Friday Music
November 2018

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


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www.ssms.org.au




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2 November

Judith Rough (soprano) & Bransby Byrne (pianoforte)

 

I Heard a Robin Singing - Conrad Leonard (1898 - 2003)
Nachtigall - Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Mopoke - Alfred Hill (1869 - 1960)
Le Colibri - Ernest Chausson (1869 - 1960)
An die Nachtigall - Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Brown Bird - John Villaume (1907 - 1994)
A Blackbird Singing - Michael Head (1900 - 1976)
Song of the Blackbird - Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953)
The Wren - Liza Lehmann (1862 - 1918)
The Nightingale and the Rose - Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908)
A Brown Bird Singing - Haydn Wood (1882 - 1959)
Solovej (The Nightingale) - Alexander Abaleyev (1961 - )
Bird Songs at Eventide - Eric Coates (1886 - 1957)
Villanelle - Eva Dell'Aqua (1856 - 1930)


Judith Rough

Judith is a freelance classical soprano and a voice therapist.

Judith 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.

Judith has extensive experience as a soloist performing for organisations such as Willoughby Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Balmain Consort, Beethoven Society of Australia, The Mozart Players, Sutherland Shire Choral Society, Warringah Choir, The Georgian Singers, Coro Innominata, and Strathfield Symphony Orchestra. She is a regular soloist with the Highland Sinfonia and The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed most of the soprano oratorio and concert repertoire, including solo cantatas by Vivaldi, Handel, Porpora and Bach, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, as well as major choral works by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Rutter, Lloyd-Webber and of course Messiah.

In USA Judith was soloist with professional chamber choirs Voces Novae et Antiquae and The Lady Chapel Singers, recording with them and touring in USA and Europe. She performed regularly in recital, was soloist with the Mainline Opera Guild, and performed opera as part of the music education programme in Philadelphia schools. She worked as resident cantor & soloist for historic St David's Episcopal Church Devon USA, and St Martin's Episcopal Church, Radnor.

Judith continues to perform regularly, as a soloist in major choral works and in concert and recital for various organizations in Sydney and the Southern Highlands. Recent highlights include performing Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs with The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra and a world premiere performance of the Chamber Opera Purgatory for soprano, tenor and wind ensemble by Philip Rugel with the Sydney Woodwind Orchestra.
 

 

Bransby Byrne

His private studio in Parramatta, and in more recent years in Pitt St, Sydney, has been a centre of teaching for many students of Singing, Pianoforte, Organ, Conducting, Theory, Aural Training and Harmony. Many students have gone on to professional careers as performers or teachers.

Some important appointments have been:

Organist and Choirmaster All Saints' Church Parramatta for 13 years directing a boys' choir of 20 voices and an adult choir of 18 voices. An occasional choir of 25 singers was established to present larger choral works with orchestra [eg. Stabat Mater (Dvorak), Magnificat (J.S. Bach), 'Nelson' Mass (Haydn), Ceremony of Carols (SSA with harpist June Loney) (Britten)]. During this time, Bransby was Artistic Director for an annual Patronal Festival of Music and Arts. This was established at All Saints' featuring visiting choirs, Sydney Dance Co., Art Shows, Organ and Chamber Music Recitals.

A new pipe organ was commissioned by the Parish and completed in three instalments by firstly, Hill Norman and Beard and completed by Pitchford & Garside with modifications to the specification by Bransby Byrne. On completion, the required funds had been raised by the Parish and no outstanding debt was incurred.

Director of Music at The King's School, Preparatory School for 5 years. This included class music teaching, training the Prep School choir, the Prep School Chapel choir, organising private music tuition in Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet and Piano and teaching private piano lessons in both the Prep and Senior Schools.

Repetiteur with Opera Australia for the opening season of the Sydney Opera House. Productions included- War and Peace (Prokofief); Tannhäuser (Wagner); The Magic Flute (Mozart); The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart); Il Trittico (Puccini); The Barber of Seville (Rossini); Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni); Pagliacci (Leoncavallo); Nabucco and Requiem (Verdi) working with conductors, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Charles MacKerras and (Sir) Mark Elder.

