Friday Music
March 2021

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

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Due to Covid19 conditions at the time, advertised concerts may be cancelled at short notice.


5 March

The Nano Symphony

Catherine (clarinet) & Neil Thompson (viola)
Lee Cheong (pianoforte)


Pathetique Trio in D Minor
- Mikhail Glinka (1804 - 1857)

‘Nas’ - original composition by Catherine & Neil Thompson / The Nano Symphony

Trio in E flat Op.38 (after the Op.20 Septet) (select movements) - L.v. Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

Australia’s alternative classical duo ‘The Nano Symphony' are an ensemble of multi-instrumentalists, composers and producers. Their debut single ‘Night Air’ has been described  as ‘fantastic.. a beautiful piece of music’ (Studio 301). The  Nano Symphony weave live string and wind instruments together  with piano and expressive electronics for a breath-taking live experience. 

In early 2020 The Nano Symphony accompanied Joep Beving live in the Sydney Opera House for two sold-out shows to great acclaim. They accompanied Luke Howard, Peter Gregson, Sibeal (Ireland) and Double Touch at the inaugural ZoneOut Festival. The Nano Symphony tour both internationally and domestically on a mission to take their signature sound-experience to the world.

Frequently expanding live, The Nano Symphony are often joined live on stage by Lee Akinsanya (nee Cheong) to take on piano duties as well as by some of Australia’s other leading musicians.Past projects include 'HIVE' (released on the Kammerklang label) which was composed by Peggy Polias through her recently awarded Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship. 

Neil and Catherine Thompson’s individual professional performing careers have seen them perform as soloists as well as with the likes of Omega Ensemble, Caro String Quartet, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Opera Australia Orchestra on major stages both nationally and internationally; also sharing the stage with a slew of global icons including The Cat Empire, Nico Muhly, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Brett Dean, Lisa Moore, Simone Young and The Ten Tenors.

Neil is a conductor currently holding the post of music director and chief conductor of the Ku-ring Gai Youth Orchestra. He has conducted symphony orchestras in Sydney and Adelaide.



12 March

Kim Falconer (flute) &

Alan Hicks (pianoforte)


Passacaglia - Ernö Dohnányi (1877 - 1960)

Fantasie - Georges Hüe (1858 - 1948)

Fantasia no. 6 - Georg Telemann (1681 - 1767)

Le Merle Noir -  Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992)

Lied Am Meer - Franz Schubert (1797 -1828)

Tango - Niels Gade (1817 - 1890)


Kim Falconer
is one of Australia’s leading freelance flautists. Born in Melbourne, she now currently resides in Sydney. In 2020 Kim was on a contract with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Piccolo, having previously undertaken the Orchestra’s Fellowship Program in 2017.

Kim completed her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours in at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, before studying with Virginia Taylor at the Australian National Academy of Music. She holds her Licentiate Diploma with Distinction, for which she was awarded the Leslie Barklamb Flute Award. In 2015, Kim won First Prize in the Australian Flute Festival Open Competition, and was also awarded the prize for Best Performance of the Set Work – Paul Dean’s Falling Ever Deeper.

Kim is a casual musician with the Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Opera Australia Orchestra, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was Principal Flute of the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2017. Kim has also worked with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Ensemble Q and the Melbourne Bach Orchestra.

Alan Hicks is one of Australia's foremost vocal coaches and accompanists. He works in Vocal and Opera Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as opera coach, accompanist and tutor in diction. Alan was Head of Voice (2008-2012) at the Canberra School of Music, coordinating a program including opera productions and regular performances at embassies and consular venues.

After postgraduate study at the RNCM in Manchester Alan remained in the UK for 15 years, performing in song and chamber recitals at the Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smith Square, the Purcell Room, Three Choirs Festival, for Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! and in recordings and broadcasts for the BBC.

In 2016 Alan recorded songs of Frederick Septimus Kelly for the ABC Classics double CD A Race Against Time. In 2018 he completed a major project for the Australian War Memorial, recording 100 songs and pieces of music from the AWM’s collection of World War One sheet music. This can now be heard and seen on the AWM website:

Alan is an avid exponent of art song. He was awarded life membership of Art Song Canberra in 2016 and recently appeared in the inaugural Songmakers Australia Schubertiade, performing with his wife, mezzosoprano Christina Wilson and with pianist Andrea Katz.

Alan has a secret past as a flutist, holding Licentiate and undergraduate diplomas in flute. For many years he was an official piano accompanist of the Scottish International Flute Summer School and more recently has worked as an accompanist for the Australian Flute Festival.





19 March

Alexander Yau (pianoforte)


Frédéric Chopin - (1810 - 1849)

Ballade no. 1 in G minor Op. 23

Ballade no. 2 in F major Op. 38 

Ballade no. 3 in A-flat major Op. 47

Ballade no. 4 in F minor Op. 52 


Alexander Yau
, an eminent young Australian pianist, has developed himself as a versatile and serious musician incorporating his many musical talents as a chamber musician, vocalist, clarinetist, conductor, composer and music arranger. Pianist Balazs Szokolay describes him - "His artistic taste is good enough not to make any kind of "show" even in the most brilliant parts of great masterworks".

A multiple prize winner of many international competitions, he has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, performing the first three piano concertos of Rachmaninov and the mighty Brahms Concerto no.2. He has been invited to perform in the Canberra International Music Festival, Government House, Polish the Embassy of Australia, Phoenix Central Park and City Recital Hall in Sydney, as well as international unique venues such as Grieg’s home Troldhaugen in Norway, Villa Mosconi Bertani on the outskirts of Verona, Alice Tully Hall, Shanghai Expo, Google Headquarters in San Francisco, Alice Tully Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Lincoln Centre where he gave the US Premiere of Grete von Zieritz's Piano Sonata (1928) at the FOCUS festival last year. He recently founded the Ole Bohn Chamber Orchestra, in which he conducted Mozart’s Concerto no. 23 from the piano in its inaugural concert.

Alexander obtained his Masters degree at the Juilliard School under prof. Matti Raekallio, Bachelors degree with 1st class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium under prof. Daniel Herscovitch and Elizabeth Powell.



26 March

Stacey Yang (organ)


Music of J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Partite diverse sopra il Corale Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen, BWV 770

'Mattheus-Final' from 'Bach's Memento' - Charles-Marie Widor (1844 – 1937)

Trio super Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 655

Toccata and Fugue in F major BWV 540 




Stacey Xiaoyu Yang is a doctoral candidate (majoring in organ performance and literature) in the studio of Professor David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. She is currently also completing a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of David Miller and Phillip Shovk. She is the Organ Scholar at St Paul’s College, the University of Sydney.  She is the deputy organist and music director at Hunter Baillie Presbyterian Church, Annandale and also works as a piano accompanist for the Australian Catholic University Choir.  Between 2019-2020, she worked as an interim organ scholar and acting assistant organist at St James' Church, King Street. She holds a MMus (Eastman) and LTCL in organ performance, a LMusA in piano performance and has performed extensively both in Australia and Overseas including Sydney Opera House, St James', King St, Christ Church St Laurence, Our Lady's Basilica at Tongeren in Belgium, Marktkirche, Wiesbaden in Germany, HongKong Cultural Centre and Cathedrals in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Antwerp, and Madrid.  



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