Friday Music
June 2016

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

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3 June

Judith Rough (soprano)

Mark Quarmby (organ)


Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten BWV 202 (Wedding Cantata) - J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Solo cantata for soprano and orchestra

Airas by G. F. Handel (1685 - 1759)

V'adoro pupille &
Piangéro la sorte mia from Giulio Cesare

No no, I'll take no less &
Endless Pleasure from Semele


Judith Rough started singing as a child in Brisbane, as a member of the Brisbane Eisteddfod Junior choir. She was a principal and chorus member of the Queensland Light Opera Company and studied voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she won the Blanche Campbell Memorial Scholarship for singing.

She has sung with several chamber groups in Sydney as ensemble member and soloist, and has performed as soprano soloist across a wide range of major choral works for various orchestras and choirs in Sydney.

In the USA between 2000 and 2005, Judith performed as ensemble member and soloist with professional chamber choirs Voces Novae et Antiquae and The Lady Chapel Singers, recording with them and touring with them in the USA and Europe. She was in demand as a recitalist, performing for The Lupus Foundation of America and the American Guild of Organists among others. She sang with the Mainline Opera Guild and performed the role of Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone for the Multiple Sclerosis Association and as part of the music education programme in several Philadelphia schools. While there she had the opportunity of studying with Julianne Baird at the Eastman School of Music.

Since returning to Australia Judith has continued to perform regularly, as a soloist in major choral works and in concert and recital for various organisations in Sydney and its environs. Her knowledge and love of the human voice is well used in her role as voice specialist at St Vincent's Voice Clinic in Sydney, where she works with professional voice users and others who are experiencing voice problems.


Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying organ under Norman Johnston and piano under Marjorie Hesse. He has given recitals throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand. For over 20 years he was the Assistant Organist of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, playing the organ for national live broadcasts, visits of the Queen, funerals of State governors and national memorial services. In August 2009 he was appointed Director of Music at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.

In Europe he has played in the Cathedrals of St Paul's, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Oxford, Winchester, Lichfield, Westminster Abbey and Notre-Dame, Paris, with recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and Holland. In 2009 he gave the opening recital of the American Guild of Organists Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

He has been the President of the Organ Music Society of Sydney, has served on the committee of the Royal School of Church Music (NSW) and is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia and teaches piano, organ and musicianship at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, and privately.


10 June


Sirius Ensemble

Music for solo woodwinds

Melissa Coleman (flute)
Sandra Ismail (clarinet)
Roxanne McLeod (narrator)


Yanada for solo flute - Ross Edwards (1943 -)

Fantasie for solo clarinet - Jorg Widmann (1973 -)

Two Fires Suite for solo flute - Christine Draeger (1955 -)

Capriccio for solo clarinet - Heinrich Sutermeister (1910 - 1995)

The Emperor and The Bird of Paradise - Alan Ridout (1934 - 1996)
for flute and speaker


Sirius Chamber Ensemble

Formed in 2011, Sirius Chamber Ensemble is a mixed ensemble of winds, strings and piano. Our passion is to perform music from the classic to contemporary periods, in a friendly and accessible atmosphere. We are committed to collaborating regularly with local composers and presenting new music alongside the classics. We relish the opportunity to perform the larger works for winds, strings and piano, as well as music for smaller groups of instrumentalists. Our repertoire is diverse and often features unusual combinations of instruments. The name 'Sirius' resonates with the history of Sydney, borrowing the name of the flagship of the First Fleet, the H.M.S Sirius.

