lunchtime Recital series, Chopin Festival and Open Day. During her studies she was a recipient of the Tait Memorial Trust Award and the Australian Bicentennial Award and also received an entrance scholarship from the RNCM. 

After completing her MMus in 2011 Lee performed in numerous solo and duo concerts around the UK. These concerts included performing in London at the Royal Over-Seas League, duo concert for Chorlton Arts Festival and lunchtime concerts at Lincoln Cathedral, Wakefield Cathedral and Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.  

Lee returned to Sydney in 2013 and has since performed in many solo and chamber music concerts. In 2015 she became a member of the Nano Symphony. In addition to performing Lee teaches piano at St Aloysius' College and the Conservatorium High School. 





12 February

Sarah Park (pianoforte)


Sonata in C minor Hob:XVI 20 - Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
I. Moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Finale – Allegro

Miroirs - Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
 I. Noctuelles I
II. Une barque sur l'Ocean 
IV. Alborada del gracioso

Étude Op. 76 No. 3 Hands reunited - Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813 - 1888)
I. Allegro
II. Fantasia. Adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Rondo. Allegro


Sarah Park is a graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music having studied under the guidance of Stephanie McCallum. She has performed in many public recitals and concerts and has performed as a member of the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra with Phillip Mann, the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony with Luke Gilmour and various other ensembles.



19 February

Ria Andriani (soprano)

Maryleigh Hand (pianoforte)


This programme explores the sentiments of love in songs through the ages and diverse languages. From well-known English verse such as Purcell's If Music be the Food of Love, Haydn's Recollection, and Armstrong Gibbs complaint Why do I love? to Schumann's Seit ich ihn gesehen and Debussy's forgotten Clair de Lune. This recital also includes Handel's Four Songs in Diverse Languages and Love Madrigals by Joquin Rodrigo.


If Music be the Food of Love, sing on [third setting] - Purcell, Henry (1659-1995)

Four Songs in Diverse Languages - Handel, G.F. (1685-1759)
- Chanson: Sans y penser | without any thought
- Chanson: quand on suit L'Amoureuse Loix | When I follow love's law
- Air Allemande: Der Mund spricht zwar gezwungen nein | My mouth perforce says no
- Air Spagnuola: Difentè mis ojos | My eyes speaks with silent passion

Recollection Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809)

Seit ich ihn gesehen | Since I first behold you [Frauenliebe und Leben, op.42] Schumann, Robert (1810-1856)

Claire de Lune | Moonlight [First Setting] - Debussy, Claud (1862-1918)

Why do I love? Go, ask the glorious sun - Armstrong Gibbs, Cecil (1889-1960)

Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios - Rodrigo, Joquin (1901-1999)
- Con qué la lavaré? | With what shall I bathe?
- Vos me matásteis | You have slain me
- De dónde venís, amore? | Where have you been, my love?
- De los álamos vengo, madre | I come from the poplars, mother.

Les Chemins de l'amour | the Paths of Love - Poulenc, Francis (1899-1963)


Ria Andriani has spent her life around music and found a passion in Classical singing, especially the Early Music and Baroque repertoire. She completed the Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of New South Wales at the end of 2014. A natural linguist, she has amassed repertoire in modern European languages such as French, German and Spanish as well as English, Latin, Italian and Norwegian. She studied singing with Kathleen Connell, Nancy Long and Koen Van Stade. She recently came back from the Dartington International Summer School where she attended master classes with Carolyn Sampson, Dame Emma Kirkby, Nicholas Clapton, Andrew Watts and Jessica Cash.

Ria is an active chorister and soloist in Sydney. She is involved with several choirs such as St James King St Choir (choral scholar), St Paul's Burwood choir and the Burgundians Consort. She was a member of Vox and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs from 2009 - 2013. She has given lunchtime recitals in a number of venues such as St Stephen's Macquarie St, St James King St and St Jude's Bowral.

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Originally a language teacher, Maryleigh Hand's passion for music and words inspired her to become an accompanist and vocal coach.

At Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium, she concentrated on vocal repertoire and technique with Nancy Thomas, studying piano with Lance Dossor.

Recent highlights include a recital for Art Song Canberra with mezzo-soprano Prudence Dunstone.

Maryleigh has been associated with various tertiary institutions including Sydney and Newcastle Conservatoria. She has also worked with many outstanding artists such as Lauris Elms, Ghillian Sullivan, David Wakeham, and Jonathon Welch.



26 February

Heather Moen-Boyd (organ)

(Scots Kirk, Mosman)


Sonata no 4 in B flat - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Allegro con brio - Andante religioso - Allegretto - Allegro maestoso e vivace

Suite from Abdelazar (The Moor's Revenge) - Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Rondeau - Minuet - Air -  Hornpipe - Rondeau

Three Pieces for Organ - Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Andante moderato - Adagio - Allegro con spirito

A graduate of Sydney Conservatorium, Heather has given many solo organ recitals and is an experienced accompanist. She is organist and director of music at Scots Kirk Presbyterian Church, Mosman, and pianist with the Mirrabooka Singers.

Last year she performed in concerts with Macquarie University Singers, Jubila Singers of Terrigal, Manning Valley Choral Society, and accompanied silent movie comedies with Australia's Silent Film Festival. She gave a solo recital here at St Stephen's and at St Andrew's Cathedral, St Paul's Presbyterian Church Armidale, and St Saviour's Anglican Cathedral in Goulburn. At Easter, Heather will be the organist for Handel's Messiah with an ecumenical choir at Epping Baptist Church, and then with the Hastings Choristers at Port Macquarie and Taree. In May she will accompany Dvorak's Stabat Mater with Illawarra Choral Society.

In addition to a busy private teaching studio in the Hills district, Heather teaches piano at Georges River Grammar School and is an examiner with the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts. She is also a member of the Sunday Evensong choir of Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney.

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