Friday Music
February 2020

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

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7 February

Suzi Stengel (soprano)

Natalia Raspopova (pianoforte)


Tre sonetti di Petrarca (1842-1882) - Franz Liszt  (1811 - 1886)

            Pace non trovo
            Benedetto sia 'l giorno
            I' vidi in terra angelici costumi

Vier Letzte Lieder (1948) - Richard Strauss (1864 –  1949)

          Frühling (Spring) 
          Beim Schlafengehen (When Falling Asleep)  
          Im Abendrot (At Sunset)

Suzi Stengel (soprano)

Suzi Stengel was born in Rome to founder members of Baroque chamber group, i Musici. She grew up in South Africa and began her studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. Her debut performance in Le Nuit D'ete (Berlioz) became the first of many guest soloist engagements with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. She had many solo recitals through the Friends of Music and Not the Grahamstown Festival, and performed regularly with the Baroque 2000 Orchestra as well as The Early Music Ensemble.

In Australia she completed her Masters of Music at the Australian Institute of Music, appearing regularly in the St Andrews Cathedral and the Art Gallery of NSW Lunchtime Concert Series recitals. She performed the role of the First Lady in Mozart's Magic Flute and was costume designer for that production, and Aim's subsequent production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen.

With the Hourglass Ensemble, Suzi has performed in two programs; 'Hourglass Beach' and 'Danzas Amarosas' at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre. She was a member of Divas on Demand, and performed regularly with the group throughout Sydney and the Central Coast. She played the part of Mimi in their adapted 'La Boheme a piacere', which debuted at The Independent Theatre in Sydney in 2018. More recently she has been associated with the Emerging Artists of Coast Opera Australia and was one of the soloists in A Night of Intimacy. She has appeared regularly in recital at the Friday Lunch-time Concert series at St Stephens.

Suzi has directed various vocal ensembles; the NU Jazz Singers in Durban, the Lugar Brae Community Choir and Vox Gloria in Sydney, and The Artists Central Community Choir, which she began in 2016 on the Central Coast.

Natalia Raspopova (pianoforte)

Natalia Raspopova was born in Russia, and began to study piano at the age of 6. Prior to arriving in Australia, Natalia won a number of competitions in Russia, as well as being active performing in concerts.  Natalia emigrated to Australia with her family in 1998 and continued her musical studies at the University of New England under the guidance and mentorship of Roger Woodward. 

Natalia has performed widely in Australia as a pianist –highlighted by an appearance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as concerto soloist.  Concerts and important collaborations with singers led to Natalia developing an interest in opera, and subsequently to the study of conducting. 

Natalia undertook a Masters degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where teachers have included Imre Pallo, Johannes Fritszch and Eduardo Diazmunoz.  Concurrently with the completion of this degree, Natalia has been invited to join the Symphony Services International conducting program, where she has worked closely with Christopher Seaman, Eckhardt Stier and Johannes Fritzsch.

Natalia was engaged as the choir director for Willoughby Symphony Choir for several seasons, involving a close collaboration with Music Director, Nicholas Milton and including highlights such as Rachmaninov's The Bells and Verdi's Requiem.  Most recently, she was assistant conductor for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Second Symphony under Tom Woods, a performance which was a collaboration with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and in which Natalia was actively engaged tutoring and educating younger musicians and community groups, for which she has an abiding passion.  In June 2015 Natalia was appointed an assistant conductor with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.





14 February

Cameron Khosravi (pianoforte)


Concert Étude Op. 10, No. 1 - G. Sgambati (1841-1914)

Nocturne Op. 20, No. 1 - G. Sgambati (1841-1914)

Étude-Fantaisie Op. 25, No. 2 - F. Blumenfeld (1863-1931)

Nocturne No. 1 - M. Balakirev (1837-1910)

Étude ("Sea Mood") - E. Kapp (1908-1996)

Nocturne Op. 31 - G. Sgambati (1841-1914)

Concert Étude Op. 10, No. 2. - G. Sgambati (1841-1914)


Cameron Khosravi is a Sydney pianist, who studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Lyall Duke. While at the Conservatorium High School, he was the recipient of several scholarships and won numerous competitions and prizes in performing and composing. He attended Masterclasses with the late Professor Lev Vlasenko, performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as part of the 1995 ABC Young Artists Program, played on ABC TV in a Masterclass with Michael Kieran Harvey and a concert performance as part of the 1996 Piano Showcase Program. He has also performed at Government House and at numerous music clubs. In recent years he has practiced as a solicitor, and presently is studying full-time in a Bachelor of Music course in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.



21 February

Martyn Parkes (pianoforte) [UK]

and Blake Fischer (tenor)


Songs of Travel - Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

"The Vagabond"
"Let Beauty Awake"
"The Roadside Fire"
"Youth and Love"
"In Dreams"
"The Infinite Shining Heavens"
"Whither Must I Wander"
"Bright Is the Ring of Words"
"I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope"


Blake Fischer & Martyn Parkes

Blake & Martyn have appeared in recital together throughout the world. These have included numerous recitals in the UK between 2000 - 2011 including St Martin in the Fields in London as well as in Australia and Iceland.

Blake established himself as a recitalist in 1998 winning the prestigious 'Mietta's City of Melbourne Song Recital Award.' This enabled him to perform recitals all over Australia including the 1998 Melbourne International Festival, broadcast on ABC FM, the Mildura & Castlemaine festivals, the 1999 Brisbane International Festival and Sydney 'ABC Studio' Lunchtime recital recording, and recording on Move Records.

A multiple prize winner he won the Geelong, Mordialloc, Booroondara, Cowra, City of Shoalhaven, and Ballarat Star for Opera aria competitions. As well, he was a finalist and multiple prize winner in the Australian Singing Competition Mathy Awards in 1998 & 1999, and a finalist in the International Young Singer of the year award in Llangollen (UK) in 2000.

Whilst overseas Blake sang with Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne, Salzburg Festival, Cape Town Opera, Opera North, Garsington Opera, English Touring Opera as well as in Concert with the London Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia. He has been performing with Opera Australia since his return to Australia in 2011.

Martyn has accompanied an extraordinary number of singers and musicians, including performances at Wigmore Hall and working with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, English National Ballet, National Youth Music Theatre, Manchester Contact Theatre and BBC Young Musicians. He became a member of staff at the prestigious Chethams School of Music in Manchester in 2006.



28 February

Callum Close (organ)


A program for Lent

Festive Trumpet Tune - David German (b. 1954)

Vater Unser Im Himmelreich - Georg Böhm (1661 - 1733)

Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639 - J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Adagio from Symphony No. 3, Op. 28 - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Intrada from Miniature Suite - John Ireland (1879 - 1962)

O Mensch, bewein dein' Sünde groß, BWV622 - J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Callum Close (b.1991) began musical studies at a young age and graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Newcastle in 2013, where he studied Pipe Organ with Dr. Philip Matthias and conducting with Dr. David Banney. Callum also holds an A.Mus.A & A.Dip.SCSM in classical piano. 

Prior to his position as Organist & Director of Music at St Luke's Anglican Church, Callum was Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle and musical director of a number of community choirs, including Newcastle City Choir (2013-16) and the Conservatorium Songshine Choir (2015-18). Callum leads an active performing schedule as a recitalist, accompanist, conductor and chorister, having performed in cathedrals and churches across Australia and internationally.

Outside of his musical interests, Callum is the Philanthropy Manager at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a Board Director of PACT centre for emerging artists.

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