Friday Music
February 2013

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

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1 February

Christine Draeger - flute
John Martin - piano


Sonata in G major opus 50  - J N Hummel (1778 - 1837)
Allegro con brio, Andante, Rondo Pastorale

Seashell Fantasy (1975) - M Hyde (1913 - 2005)

Sonatina in G major opus 100 - A Dvorak (1841 - 1904)
Allegro risoluto, Larghetto, Scherzo, Finale

Into Forever (2012) - C Draeger (1955 - )

Christine Draeger is a leading freelance flautist in Sydney, She studied at the Tasmanian Conservatorium and at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide. She was a member of the SSO 1981-86. She also played in The Seymour Group (later called Sonic Art Ensemble) 1982 - 2007. As a composer Christine has written works for solo flute, flute ensembles and theatrical pieces for flute and narrator.

Radio, concert and recording artist John Martin studied in Sydney and in London with Clifford Benson and Paul Hamburger.

He specializes in accompaniment and works as a vocal coach, accompanist and adjudicator. John is equally at home in classical, cabaret and popular styles. Last year he toured Australia and New Zealand with Miriam Margolyes in "Dickens Women".


8 February

Mendelssohn Quartet


Bridget Hall
Julia Russoniello
Cecile Ross
Arran Hamilton


String Quartet Op.8 No.1 in F major - Carl Friedrich Abel (1723- 1787)

String Quartet No. 3 Mishima - Philip Glass (1937-)

Fechtschule - Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620/23- 1680)


The Mendelssohn Quartet comprises of some of Sydney's finest emerging historical string players. All conservatorium graduates, the players formed this quartet in late 2012 to undertake a project exploring historically informed approaches to Mendelssohn's String Quartet in E minor. Under the guidance of esteemed academic and Romantic music specialist Clive Brown the group crafted an interpretation that explored Brown's research concerning 'authentic' approaches to vibrato, tempo and portamento from this period.

The Mendelssohn quartet performs on gut strings, which brings a unique colour and variety to their sound. This year the ensemble will undertake a residency with Bundanon Trust to further explore historically informed approaches to early string music.





15 February

Tracy Wan - violin

Anne-Frances Hopkins - piano


Violin Concerto No.3 in G major - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)
I Allegro
II Adagio

Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor - C. Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
I Allegro non troppo

Oblivion - Ástor Piazolla (1921 -1992)


Tracy Wan began her violin studies at the age of 5. At the age of 10, she made her solo debut with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra, performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No.5. She won numerous prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, such as 1st prize in the violin concerto competition. There she studied with Alice Waten and then Pavel Prantl. In 1993, she was awarded full scholarship from the Meadowmount School of Music. Tracy Wan won the 1st prize in the 1994 Kocian International Violin Competition in Prague and was invited to perform for the Hong Kong Governor, Chris Patten at the Hong Kong Governor's House.

Having awarded full scholarships from The Australian Institute of Music for the Young Musicians Program and SCECGS Redlands, Tracy Wan continued her violin studies with Alice Waten in Sydney in 1995. She won 1st prize in the 1998 Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition; as well as 1st prize in the 1999 Polish Concerto Competition and the Multiple Instruments Concerto Competition 2000. In 1998, she was awarded a full music scholarship from St. Andrew's Cathedral School. Her solo performances frequently broadcasted on the 2MBS-FM. In 1999, the Pan Pacific Music Camps awarded her a full scholarship to participate in the International Violin School.

In 2002, Tracy Wan was awarded the International String-Player Award and was placed second in the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. Her live performance was selected for broadcast on Concert FM, Radio New Zealand. She also recorded for "Young Australia", ABC Classic FM. She was the associate concertmaster of the Bishop Symphony Orchestra at the Australian Youth Orchestra music camp 2002. She led the Viva String Quartet from 2001- 2003, which won the 1st prize in the Open Age String Quartet Competition at MacDonald's Performing Art's Challenge 2003. The quartet was invited to perform in the 4th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Tracy Wan held a full scholarship for her Bachelor of Music in performance at the Australian Institute of Music. There she was granted Advanced Diploma of Music in performance in 2003.

