Friday Music
March 2014

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

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7 March

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
Clarinet - Able Seaman Musician Andrew Doyle
Bassoon - Leading Seaman Musician Zola Smith


Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Cello (or Bassoon) op.61 nr.3 -
François Devienne (1759- 1803)

Trio No 1 in Bb Major - David Van Schouwen (b.1963)

Variations on the theme of Mozart's Don Giovanni -
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827), arr. Günther Weigelt


'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!



14 March

Elodie Sablier (piano)

Performing her own compositions...

1 - Lighthouse 
2 - Ile Saint Louis 
3 - La Meije 
4 - Bleue 
5 - Silent Bridge 
6 - Black Flowers 
7 - Petits Pourquoi Pas 
8 - Ombrelle 
9 - Vertigo
10 - Trampoline 


Elodie Sablier studied at the Conservatoire of Lyon and Paris in France where she obtained the First Prizes in composition as well as in Piano Performances. Selected achievements while in France include numerous Piano Solo Recitals, Four Hands (Albeniz, Beethoven, Brubeck, Chopin, Lamb and Mozart), and composition for Silent Movies. 

In 2008, Elodie left France for Australia. Here, she has found new inspiration for her music and spent more time composing. She has recently released an Album called Vertigo, which is a Piano Solo Album of her compositions - sitting somewhere between French Romanticism and a more modern Australian Attitude. Exploring the frontiers of Classical, her Album sits alongside the likes of Glass and Nyman in its minimalism and its repetition and looping. Neither too overly dramatic nor too languid, Elodie treads the middle ground of an engaging, pensive tastefulness that spins a gentle, hypnotic web of sure footed musical discipline. 





21 March

Thomas Talmacs (viola)


A recital for Bach's birthday

21 March 1685 - 28 July 1750


Both these suites were originally written for solo cello and have been transposed for viola


Suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008

Menuets 1 and 2


Suite no. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009

Bourrées 1 and 2


Thomas Talmacs is a Masters graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He gained his B.Mus with first class Honours under the guidance of Mr Alex Todicescu and later studied with Professor Goetz Richter. He has performed as a soloist and concertmaster with various orchestras in Sydney and beyond but his main passion is chamber music.

After completing his studies, Thomas formed a group called the Thomas Talmacs Orchestra; a small scratch ensemble comprised of strings with the occasional wind instrument included. The ensemble plays regularly in the Glebe and Newtown area. At the moment, Thomas is working on a private project, that being to transcribe / arrange the complete organ works of Dietrich Buxtehude for string orchestra, and after that he will start on more of the same with the organ works of J.S. Bach.




28 March

Eric Tyson (UK) (organ)



Jubilate - Anthony Foster

Fantasia in G BWV 572 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Rhapsody no 1 in D Flat - Herbert Howells (1892 - 1993)

Suite for Eric - Paul Ayres (1970 - )
Duo - Tierce en Taille - Aria - Intermezzo

Sweet Sixteenths - William Albright (1944 - 1998)

Carillon de Westminster - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)


Eric Tyson was born in Bolton in the UK and educated at Bolton School where he had organ lessons with Norman Harper. He studied chemistry at Hatfield College in Durham and continued his organ studies with the assistant organists at the Cathedral, Alan Thurlow and David Hill. He then moved to London where he worked for British Telecom and was also organist of St John's Leytonstone in the East of London for seven years. When he moved to Bristol in 1995 to work for a telecommunications consulting company he became assistant organist at St Mary's Wotton under Edge and held that post for about four years until his international work travelling commitments prevented him providing the necessary commitment.

Eric has been the accompanist for a group of singers called the Clarkes of Old Sarum for around 20 years and has played for other groups from time to time which visit cathedrals around the UK to sing services for half term weekends and also summer residence weeks. He has played for these groups in numerous cathedrals across the UK including Bristol, Wells, St Paul's, Westminster Abbey, Windsor, Canterbury, Ely, Hereford, Exeter, St Albans, York and Lincoln. Eric has also given recitals in the UK, USA, Slovak Republic, the Netherlands and St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney back in 1994. His work continues to take him all over Africa, the Middle East and Southern Asia but when he is at home he assists at his local church, All Saints Clifton, which is undertaking an extensive restoration of its three manual mechanical action organ.


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