Friday Music
August 2015

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

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7 August



The Nano Symphony

Catherine Thompson - clarinet

Neil Thompson - viola

Lee Cheong – pianoforte    


Kegelstatt trio, KV498 - W.A Mozart (1756 - 1791)

Rondeaux: Allegretto

Märchenerzählungen ('fairy tales'), Op.132 R. Schumann (1810 - 1856)

Nicht schnell
Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck


Catherine Thompson (clarinet)

Catherine is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music having obtained her Bachelor of Music in Performance with First Class Honours. She was a recipient of the prestigious Helpmann Academy Grant which allowed her to undertake two Professional Development Tours in Germany where she studied with Ralph Manno, Chen Halevi, Norbert Kaiser and Wolfgang Meyer. Catherine has also performed in master-classes with Sabine Meyer, Paul Dean and Nuno Silver.

She has performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, the Elder Conservatorium Symphony and Wind Orchestras, and has participated in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Career Development Program and National Music Camp. As a soloist, Catherine performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra to a sold out audience, to critical acclaim. She is highly passionate about Chamber Music and is a founding member of chamber group 'The Nano Symphony.'



Neil Thompson (viola)

Having begun on viola in his hometown Whyalla, Neil's career has taken him all around the world, including to Europe as soloist. Neil has performed and toured with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and its sister orchestra ACO2, and The Cat Empire. He performs at the Sydney Opera

House regularly with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra for Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet.

Chamber music is a particular passion of his and he has been fortunate enough to have performed with Pekka Kuusisto, Kristian Winther, Richard Tognetti, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Simone Young, Brett Dean and others. 2015 is a particularly exciting year for him having been invited to join the highly acclaimed 'Omega Ensemble' as well as co-founding 'The Nano Symphony' (with his wife Catherine Thompson).



Lee Cheong (Piano)

Lee was born in Sydney and completed her BMus with Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium learning from Stephanie McCallum. She undertook her Masters in the UK at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Dr Stephen Savage. Lee was a recipient of the Tait Memorial Trust Award and the Australian Bicentennial Award and also received an entrance scholarship from the RNCM. Lee performed in many solo and duo concerts around the UK including the Royal Over-Seas League (London), Chorlton Arts Festival and lunchtime concerts at Lincoln Cathedral, Wakefield Cathedral and Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. Lee returned to Sydney in 2013 and alongside performing in solo and chamber music concerts she teaches piano at St Aloysius' College and the Conservatorium High School.




14 August


Alicia Crossley (recorder) and Jo Arnott (recorder)


Sonata Op.2 No.3 - Gottfried Finger (1660-1730)
Poco Largo - Vivace - Grave - Presto

Sonata VI - Jean Baptist Loeillet De Gant (1688-1720)
Allegro Staccato

Duo for 2 Csakans or Flutes douces - Anton Heberle (c.1780 - c. 1816)
Allegro molto - Trio
Allemande - Trio
Eccosaise Allegro
Andante con Variations

Sonata Op.2. No.2 - Gottfried Finger (1660-1730)
(Adagio) - Vivace - Grave - Poco Largo - Vivace

Sonata V - Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)


Alicia Crossley is one of Australia's leading recorder players. She performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance dance tunes to contemporary electro-acoustic works with a particular interest in bass recorder repertoire.

In 2010 Alicia completed her Masters of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the instruction of recorder virtuoso Hans-Dieter Michatz. Since then Alicia has won several competitions and awards including the Don Cowell Memorial Trust Recorder Competition (2011), the Australia Council's ArtStart Grant for emerging artists (2013), and the Fine Music 102.5 Kruger Scholarship (2014). In August 2011, Alicia released her debut solo CD Addicted to Bass featuring seven newly commissioned Australian works for bass recorder.

An experienced recorder player, Alicia regularly performs throughout Australia and has toured in the USA and New Zealand. She has also presented works at a number of festivals and conferences including the Aurora Festival (Sydney 2012, 2014), Vivid Festival (Sydney 2013), Australasian Computer Music Conference (Brisbane, 2012), Electronic Music Midwest (Chicago, 2012), and SEAMUS (Minnesota, 2013). Alicia has had broadcast with ABC Classic FM, Fine Music 102.5, 2GB and Radio New Zealand, and has performed with notable artists and ensembles such as Neal Peres da Costa (Harpsichord), Daniel Yeadon (cello/viola da gamba), Jamie Hey (cello), Alice Evans (violin), Hans-Dieter Michatz (recorder), Ruth Wilkinson (recorder), Kamala Bain (recorder), The Sydney Consort, and The Marais Project.

Alicia is a passionate supporter of contemporary Australian recorder repertoire and has collaborated with a number of Australian composers, premiering works by Stephen Yates, Paul Cutlan, Elias Constantopedos, Hayden Woolf, Tristan Coelho, Mark Oliveiro, Andrew Batt-Rawden, Chris Williams, Paul Castles and Alex Pozniak.