Tracy Wan relocated to Melbourne in 2004, to fulfil her commitments as an Academy Musician at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and was the concertmaster of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Symphony Orchestra. The Age noted,'"...played at a high level and precisely following the conductor's direction". She performed as a soloist with the ANAM Chamber Orchestra, playing the Bach Violin Concerto No.2 under the baton of John Harding and recorded for the "Hush Collection" CD vol.II which is now distributed around Australia. Tracy Wan graduated from the VCA – Melbourne University with Bachelor of Music in performance (Honours) 2004.

After studying with Zakhar Bron and Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music at HKAPA in 2005, Tracy Wan began her Master of Music in performance under Kathleen and Allison Short scholarships with the Chair of String Unit, Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006. She performed in Julian Rachlin's masterclass and gave solo recitals in NSW, including Inverell and Dorrigo. In 2007, Tracy Wan performed live on 2MBS-FM as part of the "Emerging Young Artist Series".

Tracy Wan founded the Sapphire String Quartet which was selected to perform for the APEC Summit at the Sydney Opera House on the 8th September 2007. The Quartet has played in masterclasses for the Borodin String Quartet and the Artemis String Quartet. Last year, Tracy led the Sapphire Ensemble into the finals of the Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition.

Tracy Wan has been a member of the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra since 2007. She also joined the Lurline Chamber Orchestra last year and frequently plays with Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, Sydney Scoring Orchestra and Sydney Lyric Orchestra. 



22 February

Hans Hielscher - organ
Wiesbaden, Germany


Offertory on "O filii et filiae" - Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911)

Intermezzo - Théodore Salomé (1834–1896)

Sonata No. 4 in A minor op. 98 - Josef Rheinberger (1839–1901)
(Tempo moderato – Intermezzo – Fuga cromatica)

Variations on an old Dutch folksong - Cor Kee ( 1900–1997)



Hans U. Hielscher

Organist & Carillonneur



  • Born in Detmold, Germany


    Herford, Westfälische Landeskirchenmusikschule (Church Music School of Westfalia)

    Detmold, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik (State Academy of Music) Final Examinations (State Degree A): organ, piano, harpsichord, conductor, composer;

    Studied French Organ Music in Paris and Rouen (Marcel Lanquetuit)

    Studied Carillon in Amersfoort (The Netherlands) at Nederlandse Beiaard School




    1969-73 Organist-Choirmaster on the island of Juist (North Sea), Lutheran Church

    1973-79 Organist-Choirmaster-Carillonneur Bielefeld, Altstadt Nicolai Church

    Since 1979 Organist-Carillonneur (Director of Music) Wiesbaden Marktkirche and Municipal Organist at Wiesbaden Kurhaus Concert Hall

    Since 1962 more than 2.800 organ recitals in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Luxemburg, Great Britain, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Israel, U.S.A. (36 tours in 39 different U.S. states), Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, The Bahamas, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok

    He has appeared in Festivals and major recital series at:

