Friday Music
June 2022

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


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3 June

Melissa Coleman (flute)

Sumiko Yamamura (piano) &

Harriet and Adelaide Channon (trumpets)



Georges Hue - Fantaisie (flute and piano)

Alan Holley - Melaleuca Music (trumpet duo)

Enis Mullaj - No Title (flute and piano)

Jo Selleck - Deja Vu (solo flute)

Eriona Rushiti - For Andrea (trumpet and piano)


Melissa Coleman is an active freelance flautist and piccoloist who enjoys performing a wide range of music from orchestral, wind symphony, chamber music and music theatre genres, as well as solo repertoire. A graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she attained her Master of Music degree, Melissa is a core member of Sirius Chamber Ensemble; and is especially passionate about promoting and performing contemporary Australian chamber works and collaborating with composers in the creation of new music. Melissa also teaches the flute and piccolo, and maintains a thriving teaching studio.

Dr Harriet Channon holds a BMus (Hons) and DMA from the Sydney Conservatorium. Her research focused on the analysis and performance of unaccompanied trumpet works composed by Australians. Since receiving her Doctorate she has worked as a soloist and freelance musician and performs with community based music ensembles such as the Warringah Concert Brass Band. During her doctoral studies Harriet gained attention with performances of new Australian solo trumpet compositions at the Creative Space Gallery, Sydney, and premiering four Australian solos at Montsalvat for the Melbourne Composers’ League. Recent solo concerts include the world premiere performance of Alan Holley's new work The Sky is Brass for unaccompanied trumpet, as well as regular recitals including St Stephen’s Sydney.

Sumiko Yamamura is a freelance accompanist born in Japan. She completed 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

Adelaide Channon is a fourth year honours student at the Sydney Conservatorium with seventeen years of playing experience. She has performed in several local and professional ensembles in the sydney area including Gagliano ensemble and the Warringah concert brass. She is currently the principal trumpet of the Concordia opera company, the Sydney Conservatorium orchestra, the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony and has recently taken the role of musical director of the Concordia Opera Company Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

10 June

Judith Rough (soprano) and Mark Quarmby (organ)

 

 

 

Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera RV 630 - Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)

I. Aria: Nulla in mundo, pax sincera
II. Recitativo: Blando colore
III. Aria: Spirit anguis
IV. Alleluia


Nulla in mundo pax sincera, is a sacred motet composed in 1735 to an anonymous Latin text, the title of which may be translated as "There is no true peace in this world without bitterness". Written in the key of E major and in the typical lyrical Italian Baroque style, it is scored for solo soprano, two violins, viola and basso continuo, this would normally be a cello and keyboard instrument, in Vivaldi's case often the organ. The text dwells on the imperfections of a world full of evil and sin, and praises Jesus for the salvation he offers from it. It is considered to be one of Vivaldi's most beautiful solo motets. (Wikipedia)

Farewell ye Limpid Springs - G. F. Handel (1685 – 1759)

From the oratorio Jephtha composed in 1751 libretto by the Rev. Thomas Morell, based on the story of Jephtha in the book of Judges in the Bible. In the story, Jephtha is required to sacrifice his daughter Iphis, after he promised to do this if he was victorious in battle. Iphis sings this as she prepares to die, resigned to her fate. In the bible she does indeed die, but in the oratorio, she is saved from death by angels who declare that God does not favour human sacrifice. Jephtha was Handle’s last oratorio.

 


Gentle Morpheus - G. F. Handel 1685 – 1759

From Alceste, which is the incidental music for the play by Thomas Smollett, written at the age of 65 years. Although Handel had written music for operas and oratorios, he had written little incidental music for plays. For reasons not entirely clear, the project never came to the stage as intended. Gentle Morpheus was to be sung by Calliope, to comfort the suffering king Admetus as he lay on his deathbed.

 

 

 

Judith Rough is a freelance classical soprano. As a classical singer, she has sung music from the medieval period to the 21st century; from sacred and secular; from concert, opera and musical theatre. Each period and style brings its own inspiration and insight into the influences of the time.

