Friday Music
May 2022

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


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6 May 2022

Please note the advertised concert further below has had to be cancelled due to Covid. Merryl Neill, who was performing in the advertised concert will present this program instead.

 

Merryl Neille (flute)

Katherine Day (pianoforte)

 

 

Sonata in E Major BWV 1035 movements I and II - JS Bach (1685-1750)

Aria - J Ibert (1892-1962)

Kassouga - M Shinohara (b. 1931)

East Wind for solo flute - S Ran (b.1949)

Vignette - E Rocherolle (b. 1939)

Flute quartet K285 movement II Adagio - WA Mozart  (1756-1791)

The Little Juggler - M Hyde (1913-2005)

Summer Morning in the Woods - R Laurin (b. 1961)

Sonatina movement III - E Burton (1913-1979)

 

 

Merryl Neille teaches flute and piano at the Lane Cove Cultural and Music Centre. As a composer, she was a prize winner of the Flute Society of NSW Composition Competition for Winter Solstice for Flute and Piano (2020) and was commissioned to write Sighs and Silence (2021) for Karen North's publication of Lyrical Flute Legends, and Ladybird (2022) and Fireflies (2022) for her Inspiring Flute Solos.

Merryl gained a DMA in flute performance from University of Michigan where she was a doctoral assistant to Amy Porter for three years. She started orchestral work at the age of 21 and freelanced for many years being the principal flute of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra from 2011-2015 and guest principal and section flautist in several orchestras including the Freestate Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa.

She has taught, researched and performed in South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada, the United States and Australia.

 

Katherine Day has more than three decades of piano teaching experience from kinder to PhD level.

Katherine holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Solo Studies from the prestigious Royal College of Music, London.

She has taught at the Royal College of Music, the University of Melbourne, the ANU Open School of Music, King David School, Lauriston Girls’ School, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar, the Young Regional School of Music, St Columba’s, and Parade College.

Her performance credits include being the Principal Pianist of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for 2 years, over 20 appearances as a concerto soloist, morning melody recitals with Promac Productions, music director for Baby Love Music Fun recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre, chamber music recitals with luminaries such as David Pereira, Radovan Vlatkovic, David Hobson and more.

She has also freelanced as an opera repetiteur, appearing in productions for Victorian Opera and Gertrude Opera.

Katherine has been delivering online piano and theory lessons to students of all ages for more than six years. Her subjects include Music Craft classes and individual lessons in all grades.

 

Previously advertised program:

Kim Falconer (flute)

Alan Hicks (pianoforte)

plus Merryl Neille (second flute)

 

 

Three Virtuoso Flamenco Studies for Solo Flute - Study No. 1 - Krystof Zgraja (1950 - )

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - arr. flute and piano - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)

Duet No. 2 in G Major, F. 59 for two Flutes - Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710 - 1784)
I - Allegro ma non troppo
II- Cantabile 
III- Alla Breve
IV- Gigue

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, arr. for flute and piano - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)

Romance for flute and piano - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)

 

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.

In 2018, Kim embarked on an intensive study trip to England, Scotland and Ireland. On this trip, she studied privately with Michael Cox, and was a Concert Performer at the William Bennett International Summer School, the Scottish International Flute Summer School and at the Big Flute Festival in Dublin.

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: https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions-online/Music-WW1

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.

 

Merryl Neille teaches flute and piano at the Lane Cove Cultural and Music Centre. As a composer, she was a prize winner of the Flute Society of NSW Composition Competition for Winter Solstice for Flute and Piano (2020) and was commissioned to write Sighs and Silence (2021) for Karen North's publication of Lyrical Flute Legends, and Ladybird (2022) and Fireflies (2022) for her Inspiring Flute Solos.

Merryl gained a DMA in flute performance from University of Michigan where she was a doctoral assistant to Amy Porter for three years. She started orchestral work at the age of 21 and freelanced for many years being the principal flute of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra from 2011-2015 and guest principal and section flautist in several orchestras including the Freestate Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa.

She has taught, researched and performed in South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada, the United States and Australia.