More information about our group and upcoming performances can be found at our pages:







17 June


Sydney Camerata


Ella Jamieson (piano), Mathisha Panagoda (cello),
Caitlin Benetatos (violin),
Naomi Power (cello) and Agus Sanjaya (piano)


Cello Sonata, H.125, 1st Movement; Allegro ben moderato - Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Naomi Power, cello; Agus Sanjaya, piano

Toccata in D Major - JS Bach (1685-1750)
Ella Jamieson, piano

Hungarian Rhapsody - David Popper (1843-1913)
Mathisha Panagoda, cello; Ella Jamieson, piano

Piano Trio, 3rd Movement; Elegia - Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
Caitlin Benetatos, violin; Ella Jamieson, piano; Mathisha Panagoda, cello


The Sydney Camerata was founded by Mathisha Panagoda in 2008 and has since performed throughout Sydney at venues including the City Recital Hall, Sydney Conservatorium, Seymour Centre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and The Independent Theatre. They have also undertaken tours to North Queensland and Papua New Guinea. Sydney Camerata have performed on ABC Classic FM's Sunday Live and broadcast on Fine Music 102.5. Recently they have collaborated with the Sydney Chamber Choir, Bel A Cappella and performed with Nick Russoniello at the Bellingen Festival. The ensemble is highly versatile and aims to provide important performance opportunities for aspiring young professional musicians. It supports young composers through its annual composition fellowship program and endeavours to bring classical music to new audiences. More information is available on their website or various social media channels including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Today's performance will feature Ella Jamieson, Mathisha Panagoda, Caitlin Benetatos, Naomi Power and Agus Sanjaya.



24 June


Pastór de Lasala (organ)



Organ Concerto op 26 no 2 in A - Michel Corrette [1707 – 1795]
Edited by de Lasala
i. Allegro
ii. Adagio
iii Allegro

Andante in G Minor - Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly [1785 – 1858]

Larghetto from the Clarinet Quintet K 581 - W.A. Mozart [1756 – 1791]
arr. Henry Coleman

Adagio for Musical Clock in F WoO 33 no 1 - Ludwig van Beethoven [1770 – 1827]

Le Cygne (The Swan) - Camille Saint-Saëns [1835 – 1921]
arr. Alexandre Guilmant

Pastorale - Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély [1817 – 1869]
from l'Organiste Moderne, 4e livraison (ca1867-69)

Scherzo from Sonata no 1 op 40 (1912) - René-Louis Becker [1882 – 1956]

from the 'Cats Suite' - Denis Bédard [b 1951]
i. Prrrelude
ii. Cats at play
iii. Catnap
iv. Toc-cat-a


Pastór de Lasala

Born in Sydney in 1958, Pastór de Lasala was educated by the Jesuit Fathers at St Aloysius' College and then at the University of Sydney where he completed his tertiary studies, majoring in French, Latin and Music. He studied organ with Norman Johnston. He served on the Committee of the Organ Society of Sydney, as secretary and then as Deputy President, and is presently a Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (OHTA). Pastor visits France annually and has played a wide range of French instruments from the 17th - 20th centuries including those at the royal chapels of Versailles and Fontainebleau. He has given numerous solo recitals all around France, including twice at Notre-Dame de Paris, and at the cathedrals and basilicas in Carcassonne, Bourges, St Pons, Béziers, Narbonne, Lavaur, St Maximin-en-Provence, St Raphaël and Albi.

Pastór plays the harpsichord and clavichord and has made a number of live radio recordings on this latter instrument. He has been organist at Sacred Heart Church, Mosman since 1978 and concurrently at Mosman Uniting Church, St Joseph's, Neutral Bay and St John's College (within the University of Sydney) since 2008, 2012 and 2014 respectively. He has recorded six CDs, which include the 1890 Hill & Son organ at Ss Peter & Paul's (Old) Cathedral, Goulburn, two on the 1882 Forster & Andrew's organ at Sacred Heart, Mosman, the 1929 Möller organ at Mosman Uniting Church and the 1890 Puget organ at Kincoppal-Rose Bay for which he is the Australian Consultant. Pastor had published transcriptions for organ and harpsichord with Saraband Musicis currently collaborating in the publication of the complete organ works of Michel Corrette both in France and in the USA.

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