Friday Music
May 2013

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

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3 May

Strelitzia Ensemble

Lucy Warren - violin
Tara Houghton - viola
Eleanor Betts - cello
Belinda McGlynn - piano 



Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 47 (1842) - Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)

Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
Scherzo: Molto vivace - Trio I - Trio II
Andante cantabile
Finale: Vivace


The Strelitzia Ensemble is a rising star in the world of chamber music. Formed in 2008, these talented young musicians won the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award in 2009, and have benefited from the guidance of some of Australia's most eminent musicians. The Ensemble performs repertoire ranging from the great classics, to rare gems and modern masterpieces.




10 May

Mirabella Trio

Sayaka Eguchi (violin)

Kayoko Nishiwaki (piano) &

Hanae McLean (clarinet)


Sonata No.3 for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
IV. Presto agitato

Violin: Sayaka Eguchi
Piano: Kayoko Nishiwaki  

Serenade for Three for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Peter Schickele (1935 - )

    I. Dances
   II. Songs
  III. Variations

Clarinet: Hanae McLean
Violin: Sayaka Eguchi
Piano: Kayoko Nishiwaki

Hanae McLean (clarinet) moved from Japan to Brisbane in 2000 to study with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2001 her clarinet quartet was invited to travel to China and Hong Kong with Floyd Williams for a series of concerts. In 2003, Hanae moved to Sydney to learn from Francesco Celata, Associate Principal Clarinettist with the Sydney Symphony. In 2004, Hanae completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and in 2005, she finished Post Graduate Diploma in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Hanae was a member of Sydney Sinfonia, the Sydney Symphony Education Programme, in 2003 and 2004. She was a guest musician for Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program in 2005 and a member of Camerata programme for Australian Youth Orchestra in 2006. She was on contract as a clarinettist in My Fair Lady presented by Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in 2008. Hanae has performed with Sydney Philharmonic Choir Orchestra, Pacific Opera as well as Eminence Symphony Orchestra. She is engaged in several chamber music groups. Hanae also teaches clarinet and saxophone at various schools.


Violin: Sayaka Eguchi

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka began her violin studies at age of three,  working with teachers such as Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Kazuhiko Osaka. She was a part of Suzuki method children's orchestra tour to Germany at ten years old. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy in the USA, she then pursued her studies with Donald Weilerstein and David Updegraff at The Cleveland Institute of Music where she was awarded a special prize for "Distinguished Violinist" upon completion of Master's Degree in violin performance. She participated in major music festivals such as  Aspen, Tanglewood, and Sarasota. She is a prize winner of Fishoff National Chamber Music Competition (Indiana, USA) along with many other prizes. She served as the principal second violin of the Canton Symphony Orchestra  and the concertmaster of Cleveland Women's Orchestra with which she made numerous solo appearances. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, performing as a part of Mirabella Trio as well as a dedicated violin teacher.

Piano: Kayoko Nishiwaki

Kayoko studied at Mukogawa Women's University in Japan with Boris Bekhterev and with the late Naoyuki Inoue, himself a pupil of Rudolf Serkin. She also holds a Master's degree from Moscow State  Conservatoire. Kayoko is an experienced Chamber Musician. In Japan, replacing Boris Bekhterev, she appeared a number of times in Russian Embassy, both as soloist and accompanist. For several years she participated in the Kobe Memorial production of Verdi Requiem.  She and her husband, a former pianist Dong-Jun Ha, were a Piano Duo. In 2005 they played in Kobe International Competition and received an award. Kayoko now lives in Sydney Australia where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk, runs a home studio. She has recorded for
ABC Classics.  


Since their debut in 2011, Mirabella Trio have performed concerts of classical and contemporary music across Sydney. Using the uniqueness of instrumentation of this trio (clarinet, violin, piano), they are passionate to perform both well established repertoire and also the less exposed (but fantastic) works.