 

 

 

 

13 May 2022

Richard Rourke (clarinet)

Andrew Hines (violonello)

Alan Hicks (pianoforte)

 

 

Dance Preludes for clarinet and piano - Witold Lutoslawski (1913 - 1994)
1. Allegro molto
2. Andantino
3. Allegro giocoso
4. Andante
5. Allegro molto

The Limpid Stream Op 39 for cello and piano - Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975) (Arr Atovmyan)
IV. Adagio

Trio Op 11 for Clarinet Cello and Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto Theme and Variations 

 

Richard Rourke graduated with merit from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1988 having studied clarinet with Gabor Reeves and John St George. He spent two years freelancing in London, studying under Margaret Archibald and John McCaw. Since 1992 he has been a permanent member of the Opera Australia Orchestra, performing at the Sydney Opera House with Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet. He has worked under many international conductors such as Richard Bonynge, Simone Young and Richard Hickox, and with singers such as Luciano Pavarotti and Bryn Terfel.

Richard has recorded and performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a member of the contemporary ensemble The Gallery Players under the directorship of Sydney composer Alan Holley, with whom he has had a close association for twenty years. He has also worked with the Sydney Symphony and the Australia Ensemble. In 2010 he played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on their trans-Atlantic tour, performing at Tanglewood Festival in the US and major European summer festivals. In October 2014 Richard received grants from the George and Nerissa Johnson Memorial Scholarship Bequest and the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation in order to undertake professional development in New York with past and present clarinettists of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Richard is an artist of Yamaha Australia.

 

Andrew Hines was born in England, had his early education in Australia, and then returned to England in his teens to study at the Purcell School, the Royal Academy of Music, and finally the Guildhall School of Music with Prof. Stefan Popov. He also studied with the Amadeus, Borodin, LaSalle and Alban Berg Quartets.On completing his studies Andrew became an active member of a number of chamber ensembles, touring Europe and the Far East with the Parnassus Ensemble, which recorded and broadcast in Italy and Germany to critical acclaim.

In 1992 he became a member of the Medea Quartet, who were Quartet in Residence at York University and Fellows of the Royal Academy of Music. Responsibilities included individual lessons, chamber & orchestral coaching, and performances with undergraduates.

Andrew performed as soloist in England, Europe and the Far East, and undertook freelance orchestral work in England and Scotland.In September 2000 Andrew was appointed to a position with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and is currently Acting Assistant Principal. He has also worked on a casual basis with The Australian Chamber Orchestra & Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Andrew plays on a Gagliano cello c.1807.

 

Alan Hicks is one of Australia's foremost vocal coaches and collaborative pianists. He works in Vocal and Opera Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as opera coach, pianist and tutor in diction. Alan’s playing featured on the Conservatorium’s 2020 film production of Massanet’s Cendrillon, produced in collaboration with NIDA. He was Principal Repetiteur for the 2021 NIDA-Conservatorium coproduction of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Alan was awarded life membership of Art Song Canberra in 2016 and appeared in the inaugural Songmakers Australia Schubertiade, performing in Melbourne with his wife, mezzosoprano Christina Wilson and with pianist Andrea Katz.

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 produced by Christopher Latham for the Australian War Memorial, recording 100 songs and instrumental works from the AWM’s collection of World War One sheet music.

Alan’s theatrical credits include the long-suffering pianist Alain in Chrissie Shaw’s Bijou in seasons at The Street Theatre, Depot Theatre, Butterfly Club, La Mama Courthouse and regional tours, and Pianist in Nigel Featherstone and James Humberstone’s The Weight of Light at The Street Theatre, Canberra, in Goulburn and in Sydney.

