Australia Day Recitals 2011

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

Donations gratefully received



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St George, Sutherland Scottish Pipe Band
playing in Macquarie Street

9.00 - 10.00am

Nexas Saxophone Quartet

10.30 - 11.00am

Ben Carey (Soprano saxophone)
Andrew Smith (Alto saxophone)
Nathan Henshaw (Tenor saxophone)
Jay Brynes (Baritone saxophone)

Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992) - Adios Nonino

Michael Torke (1961 - ) - July

Stuart Greenbaum (1966 - ) - "Five of One, Half a Dozen of the Other...?"
1. At sixes and sevens
2. Mobius strip
3. Five of one half a dozen of the other
4. Delayed Arrival 4753

Thierry Escaich (1965 - ) - Tango Virtuoso

Nexas was formed in 2002 when Ben Carey, Andrew Smith, Nathan Henshaw and Jay Byrnes (then studying for their Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music) joined forces to create one of Sydney's most promising young chamber music groups. Since it's formation, the quartet has been active in supporting new Australian music, providing young and established composers with an outlet for their compositions to be work-shopped and performed. In recognition of their work, in 2003 Nexas was awarded the Wal Hardwick Memorial Scholarship for excellence in chamber music by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Association. Nexas is an open-minded ensemble that shows no fear in exploring the polymorphic nature of the saxophone. This was aptly demonstrated by their 2004 collaboration with the PACT theatre group. Here Nexas performed music written by Margery Smith, as well as utilising contemporary improvisation in the work 'Song's of Ghosts'. In July of 2004 Nexas attended the European University for the Saxophone, held in Gap, France. Here the quartet gave performances of French and Australian music, including European premieres of works by Paul Stanhope, Stuart Greenbaum and Margery Smith. Nexas has been privileged to perform in master-classes with Claude Delangle (Professor of Saxophone at the Paris Conservatoire), and the Diastema Quartet (Paris). In their 2008 season, Nexas continued to be very active in the Australian Music Scene. They were awarded an Australian Arts Council Grant for the commissioning of a new work by Sydney composer, Amanda Cole. They have also performed at various Music Clubs and Music Festivals as well as undertaking a tour of regional NSW in May.

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Five Cities Brass Quintet
plus Organ

11.30 - 12 noon

Byron Westbury (leader and trumpet I)
Rob Mattessi (trumpet II)
Radu Boros (French horn)
Mark Brown (trombone)
Duncan Spry (tuba)
Mark Quarmby (organ)

Maestoso from 'Symphony No 3 (the Organ) in C minor' - Camille Saint-Säens (1835 - 1921)
arr Craig Garner

Nun danket alle Gott (from Cantata No 79) - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
arr Gary Olson

Two Dances - André Campra (1660 - 1744) arr Scott Sorenson
(i) Entreé de la Suite de la Folie
(ii) La Bohémienne

Noël Suisse - Louis-Claude Daquin (1694 - 1772) arr Donald Rotermund

Hallelujah Chorus (from 'Messiah') - G F Handel (1685 - 1759)
arr Craig Garner

Based in Sydney, we are an exciting and professional ensemble with an extensive repertoire and the ability and experience to perform in a wide range of musical events.

Performers in the Five Cities Brass Quintet have also performed with the Sydney Symphony, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, James Morrisson, the Australian Navy and Army Band, the Cat Empire, Broadway shows - Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast; the Ben Hur Stadium Spectacular, and Judy Bailey's Jazz Connection.

Our members are also highly regarded educators, teaching music across Sydney as well as conducting and composing. This makes the Five Cities Brass a valuable and highly sort after ensemble for music festivals and tours where we can come to you to run instrumental master-classes, work with your band program and perform our professional live concert.

We are experienced wedding musicians, and specialize in outdoor celebrations, where our instruments are perfectly suited to those conditions. Brass has always featured in outdoor concerts with huge success.

We work with composers, premiering new music and working together as part of the musical creating process and we are currently working with a number of Australian composers on their exciting projects.

We are now the resident performing Brass Quintet at St Stephens Church in Martin Place, and can be heard performing at their large musical events around Christmas, Easter and their annual Hymn Fest which features (in addition to the two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba in the Five Cities Brass) the Organ, a number of choirs, and Percussion.

We are always looking for the next exciting opportunity to perform, so contact us today.



Vatche Jambazian (piano)

12.30 - 1.00pm

Prelude in B minor - J S Bach (1685 - 1750) arr Alex Siloti (1863 - 1945)
(Transcription from Bach's Prelude and Fugue in Book 2)

Four Mazurkas op.69 - F Chopin (1810 - 1849)

Prelude and Fugue in D flat Major Op.87 - D Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

Nocturne Op.9 Nr.2 in E Flat Major - F Chopin (1810 - 1849)

"Revolutionary" Etude Op.10 Nr.12 - F Chopin (1810 - 1849)

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.



