Friday Music
February 2015

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

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6 February

Triple Distilled

Peter Anthony Smith - Clarinet
Van Leucia - Piano
Ryan Patric O'Donnell - Bass


Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller

Like Someone in Love - Jimmy van Heusen

Mr. P.C. - John Coltrane

Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma

It Ain't Necessarily So - George Gershwin

All Blues - Miles Davis

Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock

Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing



Ryan Patric O'Donnell is a Sydney based multi-instrumentalist and internationally award-winning filmmaker. As a solo artist, Ryan has played in venues ranging from your Dad's 60th to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Trained as a jazz bass player, Ryan thought the next logical step in his music career would be to do a filmmaking degree. Upon being awarded his first Bachelor's degree in Film, he took the next obvious career step and decided to become an opera singer. Ryan now studies a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in Classical Voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Van Leucia has been performing as a multi-instrumentalist and lauded as a child prodigy since an early age, receiving training from world class musicians and professors, achieving graded diplomas and undertaking international performances. As his musical tastes matured and penchant for songwriting showed no signs of stopping, Van took on the world of recording engineering, production, session writing and currently runs a fully-equipped facility in Western Sydney. Amongst a host of other projects, Van Leucia co-writes and performs as the keyboardist of Kite.

Peter Smith is a Sydney based freelance clarinettist, who has experience performing in a wide range of styles and circumstances. In addition to playing with Triple Distilled, he has been the clarinettist of the Sydney Chamber Opera for the past 3 years, performed in innumerable solo and chamber music recitals at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and premiered and recorded many new works written for the clarinet, bass clarinet, and Electronic Wind Instrument. For the past 4 years, he has also acted as a casual lecturer in the Musicology department of the Sydney Conservatorium.


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13 February

Rachel Dyker (viola)



Suite No.1 in G major BWV 1007 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Suite No.2 in D minor BWV 1008 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)



Originally from the UK, Rachel has been living in Sydney with her family since 2012.

Rachel worked for many years in the UK as a freelance orchestral viola player with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the RTE Symphony and Concert Orchestras. She has played at all the major concert venues in the UK and has also taken part in tours across Europe, the US, Mexico and China.

Chamber music has also always been a passion for Rachel, and has taken her all over the world both as a performer and teacher. Rachel was co-founder of the Sussex Schools Chamber Music Scheme in 1996 and was the Musical Director of Regency Chamber Music and The Regency Ensemble from 2009 – 2012.

Rachel's solo engagements have included a performance of Hindemith's Trauermusik with the Southbank Sinfonia, an appearance at the Ludlow Festival in a recital celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Berlioz and regular recitals of the Suites by Bach around the UK.

Teaching has always been a big part of Rachel's life, building up a reputation over many years as a private teacher in London, she has seen many of her students enter the music profession themselves. Rachel also held a position of viola teacher the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music from 2010 – 2012.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music where she studied with Christopher Wellington and Brian Hawkins. On completing her degree at the RCM, Rachel continued her studies privately with Simon Rowland-Jones.




20 February

Angus McPherson (flute)


Mr Dick is Thinking in Terms of a Blues-Pattern - Gergely Ittzés (b.1969)

Menuet L'inconnu - Michel Blavet (1700-1768)

Totem - Gergely Ittzés (b.1969)

Partita in A minor for solo flute BWV 1013 - J S Bach (1685-1750)
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Bourreé Anglaise

The Great Train Race - Ian Clarke (b.1969)



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.




27 February

Hans Hielscher - Wiesbaden, Germany (organ)


Gothic Fanfare - Lester Groom (1929–2000)

How great Thou art - (Arr. Dan Miller)

Suite for organ - Enrico Pasini (1935– )

Prelude – Cantabile – Finale

Prelude on the "Londonderry Air" - Noel Rawsthorne  (1929 - )

Line Dance - Noel Rawsthorne  (1929 - )

Toccata in D minor - Gordon B. Nevin (1892–1943)


Hans U. Hielscher has been organist at the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden (Lutheran Cathedral of Nassau), Germany, since 1979. His studies were at the Detmold State Academy of Music and in Paris/Rouen, France. He also studied carillon at The Nederlandse Beiaardschool in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Hans has presented more than 3.500 organ recitals around the globe, his concert tours have taken him to all European countries, the United States (56 tours), Bahamas, Israel, Iceland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. He has been featured on radio and TV broadcasts, 24 CD recordings on the Motette, Wergo, IFO, Lade labels and is the author of the books "Alexandre Guilmant - Life and Work", "Famous Organs in the U.S.A.", "The Organ of Wiesbaden Marktkirche". He is a published composer of some 50 works for organ. Hans has been honored by the French government in Paris for his worldwide engagement in French organ music and nominated "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" in 1985. He is a long-time member of the AGO (American Guild of Organists), OHS (Organ Historical Society), GCNA (Guild of Carillonneurs in North America), and CSA (Carillon Society of Australia). The current tour is his ninth organ concert tour in Australia.

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