 

 

 

 

20 May 2022

Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra

Conductor: Dr. Michael Duke

 

 

Riley’d Up -
Caged In
Glass’d Out


Twelve -

Stephen Yates (1957 - )




Brenton Broadstock (1952 - )

 

Soprano
Rachel Down
Paige Gullifer
Iris Li

Alto
Bella Fox
Haris Hajdarpasic
Matt Eder

Tenor
Ryan Piccione
Henry Docker
Edison Wong

Baritone
Skye Fyfe
Nicholas Lafkas

Bass
Jamie Robinson

 

The Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra comprises some of the nation’s top student saxophonists. Auditioned on an annual basis the group draws students across a number of degrees (Bachelor of Music Performance, Bachelor Music Studies, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Jazz Studies, Masters and Doctoral degrees). In addition to performing the existing original repertoire and the classic transcriptions for saxophone orchestra, the group has worked closely with both local and international composers to deepen the canon. The group is active in encouraging the current generation of student composers to explore this medium, workshopping and performing new compositions each semester. Most recently the ensemble has worked with and premiered arrangements of works by leading Australian composers Matthew Orlovich, Natalie Williams, Michael Smetanin and Brenton Broadstock.

 

 

27 May 2022

Colin Andrews [USA] (organ)

 

 

From "Suite Breve" (1947) - Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
I. Grands Jeux
II. Cantilène

Two Psalm-Preludes from Set 2 (1939) - Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
No. 1: "Out of the deep have I called unto Thee, O Lord" Psalm 130:1
No. 3: "Sing unto Him a new song: play skillfully with a loud noise" Psalm 33:3

Variations de Concert Op. 1 (1906) - Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)

 

"...Colin Andrews showed distinction as a Bach player..." Royal Festival Hall, London

"...Andrews is good at establishing atmosphere." The Gramophone

"...To close, Colin Andrews raised the roof with one of the most virtuosic Messiaen performances I have heard" ("Livre du Saint Sacrement") Magnus Andersson, review of Messiaen Complete Works marathon concert, Stavanger Konserthus, Norway, November 17 2018

"...In the hands of Colin Andrews the work ("Livre du Saint Sacrement", Messiaen) speaks with a cosmic flourish and deeply interior dialogue that is movingly spectacular, experientially radical, yet tied to a deep spiritual understanding." Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

"...Andrews is a master at capturing the grandeur, spaciousness and reverence of this music and he offers new and compelling interpretations. He is not afraid to explore what Messiaen himself described as"extremely delicate variations of rhythm and tempo"-inflections that are intensely personal, impossible to notate and frequently captivating...the enormous variery of touches called for across the cycle are worthy of mention..." Sydney Organ Journal, Australia, review of complete Messiaen recordings.

"...Colin Andrews comes through with a reading that underscores the complexities, but also draws coherently, the outline of the ongoing structural essences...in his hands there is great sympathy and understanding for the work and its fullness." ("Meditations sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinite", Messiaen) Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

Since his debut at the age of eighteen, Colin Andrews has been recognized as a musician of great versatility, power and artistry. Born in Bristol, England, Andrews initally studied with Garth Benson of St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol. At sixteen, he entered London's Royal Academy of Music for four years of organ and piano study under principal Professors, Douglas Hawkridge & Margaret McDonald. He later moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where he was a student of Professor Lionel Rogg at the Conservatoire de Musique. Following his return to Britain, he studied privately for two years with Dame Gillian Weir.

Colin Andrews has been the recipient of many awards, most notably, he was a prizewinner at both the 1980 and 1982 Dublin International Organ Competitions in Ireland, and, in 1993, The Royal Academy of Music, London, bestowed an Associateship upon him in recognition of his distinguished performing career.

Mr. Andrews has toured worldwide as a solo recitalist. He has appeared at many of the world's most prestigious venues, including The Royal Festival Hall, London; King's College, Cambridge; The Moscow Conservatoire (Bolshoi & Rachmaninov Halls), The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall & Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Russia; The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris (three appearances); La Madeleine, St. Eustache & La Trinite, Paris; The National Conventions of The American Guild of Organists, The Incorporated Association of Organists, UK and New Zealand Association of Organists; Yale, Duke & Stanford Universities, USA; all of the major concert halls in Asia, including Suntory Hall, Tokyo; Hong Kong Cultural Center; The Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts; Shanghai Oriental Arts Center; Dewan Philharmonic Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Sejong Cultural Center, Seoul, South Korea; Esplanade Theatres on-the-Bay, Singapore; Chiang-Kai Shek National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan; Sydney Town Hall, Australia; Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand; The Bamboo Organ Festival, Manila, Philippines, and leading halls, Cathedrals & Churches in Thailand, South Korea, South America, Iceland, South Africa & most of East and Western Europe, including trans-continental tours of Russia. In 2015, Colin Andrews gave the opening recital on the restored organ of the Yakaterinburg Philharmonic Hall in Siberia.

