Friday Music
March 2022

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

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Please note that all concerts are subject to the prevailing
Covid restrictions and may be cancelled at short notice.


4 March

Phill O'Neill (trumpet)

Mark Quarmby (organ)



Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke (1674 - 1707)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Aria 'Ombra mai fù' from Xerxes HWV 40 - G.F. Handel (1685 - 1759)

Second Sonata for Trumpet and Organ - G.B. Viviani (c.1638 - 1693)
(i) Allegro
(ii) Allegro vivo
(iii) Adagio 
(iv) Aria
(v) Presto

Elegy - G. Thalben-Ball (1896 - 1987)

Prelude on the Te Deum - M-A Charpentier (1643 - 1704)

The Lost Chord - Arthur Sullivan (1842 - 1900)

Abblasen Fanfare in C - Gottfried Reiche (1667 - 1734)


Phill O'Neill was born in Adelaide and began to play the cornet at the age of seven under the tutelage of his late father Des O'Neill, to whom his album "The Operatic Trumpet" is dedicated. For nearly 15 years Phill has worked full-time with the Australian Defence Force Bands. His career highlights have included playing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, solo performances at numerous National Rugby League and Australian Football League matches and touring Australia as a soloist alongside Guy Sebastian. Today Phill is a freelance trumpet player and educator teaching at Cranbrook School and MLC. 

When not playing trumpet Phill is a mad AFL supporter and loves cheering on the Port Adelaide Football club. 

Phill plays Stomvi Trumpets


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.





11 March

Samuel Dharma (pianoforte)



An all Chopin recital

Barcarolle op. 60

Etude op. 25 no. 6

Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 58
(i) Allegro maestoso
(ii) Scherzo: molto vivace
(iii) Largo
(iv) Finale: Presto non tanto

Australian pianist Samuel Dharma is the winner of numerous piano competition awards in Australia, Canada and Germany. His playing has been described as “powerful” (Jungfrau Zeitung) with "an artistic sincerity and intensity which is compelling as well as rare" (Dr Robert Roux, Steinway Artist).

Samuel has given solo recitals and performed as chamber musician to audiences in Australia, Europe, and North America. His performances have been broadcasted by 2MBS FM. As concerto soloist, he has performed with the UNSW Orchestra conducted by Steven Hillinger and Colin Piper. He is also the resident pianist at the Kawai Sydney International Masterclass Festival since 2015, performing works by Prof. Graham Hair and his composition students.

A graduate of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory (Toronto, Canada) and Rice University (Houston, USA), Samuel has studied with many of the most important artist teachers in the world such as Leon Fleisher, Robert McDonald, John O'Conor, John Perry and Jacques Rouvier. He maintains a private studio in the Hills District and also serves as a member of the piano faculty at the Conservatorium High Schoo




18 March

The Nano Symphony



Neil Thompson (viola)

Catherine Thompson (clarinet)


Prelude, Allegro & Pastorale for Clarinet & Viola - Rebecca Clarke (1886 - 1979)

'Adieu' - The Nano Symphony

‘Etude' + 'Sleeping Lotus' - Joep Beving (1976 - )

'Full Circle' - The Nano Symphony

'Eyeglasses Duo' WoO 32 - L.v. Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
(originally for viola & cello)


Neil Thompson - Viola

Having begun on viola in his hometown Whyalla, Neil's career has taken him all around the world, including Europe as touring soloist whilst at Marryatville High School, a ‘Special Interest Music Centre’ school (Adelaide). Neil has also performed and toured with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras (upon holding an SSO fellowship in 2012), as well as with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and its sister orchestra ACO2 (currently ACO Collective) with whom he was an ‘Emerging Artist’. He enjoyed two years of touring with ‘The Cat Empire’ and features as soloist and guest artist on their DVD ‘Live at the Bowl’. Neil regularly performs at the Sydney Opera House with the Opera Australia Orchestra (formerly Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra) for Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet.

Neil studied on full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying under Christopher Moore and Roger Benedict, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Honours) from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide having studied under Keith Crellin.

Primarily a chamber-musician, Neil has been fortunate enough to have performed and/or recorded with Pekka Kuusisto, Kristian Winther, Richard Tognetti, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Brett Dean, Lisa Moore and more recently, the Omega Ensemble, as well as others. Recently being invited to join the highly acclaimed ‘Caro String Quartet’ he is Principal viola with 'Omega Ensemble’ and Artistic Director and co-founder of 'The Nano Symphony’ and sister ensemble ‘Ensemble Nano’.

Neil is currently Music Director and Conductor of the Ku Ring Gai Youth Orchestra and Killara High orchestras and has directed performances of Schubert’s ‘Great’ 9th Symphony (in Adelaide), Faure’s Requiem with the Mosman Symphony Orchestra and the 2nd Symphony by Brahms with the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra.


Catherine Thompson – Clarinet

Catherine Thompson is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music having obtained her Bachelor of Music in Performance with First Class Honours. She was a recipient of the prestigious Helpmann Academy Grant which allowed her to undertake two Professional Development Tours in Germany where she studied with Ralph Manno, Chen Halevi, Norbert Kaiser and Wolfgang Meyer. Catherine has also performed in master-classes with Sabine Meyer, Paul Dean and Nuno Silver. 

She has performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, the Elder Conservatorium Symphony and Wind Orchestras and has participated in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Career Development Program and National Music Camp. As a soloist, Catherine has performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra to a sold out audience, to critical acclaim.  She is highly passionate about Chamber Music and is a founding member of 'The Nano Symphony’.




25 March

Stacey Yang (organ)



Sonata No. 4 in B flat major - Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
(i) Allegro con brio
(ii) Andante religioso
(iii) Allegretto
(iv) Allegro maestoso e vivace

Trumpet Minuet - Alfred Hollins (1865 - 1942)

Prelude and Fugue in E flat BWV 552 - J.S. Bach (1685 -1750)

Wir glauben all an einen Gott BWV 680 - J.S. Bach (1685 -1750)



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. Stacey received a Bachelor's degree in Medical Science and a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Sydney. She taught piano at MLC School Burwood for 8 years and worked as a chapel organist at SCEGGS Darlinghurst for 4 years. Recently, she has been working as an interim organ scholar and acting assistant organist at St James' Church, King Street. She is the deputy organist and music director at Hunter Baillie Presbyterian Church, Annandale and also works as a piano accompanist for the Australia Catholic University Choir.  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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