St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)
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Sirius Chamber Ensemble
Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op. 167 (1921) - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)
Ulpirra for solo clarinet (1993) - Ross Edwards (1943 - )
Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Viola, Kegelstatt in E-flat major, K 498. (1786)
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:
Ian Sykes - clarinet
Ian is a busy freelance musician, dividing his time between chamber and orchestral music, music theatre and pedagogy. He 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, and is a founding member of Sirius Chamber Ensemble.
Georgina Price – viola
Georgina has worked in the Sydney region as a freelance violist for a number of years. She is currently studying with Justine Marsden. She has worked in many different musical genres including Opera and Ballet with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, large Choral works with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, as performer in the Sydney Opera House Babies proms Orchestra for the Proms seasons, string backing for Rock performers as well as many recordings for Film, Television and Audio.
Claire Howard Race – piano
Claire Howard Race completed her Master of Music in Performance and Research at the Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Malcolm Martineau and Iain Ledingham. She has been awarded the Broadwood Junior Piano Accompanist Fellowship from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and in addition to winning Lieder and Accompaniment prizes at the RSAMD and the RAM, Claire has been recognised with sponsorship from the Geoffrey Parsons Trust, Tait Memorial Trust, Hope Scott Trust and the Alex Menzies Memorial Fund, the latter being awarded "to an outstanding accompanist" at the RSAMD. Claire has performed in recitals in Mexico, Spain, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Ruhr Klassische Musik Festival in Marl, Germany, the Paisley Festival, Glasgow, the Henley Festival, London and St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Angus McPherson - flute
Szu Yu Chen - piano
Sonata in B minor BWV 1030 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
Andante and Scherzo - Louis Ganne (1862 - 1923)
Sonata "Undine" Op. 167 - Carl Reinecke (1824 - 1910)
Angus McPherson grew up in Sydney and began playing the flute in his primary school band when he was nine years old. In 2011, he completed a Master of Music (Performance), studying with Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music. He regularly performs in orchestras for various musical societies as well as with the Turramurra based Orchestra 143 and was a co-soloist with Orchestra 143 in May, 2011, performing Cimarosa's Concerto for Two Flutes. In December this year, he will be performing Vivaldi's "Goldfinch" concerto with Orchestra 143.
Although Angus enjoys many styles of music, he is keenly interested in contemporary music and extended techniques for the flute. In 2011 he spent several months in New York where he conducted interviews with the contemporary flute expert Robert Dick about his invention; a sliding extension for the flute called the Glissando Headjoint. He has performed in international masterclasses for Robert Dick in Seattle, USA, and Gergely Ittzés in Győr, Hungary. In August 2011 he played flute, alto flute and piccolo in the International Opera Theater's production of the new opera, Decameron, in Citta della Pieve and Citta di Saluzzo, Italy. Angus has also performed in masterclasses in Sydney for numerous flutists including Aldo Baerton, Michael Cox and Emmanuel Pahud.
Pianist Szu Yu studied at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a postgraduate accompaniment student with a scholarship under the famous pianists, David Miller and Gerard Williams. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Taipei National University of the Arts with a major in piano performance and also studied music education. She later earned her Masters degree in piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University in the United States. Szu Yu spent two years in the United States studying solo piano with Alexander Shtarkman and chamber music with Ellen Mack, Marian Hahn and Seth Knop. She was also an important part of Peabody Preconservatory and a Baltimore Music College accompanist.
Szu Yu won several prizes and scholarships in both piano, solo flute and chamber music competitions. In 2006, Szu Yu started her career as a solo pianist. She performed in Taiwan, Australia, the United States, France, German and Italy. Between 2007 and 2008 Szu Yu was involved with the Edan Joyful Choir as a pianist which toured the world with the support of the Taiwanese government. Recently she just won the Geoffrey Parsons Award and the Chen-Mollie Neale Memorial prize and played with cellists Georg Pedersen and Janis Laurs.