Friday Music
April 2014

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

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7 April

Royal Australian Navy Band Chamber Ensembles

The Commodore's Chamber Ensemble from the
Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band

Flute Able Seaman Musician Emma Lefroy
Flute Able Seaman Musician Emma Lefroy
Clarinet Able Seaman Musician Alisha Coward
Bassoon Leading Seaman Musician Zola Smith
Bassoon Able Seaman Musician Maria Smith


Prèlude et Fugue à 3 Voix - J.S Bach (1685-1750) arr. F.Oubradous

Suite Brève en Trio - E. Bozza (1905-1991)

Allegro and Minuet - L.V. Beethoven (1770-1827), arr. D.Schorr

Ballet of the Little Chickens from Pictures at and Exhibition - P.Mussorgsky (1839-1881) arr. J. Gibson

Trio Number One in C Major - J.Haydn (1732-1809)

'One of Australia's premier military ensembles'

We recognise and value the investment given us by the Australian people and Navy, and strive to exceed the expectations of the people with whom we do business. We also recognise that teamwork is imperative to our success and support the unique role of the individual within the team. We give our personal commitment to ensuring that our workplace remains free of discrimination and is one that allows equal opportunity for all members, and our culture reflects Navy's values of honour, honesty, courage, integrity and loyalty. To that end, we aim to be a world class military organisation that provides quality ceremonial, musical and public relations support for the Royal Australian Navy.

The Royal Australian Navy Band is a prestigious ceremonial unit of the Australian Defence Force, and is one of Australia's premier military ensembles. Its history can be linked to the various bands of the colonial naval forces, which were in existence prior to Federation, and to the bands of the Royal Marines. Throughout its history, the band has performed for thousands of audiences within Australia and around the world. Today, it continues a proud tradition of providing ceremonial, musical and public relations support for the Royal Australian Navy.

There is one RAN Band which consists of two permanent detachments and five reserve detachments. The permanent detachments are stationed at the naval establishment HMAS Kuttabul, Potts Point, New South Wales and HMAS Cerberus, Westernport, Victoria. Five reserve detachments are stationed in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, and Perth.

To assist in fulfilling its mission, 'promote the Royal Australian Navy', the band incorporates a fleet of ensembles. All members of the band are required to perform in a ceremonial capacity. However, to ensure versatility, each detachment maintains other capabilities including wind orchestra (Sydney detachment only) and concert band (Melbourne detachments only), wind chamber ensembles, and popular music combinations.

The Commodore's delivers a wide variety of woodwind and brass ensemble repertoire for concert and ceremonial occasions.

When performing in concert the variety of music covered by the band includes marching and traditional repertoire, music from the swing era, chamber music, vocal presentations and music with a modern beat. In a word, the band is versatile!


11 April

Alastair Duff-Forbes (violin)

Tracy Wan (violin) and Ying Ho (piano)  



Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major K.218,  - W A Mozart (1756 - 1791)
(Tracy Wan and Ying Ho)
Andante Cantabile

Violin Concerto in E Minor Op.64 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847) 
(Alastair Duff-Forbes and Ying Ho)
Allegro Molto Appassionato



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. In 2010, 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 and was invited to perform with the Macau Symphony Orchestra last year.


Alastair Duff-Forbes commenced playing the violin at the age of five and he attended the Conservatorium High School on scholarship. During that time, he studied with Alice Waten and Goetz Richter. Alastair obtained his A.Mus.A for violin in 1998 and for piano the following year. He was awarded the L.Mus.A for violin in 2002.

In 2001, Alastair began his studies for a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, majoring in violin performance, continuing his studies under Goetz Richter. Since then, he has received a number of Scholarships including the Matteson and Nancy Roberts Scholarship, the Chapple Bremner Award and a Rotary Scholarship. Alastair graduated with honours at the end of 2004 and studied for a Master of Music in violin performance at the Sydney Conservatorium under Chris Kimber and Carl Pini.

Alastair has participated in masterclasses with artists of international renown, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dene Olding, Lara St. John, Walter Verdehr, Charles Castlemann, the Borodin Quartet, the Goldner String Quartet and the Belcea Quartet. Alastair reached the semi-finals of the Kendall National Violin Competetion in 2001.

As a soloist, Alastair has performed many concerti including the Barber Violin Concerto with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto with Orchestra 143, and the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Tracy Wan and Orchestra 143. In 2012, Alastair performed the world premiere of Chernobyl, violin concerto, by Aaron Kenny with the Bourbaki Ensemble – a work that was written especially for Alastair.

Alastair has been an active chamber musician for many years, and has been a member of many different ensembles including the Sapphire String Quartet, the Stables Quartet and the Stables Trio. He has performed in a wide variety of events including the 2006 Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, the 2007 APEC leaders' conference at the Sydney Opera House, and the world premiere of 'Dreams and Visions' by John Petersen, in 2011.

Alastair has been a member of many orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Eminence Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, performing as Concertmaster on many occasions. Alastair was Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in 2009 and Concertmaster in 2010. He is currently Concertmaster of Bourbaki Ensemble and Balmain Sinfonia.

Alastair also has an interest in viola, singing and conducting. He conducted Orchestra 143 in concert in November 2010.





18 April


Good Friday - No Recital




25 April


ANZAC DAY - No Recital






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