In addition to his recitals, Colin Andrews is an active teacher and lecturer, and has given presentations at, among other venues, The Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest; Taiwan Theological College; Pipe Organ Encounters for the AGO; Oundle Summer School & The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK; Emory University, Atlanta, GA; The Moscow Conservatoire, St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia, and the 1998 AGO National Convention.

He has recorded thirty broadcasts for the BBC in the UK and has appeared on local and national television in the USA ("The Hour of Power"), Russia, Poland, UK, Japan & New Zealand. His fourteen commercial compact discs are available on the Gothic, Loft, Naxos, Priory & Zig Zag labels and can also be found on YouTube, Apple Music & Spotify.

Colin Andrews has served as a jury member for the International Organ Competitions at The University of Michigan and for both the 1995 & 1997 J.P. Sweelinck Competitions in Gdansk, Poland. Mr. Andrews was jury President and recitalist for the 2006 Felix Nowowiejski Organ Competition in Poznan, Poland. He has served as a national councilor and local President of the Incorporated Association of Organists, UK.
Among his church positions has been a twelve year tenure as Organist & Master of the Choristers at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Goldsboro, North Carolina. In 2004, he led the choir from this parish on a concert tour of British Cathedrals; his choir has also sung the office of Evensong at Washington National Cathedral.

During the 2000/2001 academic year, Mr. Andrews was visiting lecturer in Organ and Sacred Music at East Carolina University. In the fall of 2005, Mr. Andrews joined the faculty there teaching applied organ and associated courses. During the 2008/2009 academic year, Andrews was interim Director of the Organ and Sacred Music programs at East Carolina University, fulfilling all teaching and administrative activities in the discipline. Colin Andrews's students have distinguished themselves at the national and international levels of the organ competition circuit and have been accepted at all of the major institutions in the US, many hold prestigious academic and church positions. During his twenty year tenure in North Carolina, Mr. Andrews served as an organ consultant for seventeen different projects in North Carolina and Virginia.

In 2009, Colin Andrews joined the Organ faculty at Indiana University, where he taught applied organ, Organ Pedagogy & History of Sacred Music and Worship until the spring of 2015. During his time at Indiana University, Colin Andrews led an intiative to start online courses in Organ & Sacred Music. He currently serves as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Indiana.

Colin Andrews is one of only four organists in the world to have recorded the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen. In 2012, Mr. Andrews was named a "Membre d'Honneur" of the "Association Grand Orgue Trinite Messiaen" based at the composer's church, "l'Eglise de la Sainte Trinite" in Paris, where Messiaen served for sixty-one years. Mr. Andrews' recording of Messiaen's "l'Ascension" & "Messe de la Pentecote" was voted into the top ten sacred music recordings for 2012 by "Christianity Today."

Between 2017 and 2019, Colin Andrews gave one hundred-and-thirty-six concerts across the globe in Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Russia, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Poland, The Netherlands,Italy, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Germany, France (third appearance at Notre-Dame de Paris, June 2017) UK & USA, including complete performances of Messiaen's "Livre du Saint Sacrement" at Stavanger Konserthus, Norway, as part of a marathon performance of the complete works, and, at King's College, Cambridge, UK.

Engagements for the 2021/2022 season include a second appearance at the church of La Madeleine in Paris, Copenhagen & Haderslev Cathedrals, Denmark, Szeged Cathedral, Hungary, a tour of Italy and a visiting Professorship for the fall semester at Florida State University. Further engagements include a complete performance of Messiaen's "La Nativite du Seigneur" and a complete performance of his "Livre du Saint Sacrement"for the Chicago and North Shore Chapters of the American Guild of Organists at Loyola University.

 

 



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