May 17


Piano duo

Pascale Touma

Élodie Sablier


Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite) - Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)

I. Pavane de la belle au bois dormant
Pavane of Sleeping Beauty

II. Petit Poucet
Little Tom Thumb / Hop o' My Thumb
Très modéré

III. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes
Little Ugly Girl, Empress of the Pagodas
Mouvt de marche

IV. Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête
Conversation of Beauty and the Beast
Mouvt de valse très modéré

V. Le jardin féerique
The Fairy Garden
Lent et grave



Dolly Suite Op. 56 - Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)

I. Berceuse - Allegretto moderato

II. Mi-a-ou - Allegro vivo

III. Le jardin de Dolly - Andantino

IV. Kitty-valse - Tempo di valse

V. Tendresse - Andante

VI. Le pas espagnol - Allegro


'En bateau' (Sailing) from Les Petites Suites - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)



Pascale Touma started her musical studies in the Regional Conservatorium of Dole, in eastern France. She graduated from the National Conservatorium of Beirut in 1985 before going back to France to further her piano studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (Ecole Alfred Cortot) under Professor Mikael Wladkowski. After moving to Sydney in 1989, she gained a Master of Music and has been working for the last five years as a piano tutor at the Music Department of the University of NSW. Her current musical interests are in accompaniment and chamber music.

Élodie Sablier studied at the Conservatoire of Lyon and Paris in France where she obtained the first prizes in soloist performance and in music chamber.  She has often played in classical recitals and performed regularly with singers. In 2008, Elodie left France for Australia and continues to travel for her performances. Here, she has found new inspiration for her music. 

Pascale and Elodie met around a Piano in Australia. After realizing they shared passion for the same composers, they decided to start playing four hands together.




Please note that Raisa and Gregory have unforunately had to cancel this performance due to ill health and have been replaced by the piano duo above at very short notice.


Raisa Dobrinsky (piano) and

Gregory Elmaloglou (cello)


Sonata No. 3 in G minor for cello and piano (Viola da Gamba and Cembalo) BWV 1029 -

J S Bach (1685-1750)

1. Vivace 2. Adagio 3. Allegro


Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 32 No.1 in C minor - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

1. Allegro 2. Andante tranquillo sostenuto 3. Allegro moderato


Raisa Dobrinsky, born in Leningrad (St Petersburg), was an outstanding graduate of the Mussorgsky College of Music as well as the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, from which she graduated with honours in solo recital, chamber music, accompaniment and teaching. Immigrating to Australia in 1977, Raisa has been teaching part-time at the Conservatoriums of Sydney and Wollongong, allowing time to pursue her career as a concert performer. She has performed regularly with leading Australian music groups and given many solo recitals and radio broadcasts.


Gregory Elmaloglou is a graduate of Lyons Conservatorium, France, where he was born. As a member of the Austral String Quartet since 1959, he undertook two international tours, playing in 15 countries.  Later he founded the Trio Australis, and in partnership with Raisa Dobrinksy, has given many concerts and broadcasts. Gergory has made solo appearances at the ABC Prom concerts and Gold Concerts, and has been soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for whom he was the Associate Principal Cellist from 1972 – 1992.  He has made numerous television broadcast appearances for the ABC.




May 24

Sydney reeds

Jay Byrnes (saxophone)

Serenade for Winds Op. 44, B. 77 - Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904)
I. Moderato, quasi marcia
II. Minuetto. Tempo di minuetto
III. Andante con moto
IV. Finale. Allegro molto

Le Tombeau de Couperin - Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)

La Muerte del Angel - Ástor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)








May 31

Daniel Dries (organ)

(Rector, Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney
& former Organist, St Stephen's)


Praeludium in F-Sharp Minor (BuxWV 146) - D Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele (BWV 654) - JS Bach (1685-1750)

Choral No. 3 in A Minor - C Franck (1822-90)

Fidelis (from 'Four Extemporisations') - P Whitlock (1903-1946)

Toccata in G Major (from 'Douze Pièces') - T Dubois (1837-1924)



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 Church of Australia and served in several parishes in the Newcastle Diocese. In January 2013 Daniel was inducted as Rector of Christ Church St Laurence, Railway Square, Sydney.


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