Friday Music
February 2023

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

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3 February

Thomas Lorenzo (Flamenco guitar)

 Dr Jodi Edwards
Dharawal Yuin Custodian Story Teller




A Soul Nourishing Experience


Caminando ( Aires de Guajira) - Thomas Lorenzo 

Merry go Round - Thomas Lorenzo 

Nostalgia - Thomas Lorenzo 

Vidala del Nombrador ( Bulería) - Popular

Balance of Nature ( Tanguillos) - Thomas Lorenzo

Grandmother Mountain - Thomas Lorenzo & Jodi Edwards 

Madjari Yandha Gadhu - Thomas Lorenzo & Jodi Edwards 

The Rainforest - Thomas Lorenzo & Jodi Edwards 


Thomas Lorenzo is a celebrated Flamenco, Jazz Guitarist and Composer. Born in Dharawal country and son of Spanish immigrants that fled fascism. When democracy was reinstalled, Thomas returned to Barcelona. 

He spent 36 years devouring Mediterranean culture and gradually became a world class contemporary composer and guitarist.

Thomas says. “I heard music for the first time on the slopes of Mt Keira where I grew up as a child. Since then whenever I walk through the bush and nature I hear music. My compositions are a reflection of mother nature.

In 2022  I returned to my birth place and asked the Aboriginal Elders for guidance and since then my music is more connected to who we all are.

Come and enjoy music that has always been a reflection of country from a Spanish Immigrant´s eyes and heart.” 

Thomas has released five solo instrumental albums in contemporary Jazz, Blues and Flamenco styles. His  release Spanish Breeze debuted at #36 on the Top 50 JazzWeek World Music Album Charts in 2010 and was #32 on the College Music Journal Jazz Chart. The album features Grammy nominee Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report, Grateful Dead) on Bass, Dave Garfield (George Benson) on Keys, and Walfredo Reyes (Santana) on Drums, and was produced by Grammy nominee Bruce Sugar (Ringo Starr).




10 February

Danaë Killian (pianoforte)



Goldberg Variations, BWV988 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Variation 1. a 1 Clav.
Variation 2. a 1 Clav.
Variation 3. Canone all’Unisono. a 1 Clav.
Variation 4. a 1 Clav.
Variation 5. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav.
Variation 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav.
Variation 7. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga
Variation 8. a 2 Clav.
Variation 9. Canone alla Terza. a 1 Clav.
Variation 10. Fughetta. a 1 Clav.
Variation 11. a 2 Clav.
Variation 12. a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta in moto contrario
Variation 13. a 2 Clav.
Variation 14. a 2 Clav.
Variation 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav.: Andante
Variation 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav.
Variation 17. a 2 Clav.
Variation 18. Canone alla Sesta. a 1 Clav.
Variation 19. a 1 Clav.
Variation 20. a 2 Clav.
Variation 21. Canone alla Settima
Variation 22. a 1 Clav. alla breve
Variation 23. a 2 Clav.
Variation 24. Canone all'Ottava. a 1 Clav.
Variation 25. a 2 Clav.: Adagio
Variation 26. a 2 Clav.
Variation 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav.
Variation 28. a 2 Clav.
Variation 29. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav.
Variation 30. a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
Aria da Capo


Dr Danaë Killian is a Melbourne-based pianist whose poetry-infused expressionist performances are known for their intense originality and interpretive power. Her repertoire stretches across the complete solo piano music of the Second Viennese School, major polyphonic works by JS Bach, and a wealth of Australian compositions. A passionate champion of modern art music, Danaë Killian typically performs some 40 contemporary compositions a year, around half of which are première performances. Previously playing throughout Europe, China, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, Danaë has chosen to unfold her practice close to home for the forseeable future while addressing the challenges of chronic illness and concomitant disability. In Melbourne, Danaë is a core artist with Forest Collective (a new music ensemble under the direction of Evan J Lawson) and an Honorary Fellow at The University of Melbourne, where she earned her PhD in 2010 with a dissertation on Virginia Woolf’s The Waves as a modernist imagining of the harmony of the spheres. She has been the recipient of prestigious academic awards, including the Australian Alumni (W G Walker) Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, the Helen Macpherson Smith Scholarship, an Australian Postgraduate Award, and an Australia Award Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. As a State Examiner with the Australian Music Examinations Board, Danaë engages with music education in the wider community. Among Danaë Killian’s many recordings are the critically acclaimed Arnold Schoenberg: Complete Works for Piano Solo (Move, 2015) and Ernest Bloch: Viola and Piano (Move, 2018, with Barbara Hornung).





17 February

The Nano Symphony


Neil Thompson (viola)

Catherine Thompson (clarinet)

Lee Cheong (pianoforte)


Keeper - Catherine & Neil Thompson (The Nano Symphony)

Trio for Clarinet, Viola & Piano Op. 264 - Carl Reinecke (1824 - 1910)

i. Moderato. Allegro
ii. Intermezzo (Moderato)
iii. Legende (Andante)
iv. Finale (Allegro moderato)


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 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’.

Lee Cheong is a Sydney born pianist. In addition to performing in Australia, Lee has performed internationally in various cities including the Royal Over-Seas League in London, Lunchtime recitals in Manchester, Chorlton Arts Festival and at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. Since 2015, Lee has been a core member of The Nano Symphony/Ensemble Nano.

She completed her BMus with Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying with Stephanie McCallum and furthered her studies in the UK receiving her Masters at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Savage. Lee is a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Tait Memorial Award, Australian Bicentennial Award and merit scholarships from both the Sydney Conservatorium and the RNCM.

Lee is also a passionate piano teacher, tutoring at St Aloysius’ College and the Sydney Conservatorium High School.



24 February

Sam Giddy (organ)


Toccata and Fugue Op. 59 - Max Reger (1873 - 1916)

from 6 Studies in Canonic Form op. 56 - Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
ii. Mit innigem Ausdruck
iv. Innig

Allemande from Pastorale BWV 590 - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Frisch auf, gut Gsell, lass rummer gahn - Hugo Distler (1908 - 1942)

I. Allegro from Symphony no. 6 in G Minor - Charles-Marie Widor  (1844 - 1937)

Samuel Giddy enjoys a varied and successful career as a recitalist, liturgical organist and educator. From 2016 – 2019 he obtained a Bachelor of Music from Sydney Conservatorium, studying organ performance with Philip Swanton and graduating with first-class honours and the Frank Hutchens Student of the Year Award. A two-time winner of the Sydney Organ Competition (2018 and 2022), he has given solo recitals at major venues in Australia and internationally, including Brisbane City Hall, Chester & Guildford Cathedrals (UK), and St George’s Hanover Square (London). In 2019 he was also a finalist in the Gottfried Silbermann Organ Competition in Freiberg, Germany. In his current role as Assistant Organist at St Andrew’s Cathedral (Sydney), Samuel’s liturgical playing is heard by thousands worldwide on weekly livestreams, as well as for choral evensong and special events at the Cathedral. In addition to his musical pursuits, Samuel is also completing a Graduate Diploma of Divinity from the Australian College of Theology. He is married to Wayomika and they live in Sydney’s inner east.



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