Joanne Arnott is a professional recorder player and musician based in Sydney. With the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship she completed her Masters of Music (performance) in 2013. In March of 2014 Joanne recorded two CDs with ensemble Thoroughbass for an exciting project involving the works of Ann-Carr Boyd. These CDs were launched through Wirripang Publishing in Sydney and Canberra earlier this year.

As a founding member of The Australian Recorder Project, Joanne, along with friend and colleague Alana Blackburn, has designed and run workshops for recorder players of all ages and levels. In May of 2015 Joanne and Alana also performed as part of Sydney's 2015 Vivid festival. The concert entitled Senex et Sonis featured two premieres of new works by female Australian composers Eve Klein and Amanda Cole, both commissioned by the Australian Recorder Project. Eve Klein was awarded a New Work Grant from the Australian Council for the Arts to work on her compositions for Vivid.

Joanne also performs on recorders, clarinet, and percussion as a member of progressive jazz band Baby Lips & the Silhouettes. Baby Lips toured Melbourne in 2014 and play regular shows in and around the Sydney area. We are in the process of recording a CD to be released early in 2016.

Joanne plays recorders with groups such as Bel A Capella, Innominata, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's early music ensemble, and Thoroughbass early and modern music ensemble. Joanne has over 16 years teaching experience and has tutored on both recorder and clarinet at orchestral and early music workshops.



21 August


Peta Dries (violin) & Lillian Camphausen (piano)


Sonata in A Minor (Op. 23) - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Andante scherzoso, piu Allegretto
Allegro molto

Sonate (pour Violon et Piano) - Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Blues (moderato)
Perpetuum mobile (allegro)

The Lark Ascending - R Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Peta Dries began her violin studies at the age of seven. She gained her A.Mus.A. and L.Mus.A. diplomas whilst studying with Errol Collins. Peta graduated from the Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree, having studied with Elizabeth Holowell. Peta also studied at the Bloomington School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Henryk Kowaslki. This study was made possible through a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.

Since returning to Australia, Peta has performed extensively both as a soloist and an orchestral musician. Peta was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and she has performed frequently with the Sydney Symphony and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Orchestras. Peta has given numerous recitals in Sydney and Newcastle, as well as concerts in the USA and Japan.

From 2009 to 2012 Peta taught violin at the Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music. She was also a founding member and the Concertmaster of the Christ Church Cathedral Camerata. Peta is a featured soloist in a number of CD recordings and has performed in ABC Classic FM Sunday Live programmes. Peta now lives in Sydney, where she maintains a career as a teacher and violin soloist.


Malaysian born Lillian Camphausen migrated to Adelaide in 1969. She studied piano with Noreen Stokes and Clemens Leske. After completing her Bachelor of Music (Hons.), she studied piano with Prof. Detlef Kraus in Germany and later, lied interpretation with Hartmut Höll, harpsichord, and chamber music, attending master-classes and courses with Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Paul Badura-Skoda, Joaquín Achúcarro, Norman Shetler, Geoffrey Parsons, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christiane Jaccottet and the Amadeus Quartet.

After finishing her studies, Lillian freelanced as a teacher, accompanist and chamber musician. She was an official pianist for numerous international master-classes and competitions. In 1988 she translated "Johannes Brahms - Klavierkomponist" ("Johannes Brahms – Composer for the Piano") by Detlef Kraus.

In 2004, Lillian moved to Brisbane and in 2009, to Sydney. She works as an accompanist, language coach (for singers) and chamber musician.




28 August


Benjamin McKenzie (organ)

(new organ scholar, St Stephen's)


Suite du Second Ton - Jean-Adam Guilain (1680 - 1739)
Plein jeu - Trio - Duo - Basse de trompette - Récit - Dialogue - Petit plein jeu

Le Banquet Celeste - Olivier Messiaen (1908 - 1992)

To His servant Bach, God grants a final glimpse: The Morning Star - Graeme Koehne (1956 - )

Variations sur un theme de Clement -Jannequin Jehan Alain (1911 - 1940)

Organ Sonata No. 5 in D major Op. 65 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809 -1847)
(i) Andante - andante con moto
(ii) Allegro maestoso


Benjamin McKenzie has loved music all his life and he started formal music lessons at 6 years of age. He was awarded the AMusA with distinction in piano in 2011 and is a prize winner at several Eisteddfods and music festivals.

Benjamin commenced organ lessons in 2009 with Dr Allan Beavis, and is now in the third year of a Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under Philip Swanton. Apart from the Conservatorium, Benjamin has performed in concerts at Bowral and Picton, and has been a featured guest performer with the L'Estro Harmonico string orchestra.

Benjamin enjoys liturgical music and has been a regular organist at St Peter's, Campbelltown and St Mark's, Picton. He is delighted to be the new organ scholar at St Stephen's and looks forward to working with Mark Quarmby and with David Hood and the choir.



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