Friday Music
May 2023

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

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5 May

Natalia Melnik (soprano)

Dr. Eun-Jung Byun (pianoforte)




George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
“Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion” from the oratorio "Messiah" (HWV 56)
“Bel piacere è godere” from the opera "Agrippina" (HWV 6)
“Tornami a vagheggiar” from the opera "Alcina" (HWV 34)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
“Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln" from "The Abduction from the Seraglio" (K. 384)

Gioachino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
Rosina's Cavatina (in F) from "The Barber of Seville"

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
“Piangendo ancora rinascer suole…”
“I am here, Inezil'ya” («Я здесь, Инезилья…»)

Mily Balakirev (1837 - 1910)
“Georgian song” («Грузинская песня»)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 – 1908)
Oksana's 1st aria from the opera "Christmas Eve"

Natalia Melnik was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to Sydney in 2013. At the age of five, she started her musical education at a primary music school. At thirteen, she was granted a place in a children’s concert choir “Cantilena”. Two years later became the choir soloist, performing in numerous concerts and touring in Russia and Europe. Later Natalia continued her studies at Valentina Levko’s Center of Vocal Art in Moscow, singing at the Center’s concerts and other events. Natalia is currently conducting her doctorate research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Natalia sings in numerous recitals throughout the year, specializing in coloratura arias as well as Russian music. Her engagements include Lunchtime concerts at St.Stephen's Uniting Church, recitals at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Glebe Justice Center and Australian Hall. In December 2016, Natalia performed with the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra in their Christmas concert. In 2017-2019 Natalia sang the role of Valeria in the production of Alessandro Scarlatti’s opera “La Caduta De’ Decemviri”, the role of Marcella in “Boheme a piacere”, the role of Princess Tamara in the play “Demon” staged by Rustem Galitch. In October 2019, Natalia performed the title role of Clara Schumann in the “Happy Birthday, Clara!” concert program. In 2021 Natalia created a special St Valentine’s Day concert program, “Love Songs”, and performed it in collaboration with pianist Benjamin Burton at the Australian Institute of Music and online. In 2022, in collaboration with pianist Eun-Jung Byun, Natalia performed and recorded her “Made in Heaven” concert program; these recordings will be released on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming platforms during 2023.

Born in South Korea, Eun-Jung Byun is an accomplished musician who has already established herself in the Australian music scene as a leading member of the new generation of professional collaborative pianists. She is currently a staff member for the Collaborative Piano, Voice and Opera division at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Performance, both majoring in piano accompaniment, from the University of Sydney, where she recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts on the development of Korean art song based on poetry from the Japanese Occupation Period (1910-1945).

A member of the Accompanists' Guild of NSW, Eun-Jung has performed with many leading Australian and international performers and has also appeared in prestigious concert venues in Australia and abroad such as Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Australian House in London, Sejong Performing Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center and Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul.





12 May

Richard Rourke (clarinet)
Sumiko Yamamura (pianoforte)
Gregory van der Struik (trombone)


Sonata No.3 in A minor - Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)

Largo  Allegro    Largo    Allegro 

Pan Piper Goes to Town - Colin McKellar

The Flowers - Paul Moulatlet

Sonata in F minor - Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)

Andante Cantabile    Allegro   Andante    Vivace


Colin McKellar has a strong background in the practice of poetry/painting and music. A turning point in musical influence came in his late teens, in the form of Experimental Free Jazz.

Playing and teaching piano and trumpet has acted as a point of leverage into ensemble writing.

Growing up in a rural community, and later attending a very free-thinking art school in a rural environment, has shaped an open horizon of artistic interest, without a predominance of technical and formalistic presumptions.

Originally written for Piano and Viola, Panpiper Goes to Town in this version is arranged for clarinet and piano. The clarinet part is simple and tonal in 4/4 while the piano part creates a shimmering mesmeric mist in 5/4 surrounding the clarinet’s melodic lines.

The piano harmonies are taken from the progressions underlying the clarinet’s melodies, and worked with polychords and altered harmony referencing the montuno style of breaking the chords with the inner notes of the chord dancing around the actual chord tones.

