Australia Day Recitals 2014

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

Donations gratefully received




Please click here for map and directions

Sunday, 26 January 2014



Donations welcome

Afternoon recitals with Devonshire Teas
served downstairs in Ferguson Hall


12.30pm - Nexas Saxophone Quartet

Nathan Henshaw

Andrew Smith

Jay Byrnes

Michael Duke


Mishima - Philip Glass (1937 - )

I.   1957: Award Montage
II.  November 25 - Ichigaya
III. Grandmother and Kimitake
IV.  1962: Body Building
V.   Blood Oath
VI.  Mishima/Closing

Strange Meadow Lark - Dave Brubeck (1920 - 2012)

Quartet - Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981)

I.   Molto Allegro e appassionato
II.  Adagio
III. Molto Allegro


The Nexas Quartet is focused on promoting the musical plurality of the saxophone, showcasing its versatility and ability to cross genres. This unique approach has enabled the ensemble to perform throughout Australia and internationally, displaying the diversity of the repertoire.

The ensemble regularly performs a diverse repertoire that reflects their artistic direction ranging from performing transcriptions, standard and contemporary repertoire to collaborations with theatre companies and premiering and commissioning new works.
For information on their 2014 concert series go to



1.30pm - Sirius Chamber Ensemble

Melissa Coleman (flute)

Ian Sykes (clarinet)

Alison Evans (bassoon)


Invention, Prelude and Fugue - Robert Washburn (1928 – 2013)

Bringing You Back Home - Stuart Greenbaum (1966 - )

Trio for flute, clarinet and bassoon - Walter Piston (1894 - 1976)

1. Allegro scherzando
2. Lento
3. Allegro

Divertimento - Endre Székely (1912 – 1989)

1. Preludio
2. Intermezzo
3. Finaletto


Sirius Chamber Ensemble

As friends and fellow freelance colleagues we had many discussions about getting together to perform some of the big chamber works for wind and strings and so Sirius Chamber Ensemble was formed in 2011. Our name resonates with the history of Sydney, borrowing the name of the flagship of the First Fleet, the H.M.S Sirius that sailed from Portsmouth, England to Port Jackson during 1787-1788.

Our core group consists of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, violin, viola, cello and piano. With this diverse range of musicians we are able to stage works with different instrumentation from both the classical and contemporary periods.

More information about our group and upcoming performances can be found at our pages:


Melissa Coleman (flute)
Melissa recently completed a Master of Music in Performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is active as a freelance performer and teacher. Melissa performs regularly for Sing Bird Productions' "Music and Me" series, gives regular recitals and performs with several chamber music groups.

Ian Sykes (clarinet)
Ian is a busy freelance musician, dividing his time between chamber and orchestral music, music theatre and pedagogy. Ian has performed in productions of Mary Poppins – The Musical, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Doctor Zhivago and West Side Story 2010. Ian performs with Sydney Philharmonia, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the education programs for Musica Viva and Sydney Opera House. Ian is a founding member of Sirius Chamber Ensemble.

Alison Evans (bassoon)
Alison studied at the Queensland Conservatorium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Hoschshule der Music Franz Liszt in Weimar, and is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Sydney. Alison teaches bassoon and chamber music privately, and is a founding member of Sirius Chamber Ensemble.




2.30pm - Joshua Ryan (organ)

(Organ Scholar, St Stephen's)



Imperial March - Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)

Prelude and Fugue in D Major BWV 532 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Elegy - George Thalben-Ball (born in Sydney, 1896 - 1987)

Final from Symphony No.1 - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)


Joshua Ryan commenced organ studies in late 2009, under the direction of Mark Quarmby. Since then his teachers have also included Oliver Brett and Thomas Wilson.

In 2011, Joshua received a scholarship to study at the 'Prospective Organ Scholar Course', which was held in Oxford University. There he received lessons from Susan Landale, James Parsons, David Goode and Daniel Hyde.

During his time in England and Holland, Joshua was given the opportunity to play many prestigious instruments including King's College Chapel, Cambridge; Durham Cathedral; Westminster Cathedral; St Bavo's, Haarlem and St Michael's, Zwolle; as well as organs at other Oxford and Cambridge University colleges. He also performed in a recital at St Mary's, Warmington in the UK.

In October 2011, Joshua received first prize in the Intermediate Section of the 'Sydney Organ Competition'.

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), the Sydney Town Hall, St Andrew's Cathedral, St Mary's Cathedral and St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.

In late 2012, Joshua was appointed Organ Scholar at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, and since August 2013, has been the Organ Scholar at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

In 2014, Joshua begins a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Organ, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney).


Please click here for details of the St Stephen's organ



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