Friday Music
July 2018

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

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6 July

Music for Unique Occasions

Gregory van der Struik - Trombone
Pastor de Lasala OAM – Organ


1. Welzheim Procession - Gregory van der Struik (1965)

2. Canonic Study Op 56, no.2 - Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
arr. Heribert Breuer

3. Figtree Fantasy - Gregory van der Struik 

4. Vocalise - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) 

5. Après un Rêve - Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

6. Source of Divine Light (organ solo) - George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

7. Sicilienne - Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824)
arr. Pierre Gouin (organ solo)

8. Auric (solo trombone) - Alan Holley (1954)

9. Marche de Macquarie - Gregory van der Struik


Gregory van der Struik currently enjoys a busy career as an orchestral and solo trombonist. He has held the position of Principal Trombone with the Opera Australia Orchestra since 1987 and has been active as a soloist and composer in Australia, China and Europe. He studied trombone with Geoffrey Bailey and Arthur Hubbard at the Sydney Conservatorium High School and graduated as an Associate of the State Conservatorium of Music (A.S.C.M.). Prior to his appointment as Principal Trombone, he undertook extensive freelance engagements with professional orchestras as well as holding principal positions in the A.B.C. Sinfonia (which he conducted in the Opera House), the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
As a soloist, Greg has released and been featured on a number of CDs which emanate from the Trombonis Australis Project, initiated in 1990 to develop and present an Australian contribution to international brass repertoire. He has performed in Australia, Europe and Asia with ensembles such as the Orchestre de Picardie, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Royal Australian Air Force Air Command Band, Orchestre de Cuivres d'Amiens, Orchestre à Vent de Doullens, Le Brass Band Nord Pas de Calais, University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Greg has also addressed international conferences in Europe with respect to the development of Australian trombone repertoire and has also been the author of numerous articles for journals in Australia and overseas. He has been active as an adjudicator at many competitions and has been described by international trombonist and composer John Kenny "as one of the most interesting trombonists pushing for increased recognition of the trombone anywhere." Mrs Voi Williams OAM of the Ballarat Organ Festival wrote, "When the Ballarat Courier asked me for a personal summing up of the Festival, I just had to specify your recital in St Alipius as a highlight. I think that I said to you on the day that I cannot recollect hearing solo trombone before and the performance was just magic."

Greg is a part time member of the Sydney Conservatorium's Brass Faculty. He also teaches at Barker College and Toongabbie Christian College. Greg has given master classes in Australia and overseas including a period in 1998 as guest lecturer in trombone at the Shanghai Conservatory and later that year, Acting Head of Brass at the Sydney Conservatorium. He has been a founding member of the Early Brass Consort of Sydney and also actively promotes Opera Australia Brass which toured China in May 2000. His compositions have been performed in Australia and overseas at various international festivals by leading local and international performers. 


Born in Sydney in 1958, Pastór de Lasala was educated by the Jesuit Fathers at 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 has served on the Committee of the Organ Society of Sydney, as secretary and as Deputy President. Taking an active interest in the wealth of 19th Century English organs in Australia, he presently serves as a Director on the NSW Committee of Council of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (OHTA).

Pastór has given a number of organ recitals around Sydney and has broadcast on radio on a number of occasions. Pastór visits France annually and has given recitals on a wide range of major French instruments from the 17th - 20th centuries which include Carcassonne, St Maximin-en-Provence, Lyon, Albi, St Pons-de-Thomières, Le Havre, Bourges, Rozay-en-Brie, St Raphaël, Lavaur and Béziers. Most notably he has been invited twice to give solo recitals at Notre-Dame de Paris in 2004 and 2015.

Apart from the organ, Pastór plays the harpsichord and clavichord and has made radio broadcasts on this latter instrument. He has recorded a number of CDs, which include the 1890 Hill organ at SS Peter and Paul, Goulburn, the 1882 Forster & Andrew's organ at Sacred Heart Mosman where has been organist since 1978. He is concurrently organist 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. Other CDs include one with the distinguished trombonist, Gregory van der Struik at Mosman Uniting Church; the restored 1890 Puget organ at Kincoppal-Rose Bay for which Pastór was the Australian consultant; modern sacred and organ works by Australian composer, Michael Forsyth and, most recently, recordings of organ, strings and voices at in the historic village of Carcoar to be released later in this year.

Pastor has published numerous musical editions. Most notably, is the first complete modern edition of the six organ concertos of Michel Corrette which he subsequently released on CD on the French-Canadian organ in the Chapel of St Aloysius' College. Further editions of Corrette's organ music are currently being published in France and the USA.

In the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours, Pastór was awarded an OAM in recognition of his service in the restoration of historic pipe organs.



13 July

Mikayla Tate - soprano

Olivia Morberger – soprano

Wendy Dixon - pianoforte

Nun beut die Flur - Die Schöpfung - Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Die schwestern - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Im Frühling - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

L'invitation au voyage - Henri Duparc (1848-1933)

Le carafon - Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Elle a fui - The Tales of Hoffman - Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

Sisters - Irving Berlin (1888-1889)

To a child - Ross Edwards (1943- present)

Must the winter - Vanessa - Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Hallelujiah - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

O wär ich schon - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


Mikayla Tate - soprano

Mikayla holds a BMus in Classical Voice from AIM and is currently studying her Masters of Music. She has performed in musicals and opera in both Queensland and NSW including most recently AIM's production of Hänsel und Gretel (Dewfairy/Sandman and Gretel alternate). She has performed with companies such as Operantics, Pacific Opera and is looking forward to an Australian premiere of La Caduta de Decemviri with Ghandarve Music in which she will originate Virginia. Other credits include: Symphony of Australia tour, soloist performances with Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra, recitals at the Art Gallery of NSW, St Stephens and St Andrews and in 2016 Mikayla attained second place in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition.


