Friday Music
May 2014

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


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2 May

Royal Australian Navy Band Chamber Ensembles

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

 


Dayne Grindley - Trumpet
Marcus Salone - Trumpet
Phill O'Neill - Trumpet
Chris Ellis - Trumpet
Radu Boros - Horn
Claire Cameron - Horn
Doug Ross - Horn
Paul Stiles - Horn
Volker Schoeler - Trombone
Matthew Booth - Trombone
Luke Stanley - Trombone
Robert Flynn - Bass Trombone
Nathanael Maxwell - Euphonium
Martyn Hancock - Tuba
Joe Williams - Tuba
 
 

Fanfare for the Common Man  - Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)

All I Ask of You - Andrew Lloyd-Webber (1948 - )

Procession Du Vendredi - Henri Tomasi (1901 - 1971)

Concerto de Aranjuez - Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999)

Londonderry Air - Ethan Iverson (1973 - )

Two Processional Fanfares - Alan Howarth (1948 - )

You Raise Me Up - Rolf Løvland (1945 - )

Music for the Royal Fireworks - George F Handel (1685 - 1759)

 

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY BAND
'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!

 

 

9 May

The Aster Trio

Madeleine Slaughter - violin
Liam Meany - cello
Patrick Keith - piano

 

The Spirit and the Maiden - Elena Kats-Chernin (1957 - )

Trio in D minor, opus 49 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

Andante con moto tranquillo
Scherzo
Finale


Aspiring young violinist Madeleine Slaughter began playing the violin at the age of five after seeing an episode of Sesame Street and begging her parents to let her have lessons. Madeleine has enjoyed many great opportunities so far including masterclasses with Berent Korfker, Natsuko Yoshimoto, William Hennessy and Peter Zhang as well as playing in two Sydney Chamber Opera productions (I Have Had Enough; In the Penal Colony). In 2010, while also completing her VCE, Madeleine participated in the University of Melbourne Extension Music Program and was awarded the prize for Academic Excellence as a result. Previously having been taught by Wilma Smith and Alice Waten , Madeleine currently studies with Dr. Goetz Richter. In 2014, Madeleine will complete her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, an internship with AOBO and engagements with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Outside of classical music, Madeleine is also thrilled to be part Mirsad Giga Jeleskovic's European folk music ensemble, having played successful concerts in Canberra and Melbourne.

Liam Meany began cello lessons when he was nine in Canberra under the guidance of Lindy Reksten. Having attained his AMusA in 2009, Liam moved to Sydney to continue his studies under Senior Lecturer Georg Pedersen at the Conservatorium of Music during both his secondary and tertiary education. Liam has participated in the Canberra Youth, Sydney Youth and Australian Youth Orchestra's programs as well as the Conservatorium' Early Music Ensemble, Modern Music Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a full-time member of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra since 2012. Last Year Liam attained his LMusA with Distinction and was awarded a reserve seat in the Sydney Sinfonia program.

Patrick Keith is emerging as an exciting collaborative artist, establishing himself in the field as an adventurous and experienced ensemble pianist. He recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance), specialising in Piano and Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Phillip Shovk and David Miller. During his early studies, he participated in the Piano! Festival held at the Australian National Academy of Music in July 2010 under the direction of Boris Berman, which included tuition from Berman, Piers Lane, and Michael Kieran Harvey amongst others, and a broadcast for the ABC Classic FM radio for the ISCM New Music 2010 festival. He has had the pleasure of performing with sopranos Wendy Dixon and Narelle Yeo in a concert featuring Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, and recitals with violinist Goetz Richter, baritone Michael Halliwell, and flautist Geoffrey Collins.

In September 2013 Patrick placed first in the Victoria Warren Accompaniment Award, performing Brahms, Duparc, Ravel, and Don Banks.

Recently, he has partnered with acclaimed soprano Goknur Shanal, and together they have broadcasted for FM Fine Music in a number of recitals. Future engagements include appearances at the Willoughby Spring Festival at the Concourse, featuring a full Spanish recital, a Persian song cycle by the Pittsburgh based composer Reza Vali, and Ravel's Sheherazadewith Shanal and James Kortum.

