Australia Day Recitals 2013

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

Donations gratefully received




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Saturday, 26 January 2013




9.00 am - 10.00 am


St George, Sutherland Scottish Pipe Band
playing in Macquarie Street

The St George, Sutherland Scottish Pipe Band was formed in March 1946, paraded first in uniform in 1949 and achieved competition success in 1952. From its foundation in Hurstville the band moved to the Sutherland Shire in the 60's. Foremost a social band, St George enters band competitions when practical and performs regularly at district functions. The band maintains an active social agenda and their family friendly dances are a significant contribution to maintaining the Scottish culture and heritage.


11.00 am 


Angus McPherson (flute)


Mr Dick is Thinking in Terms of a Blues-Pattern - Gergely Ittzés (1969 - )

Tango Etude No. 3 - Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)

Melusina's Dream - Christine Draeger (contemporary Australian composer)

Fish are Jumping - Robert Dick (1950 - )

The Great Train Race - Ian Clarke (1964 - )



Angus McPherson grew up in Sydney and began playing the flute in his primary school band at age 9. He has just completed a Master of Music (Performance), studying with Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Angus has performed with the Conservatorium's Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Modern Music Ensemble and has played in the orchestra pit for several chamber operas. He regularly performs in orchestras for various musical societies as well as with the Turramurra based Orchestra 143. He was a co-soloist with Orchestra 143 in May in 2011, performing Cimarosa's Concerto for Two Flutes.

Angus enjoys playing many styles of music but he is keenly interested in contemporary music and extended techniques for the flute. In 2011 he spent several months in New York where he conducted interviews with the contemporary flute expert Robert Dick about his invention; a sliding extension for the flute called the Glissando Headjoint. He has performed in international masterclasses for Robert Dick in Seattle, USA, and Gergely Ittzés in Győr, Hungary. In August 2011 he played flute, alto flute and piccolo in the International Opera Theater's production of the new opera, Decameron, in Citta della Pieve and Citta di Saluzzo, Italy. Angus has also performed in masterclasses in Sydney for many flutists including Alison Mitchel, Michael Cox and Emmanuel Pahud.


 12 noon


Organ Recital - Mark Quarmby

(Director of Music, St Stephen's)



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

Variations from Organ Concerto Set 1, Op.4, No.1 - G F Handel (1685 - 1759)

Three Pieces for Musical Clocks - J Haydn (1732 - 1809)

Commemoration March - F Scotson-Clark (1840 - 1883)

Moto Perpetuo and Intermezzo - C Edgar Ford * (1881- 1961)

Soliloquy No 2 (2004) - Gordon Atkinson (1928 - ) *

Toccata on Placare Christe Servulis Op. 38, No. 16 - M Dupré (1886 - 1971)


* Australian composers


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, and is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (as well as being the web master for these two organisations). Mark Quarmby teaches piano, organ and musicianship at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield and privately.  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.


 1.00 pm


Nexas Saxophone Quartet

Michael Duke, Jay Byrnes, Nathan Henshaw and Andrew Smith


Rush - David Kechley (1947 - )

Canonic Suite - Elliot Carter (1908 - 2012)
1. Fanfare 2. Nocturne 3. Tarantella

Ciudades - Guillermo Lago (1960 - )
1. Sarajevo 2. Cordoba 3. Montevideo 4. Addis Adaba


The Nexas Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2002 and since it's formation 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. Since their formation Nexas has performed a large variety of repertoire in multiple settings. The quartet has collaborated with theatre companies, premiered countless new works, performed internationally and received awards and grants in recognition of their pursuits. 2012 launches an exciting new era for the ensemble with Michael Duke (Chair of Saxophone at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music) joining Jay Byrnes, Nathan Henshaw and Andrew Smith. Their 2012 programme will look at exciting new collaborations, international performances and an exploration of new and interesting repertoire.


2.00 pm


Organ Recital - David Tagg

(Assistant Organist, St Stephen's)


Toccata - Colin Brumby (1933 - )

Intrada - Grayston Ives (1948 - )

IV 'Allegro Vivace' from Symphonie No. 1, Op 14 - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Colonial Song - Percy Grainger (1882 - 1961)

Prelude and Fugue in B Major No 1, Op. 7 - Marcel Dupré (1886 - 1971)


David Tagg commenced organ studies while at school and continues to study with Peter Kneeshaw AM. David has played recitals at a number of venues including the Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Opera House, St Andrew's Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne and other churches in Sydney.

Upon leaving school he became the Organ Scholar at St Stephen's Uniting Church in Macquarie Street and in June 2011 he was appointed Assistant Organist. In both 2011 and 2012 he accompanied Stainer's 'The Crucifixion' with a massed choir in a St Stephen's Good Friday concert and in 2012 accompanied the Sutherland Choral Society's performance of Handel's 'Messiah'. For the past three years he has also played at the Sydney Opera House's Open Day celebrations.

In 2011 David sat for the Associate Diploma from the Trinity College of Music, London, achieving a distinction in organ performance; he also completed his Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree at the University of Sydney. David was a finalist in the 2012 Sydney Organ Competition.



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