St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)
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Andrew Smith (saxophone)
Cyrus Meurant (piano)
Tre Pezzi - Giacinto Scelsi (1905 - 1988) (solo soprano saxophone)
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid - Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) (solo soprano saxophone)
Constancies - Cyrus Meurant (1982 - ) (alto saxophone and piano)
Andrew Smith is a Sydney based freelance saxophonist who is highly active in new music, having premiered and workshopped countless new works involving saxophone. Andrew has been awarded both a B.Mus (Hons) and M.Mus from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the study of the latter was undertaken with the assistance of the prestigious Henderson Postgraduate Award. Throughout his tertiary study Andrew won numerous competitions and received a number of scholarships as well as furthering his study at the European University for the Saxophone (Gap), with lessons from some of the worlds leading saxophone performers and pedagogues. Andrew has also embarked upon further saxophone study, with trips to the Netherlands, France, England and Portugal. Throughout his study Andrew has been fortunate enough to perform in masterclasses for Claude Delangle, Niels Bijl, Kenneth Tse, Otis Murphy and the Diastema Quartet.
Andrew is a highly active performer who can be frequently seen performing in chamber, orchestral and solo settings. Andrew is a member of the acclaimed Chronology Arts core ensemble, the Nexas Saxophone Quartet, the eXa Project, Duo Plunge and The Sax Summit. He has also recently played for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Win Wollongong Symphony Orchestra and the Black and White Big Band. For more details on performances and his ensemble activities please go to www.asmithsax.com
Cyrus Meurant (Piano) studied composition and violin at the Conservatorium of Music University of Sydney, completing Honours Class I (2003) and a Master of Music in Composition (2006), winning both the Frank Albert Prize for Music (2002) and also the Sarah Theresa Makinson Prize for Composition (2003).
His teachers have included Anne Boyd, Ross Edwards, Brett Dean, Martin Bresnick, Matthew Hindson, and Richard Meale.
He has completed works for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Martyn Brabbins), The Australian Ballet, The National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sonic Art Ensemble, Orchestra Victoria (conducted by Richard Mills), Sydney Symphony String Fellows, the Darwin International Guitar Festival, Marshall McGuire, Riley Lee, Claire Edwardes, Bernadette Harvey, Jessica Azsodi, Zubin Kanga, Australian Youth Orchestra and Symphony Australia Composition Programs.
Samuel Cottell (piano)
'Doctor Gradua ad Parnassum' from Children's Corner
'A Vision: Jesus Reassures his Mother' - Anne Boyd (1946 - )
'Danza de Montanas' - Daniel Rojas (1974 - )
'Three Sketches' - Margaret Brandman (1951 - )
'Sunday Rag' - Elena Kats Cherin (1957 - )
Cadenza for Solo Piano from 'Jazz Piano Concerto' (2010)
Samuel Cottell is a graduate of the Sydney University Music Department where he was mentored in Composition by Anne Boyd and Paul Stanhope, where he developed his interest in contemporary Australian piano music. During this time Samuel also studied with acclaimed concert pianist Stephanie McCallum. Samuel has worked in a variety of settings as a musical director, repetiteur and arranger for a number of Cabaret artists in Sydney and beyond. Samuel is currently undertaking graduate studies at the Australian Institute of Music studying jazz composition and researching the composition and orchestration techniques of avant-garde jazz composer, Michael Mantler. Samuel's interest in jazz is a large influence in his compositional style. Samuel leads the Samuel Cottell trio, performing regularly around Sydney and is currently studying jazz piano with Tim Bruer.