He has just started a Masters degree in Piano Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying under Daniel Herscovitch.

 

 

 

May 16

 

Osvaldo Gomes Dos Santos - flute
Patrick Keith - piano

 

Prelude and Fugue book I no. 22, B flat minor,
from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, BWV 867 - J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Sonata in A minor - C.P.E. Bach (1714 - 1788)
Poco adagio

Sonata for flute and piano - Mel Bonis (1858 - 1937)
Andantino con moto
Scherzo: Vivace
Adagio
Finale

Sonata for flute and piano, opus 18 - Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Movement II - Improvisation - Andante cantabile


Osvaldo Junior started his music studies at the age of 8. Back in Brazil he was part of a Young orchestra called"Orquestra Filarmonica infanto-Juvenil de São Paulo" under the direction of the american conductor Gretchen Miller. Also in Brazil, he was part several orchestras and Wind ensembles including: Orquestra Jovem Bachiana and Banda Sinfonica Jovem de São Paulo. During that time he had lessons with: Rogerio Wolf and Helcio Latorre. In 2009 he was awarded an assistantship at Florida State University under the tutelage of Eva Amsler to pursue his master's degree. In 2011 he was awarded a merit scholarship at Depaul University in Chicago to study with Mary Stolper. In 2013 started his Doctoral studies at University of Sydney under the tutelage of Aldo Baerten.

Patrick Keith is emerging as an exciting collaborative artist, establishing himself in the field as an adventurous and experienced ensemble pianist. He recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance), specialising in Piano and Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Phillip Shovk and David Miller. During his early studies, he participated in the Piano! Festival held at the Australian National Academy of Music in July 2010 under the direction of Boris Berman, which included tuition from Berman, Piers Lane, and Michael Kieran Harvey amongst others, and a broadcast for the ABC Classic FM radio for the ISCM New Music 2010 festival. He has had the pleasure of performing with sopranos Wendy Dixon and Narelle Yeo in a concert featuring Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, and recitals with violinist Goetz Richter, baritone Michael Halliwell, and flautist Geoffrey Collins.

In September 2013 Patrick placed first in the Victoria Warren Accompaniment Award, performing Brahms, Duparc, Ravel, and Don Banks.

Recently, he has partnered with acclaimed soprano Goknur Shanal, and together they have broadcasted for FM Fine Music in a number of recitals. Future engagements include appearances at the Willoughby Spring Festival at the Concourse, featuring a full Spanish recital, a Persian song cycle by the Pittsburgh based composer Reza Vali, and Ravel's Sheherazadewith Shanal and James Kortum.

He has just started a Masters degree in Piano Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying under Daniel Herscovitch.

 

 

 

May 23

Bradley Kunda (guitar)


Five Preludes - Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 - 1958)

1 Lyric melody. Homage to the Brazilian sertanejo.
2 Capadocia & capoeira melody. Homage to the carioca hustler.
3 Homage to Bach.
4 Homage to the Brazilian Indian.
5 Homage to social life. To the young teenagers who frequent Rio's concerts and theatres.

Selections from "24 Caprichos de Goya"
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 - 1968)

 

 

Bradley Kunda

Australian classical guitarist Bradley Kunda has been lauded 'among the best of his generation of world-class performers.' To date his concert career has seen him perform with some of Australia's leading ensembles and instrumentalists; he is a member of Australia's premier guitar quartet Guitar Trek, as well as the Brew Guitar Duo, and he has collaborated with a diverse range of artists in many of Australia's most prestigious festivals, including the Adelaide and Darwin International Guitar Festivals, the Canberra International Music Festival, and the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music. Bradley is a frequent artist in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's pre-eminent Sunday Live series, and has given concerts for Musica Viva Countrywide.