    Altenberg (Cathedral), Bamberg (Cathedral), Berlin (Cathedral, Gedächtniskirche, Matthiaskirche), Braunschweig (Cathedral), Bremen (Cathedral), Dortmund (St. Reinoldi), Erfurt (Cathedral), Essen (Cathedral), Frankfurt (St. Katharinen), Freiburg (Cathedral), Hamburg (St. Petri), Hannover (Marktkirche), Herford (Minster), Limburg (Cathedral), Lübeck (Cathedral), Mainz (Cathedral), Münster (Cathedral), Nürnberg (St. Lorenz), Ottobeuren (Basilica), Paderborn (Cathedral), Passau (Cathedral), Tübingen (Stiftskirche), Ulm (Minster), Worms (Cathedral), Paris (Notre- Dame und St-Sulpice), Bourges (Cathédrale), Montpellier (Cathédrale), Carcassonne (Basilique), Dijon (Cathédrale), Colmar (St-Martin), Lyon (Auditorium Maurice Ravel), Alpe d'Huez (Notre-Dame), Aubigny, Sélestat (St-Georges), Mulhouse (St-Étienne), Luxembourg (Cathédrale), Lugano (Cathedral), Milano (San Gervaso), Cantú (San Michele), Turin (S. Rita), Cagliari (S. Rosalia), Arcore (S. Eustorgio), London (St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral), Chester (Cathedral), Lincoln (Cathedral), Liverpool (Cathedral), Ely (Cathedral), Salisbury (Cathedral), Norwich (Cathedral), Wells (Cathedral), Canterbury (Cathedral), Gloucester (Cathedral), St. Davids/Wales (Cathedral), Newport (Cathedral), Bury-St-Edmunds (Cathedral), Selby (Abbey), Doncaster (St-George), Rochdale (Town Hall), Leeds (Town Hall), Prag (St. Jacob), Budapest (Matyas Church and Church of the Franciscans), Bern (Minster), Zürich (Frau- Minster), Basel (St. Leonhard), Engelberg (Abbey Church), Lucerne (Hofkirche), Zug (Festival), Fribourg (St-Étienne), Marbella (Iglesia Parroquial), San Sebastián (Basilica Santa Maria), Loyola (Basilica), Mahon/Menorca (Festival), Haarlem (Grote of St-Bavo-Kerk, Kathedrale-Basiliek St-Bavo), Gouda (Grote Kerk), Alkmaar (Grote Kerk), Utrecht (Cathedral), Oslo (Cathedral), Trondheim (Nidaros-Cathedral), Bodö (Cathedral), Odense (Cathedral), Haderslev (Cathedral), Svendborg, Stockholm (Oscarskyrka und Johanneskyrka), Göteborg (Cathedral), Lund (Cathedral), Malmö (St-Petri), Kuopio, Lahti, Helsinki (Cathedral), Tampere (Cathedral), Iceland (Reykjavik Hallgrimskirkja), Jerusalem (Dormition Abbey Mt. Zion), Tel Aviv (Immanuel Church), Cape Town (Groote Kerk), Johannesburg (Town Hall), Durban (Town Hall), Sydney (St. Andrew ́s Cathedral), Melbourne (Town Hall; Scots Chnurch; St. Paul ́s Cathedral; University of Melbourne), Perth (University; St. George's Cathedral), Adelaide (Town Hall), Auckland (St. Matthew ́s-in-the-City), Wellington (Sacred Heart Cathedral, Town Hall), Christchurch (Town Hall), Nassau/Bahamas (Cathedral), Hong Kong (Cultural Center Concert Hall), Singapore (St. Andrew ́s Cathedral), Bangkok (Christ Anglican Church), Toronto (Metropolitan Church), Montréal (Oratoire St-Joseph), Los Angeles (First Congregational, Immanuel Presbyterian, St. John, Pasadena Presbyterian, Santa Monica Presbyterian), San Francisco (Grace Cathedral, St. Mary's Cathedral, Trinity Episcopal, St. Francis-of-Assisi, Berkeley University, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Stanford University), New Haven (Yale University), Hartford (Trinity College), Garden Grove (Crystal Cathedral), Seattle (Plymouth Church), Spokane (Cathedral), Honolulu/Hawaii (St. Andrew's Cathedral, Central Union Church, Holy Innocent's Church Lahaina), Washington DC (National Cathedral, National Shrine, National City Christian Church, Foundry Church), Dallas (Highland Park Methodist Church), New York City (Riverside Church, St. Bartholomew, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue).

    18 CD recordings (Motette, Organophon, IFO, Organ and Wergo labels) with mainly 19th century organ music

    Radio and TV recordings in Germany, U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand

    Since 1974 organization and organist of Organ Study Tours in various European countries

    Composer of organ and chamber music, published by H. T. FitzSimons (USA), Taverner Editions (Great Britain) and Dr. Butz Musikverlag (Germany)

    Author of the books "Alexandre Guilmant - Life and Work", "Famous Organs in the U.S.A.", "The Organ at Wiesbaden Marktkirche" and publications in various German organ magazines, translator of the German edition of Michael Murray's biography on: "Marcel Dupré - The Life of a Master Organist"

    1985 Organist at Immanuel Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles/California in an exchange program with Prof. Dr. Samuel J. Swartz, Los Angeles

    1985 honored by the French government in Paris for his worldwide engagement in French organ music and nominated "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres"

    1986, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, Guest Professor and lecturer/recitalist at Redlands University California (lecture topics: "19th Century French Organ Music and Its Registration on American Organs", "Max Reger: Chorale Preludes op. 67", "Marcel Dupré and His American Organ Concert Tours"; "Alexandre Guilmant and His American Organ Concert Tours", "Brahms' Opus 122")

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