Australia Day Recitals 2010

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


Donation welcome



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St George, Sutherland Scottish Pipe Band
playing in Macquarie Street

9.00 - 10.00am




Mark Quarmby (Organ)
Director of Music, St Stephen's

10.30 - 11.00am


Festive Toccata - Colin Brumby* (1933- )

Concerto in B flat Op 4, No 2 - George F Handel (1685-1759)

(i) A tempo ordinario, e staccato
(ii) Allegro
(iii) Adagio
(iv) Allegro, ma non presto

Grand Chœur en D alla Handel - Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: the Morning Star - Graeme Koehne* (1956- )

Tu es Petra - Henri Mulet (1878-1967)

* Australian composer


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Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music majoring in organ under Norman Johnston.  He has given many recitals throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand. For over 20 years he was associated with the music of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, playing for all their choral services, national live broadcasts and State occasions such as visits from Queen Elizabeth II, funerals of State governors and national memorial services. He has accompanied the Cathedral choir on several CDs and played for services with them in many of Britain’s most famous cathedrals including St Paul’s, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Oxford, Winchester, Lichfield, Westminster Abbey and St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. His recital tours to Europe have taken him to Germany, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Italy where he has often included Australian organ music on his programs and lectured on the history of the organ in Australia. In 2009 he gave the opening recital of the American Guild of Organists Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, playing a whole program devoted to organ music written by Australian composers.  He was a tutor and recitalist for the Pipe Organ Encounter program held in Singapore in 2005. He served as the President of the Organ Music Society of Sydney for six years, is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (as well as being the web master for these two organisations) and has been a member of the Royal School of Church Music State committee. Mark Quarmby teaches piano, organ and musicianship in St Andrew’s Cathedral School, St Patrick’s College, Strathfield, the University of NSW and privately.  He is a music examiner and adjudicator and has been repetiteur for several university choirs. From August 2009 he was appointed as the Director of Music at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.  During his spare time he has been researching and building a web site on the organs of Sydney which he has extended to cover organs throughout Australia.



Angus McPherson (Flute)

11.30 - 12 noon


Les Folies d'Esapgne - Marin Marais (1656-1728)

Fantasie No. 6 - Georg P. Telemann (1681-1767)

Fish Are Jumping - Robert Dick (1950- )

The Great Train Race - Ian Clarke (1964- )

Angus McPherson is a native of Sydney and studies with Dr Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has just completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Honours and is begining his Masters this year. He has played with the Conservatorium's Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Modern Music Ensemble and occasionally plays Baroque Flute with the Early Music Ensemble and last year played with the Palace Gate Orchestra. Angus has also played in orchestras for various local musical societies as well as with the Turramurra based Orchestra 143 and last year toured to Goulburn with the Bird Bath Trio. Since picking up the flute in primary school, Angus has enjoyed playing a wide variety of styles, from early music to contemporary compositions and musical theatre. When not studying, Angus dabbles in home flute repair, and earns his bread teaching at his studio in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney.




Vatche Jambazian (Piano)

12.30 - 1.00pm


Keyboard Sonata in d minor - George Benda (1722-1795)

Selections from Kinderszenen - Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Prelude in b minor op. 32 nr. 10 - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Etincelles - Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925)

Vatche Jambazian was born in Sydney and begun studying the piano at the age of six. He performed his first recital at the age of 10, and made his international debut at the age of 15 in Yerevan, Armenia, where he was invited to perform as part of Aram Khachaturian’s 100th Anniversary on National Television. Vatche has performed in Masterclasses with pianists such as Stephen Hough, Natasha Vlassenko, Oleg Stepanov, Boris Berman and Michael Leuschner. In 2006 Vatche was accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying Piano with Daniel Herscovitch and will be graduating this year with high honours. In 2007 he won the first prize in the Sydney Performing Arts challenge In the Scriabin and Rachmaninoff section and In 2008 Vatche won the State Prize in the 2MBS Young Performers Award for his recital on National Australian Radio and went on to be a prize winner in the National Finals. Earlier this year he was a semi finalist in the Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose and also was invited to take part in the International Holland Music Sessions with Boris Berman performing several recitals. Currently he is performing around Australia touring with his Trio and performing solo recitals.




Peter Smith (Clarinet)
Associate artist: Vatche Jambazian (piano)

1.30 - 2.00pm


Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008 (transcribed for bass clarinet) - J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

(i) Prelude
(ii) Allemande
(iii) Courante
(iv) Sarabande
(v) Menuet I & II
(vi) Gigue

Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano  - Robert Muczynski (1929- )

I: Allegro Risoluto
II: Andante Espressivo
III: Allegro Moderato
IV: Andante Molto - Allegro Energico

Peter Smith began his association with the Sydney Conservatorium during high school, studying under renowned teacher Mark Walton through the Youth Access Centre. After coming first in NSW in the Music 1 HSC course, Peter has received numerous prizes and awards from various eisteddfod's and competitions. Having recently completed a Bachelor of Music Performance degree studying with Sue Newsome, Peter has also studied under such clarinettists as Peter Jenkin and Catherine McCorkill. Peter has performed with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Modern Music Ensemble, the SBS Youth Orchestra, the Rockdale Opera, and the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and is currently the principal clarinet of the WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra. In addition to orchestral playing, Peter takes a keen interest in chamber music written for the clarinet and has been involved with several chamber music broadcasts for 2MBS. In 2008, Peter was the recipient of the Balmain Sinfonia's Prize for Winds scholarship and performed as soloist with the Balmain Sinfonia that year.

Peter is also a strong supporter of quality modern Australian music and has commissioned numerous works from emerging composers. In 2007, he organised a concert of modern Australian music based around improvisation and commissioned works, and in 2008 he performed and recorded widely for the Sydney Eclectic Composers Society. Also that year, he gave the premiere of 'Dilute', a piece for solo Eb clarinet by Sydney composer Morgan Merrell. Peter also takes a keen interest in instrumental repair and works as a part-time woodwind technician, and will be returning to the Sydney Conservatorium for a Master of Music degree in 2010.




David Tagg (Organ)
Organ Scholar, St Stephen's


2.30 - 3.00pm


'Toccata' from "Suite for Organ" Opus 9 - Wes Jordan* (1945- )

Tuba Tune - Dulcie Holland* (1913-2000)

Toccatina for Flutes - Pietro a Yon (1886-1943)

Elegy for Organ - G.T Thalben-Ball* (1896-1987)

'Toccata' from "Symphony No.5 in F" - Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

* Australian composer

David Tagg is 20 years old and is currently the Organ Scholar at St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie Street in Sydney. David attended Knox Grammar School, where he studied under Peter Kneeshaw AM. During his schooling and later studies David has had the opportunity to play at a number of venues including the Sydney Town Hall, St Mary's Cathedral, Melbourne's St Paul's Cathedral and Bendigo Cathedral and last year played at the Sydney Opera House's Open Day celebrations. David is in his 2nd year of a Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Sydney.



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