Friday Music
April 2022

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

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1 April

The Sirius Ensemble

Ian Sykes (clarinet)
Clare Kahn (cello)
Claire Howard Race (piano)


Élégie, Op.24 for cello and piano (1880) - Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)

Dancing High with Margaret Thatcher for solo clarinet (2021) [premiere] - Paul Smith

Aria and Allegro for clarinet and cello - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Trio for clarinet, cello and piano (1973) - Nino Rota (1911 – 1979)
i. Allegro
ii. Andante
iii. Allegrissimo

Sirius Chamber Ensemble was formed in 2011 by Ian Sykes and Dr Alison Evans and is committed to premiering new works by Australian composers alongside the classics in a friendly, accessible atmosphere. Our regular concert series is performed by a core ensemble of Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Clare Kahn (cello) and Claire Howard Race (piano), augmented by guest artists. The name ‘Sirius’ pays homage to the flagship of the First Fleet, the H.M.S Sirius that sailed from Portsmouth, England to Port Jackson during 1787-1788.

Recent and upcoming collaborators include Blush Opera, composers Alan Holley, Eve Duncan, Dr Paul Smith, Dr Corinna Bonshek as well as composer and saxophonist Spike Mason with whom we recently recorded Flying, an album of new works for saxophone, winds, strings and piano.





8 April

Agus Sandjaya (pianoforte)


Sonata in A flat major, HOB.XVI/46 - Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

(i) Allegro moderato
(ii) Adagio
(iii) Finale: Presto

Two Pieces from Peer Gynt Suite - Edvard Grieg arr.Gryaznov (1843-1907)

Mélancolie, FP 105 - Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Variations on Liberti Manik's "Desaku" - Ananda Sukarlan (1968-present)



Agus Sandjaya was born in Indonesia in 1987 and commenced his piano studies at age 6. Since then, he has participated in many piano competitions in Indonesia achieving excellent results and was the first-prize winner of the Yamaha Music Festival in Jakarta for the junior piano category in 2000.  Agus completed his University of Sydney Foundation Program in 2006 and in the following year was accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has actively performed in lunch break concerts, master classes, and open day recitals held by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as soloist and chamber musician. In May 2010, he premiered a short contemporary work by Australian composer Mark Isaacs in Momentary Pleasures, 2010 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days. He completed his Bachelor of Music Performance degree in 2010 with First Class Honours, undertaking study with Dr. Paul Rickard-Ford. In 2011, Agus was one of the semi finalists in Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition held in Brisbane, Australia. Agus is recently active in teaching and accompanying, and occasionally performing as a soloist.





15 April


Good Friday - No recital today







22 April


Please note the previously advertised recital by
Jihyeon Lim and Melody Chung
has had to be cancelled due to Covid.


Catherine McKay (pianoforte)



Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat Major, D960 - Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)

I Molto moderato
II Andante sostenuto
III Scherzo (Allegro Vivace con delicatezza)
IV Allegro ma non troppo


Catherine was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London with Irina Zaritskaya and went on to study and work in Canada, initially at the Banff Centre and then to complete the Diplôme d’Études Supérieures Spécialisées under Marc Durand in Piano performance & French at the Université de Montréal.

Catherine is based in Sydney working as piano accompanist & tutor of piano at Kambala, Rose Bay and as accompanist at the Sydney Conservatorium High School. Previously in Wellington NZ she taught piano and coached Chamber Music for Victoria University’s Young Musician’s Programme in amongst freelance Concert Performances throughout NZ, Europe and the US as soloist and chamber musician.







Jihyeon Lim & Melody Tsz-ching Chung
(pianoforte 4 hands)

Cancelled - hopefully to be rescheduled



Australian Piano Works for Four Hands (Program II)

Blue Samba (2018) - Glen Carter-Varney (1938 - )

A Flight of Sunbirds (2001, revised 2016) - Ross Edwards (1943 - )

The Green man dances: piano duet (2006) - Diana Blom (1947 - )

Sonata for piano, 4 hands (2013) - Stuart Greenbaum (1966 - )
I. Solar
II. The Expanding Universe
III. Earthrise


Jihyeon Lim is a Sydney-based pianist and music educator born in Busan, South Korea. She graduated from Hanyang University, College of Music in South Korea and moved to Sydney in 2010 to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She completed a Master’s degree in 2012 and a Doctor of Musical Arts in 2019, with the topic of Unsuk Chin’s 6 Piano Etudes and Piano Concerto. She received The Kathleen and Allison Short Scholarship, The 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 (2014).

Melody Tsz Ching Chung, a Hong Kong born pianist. She graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2012 and obtained her second Master of Music degree in piano performance in 2017 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with her thesis topic on “‘The Haze of Notes’: Mapping the Influence of Ravel’s Miroirs on Carl Vine’s Second Piano Sonata”. Chung has been awarded the Stuart Piano Research Scholarship, Molly McAulay Memorial Scholarship and Stella and Bryan Carter Music Scholarship. Chung’s significant appearances included 7 solo piano recitals, 3 piano duo recitals and 2 piano concerto performances in Sydney; a solo world premiere at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and collaborative and solo performances in Shanghai, Taipei and Germany.

Lim and Chung debut as a 4 hands piano duo in February 2021. Between February to June 2021, they presented 3 piano duo concerts with two different programs on the topic of Australian Piano Works for Four Hands. Lim and Chung were recipients of the Play the City Round I and II funding respectively, offered by Create NSW, in hosting their piano duo concert series. Lim and Chung performed their Program I in April 2021 at St. Stephen’s Uniting Church and are very happy to be back to present a new program in April 2022.





29 April

Kurt Ison

(Organist, St Mary's, Waverley)



God of Grace (Cwm Rhondda) - Paul Manz 1919-2009)

Chorale Prelude: ‘Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend’ - Johann Walther (1684-1748)

Excerpt from Le Messe pour Les Convents - François Couperin (1668-1733)
a) Plein Jeu- Premier couplet du Kyrie
b) Dialogue sur la trompette- 5e et dernier couplet du Kyrie
c) Chromorne en Taille
d) Offertoire sur les Grands Jeux

Praeludium in D Minor - Jan Podbielski (1650-1730)

Pastorale - Alfred Hollins (1865-1942)

(from 12 Monologues, opus 162, 1890), no. III in E Major - Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)

Meditation on ‘Hodie Christus Natus est’ (Variations on the first phrase) - Kurt Ison (b 1965-)

Prélude (Trois Pièces op. 29) - Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937)

Choral (opus 37, no 4) - Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

Kurt Ison has given solo organ recitals at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including: St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame de Paris, Washington National Cathedral, St Thomas’s Fifth Avenue, New York City. He has also participated in a number of other European organ festivals . He has performed at Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide Town Halls and cathedrals in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

He is Organist and Organ Teacher at SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Newington College Stanmore, PLC Sydney and Kincoppal School of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay. He is Organist and Director of Music at the Mary Immaculate Friary Church, Waverley and St Mary’s Anglican Church, Waverley.

Kurt is a published composer and has had several pieces performed internationally. In 2019 he was commissioned to write a mass setting for the Aachen Cathedral Girls Choir.





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