Musical Director of The Sydney Gilbert and Sullivan Society for 14 years, conducting all the G. & S. operas at least twice. In 1975 Bransby conducted the first complete G. & S. (Mikado) in the Sydney Opera House, which was then followed by The Gondoliers (1977) and the Golden Jubilee Season of the Society.

Assistant Organist at St Andrew's Cathedral. During this time the Cathedral Choir toured to New Zealand as well as England where services/recitals were sung in 10 cathedrals including Canterbury, Salisbury, York and St Paul's London. In each venue, Bransby accompanied the choir on some of the best organs in the world. Bransby also established a symphony orchestra of 60 players — The Western Sinfonia, together with The Western Choral Society and a chamber choir, The Brabyn Singers.

For 16 years these ensembles presented subscription concerts at Macquarie University, Sydney University, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Opera House and St Andrew's Cathedral (where St Matthew Passion (Bach) and Messiah (Handel) were presented, alternate years on Good Friday). He also toured extensively around Australia for many years as official accompanist to June Bronhill.

Bransby Byrne has been involved in the music-making of Sydney and Australia for many years, as Organist, Pianist, Accompanist and Conductor.

 

9 November

The Sydney Camerata

Charlotte Fetherston (viola)
Mathisha Panagoda (violoncello)

Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, I - Prelude, II - Allemande - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

In Manus Tuas for solo viola - C. Shaw (1983-)

Duet mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern, WoO 32 - L v. Beethoven (1770-1827)
(Duet with Two Obligatory Eyeglasses) for viola and cello

Eleanor Rigby, arr. viola and cello - The Beatles (1960-1970)


 

Charlotte Fetherston grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and received a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the New Zealand School of Music in 2009. She then completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Sydney Conservatorium with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award, researching the life and works of Australasian composer Alfred Hill. 

Charlotte was selected as a viola Fellow with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2015, and in 2016 moved to Holland. An active freelance musician there, Charlotte was a core member of the Ebony Ensemble Rotterdam and the Cugnon Ensemble and performed with orchestras around the Netherlands. In 2017, Charlotte toured Australia and England with violinist Nigel Kennedy, culminating in a performance with Robert Plant in the Royal Albert Hall. Mid-2017 Charlotte moved back to Sydney and is now freelancing, playing with the Sydney Symphony, Opera Australia Orchestra, and the Sydney Camerata. Charlotte has just returned from a summer course with the Britten-Pears orchestra in Suffolk, England.

 

 

Mathisha Panagoda was born in Sydney and began playing the cello at the age of four. He completed his tertiary studies at the Sydney Conservatorium graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) and a Juris Doctor in law from the University of Sydney. With the assistance of a BBM Award and Ars Musica Australis Fellowship he pursued further musical studies in the UK, Germany and Canada. In Australia he has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and toured with bands including the Hilltop Hoods, Tina Arena, Marcia Hines and Angus & Julia Stone. Mathisha has toured internationally with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Britten-Pears Orchestra, YouTube Symphony Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra. He has performed at festivals throughout Asia, Europe and North America and has undertaken two solo residencies at The Banff Centre in Canada. Mathisha is the founder and Artistic Director of the Sydney Camerata and in 2014 he was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year award.

 

 

 

16 November

Jihyeon Lim & Kiha Kang (pianoforte duo)

 

Grand Sonata, Op.92 - J.N. Hummel (1778 - 1837)
1. Grave - Allegro comodo

Variations in D major on a theme of T. Moore - F. Chopin (1810 - 1849)

1st: Kiha Kang, 2nd: Jihyeon Lim

 

Variations on a Theme from Herold's 'Marie', D.908 - F. Schubert (1797 - 1828)

Sonata for 4 hands - F. Poulenc (1899 - 1963)
1. Prelude
2. Rustique 
3. Final 

1st: Jihyeon Lim, 2nd: Kiha Kang


 
Jihyeon Lim is a professional and experienced pianist. She graduated from Hanyang University, College of Music in South Korea and moved to Sydney in 2010 to study with Associate Professor, Stephanie McCallum at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She finished her Master's degree in 2012 and Doctor's degree in 2018 with the topic of Unsuk chin's 6 Piano Etudes and Piano Concerto. She received The Kathleen and Allison Short Scholarship, Queen Victoria Club Scholarship, Sydney Conservatorium Faculty Merit Scholarship and The Albert Scholarships and has performed numerous solo recitals and with ensembles and orchestras including Sydney Conservatorium's Modern Music Ensemble and Wind Symphony Orchestra. She also joined many music projects including participation in a number of performances of Brad Gill's music and performing the inaugural Sideband CD. She currently teach piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Conservatorium Open Academy and the Conservatorium High School. 

