Friday Music
February 2021

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

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5 February

Harriet Channon (trumpet),

Greg van der Struik (trombone) &

Sumiko Yamamura (pianoforte)


Trumpet Concerto in E flat 1st mvt
- Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)

Assente in uno stato di flusso for solo trombone - Andrian Pertout (1963 - )

Forgotten Clouds for trumpet and piano - Alan Holley (1954 - )

Blue Triangle for solo flugelhorn - Alan Holley (1954 - )

TORA for solo trombone - Ergis Spahiu (1993 - )

Sonata in B flat for flugelhorn and piano - Jean Baptiste Loeillet (1680 - 1730)


Placed between works from the late Classical Period and the late Baroque Period today’s recital includes four works written in recent times. Forgotten Clouds and Blue Triangle by Alan Holley are works from the 1990’s whilst TORA by the Albanian composer Ergis Spahiu and Assente in uno stato di flusso by Melbourne based composer Andrian Pertout were composed for Gregory van der Struik and premiered in a private concert in Sydney in October, 2020. Greg recently recorded both works for a CD release on the HAMMERINGS Label in mid 2021.

Harriet Channon holds a BMUS from the Sydney Conservatorium, and is a current Doctoral Candidate at the same University. Her research is focused on the analysis and performance of unaccompanied trumpet works written by Australians. In addition to her research she enjoys performing with community based music ensembles as well as working as a recitalist. Recent solo concerts include performances at St Stephen’s Sydney, performing new Australian compositions at the Creative Space Gallery, Sydney, 2017 and again in 2019 and premiering four Australian solos at Montsalvat for the Melbourne Composers’ League, September, 2018.

Sumiko Yamamura is a freelance accompanist born in Japan. She completed her Bachelor of Music in performance with Elizabeth Powell, and a Graduate Diploma in piano accompaniment with David Miller at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is an active ensemble pianist. She has worked with many musicians, both instrumentalists and singers including recitals with former SSO Principal Bassoon John Cran (with ABC-FM), Orana Trio (ABC-FM), Kammer Trio, Sirius Ensemble and many others.

Gregory van der Struik holds the position of Principal Trombone with the Opera Australia Orchestra. As well as being a leading orchestral player Greg is one of Australia's most active and important trombonists in the field of recitals and CD recordings and has composed extensively for brass instruments.



12 February

Mikayla Tate (soprano)

Olivia Morberger (mezzo-soprano)

Bradley Gilchrist (pianoforte)


Sound the Trumpet
- Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)

S'altro che lacrime (La Clamenza di Tito) - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

Ah perdono al primo affetto (La Clamenza di Tito) - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

Crude Sorte (L'italiana in Algeri) - Gioachino Rossini (1792 - 1868)

Nacht und Träume - Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)

The Tower Aria (The Turn of the Screw) - Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)

Do Not Go My Love - Philip Hagemann (1932 - )

I Could Have Danced All Night - Lerner and Lowe


Mikayla Tate
is a Sydney-based soprano and 2019-2020 Sponsored Young Artist with Pacific Opera. She graduated with a Bachelor of Performance (Classical Voice) from the Australian Institute of Music and trains under Opera Australia’s brightest coaches and alumni. A regular and successful competition performer, Mikayla has been awarded Runner Up and Most Promising Vocalist by the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition.

Mikayla is a regular soloist with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Nicholas Milton, and has performed as a soloist at both Government House and the Sydney Opera House. In 2019 Mikayla made her German debut in Berlin playing the role of Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Covent Garden’s Tom Seligman.
Other operatic highlights include: Pamina (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Musetta (Puccini, et al: Bohéme a piacere), Prima Sorella Cercatrice and La Sorella Infermiera (Puccini: Suor Angelica), Virginia (Scarlatti: La caduta de decemviri) and Gretel/Sandmann/Dewfairy alternate (Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel) 
Mikayla looks forward to a recital tour along the Central Coast and Sydney for the remainder of 2020 and will be playing several roles in Pacific Opera’s Staged Scenes Workshop under the direction of Peter Coleman-Wright AO.

Since beginning her musical studies, Olivia Morberger 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.

Bradley Gilchrist completed a Bachelor of Music at the WA Conservatorium of Music, and post-graduate studies in accompaniment and piano performance in Sydney and Madrid.

Bradley has numerous concerto performances to his name including the Khachaturian Concerto with the WA Symphony Orchestra, the Grieg Concerto with the Slovakia Philharmonic Orchestra and Beethoven’s First and Second Concertos with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. Bradley has given solo and chamber music recitals across Australia and in South Korea, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Bradley broadcast two solo programmes for the ABC Young Australia program. Bradley enjoys chamber music and has performed in a variety of ensembles but has specialised in piano trio and flute and piano duo repertoire.

As repetiteur, Bradley’s early interest in ballet repertoire has extended to opera and has been repetiteur for many of Sydney’s chamber opera companies as well as being in demand as an accompanist and vocal coach for auditions, recitals, examinations and concert performances.




