Friday Music
December 2014

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

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5 December

Mirabella Trio

Sayaka Eguchi (violin)

Hanae McLean (clarinet)

Kayoko Nishiwaki (piano)



Sonata No.3 in C Major for Solo Violin, BWV 1005 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

III Largo
IV Allegro assai


Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman", K. 265/300e - W A Mozart (1756 - 1791)


An der schönen blauen Donau (The Blue Danube) - Johan Strauss II (1825 – 1899)


Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Pianoforte - Bela Bartók (1881-1945)

I. Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)
II. Piheno (Relaxation)
III. Sebes (Fast Dance)


Escualo - Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka began her violin studies at age of three, working with Kazuhiko Osaka and Dr Suzuki. She was a part of Suzuki Method Children's Orchestra tour to Germany at ten years of age. She then pursued her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy and also at The Cleveland Institute of Music in the US with Donald Weilerstein and David Updegraff 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 Pacific Music Festival. 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.


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.


Kayoko Nishiwaki studied piano at Mukogawa Women's University Japan with Boris Bekhterev and Naoyuki Inoue. She holds a Master's degree from Moscow State Conservatoire named after P.I.Tchaikovsky, where she studied Mikhail Petukhov.

Kayoko participated in Master Classes by Pierre Reach and Vladimir Viardo at Academy Gyorgy Sebok, and performed in Festival Piano Pyrenees in France.

During her student days in Russia, Kayoko gave a solo recital, played on Heinrich Neuhaus's piano at Pasternak House Museum Peredelkino, in Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, and participated in Taneyev International Music Festival in Dyutkovo Zvenigorod.

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.

Kayoko now lives in Sydney Australia where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk, runs a home studio, and accompanies at Riverview College, Brigidine College, and Killara High School. She has played at Sydney Opera House, Sydney Conservatorium, St Stephen's and St Peter's Church. She has recorded for ABC Classics.




12 December

Sarah Park (pianoforte)



Prelude & Fugue in B flat minor Book 2 - J S Bach (1685 – 1750)

Sonata Op.110, No.31 in A flat Major - L v. Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

i. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
ii. Allegro molto
iii. Arioso dolente
iv. Fuga

Ballade No.2 S171 in B minor - F Liszt (1811 – 1886)

'Jeunes Filles II La Nonchalante' - G Ropartz (1864 – 1955)



Sarah Park is a graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music having studied under the guidance of Stephanie McCallum. She has performed in many public recitals and concerts and has performed as a member of the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra with Phillip Mann, the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony with Luke Gilmour and various other ensembles.





19 December

David Tagg (organ)


Exultemus (Seven Sketches on Verses from the Psalms) - Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

Evening Song - Edward Bairstow (1874-1946)

Wachet auf, ruft die Stimme BWV 645 - J S Bach (1685-1750)

Christmas Cradle Song - Alfred Hollins (1865-1942)

To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: the Morning Star - Graeme Koehne (1956-)

Master Tallis's Testament - Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Prelude and Fugue in B Major Op. 7, No. 3 - Marcel Dupré (1886 - 1971)



David Tagg is currently the Organ Scholar at Christ Church St Laurence. Prior to this, he was Assistant Organist at St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie Street. David currently studies the Organ with Peter Kneeshaw.

David has played recitals at a number of venues including the Sydney Town Hall, the Sydney Opera House, St Mary's Cathedral, St Andrew's Cathedral, Christ Church St Laurence, St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne and other churches in Sydney.

David has worked with many choral groups and performed works including Handel's 'Messiah' and Stainer's 'The Crucifixion'. 

In 2011 David sat for the Associate Diploma from Trinity College 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; and also completed his Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College London, again achieving Distinction in organ performance. 

David is currently studying his Masters of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney and will accompany the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence in their upcoming tour to the UK, Belgium and France later this month.


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26 December


Boxing Day - No Recital


Recitals resume on 6 February 2015