Friday Music
July 2015

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


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3 July

 

Tracy Wan – violin

Paul Cheung – piano     

 

 

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

(i) Allegro aperto
(ii) Adagio

Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 - F. Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

(i) Allegro molto appassionato

 

Tracy Wan began her violin studies at the age of 5. At the age of 10, she made her solo debut with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra, performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No.5. She won numerous prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, such as 1st prize in the violin concerto competition. There she studied with Alice Waten and then Pavel Prantl. In 1993, she was awarded full scholarship from the Meadowmount School of Music. Tracy Wan won the 1st prize in the 1994 Kocian International Violin Competition in Prague and was invited to perform for the Hong Kong Governor, Chris Patten at the Hong Kong Governor's House.

Having awarded full scholarships from The Australian Institute of Music for the Young Musicians Program and SCECGS Redlands, Tracy Wan continued her violin studies with Alice Waten in Sydney in 1995. She won 1st prize in the 1998 Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition; as well as 1st prize in the 1999 Polish Concerto Competition and the Multiple Instruments Concerto Competition 2000. In 1998, she was awarded a full music scholarship from St. Andrew's Cathedral School. Her solo performances frequently broadcasted on the 2MBS-FM. In 1999, the Pan Pacific Music Camps awarded her a full scholarship to participate in the International Violin School.

In 2002, Tracy Wan was awarded the International String-Player Award and was placed second in the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. Her live performance was selected for broadcast on Concert FM, Radio New Zealand. She also recorded for "Young Australia", ABC Classic FM. She was the associate concertmaster of the Bishop Symphony Orchestra at the Australian Youth Orchestra music camp 2002. She led the Viva String Quartet from 2001- 2003, which won the 1st prize in the Open Age String Quartet Competition at MacDonald's Performing Art's Challenge 2003. The quartet was invited to perform in the 4th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Tracy Wan held a full scholarship for her Bachelor of Music in performance at the Australian Institute of Music. There she was granted Advanced Diploma of Music in performance in 2003.

Tracy Wan relocated to Melbourne in 2004, to fulfil her commitments as an Academy Musician at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and was the concertmaster of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Symphony Orchestra. The Age noted,'"...played at a high level and precisely following the conductor's direction". She performed as a soloist with the ANAM Chamber Orchestra, playing the Bach Violin Concerto No.2 under the baton of John Harding and recorded for the "Hush Collection" CD vol.II which is now distributed around Australia. Tracy Wan graduated from the VCA – Melbourne University with Bachelor of Music in performance (Honours) 2004.

After studying with Zakhar Bron and Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music at HKAPA in 2005, Tracy Wan began her Master of Music in performance under Kathleen and Allison Short scholarships with the Chair of String Unit, Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006. She performed in Julian Rachlin's masterclass and gave solo recitals in NSW, including Inverell and Dorrigo. In 2007, Tracy Wan performed live on 2MBS-FM as part of the "Emerging Young Artist Series".

Tracy Wan founded the Sapphire String Quartet which was selected to perform for the APEC Summit at the Sydney Opera House on the 8th September 2007. The Quartet has played in masterclasses for the Borodin String Quartet and the Artemis String Quartet. In 2010, Tracy led the Sapphire Ensemble into the finals of the Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition.

Tracy Wan has been a member of the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra since 2007 and was invited to perform with the Macau Symphony Orchestra in 2013.

 

 

Paul Cheung is one of Australia's most promising young accompanists.  He recently completed a postgraduate diploma at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was a recipient of both the prestigious Geoffrey Parsons Australian Scholarship and the Chapple Bremner Award.  He has studied piano with Tamara Anna Cislowska and accompaniment with David Miller AM. He is increasingly in demand as an accompanist for instrumentalists and singers across a wide range of situations, including concerts, competitions, recordings, and so on.