Judith has extensive experience as a soloist in concert and oratorio, having performed most of the major soprano repertoire with various choirs and orchestras in and around Sydney.

While living in the USA Judith performed as soloist and ensemble member with professional chamber choirs Voces Novae et Antiquae and The Lady Chapel Singers, recording with them and touring in the USA and Europe. She was in demand as a recitalist, sang with the Mainline Opera Guild and performed opera as part of the music education programme in Philadelphia schools. She worked as resident cantor and soloist for 2 historic churches in Philadelphia.

Judith performs regularly in concert and recital in Sydney and in the Southern Highlands, where she is also a regular soloist for The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra and the Highlands Sinfonia. Enjoyable highlights have included:

• performing for the Governor at Government House in Hobart
• Opera Afloat in association with Sydney's Vivid Festival,
• performing with The Sydney Woodwind Orchestra in a world premiere of Philip Rugel’s Chamber Opera “Purgatory” for Soprano and Tenor
• Performing music by Australian composers Ann Carr-Bayd and David Basden in a recent recital in the presence of the composers.

 

Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying organ under Norman Johnston and piano under Marjorie Hesse. He has given recitals throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand. For over 20 years he was the Assistant Organist of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, playing the organ for national live broadcasts, visits of the Queen, funerals of State governors and national memorial services. In August 2009 he was appointed Director of Music at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.

In Europe he has played in the Cathedrals of St Paul's, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Oxford, Winchester, Lichfield, Westminster Abbey and Notre-Dame, Paris, with recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and Holland. In 2009 he gave the opening recital of the American Guild of Organists Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

He has been the President of the Organ Music Society of Sydney, has served on the committee of the Royal School of Church Music (NSW) and is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia and teaches piano, organ and keyboard musicianship at the Conservatorium High School, St Patrick's College, Strathfield, and privately.

 

 

 

 

17 June

Greg Taylor (bassoon)

Alex Morris (clarinet & bass clarinet)

 

 

  Goldberg Variations BWV 988 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Aria
Variation 1


Sonata in Bb Major for Bassoon and Cello K. 292 - Wolfgang Amedaus Mozart (1756-1791)

Allegro


Reflection for solo Clarinet - Dorothy Chang (1970 - )

Sonata for Two Bassoons Op. 14 - Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755)

 

Greg Taylor is a freelance bassoonist and contrabassoonist living in Sydney. He makes regular appearances with the Opera Australia Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Omega Ensemble. He completed a Master of Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Rostock, in northern Germany, and performed with the North German Philharmonic Orchestra up until his return to Australia in 2017. Besides musical performance and teaching Greg is a very passionate ecological manager, environmental educator, and politician.

 

Alex Morris is principal bass clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Bundaberg in regional Queensland, he has performed as a clarinetist and bass clarinetist with many symphony orchestras across Australia and around the world. Prior to his position in the Sydney Symphony, Alex was assistant principal clarinet of the Vancouver symphony orchestra. He is also a dedicated chamber musician, performing regularly with colleagues and friends, and has premiered many new works for clarinet and bass clarinet.

 

 

 

 

 

24 June

Titus Grenyer (organ)

 

 

3 Short Pieces for Organ (2022) - Titus Grenyer

Sonata No 1 in D Minor - Alexandre Guilmant (1837 - 1911)
I) Introduction et Allegro
II) Pastorale
III) Final


Titus Grenyer is the choirmaster and organist at St John's Uniting Church in Wahroonga. Having previously served as Assistant Organist a St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, and Organ Scholar at St James’ King St, Titus completed a Bachelor of Music in Organ Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019. Titus is also a violinist and pianist, a teacher, and an active composer.

You can find more about Titus’ music and work through his Youtube channel 'Pep Organ'. Created in 2020 with his wife Kim, Pep Organ features a carefully curated selection of organ music and thoughtful discussion, aided by high-quality video production.

 

 

 




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