Friday Music
June 2018

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

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1 June


New Zealand Male Choir

Joseph Christensen (director) and

Alex Wiltshire (accompanist)



General songs

The Cloths of heaven - Z Randall Stroope

The Water is Wide - arr Miles Ramsay

Blessing - Katie Bart

Homeward Bound - Marta Keen

Fuji - David Childs

Nothin gonna stumble my feet - Greg Gilpin

The Lord's Prayer - Albert Malotte

Ubi Caritas - Roger Emerson

The Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre


Maori songs

E Te ariki - Arr Te Puoho Katene

Wairua O Te Puna - Arr Hori Tait


Show songs/Opera

Bui Doi - Miss Saigon

Pilgrims Chorus - Tannhauser (in English)



New Zealand Male Choir

The Choir is auditioned with members from throughout New Zealand. They give their time and their commitment voluntarily for the joy of singing and the company of a great group of men.

Excellent tuition in choral singing is provided to the members through the experienced and dedicated music team. As a result there are opportunities for personal and collective vocal development as part of the Choirs' on going improvement strategy.

The Choir repertoire encompasses a broad range of music that offer entertaining listing and also provides challenge for our choir members. If you are interested in joining the Choir please visit our website:

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Joseph (Joe) Christensen - Music Director NZMC

Joe joined the NZMC in June 2016 and brings a background in Operatic and Choral music. Being a fine bass-baritone himself Joe has sung with the Voices of New Zealand Chamber Choir and as a soloist throughout New Zealand and Australia.

After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Dip Mus (voice) and a Post Graduate in Opera Performance he returned to Hastings to teach at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Opera course for two years. He then spent time as a freelance performer working as soloist with most of the opera companies and choral societies throughout the North Island.

Joe attended EIT to study for a Teaching Diploma (secondary) gaining the Head of Music position at Karamu High School which he held for 12 years progressing to Head of Performing Arts Faculty for 3 years while still being HOD Music.

Joe is leading a number of Choirs and is heavily involved in the music and choral scene in the Hawkes Bay. He is active within the New Zealand Choral Federation, is Trinity College of London rep for the region and a singing teacher in his spare time.


Alex Wiltshire - Accompanist

Alex returned to NZ in 1998 after spending 16 years overseas working for several major theatrical companies, including Cameron Mackintosh Productions, The Really Useful Company and the Victorian State Opera Company, in various capacities, including conductor, vocal coach, keyboardist and repetiteur work for show such as CATS, Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Aspects of Love and Phantom of the Opera. Alex was also one the first women in NZ to work as a professional conductor, with her initial appointment as Assistant Conductor for the Marriage of Figaro for the NZ National Opera Company, followed by shared conducting duties with Sir William Southgate for several of the NZ Ballet Company's productions. Before leaving for overseas, Alex also spent several years at TVNZ, as a session musician and vocal repetiteur, working with a range of top TV personalities. Since returning from Australia, Alex has combined her work as a Clinical Practice Supervisor and Practitioner, with musical commitments such as touring throughout NZ and internationally for 6 years as an Accompanist for the professional musical performance group, Operatunity. Alex conducted Les Miserables in 2017 for Hamilton Operatic Society.



8 June

The Sirius Chamber Ensemble


Ian Sykes (clarinet)
Sumiko Yamamura (piano)


Sonatina pour clarinette et piano - Bohuslav Martinů (1890 - 1959)
i. Moderato – Allegro
ii. Andante
iii. Poco allegro

Ecstacy, Op.59 #1 for clarinet and piano - Constance Colley (1950 - )

Sholem-Alekhem, Rov Feidman! - Bela Kovacs (1937 - )

Fantasy Pieces, Op. 43 - Niels Gade (1817 - 1890)
i. Andantino con moto
ii. Allegro vivace
iii. Ballade – Moderato
iv. Allegro molto vivace


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:




15 June


Peter Leung (saxophone)


The Second Thing - Jabra Latham

Duos - Christoph Enzel

Rockwall - Adrian Kingwell

'Allemande' from Partita No 2. for Violin - J.S. Bach

Bare Foot Dances - John David Lamb

Trio Sonata - John Harbison


Classical Saxophonist Peter Leung performs regularly in Europe and Australia, as both soloist and chamber musician and made his American debut in 2017, with his Asia debut occurring in 2018 at the 2018 Kaohsiung Saxophone festival, where he is appearing as faculty. He is a founding member of the international Tenor Saxophone Collective, along with notable saxophonists, including Arno Bornkamp and Niels Bijl, which gave its premiere concert at Saxopen 2015 in Strassbourg, France. Leung is a member of the Music Box Project, an ensemble which performs and promotes an eclectic approach to contemporary music and engages young, upcoming Australian composers and which has worked alongside performers including yMusic (USA), Splash Percussion (Australia) and Ashley Bathgate (USA). He also performs in the Sydney Saxophone Collective, promoting the entire gamut of saxophone music, with an Australian focus. Leung has also collaborated with international artists including Ties Mellema, Niels Bijl, Claude Delangle, Fernando Ramos, Mario Marzi and Andy Scott. Festival appearances include: Université Européenne de Saxophone (Gap, France), Amsterdam Saxophone Week, Estivo Summer Music Festival (Verona, Italy), Musicfest 2005 (Aberystwyth, Wales), among others. 

