Friday Music
October 2010

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


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1st October

Alexander Nelson (flute)

Patrick Keith (piano)

 




Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)

Études-Tableaux, Op 33 (1911): No 5 in d minor, No 6 in e-flat minor
Études-Tableaux, Op 39 (1917): No 3 in f-sharp minor, No 4 in b minor, No 7 in c minor, & No 9 in D Major
Patrick Keith, piano


César Franck (1822 - 1890)

Sonata in A Major for Flute and Piano (1886):
I. Allegro ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo-Fantasia
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
Alexander Nelson, flute; Patrick Keith, Piano



Flautist Alexander Nelson has given many performances and been a participant in musical competitions across several different countries including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. An avid orchestral musician, he has performed with the Sydney Sinfonia, the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony, Chamber, and Chamber Opera Orchestras as well as with the Trinity Sinfonia. He has also given performances with the Sydney Youth Orchestras, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra, and with various other ensembles around Sydney.

Having always had a keen interest in chamber music, Alexander has presented concerts and recitals both in Australia and the UK and performed live on Sydney's 2MBS-FM. He was a founding member of two different London-based chamber groups, a performer in the summer music institutes of three different major American conservatories, and the winner of second prize in the 2008 New Zealand Woodwind Competition.

Alexander Nelson began his tertiary studies under Wissam Boustany at the Trinity College of Music, London. He left Trinity in 2007 to continue on with Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he is completing a Bachelor of Music performance degree.

Patrick Keith studied Piano with Ann Hoy of the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, achieved his A.Mus.A with Distiction in 2007, as well as working with Cameron in the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music Regional Youth Orchestras for 5 years. A fellow Sydney Conservatorium of Music student, he presently studies Piano Performance with Philip Shovk. Patrick has given a number of recitals throughout Australia and has accompanied for a vast number of recitals, concerts, and exams.

 


 

8th October

Five Cities Brass Quintet

 

Byron Westbury, Dane Laboyrie (trumpets), Radu Boros
(French horn), Mark Brown (trombone) & Josh Jawarski (tuba)

International Première
Britannia Fanfare Ann Carr- Boyd (1938 - )

The Rejoicing - George Frederic Handel (1685 - 1759)
The Flower Duet - Leo Delibes (1836 - 1931)
Nessun Dorma - Puccini (1858 - 1924)arr. W.R.Belshaw
A Selection of Movie Favourites - arr. Michael Story
 Just a closer walk with thee - Traditional
Ain't Misbehaving -Fats Waller (1904 - 1943)
The Eye of the Tiger from "Rocky III" -arr Michael Story


 

Ann Carr-Boyd writes, "The opening idea for the Fanfare is taken from the fanfare motif in the third movement of my Piano Concerto No 2, which was premiered by the WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra in July 2008, under the baton of principal conductor Carlos Alvarado and with Evan Streater as soloist.  As a surprise for my daughter Xanthe and her new husband Jonathan Herps on their wedding day ( also in July 2008 ) I arranged and expanded this motif for pipe organ and it was played by David Drury on the lovely organ at St Mark's Church, Darling Point.  Recently in 2010 I arranged the Fanfare for Five Cities Brass and so in a full circle it has returned to a quintet consisting of members of the WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra, and they will give its premier performance today at St Stephen's Church.  It is my great pleasure to be associated with these wonderful performers, and many thanks from me, for this premier."


The Five Cities Brass Quintet began performing in England two years ago, as a Post Graduate Brass ensemble at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Its name was inspired by the diverse backgrounds of its players - all five members hailing from a different major city! Trumpeters were from Sydney (Aus) and Liverpool (UK) the French Horn player from London, the Tromboninst from Manchester, and the Tuba player from the romantic  Isle of Skye. We won the college chamber music prize and performed regularly with organ at Manchester Cathedral. Byron Westbury, now living in Sydney has kept the name and the flavour of this exciting group and  now the Five Cities Brass is based here in Sydney.
 
We take from a pool of professional players working in and around Sydney, to put together the best players for each gig. We have performed in St Stephen's for the  Midnight Christmas Service and the large Easter Service performing with organ and choir. Hymn Fest was a recent success, also performed at this large inner city church on Macquarie St with fantastic organist and musical director Mark Quarmby,  percussionist David Manuel, St Stephen's Choir and Bell a Capella Choir. It was a spectacular!
 