Olivia Morberger - soprano

Since beginning her musical studies, Olivia has explored both orchestral and vocal realms but has now landed herself in the world of singing. Olivia has performed as a clarinetist with orchestras at Parliament House, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra, for various operas and musicals, toured with the Symphony of Australia, and performed at The Art Gallery of NSW and St Andrews Cathedral. With her hands advancing before her age, Olivia lay her clarinet to rest and strolled into the land of big voices and even bigger 'hair.' Since then Olivia has sung with Sutherland Symphony Orchestra, competed in eisteddfodau, performed in the Australian Institute of Music's opera gala, sung with the UNSW Collegium Musicum Choir and is a regular performer with Divas on Demand.


Wendy Dixon - pianoforte

As a soprano Wendy has maintained a successful international career in opera, oratorio, concert and recital work, and remains an active recitalist. She is an established singing teacher, currently tutoring at Open Academy USyd, the Australian Institute of Music and her own private studio. She is presently enrolled as a Doctoral student at USyd. Wendy is founder and director of Sydney Art Song Society Inc., producer and musical director of Opera Boot Camp Australia, curator of Cushion Concerts at CHIME and artistic director of Divas on Demand. She is a founding member with David Miller (piano) of Grevillea Ensemble renowned for their innovative programs.




20 July

The Mirabella Trio

Sayaka Eguchi (violin)

Hanae McLean (clarinet)

Kayoko Nishwaki (pianoforte)



Clarinet Sonata - Margaret Sutherland (1897-1984)

Two Duets for Violin and Clarinet, from Plöner Musiktag - Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

Mélodie Op.42 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Poupée Valsante (The Dancing Doll) for Violin and Piano - Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Contrasts - Béla Bartók (1881–1945)



Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka began her violin studies at age of three, working with Kazuhiko Osaka and Dr Suzuki. She was a part of Suzuki Method Children's Orchestra tour to Germany at ten years of age. She then pursued her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy and also at The Cleveland Institute of Music in the US with Donald Weilerstein and David Updegraff where she was awarded a special prize for "Distinguished Violinist" upon completion of Master's Degree in violin performance. She participated in major music festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, and Pacific Music Festival. She is a prize winner of Fishoff National Chamber Music Competition (Indiana, USA) along with many other prizes. She served as the principal second violin of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the concertmaster of Cleveland Women's Orchestra with which she made numerous solo appearances. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, performing as a part of Mirabella Trio as well as a dedicated violin teacher.  


Hanae McLean (clarinet) moved from Japan to Brisbane in 2000 to study with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2001 her clarinet quartet was invited to travel to China and Hong Kong with Floyd Williams for a series of concerts. In 2003, Hanae moved to Sydney to learn from Francesco Celata, Associate Principal Clarinettist with the Sydney Symphony. In 2004, Hanae completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and in 2005, she finished Post Graduate Diploma in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Hanae was a member of Sydney Sinfonia, the Sydney Symphony Education Programme, in 2003 and 2004. She was a guest musician for Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program in 2005 and a member of Camerata programme for Australian Youth Orchestra in 2006. She was on contract as a clarinettist in My Fair Lady presented by Australian 10 and Ballet Orchestra in 2008. Hanae has performed with Sydney Philharmonic Choir Orchestra, Pacific Opera as well as Eminence Symphony Orchestra. She is engaged in several chamber music groups. Hanae also teaches clarinet and saxophone at various schools.


Kayoko Nishiwaki studied piano at Mukogawa Women's University Japan with Boris Bekhterev and Naoyuki Inoue. She holds a Master's degree from Moscow State Conservatoire named after P.I.Tchaikovsky, where she studied Mikhail Petukhov.

Kayoko participated in Master Classes by Pierre Reach and Vladimir Viardo at Academy Gyorgy Sebok, and performed in Festival Piano Pyrenees in France.

During her student days in Russia, Kayoko gave a solo recital, played on Heinrich Neuhaus's piano at Pasternak House Museum Peredelkino, in Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, and participated in Taneyev International Music Festival in Dyutkovo Zvenigorod.

Kayoko is an experienced Chamber Musician. In Japan, replacing Boris Bekhterev, she appeared a number of times in Russian Embassy, both as soloist and accompanist.

Kayoko now lives in Sydney Australia where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk, runs a home studio, and accompanies at Riverview College, Brigidine College, and Killara High School. She has played at Sydney Opera House, Sydney Conservatorium, St Stephen's and St Peter's Church. She has recorded for ABC Classics.







27 July

Benjamin McKenzie (organ)


Suite du Premier Ton from Livre d'Orgue - Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)

Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op. 18 No. 3 - César Franck (1822-1890)

Le jardin suspendu - Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Arabesque from 24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31 - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Carillon from 24 Pièces en style libre, Op. 31 - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Benjamin McKenzie has loved music all his life and he started formal music lessons at 6 years of age. He was awarded the AMusA with distinction in piano in 2011 and is a prize winner at several Eisteddfods and music festivals.

Benjamin commenced formal organ lessons in 2009 with Dr Allan Beavis, and in 2017 he graduated from a Bachelor of Music Studies degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying organ under Philip Swanton. Benjamin has performed in several organ recitals, and has been a featured guest performer with the L'Estro Armonico string orchestra. He enjoys liturgical music and served as the organ scholar at St Stephen's Uniting Church, Sydney from August 2015 - January 2017. He was appointed Organist at Frensham School, Mittagong in 2018 and has also been associated with churches in Campbelltown and Picton.

In 2017, Benjamin commenced postgraduate studies music therapy at Western Sydney University.






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