Leung holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a Masters of Music degree from Fontys Conservatorium in Tilburg, Netherlands and a Bachelor Of Music (Honours) degree from the Sydney conservatorium of music. His primary mentors include James Nightingale (Continuum Saxophone Quartet), Michael Duke (Nexas Saxophone Quartet), Ties Mellema (Amstel Saxophone Quartet) and Niels Bijl (Aurelia Saxophone Quartet). 

Peter is proud to be an Endorsed Yamaha Artist.




22 June


Kathryn Dries (soprano)

Callum Close (pianoforte)

Over the Rim of the Moon (1918-19) - Michael Head (1900 - 1976)
i. The ships of Arcady
ii. Beloved
iii. A blackbird singing
iv. Nocturne

The House of Life (1903) - Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872 - 1958)
i. Love-Sight
ii. Silent Noon
vi. Love's Last Gift

Let Us Garlands Bring Op. 18 - Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956)
i. Come away, come away death
ii. Who is Sylvia?
iii. Fear no more the heat o' the sun
iv. O mistress mine
v. It was a lover and his lass



Kathryn Dries, Soprano

Kathryn Dries has been singing and playing the piano for thirty years. Serious vocal studies commenced at the age of sixteen under the expert guidance of mezzo-soprano Irene Waugh. Kathryn has a Bachelor of Music from Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music as well as a range of qualifications and awards in both singing and piano. She has an extensive knowledge of opera, Lieder, art songs, Viennese operetta, Gilbert & Sullivan and Musical Theatre. Kathryn has had a career in performance for twenty years. She has performed various major roles and she has featured as a soloist in an abundance of oratorios and recitals. Kathryn is also the Musical Director of Port Harmony which is a prominent vocal ensemble based at Soldiers Point in Port Stephens and teaches singing and piano in various locations throughout Newcastle and Sydney.

In her most recent performances Kathryn was the soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Paddington, Handel's Messiah at Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle and 'Mahler: Songs of the Wayfarer' with the Newcastle Youth Orchestra.

Her performance today of these exquisite songs with her friend and acclaimed associate, Callum Close, is one of the highlights of her performance career thus far.

Kathryn's passion for performance and teaching along with her commitment to perfection has been noted by many.


Callum Close, Pianoforte

Callum Close (b. 1991) began musical studies at a young age and holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Newcastle and an A.Mus.A in classical piano. He studied Pipe Organ with Dr. Philip Matthias and his main interests lay in church music and choral conducting. Callum is Sub-Organist of Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle, the Musical Director of the Newcastle Conservatorium Songshine Choir and a Non-Tertiary Music Teacher at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. He is also Philanthropy Executive and Newcastle Concerts Manager for Musica Viva- Australia's premier presenter of chamber music and music education.

As a Chorister, he has travelled internationally with the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir to China (2010), England (2013) and Italy (2013), as well as being a member of the Brisbane-based Australian Voices, of whom he was the ensembles Conductor-in-Training for 2012. He studied conducting with Dr. David Banney, and in 2013 attended the inaugural Gondwana National Conducting Academy, studying choral conducting intensively with Graeme Morton.



29 June

Titus Grenyer (organ)

Organ Scholar, St James', King Street


Fantasia and Fugue in G, Op. 188 - Hubert Parry (1848 - 1918)

3 Winter Sketches - Titus Grenyer

Fantasia in C minor BWV 562 - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Evocation II - Thierry Escaich (1965 - )


Titus Grenyer is the current Organ Scholar at St James' King Street. Beginning with violin and piano and supplemented with music composition and theory, he moved to the organ in 2013 when he was awarded the inaugural IMB Roger Soden Organ Scholarship at Wollongong Conservatorium, which concluded with a recital at the end of the year. He began a Bachelor of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Organ Studies in 2016, and in the same year was appointed Organ Scholar at St Andrew's College, and was awarded an LMusA with distinction.

Whilst on organist by trade, Titus' musical interests are eclectic. He also plays harpsichord, harmonium, the Ancient Greek lyre, Chinese flute and Balinese gamelan. He hopes for an ecumenical future for music and for society.




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