Young String Artists from the Conservatorium

Ariana Ricci (violin)
Mitzi and Phoebe Gardner (violins)
Natalie Ricci (piano)

1.30 - 2.00pm

Ariana Ricci

Sonata in E major no.6 - G.F.Handel (1685 - 1759)

1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Largo
4. Allegro

Phoebe Gardner

Sarabande from Partita no.2  - J.S.Bach (1685 - 1750)

Romanza Andaluza  - Pablo Sarasate (1844 - 1908)

Mitzi Gardner

Hejre Kati - Jenő Hubay (1858 - 1937)


Ariana (8 years old), began violin studies at the age of 4 with Haruo Goto and piano with her parents, both professional pianists. In 2007, having just turned five, she was the youngest student up to that date to receive a full scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's Open Academy. She joined the Rising Stars program of the Open Academy in 2008 and began studies with Janet Davies. In 2009 she moved with her family to Auckland NZ where she studied violin with Elizabeth Holowell. Back in Sydney, she now continues her studies with Janet Davies and has occasional lessons with her grandfather Ruggiero Ricci in the U.S. via Skype and also master-classes with Wanda Wilkomirska.

Ariana loves to sing and act and has been involved in productions for the Australian Theatre for Young People. Recently she was chosen for a main role in the short film 'The Law' produced by the Australian Film and Television School and due to be released early February.

Ariana also joined the Sydney Children's Choir in 2010 and will continue to sing with them this year.

Mitzi Gardner is 11 years old and in year 6 at The Hills Grammar School where she is in several String Ensembles, Senior Orchestra, and the Choir. She is a student of Janet Davies and also attends the Sydney Conservatorium Rising Stars Program. Mitzi has performed solo violin at many concerts; at school, the Conservatorium of Music and other venues. Mitzi has participated in summer schools and classes in Sydney, Italy and the UK. Over the past few years Mitzi has won several prizes in Eisteddfods for her violin performances, as well as for her singing. Mitzi will be performing in a musical theatre production at the Riverside Theatre in February. Mitzi also participates in the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Education Program – The Parramatta String Players.

Phoebe Gardner
is 13 years old and in Year 8 at The Hills Grammar School where she is on a full music scholarship. At school she is in several String Ensembles, Senior Orchestra, and the Choir. She is a student of Janet Davies and also attends the Sydney Conservatorium Rising Stars Program. Phoebe has performed solo violin at many concerts; at school, the Conservatorium of Music and other venues. Phoebe has participated in summer schools and classes in Sydney, Italy and the UK. Over the past few years Phoebe has won several prizes in Eisteddfods and Competitions for her violin performances, as well as for her original compositions. Phoebe also participates in the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Education Program – The Parramatta String Players.


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

2.30 - 3.00pm

Improvisation sur le Te Deum - Charles Tournemire (1870 - 1939)

Voluntary in D minor Op. 7, No. 8 - John Stanley (1712 - 1786)

Prelude in G, BWV 568 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Glimpse: The Morning Star - G. Koehne (1956 - )

Andante (from Sonata No. 6 Op. 65 in D) - Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

Carillon de Westminster - Louis Vierne (1870- 1937)

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.

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Evan Streater (harpsichord)
  Jessica Lee (flute)

3.30 - 4.00pm

Sonata in C major BWV 1033 - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Andante – Presto
Menuet 1 – Menuet 2

Sonata in E minor BWV 1034 - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

I. Adagio ma non tanto
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro

Sonata in G major wq 133 "Hamburger" - C.P.E Bach (1714 - 1788)

1. Allegretto
2. Rondo Presto

Evan Streater is an Australian pianist, harpsichordist and fortepianist specialising in historical performance practice with particular focus on the translation of these styles to the 21st century and its instruments. Graduating in 2008 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music performance (hons, first class), Evan is now completing his thesis for a Master of Music after a year of full-time study at the Royal College of Music in London. His most recent professors include Associate Professor Gerard Willems, Dr. Neal Peres Da Costa, Terence Charlston and Edna Stern.

After graduating with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006, Jessica Lee undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London. It was here that she commenced Baroque flute lessons with Rachel Brown. She has since appeared as a concerto soloist with the 10.10 Ensemble, performed in a lunchtime recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields and played with the London Handel Orchestra.

Evan and Jessica have performed extensively overseas as individuals but began performing together in the UK in 2009. Their collaborations include performance on both baroque and modern instruments and will continue to work together in Europe over the next few years before returning to Australia with a goal in creating their own early music ensemble.


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