Kiha Kang is a professional and experienced classical pianist and has completed her Master of Music Studies (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is a recipient of the Kathleen & Allison Short Scholarship, and the David & Nhila Dumbrell Scholarship. She also completed her Master of Music majoring in Music Education and has over 15 years of performing, recording, and teaching experience. She has been accepted to the finals of the 11th Kayabuki Ongakudo International Piano Duo Competition with Jihyeon Lim in October 2018. 

 

 

 

 

23 November

Jihyeon Lim & Kiha Kang (pianoforte duo)

 

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K.525 - W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)
     1. Allegro
     2. Andante
     3. Menuetto - Trio
     4. Allegro

Variations in D major on a theme of T. Moore - F. Chopin (1810 - 1849)

1st: Kiha Kang, 2nd: Jihyeon Lim

Variations on a Theme from Herold's 'Marie', D.908 - F. Schubert (1797 - 1828)

Sonata for 4 hands - F. Poulenc (1899 - 1963)
1. Prelude
2. Rustique 
3. Final 

1st: Jihyeon Lim, 2nd: Kiha Kang


 
Jihyeon Lim is a professional and experienced pianist. She graduated from Hanyang University, College of Music in South Korea and moved to Sydney in 2010 to study with Associate Professor, Stephanie McCallum at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She finished her Master's degree in 2012 and Doctor's degree in 2018 with the topic of Unsuk chin's 6 Piano Etudes and Piano Concerto. She received The Kathleen and Allison Short Scholarship, Queen Victoria Club Scholarship, Sydney Conservatorium Faculty Merit Scholarship and The Albert Scholarships and has performed numerous solo recitals and with ensembles and orchestras including Sydney Conservatorium's Modern Music Ensemble and Wind Symphony Orchestra. She also joined many music projects including participation in a number of performances of Brad Gill's music and performing the inaugural Sideband CD. She currently teach piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Conservatorium Open Academy and the Conservatorium High School. 

Kiha Kang is a professional and experienced classical pianist and has completed her Master of Music Studies (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is a recipient of the Kathleen & Allison Short Scholarship, and the David & Nhila Dumbrell Scholarship. She also completed her Master of Music majoring in Music Education and has over 15 years of performing, recording, and teaching experience. She has been accepted to the finals of the 11th Kayabuki Ongakudo International Piano Duo Competition with Jihyeon Lim in October 2018. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 November

Chris Trikilis (organ)

Organist, Our Lady of Victories Basilica, Camberwell, VIC.

 

Piece d'Orgue (Fantasia in G) BVW 572 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata II in C Minor Op.65 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Grave – Adagio – Allegro maestoso e vivace – Fuga: Allegro moderato

Pastourelle (for the organ) - Fela Sowande (1905-1987)

Grand Choeur - Théodore-Cesar Salome (1834-1896)


Organist and Director of Music at Camberwell's iconic Our Lady of Victories Basilica, CHRISTOPHER TRIKILIS is a Melbourne-based musician. Commencing piano lessons at a young age, he completed music studies at the University of Melbourne studying with John Mallinson (organ) and Mark McGee (piano) while also being Organ Scholar at St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne. Maintaining an active performance schedule both as soloist and accompanist, Christopher has performed extensively across Australia, Europe and North America. He is a former Vice-President of the Society of Organists Victoria, and was acting editor of nationwide 'Organ Australia' magazine in 2011. Christopher is also responsible for the installation of pipe organs and numerous conservation projects in recent years in Melbourne churches. He has featured on numerous recordings, including DVDs for the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, and the CD "Diapason" on the Move Records label. For nearly a decade, Christopher was Organist and Director of Music at one of Australia's busiest parish churches, St Patrick's in Mentone (with its heritage-listed 1862 Nicholson organ). He is also Music Tutor to Corpus Christi Seminary in Carlton, and on staff at St Kevin's College in Toorak. www.trikilis.com.au




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