In addition  to recital performances, The Five Cities Brass Ensemble specialises in outdoor performances at weddings - making the best of the glorious Sydney weather and the opportunity we have here to celebrate in amazing parks and on picture perfect beaches. We have represented the Win Wollongong Symphony Orchestra, playing at an Air Show  inside an aircraft hanger while fighter planes and bombers landed on the runway. We love the opportunity to play unique gigs - the more memorable the better!
 
The Five Cities Brass today features Byron Westbury and Dane Laboyrie on the trumpet, Radu Boros on the French horn, Mark Brown playing trombone, and Josh Jawarski on tuba. You can find out more, listen to us, and contact us at westburymusic.com.au or just come and talk with us after the concert.

 



 

15th October

Alex Moseley (classical guitar)


Study No.3  - Matteo Carcassi (1792 - 1853)

Sonata No.3  - Manuel Ponce (1882 - 1948)
Allegro Moderato
Cancion - Andante
Allegro non troppo

Violin Fugue BWV 1003 (arr. for guitar) - J.S Bach (1685 - 1750)

 

Alex Moseley is in his final year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is currently studying with Alexander Tsiboulski and Phillip Houghton. After completing his Bachelor's degree, Alex plans to on developing his technique with Houghton. He also plans on teaching and preparing for competitions. 




 

22nd October


Adam Szabo (cello)


Amy Putt (piano)


Rhapsody No. 1  - Béla Bartók

Sonata in A Major for Violin & Piano  - César Franck (1822 - 1890)

Allegro ben moderato
Allegro
Recitativo-Fantasia
Allegretto poco mosso



Adam Szabo commenced his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2008, having been awarded the Board of Governors Scholarship. He is currently studying under internationally renowned cellists Daniel Yeadon and Zoltan Szabo, and has played as Principal Cellist of both the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and the Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. Adam also plays casually with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Besides his orchestral work, Adam is a highly sought-after chamber musician, most recently having performed a series of sonata recitals with pianist Amy Putt at the Sydney International Cultural Centre. He has played in masterclasses for an array of international artists including the Elias Quartet, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Peter Brunz, Carolyn Warner, and Anthony Marwood.

Adam is also a member of the Sydney Sinfonia, and a cellist of the Australian Youth Orchestra. In 2010, he toured Asia and Europe with the AYO, playing at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, London, and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. It was awesome.


 


 

29th October

Daniel Dries (organ)

(former St Stephen's Director of Music and Organist)

 

Grand Chœur - T Dubois (1837-1924)

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 659) - JS Bach (1685-1750)

Toccata in F (BWV 540) - JS Bach (1685-1750)

Folk Tune - P Whitlock (1903-1946)

Romance Sans Parole - J Bonnet (1884-1944)

Suite Gothique - L Boëllmann (1862-1897)
Introduction – Choral
Menuet Gothique
Prière à Notre-Dame
Toccata

 

Daniel Dries was born in Sydney in 1971. He completed a Master of Music degree at the University of Newcastle in 1995, majoring in organ performance. His teachers included Professor Michael Dudman and Anthony Jennings. He has also attained Associate Diplomas in organ performance from the Royal College of Organists and the Royal College of Music in London (ARCO & ARCM). Daniel also holds Licentiate diplomas from Trinity College of Music, London and the Australian Music Examinations Board (LTCL & LMusA).

Daniel has given many recitals at venues in Australia and overseas including the Sydney Opera House, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, Sydney University Great Hall, and Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, U.S.A. From 2000 to 2005 Daniel was Organist and Director of Music at St. Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie Street, Sydney. From 2001 to 2005 Daniel was also Head of Music at SCEGGS Darlinghurst. From 2002 to 2004 Daniel conducted the annual massed-choir performance of Messiah at the Sydney Town Hall, involving 500 singers and musicians. In July 2005 Daniel was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts degree from the University of Wollongong. This research project focussed on the French Symphonic organ tradition, with a particular emphasis on the life and work of Marcel Dupré.

In 2006 Daniel completed a Bachelor of Theology degree at Charles Sturt University. He was ordained a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and is currently the Priest-in-charge of the Parish of Belmont.



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