Paul Moulatlet is a Melbourne-based composer whose works have been performed in Australia, Europe, South-East Asia, the UK and the USA. He holds a Master of Arts (Composition) from Monash University gained under the supervision of Thomas Reiner, and his music has been interpreted by many noted Australian performers. His works have also been performed and recorded by various international artists including the UK-based contemporary music exponent and virtuoso trombonist Barrie Webb, and one of Italy’s leading contemporary music ensembles, Trio Altrove 1.3.

The Flowers is based on the poem Les Fleurs by the 19 th Century French modernist poet Stephane Mallarmé. Translated into English by Mallarmé’s biographer Henry Weinfield, the translation’s words and syllables were used to generate both the pitch materials and rhythmic surface of the music. The poem’s words and meanings were used to develop articulations and dynamics within the work. Originally composed for soprano and piano, the work has been arranged and performed in versions for voice and guitar, saxophone and piano and now clarinet and piano.


Sumiko Yamamura is a freelance accompanist born in Japan. She completed her 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 , Berlin Philharmonic Principal Trombone Jonathon Ramsay, former SSO Principal Bassoon John Cran (with ABC-FM), Orana Trio (ABC-FM), Kammer Trio, Sirius Ensemble and many others.

Richard Rourke spent two years freelancing in London before becoming a permanent member of the Opera Australia Orchestra in 1992. In August this year he will be performing in Opera Australia’s national tour of The Barber of Seville.

Richard has recorded and performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician performing with The Gallery Players, the Sydney Symphony and the Australia Ensemble. In 2010 he played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on their trans-Atlantic tour, performing at the Tanglewood Festival in the US and major European summer festivals. Richard is a Yamaha Music Australia Artist.

Gregory van der Struik holds the position of Principal Trombone with the Opera Australia Orchestra. As well as being a leading orchestral player Greg is one of Australia's most active and important trombonists in the field of recitals and CD recordings and has composed extensively for brass instruments.

19 May


Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra

Conductor: Dr. Michael Duke


Paige Gullifer

Rachel Down
Bella Fox

Ryan Piccione
Lauchlan Bissex
Jacqueline Flet

Haris Hajdarpasic
Henry Docker
Henry Murray

Skye Fyfe
Sherman Swing

Matt Eder


“Water Night” - Eric Whitacre (1970 - )

“Hex” - Gio Lambos

“Rung” - Adam Carid

Selections from “Pictures at an Exhibition” - Modest Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881)

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.








26 May


Kurt Ison (organ)



Komm, heiliger Geist BWV 651 - J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
From the 18 Leipzig Chorales BWV 651

Hymnes de l’Église: ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’ Versets 1 and 4 - Jehan Titelouze (v.1563-1633)

‘Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott’ BuxWV199 - Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Chorale prelude: ‘Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist’ - Johann Walther (1684 - 1748) 

Adoration for organ - Florence B. Price (1887-1953)
(from The organ portfolio volume 15/86, December 1951

Adagio in E Major - Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
(no.2 from Three pieces for organ, H63, 1905)

Final from Symphony no.1 in D minor, opus 14 - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Kurt Ison is amongst a small handful of Australia’s professional organists. He was educated to post-graduate level at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and had private lessons in Europe. He has given solo organ recitals in prestigious venues around the world including Notre Dame de Paris, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London, Washington National Cathedral and St Thomas’s Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City and the Hong Kong Cultural Center Concert Hall. He regularly engages in concert tours to Europe. He has performed extensively throughout Australia including solo concerts in the Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide Town Halls and cathedrals in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. 

He has been broadcast on the radio numerous times both here and in Europe and some years ago was uploaded to YouTube playing JS Bach’s monumental Toccata and Fugue in D Minor at the Sydney Town Hall which has so far attracted 9.3 million views. 

Kurt is also a published composer especially of sacred music for equal voices and organ which have been published in Germany and Melbourne. He was commissioned by the Aachener Dom Mädchenchor (Aachen Cathedral Girls’ Choir) to compose a mass setting for them which was co-premiered at Aachen Cathedral in September 2019 and St James King st, Sydney in October 2019.

Kurt is Organist at both Mary Immaculate Catholic Church and St Mary’s Anglican Church in Waverley, Organist and Organ Teacher at SCEGGS Darlinghurst and Newington College and Organ Teacher at The Shore School, Pymble Ladies’ College and PLC Sydney.









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