David Miller (piano)
Julia Ryder (cello)
Ros Dunlop (clarinet)
Trio opus 23 - Adolphe Blanc (1828 - 1885)
Trio op. 137 - Vagn Holmboe (1909 - 1996)
Craftsbury Trio - Gwyneth Walker (1947 - )
Charisma was founded by clarinettist Roslyn Dunlop and cellist Julia Ryder in 1995 to explore and develop music for clarinet and cello. The group has premiered many works and enjoys an international reputation for lively and virtuosic music-making, receiving critical acclaim for tours in Australasia and Europe. Programmes include works spanning four centuries and four continents. Many composers from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Britain and Germany have written works for Charisma. They Frequently conduct composer workshops, and are particularly keen to encourage emerging composers. Charisma moves easily across all kinds of musical boundaries – from classical to blues, avant-garde to tangos, and minimalist to multi-media works. The marriage of styles has led to performances in unconventional venues such as jazz clubs, art galleries, bars and open spaces as well as traditional concert halls. Collaborations with musicians and organizations have led to concerts of eclectic repertoire, such as the art exhibition "State of Art Peace", giving multimedia performances about human rights commencing in Manly Gallery and then regional NSW in 2004. They frequently collaborate with other musicians to expand on the trio repertoire. With guest Violinist Chris Kimber they gave many performances of the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, in 2004 & 2005. Recently with guest violist Valmai Coggins they gave a stunning performance of Moya Henderson's "G'day Africa" pieces. They have recordings on CD and record for the ABC.
Ros Dunlop is one of Australia's leading clarinetists/bass clarinetists. She has been a strong advocate of new music for the clarinet & bass clarinet all her professional life. She has commissioned many Australian Composers and premiered many new compositions by composers worldwide. Ros has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, East Timor and the USA, Her CDs have received International acclaim. Ros is a founding member of Charisma, with whom she has commissioned and premiered many new works including many multimedia premieres. In 2003 she embarked on an extensive project in East Timor, recording the traditional music of East Timor thus preserving it for future generations. She has been involved in music projects & concerts there ever since. Ros teaches clarinet and chamber music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Julia Ryder has earned a reputation as one of Australia's most accomplished performers. She has won various prizes for her interpretation of Beethoven and chamber music as well as for her performances at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. She has worked with composers such as Messiaen, Xenakis, Ferneyhough and Finnissy and has toured and recorded extensively as a soloist and with Australian and European ensembles and also appearing regularly at major festivals in Australia, Asia and Europe. Julia records for ABC Classics, Etcetera records (Holland) and Virgin Classics. She is a founding member of Charisma and Michelangeli Ensemble. She teaches chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
David Miller is one of Australia's leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. The Sydney Morning Herald described him as "the role model of Australian accompanists. He has been awarded an AM for his services to Music. His distinguished career has included partnerships with many internationally renowned artists, Joan Carden, Marilyn Richardson John Pringle, to name but a few. He has performed with The Huntington Trio, Flederrman, The Song Company, The Australia Ensemble. He is a founding member of the Grevillea Ensemble. He has performed in the U.K, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, New Caledonia, Korea, Vanuatu and Vietnam. He has recorded for Walsingham Classics, Tall Poppies, Vox Australis, 2MBS-FM and ABC Classics. David Miller is on the staff of Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is Chair Ensemble Studies.
(Organ Scholar, St Luke's, Concord)
Prelude, Fugue & Chaconne in C Major - D. Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)
Fugue in G minor BWV 578 - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Elegy in Bb Major - G. Thalben-Ball (1896 - 1987)
Sonata in F minor - F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 - 1847)
Adagio in E Major - F. Bridge (1879 - 1941)
Trio Sonata in Eb Major - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Postlude in D minor - C.V. Stanford (1852 - 1924)
Joshua Ryan was born in 1994, in Sydney, Australia. He commenced his organ studies about 18 months ago under the direction of Mark Quarmby. Since then he has made rapid progress and within his first year, received an organ scholarship (from St Luke's Anglican Church, Concord) and passed his AMEB 5th grade organ exam with honours.
Joshua participated in the 2011 'Sydney Summer Organ Academy' where he received a scholarship to study at the 'Prospective Organ Scholar Course' in Oxford during August 2011. There he received lessons from Susan Landale, James Parsons and David Goode.
Performances have seen Joshua play in major Sydney venues such as the Sydney Opera House, as part of its open day celebrations in 2010 and 2011, St Stephen's, Macquarie Street and St Andrew's Cathedral.
Currently Joshua is in his penultimate year at high school. He is serving his second term as Organ Scholar at St Luke's Anglican Church, Concord and working towards his 7th grade AMEB organ exam in late October.