19 February

Divas on Demand

Singers: Natalie Rose Cassaniti, Mélanie David, Edward Langford, Eric Chai
Pianist: Wendy Dixon


Bei Männern (Die Zauberflöte
) - Wolfgang Mozart (Mélanie and Eric)

Vincent - Don McLean (Eddie)

Solveig’s Song (Peer Gynt) - Edvard Grieg (Natalie)

Gia il sole dal Gange - Alessandro Scarlatti (Eric)

A Chloris - Reynaldo Hahn (Mélanie)

What good would the moon be? (Street Scene) - Kurt Weill (Natalie)

On the Street where you live (My Fair Lady) - Lerner & Loewe (Eddie)

Roses Ardentes (La chanson d’Eve) - Gabriel Fauré (Mélanie)

Moon (Notre Dame de Paris) - Richard Cocciante (Eric)

Dome épais (Lakme) - Leo Delibes (Mélanie & Natalie)

Natalie Rose Cassaniti – Soprano

Natalie Rose is delighted to be singing with Divas on Demand for her second year. She has over 20 years’ training and stage experience in Classical Voice, Classical Ballet and Jazz and has performed in numerous musicals, operas and concerts in Sydney. Some of her favourite roles include Tuptim, The King & I, Johanna, Sweeney Todd, Philia, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Liesl, The Sound of Music , Zaneeta, The Music Man, Francisca, West Side Story, Jellylorum, CATS. Natalie was privileged to perform as a soloist for the opening of the Boz in Oz 112th International Dickens Fellowship conference, accompanied by Dr John Vallance and Meredith Lawn at the SLNSW and last year choreographed for Rockdale Opera’s production of The Gypsy Baron. Natalie has always had a passion for the stage and is looking forward to continuing her journey singing alongside the talented Divas team.

Mélanie David - Soprano

Melanie started singing at the age of eight when she joined the choir Le Chœur en Ballades (Grenoble, France). She was involved in multiple concerts & musical comedy shows (singing, dance and theater) and rapidly became a regular soloist. In parallel, Melanie practiced the piano and played in various recitals.

Later, Melanie evolved into opera singing, studying and performing at the Saint-Cloud Conservatorium (Paris, France). Then she moved to Sydney in 2018 where she has since been performing with Rockdale Opera in the Gypsy Baron by J. Strauss (as chorister & dancer) and with the VOX Sydney Philharmonia choir.

Offstage Melanie is an IT engineer.

Edward Langford - Tenor

Eddie Langford is a Musical Theatre student at the Australian Institute of Music with over 10 years of singing training. Eddie has had the opportunity of performing at the Family Show at Moore Park multiple times in the past few years, as well as the chance to perform at the Royal Easter Show at the Woodchop bar in 2019.  He has even had the privilege of providing back up vocals in the 2019 LGBTI Awards. He has been performing in various talent quests around the RSL Club circuit for the past few years.  In 2020, he entered the Sydney Eisteddfod’s online ‘Crowd Favourites’ competition with his cover of Billy Joel’s ‘The Longest Time’, winning the jury prize.

Eric Chai - Baritone

Eric is an energetic and passionate baritone who is inspired by pop opera and musical theatre. In 2015, Eric passed his Trinity College Grade 6 singing exam with Merit before joining Divas on Demand as a founding member. The following year, Eric performed with the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra in their Christmas concert. In 2017, Eric performed the role of “Ben” in Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Telephone", presented by Gandharve. In 2018, Eric performed the role of "Young Rodolfo" in Arrow Opera's "Boheme a Piacere", based on Giacomo Piccini's "La Boheme". Eric has previously sung with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and has been involved with the music ministries within the Mater Dei, Blakehurst and St Declan’s, Penshurst churches. Outside of singing, Eric is an avid traveller and loves to explore the World.

Wendy Dixon - Pianist, Artistic Director

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.



26 February


Nico Tjoelker (organ)


Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C BWV 564
- J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Miroir - Ad Wammes (1953 - )

Tuba Tune - C. S. Lang (1891 - 1971)

Chorale No. 3 in A minor - César Franck (1822 - 1890)


Nico Tjoelker completed the Bachelor of Music degree in organ under Philip Swanton at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2020. He has been the organ scholar at St Stephen's Uniting Church since February, 2017 and St Mark's Anglican Church, Darling Point since 2020.

From October 2018 to February 2019, Nico completed a semester exchange at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. In July 2018, Nico attended the Haarlem International Organ Festival in Holland, where he received instruction from renowned European organists, including Jean-Baptiste Robin, Louis Robilliard, Leo van Doeselaar, and Olivier Latry. He was selected to be one of five participants in the Lucerne Organ Masterclass, Switzerland in August 2018 under the direction of Wolfgang Sieber.

In July 2016, Nico completed the Organ Scholar Experience course at Cambridge University, UK, and performed five recitals in an international organ recital tour in the UK and the Netherlands. In July 2017, Nico toured the historical organs of Europe with the Sydney Conservatorium organ department. He played for the Australia and New Zealand College of Organists Academy recital in Napier, New Zealand in 2018, and was the guest organist for the New South Wales Youth Orchestra's inaugural concert in 2015. He was awarded first prize in the 2012 junior division organ competition in the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod in Sydney, first prize in the 2013 Sydney Organ Competition – Intermediate Section, and first prize in the 2016 Sydney Organ Competition – Open Section.

In addition to organ, Nico enjoys reading, jazz, and participating in the wider Uniting Church.



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