2013 saw Bradley as a finalist for the Music Council of Australia's Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music, placing him alongside the most promising of young Australian classical musicians. Among his many awards include First Prize in the Fifth International Competition "Festival de Córdoba" (Spain), a Canberra Critic's Circle Award (Australia), and the audience prize in the Nikšić International Guitar Competition (Montenegro). A passionate exponent of contemporary Australian classical music, Bradley has premiered new works by composers including Peter Sculthorpe, Robert Davidson, Marc Isaacs and Richard Charlton. A talented arranger and composer himself, he has been featured in ABC Classic FM's Young Australian Composers series celebrating "Australian Music Month," and has been commissioned to write for various celebrated instrumentalists, including William Barton and Anthony Garcia. His works for guitar are regularly played on ABC Classic FM, and have been finalist entries in the 3rd International Australian Guitar Composition Competition, and the ASME Young Composers' Awards.

Bradley holds a doctorate in guitar performance from the Australian National University, where his mentor was eminent guitarist and pedagogue, Timothy Kain AM. He currently teaches at the University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts.

Bradley's debut solo recording In the Woods was released in 2013 on the Soundset Recordings label.

For enquiries, please contact:
Dr Bradley Kunda kunda.bradley@gmail.com | +61 (0) 434 560 019

 

 

 

May 30

Callum Close (organ)

(Organ Scholar, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle)


Organ Symphonie No. IV in F minor - C. M. Widor (1844 – 1937)
Toccata
Adagio
Finale

Studies in Stained Glass * (2013) - A. Chance (b. 1994)
i. Christ Risen, in Blue Glass
ii. Dance of Colour Lights on Cloister Walls
iii. God Observes

To His Servant Bach, God grants a final glimpse (1989) - G. Koehne (b. 1956)

Two Organ Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes - Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
Romanza "The White Rock"
Toccata "St David's Day"

Suite Gothique Op. 25 (1895) - L. Boëllmann (1862 – 1897)
i. Introduction – Chorale
ii. Menuet Gothique
iii. Prière à Notre-Dame
iv. Toccata

* Commissioned by the performer, 2013


Callum Close (b. 1991) began musical studies at a young age. Upon completing the HSC in 2009, Callum gained the highest mark for the Music 1 course in the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese. He read Music at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Pipe Organ performance with Dr. Philip Matthias and graduated in 2013.

His musical interests lay in Church Music and Choral Conducting. As an Organist, Callum has held the position of Organ Scholar at Adamstown Uniting Church (2007 – 2010) and Assistant Organist at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church (2009 – 2011), along with his current position as Organ Scholar of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle (2011 – present). He is an emerging recitalist, who has performed in Newcastle (Christ Church Cathedral), Sydney (St Andrew's Cathedral, St Stephen's Macquarie Street), Adelaide (St Peter's Cathedral), along with performances in London (St Katherine Cree), Shrewsbury (St Chad's) and Oxford (Merton College).

Callum is a keen chorister and has been a Chorister in some of Australia's premier vocal ensembles. Since 2010, he has been a member of the award-winning University of Newcastle Chamber Choir with whom he has travelled internationally on three occasions: to China for the World Choir Games in 2010, the United Kingdom for the 125th Anniversary Celebrations of the Guild of Church Musicians in 2013 and Italy for the International Festival of Sacred Music and Art, also in 2013. In 2012, he was Conductor-in-Training and a Chorister with Brisbane based ensemble, The Australian Voices. He is also a tutor with the Newcastle based Hunter Singers, working in close collaboration with Kim Sutherland OAM. Callum has had the opportunity to perform as a Chorus member in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Handel's Messiah and Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil. He has appeared as a Chorister and Accompanist on Jasmine and Wattle (University of Newcastle Chamber Choir, 2010) and O For The Wings … (Christ Church Cathedral Choir, 2012)

As a Conductor, Callum studied with Dr. David Banney and attended the inaugural Gondwana National Conducting Academy, where he studied Choral conducting intensively with Graeme Morton. He has had the opportunity to conduct the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, the Conservatorium Songshine Choir and is the current Musical Director of the Newcastle City Choir. Callum has been lucky to achieve extensive mentoring in his career so far from Philip Sketchley OAM, Ian Munro, Peter Guy (Christ Church Cathedral), Peter Jewkes (Christ Church St Laurence), David Drury (St Paul's College), Kim Sutherland OAM (The Hunter Singers) and Gordon Hamilton (The Australian Voices).




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