In addition to his experience as an accompanist, Paul has also achieved considerable success as a solo pianist.  In 2009, he was the winner of both the UMT Roger Woodward Scholarship and the MTA Junior Pianoforte Scholarship, and as a result of the latter he was chosen to perform in Adelaide in the Yamaha Recitals Australia Showcase concert as the NSW representative.  In 2010, he was runner-up in the prestigious Kawai Piano Award at the Sydney Eisteddfod.  Later in the year, he entered the semi-finals of the 2MBS-FM young performers award, and was subsequently runner-up in the state finals.  In late 2011, he was awarded his LMusA with distinction, and was invited to be one of the five performers at the graduation ceremony in early 2012.  More recently, Paul was the winner of the Recital Award section of the Sydney Eisteddfod, and runner-up in the Russian Piano section.

Aside from piano-playing, Paul is also interested in mathematics.  In 2008, he was a silver medallist at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Madrid (one of six Australian representatives that year).  At the age of 19 (in 2012), Paul commenced his PhD in mathematics at the University of Sydney after being awarded a Bachelor of Science (advanced mathematics), with first class honours and the university medal.

 

 

10 July

 

Koen van Stade - tenor

Amanda Miller - piano

 

 

 

Eine Leichenphantasie, D.7- Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
[A Funereal Fantasy]

 

Der Taucher, D.77 - Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
[The Diver]

 

 

Koen van Stade received his initial training as a boy soprano in the St Laurence Cathedral Choir in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. He went on to study Singing with Peter Kooij and Max van Egmond; Church Organ and Church Music with Jos van der Kooy; and Conducting with Harold Lenselink at both Amsterdam Conservatorium and The Royal Conservatory of The Hague. After graduating, Koen continued vocal studies with Paul Hameleers. He specialised in Gregorian Chant at the Schola Cantorum Amsterdam.

During his studies Koen had already begun working as an ensemble member of the most prestigious Early Music groups in Europe, including Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe) and The Amsterdam Baroque Choir (Ton Koopman). He sang more than 2,000 concerts in major international cities on every continent with these ensembles, and recorded over 60 CDs and hundreds of radio and television broadcasts. Several of these CDs were awarded international prizes including the Diapason d'Or (twice), a Grammy Award, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (twice) and the Choc de la Musique.

In 2003 Koen became a member of the vocal chamber ensemble The Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam (Harry van der Kamp). With this ensemble he participated in the premiere recording of the complete works of Dutch composer Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck. This project resulted in a 20 CD collection, which received an Edison Award from the Queen of the Netherlands.

Koen relocated to Australia in 2009. He has been a Lay Clerk and Vocal Coach for St Mary's Cathedral Choir and an Academic Tutor at St John's College, University of Sydney. He is currently a Vocal Tutor of Historical Performance Principal Study at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Vocal Tutor at Sydney Grammar School.

Koen has worked with leading Australian groups including The Song Company as ensemble member and as guest director.

 

Amanda Miller holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music (Performance), graduating from both with distinction in performance. As a student she studied with the prominent Australian teachers Margaret Hair, Lyall Duke and Elizabeth Powell. She was also fortunate to be selected as one four students who were able to study with Lev Vlasenko during his several, annual visits to Australia. As a student, Amanda performed in Masterclasses for international pianists such as Boris Berman (Russia), Christina Ortiz (America), Leslie Howard (England), Christopher Elton (England), Oleg Stepanov (Australia/ Russia), Nelita

True (America), Barbara Hesse-Bukowska (Poland), Lev Vlasenko (Russia), and William Corbett-Jones (America). The internationally acclaimed German pianist, Lars Vogt predicted that "…..we will hear more from this very talented, highly sensitive pianist."

As a performer, Amanda has given solo recitals for the Australian Institute of Music, Australian Keyboard Society, the Travis Foundation, and Pan Pacific Music Camps. Amanda has worked with choirs and orchestras on numerous occasions and has appeared as a soloist in Britten's Mass for St Nicholas, Orff's Carmina Burana and Carmina Cartulli, Orff's Veni Creator Spiritus, and as soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasia, Rossini's Petite Messe Solonnelle, and Finzi's Ecologue. Following her particular interest in the genre of duo piano repertoire, she has performed the complete Le Sacre du Printemps at Sydney Conservatorium and was invited to give a duo piano recital at Sydney Town Hall for Open day in 1990. In this area too, Amanda completed her Master's Thesis on the emergence of the piano duo in Sydney, in investigating the public collaboration of Frank Hutchens and Lindley Evans, a partnership that spanned forty-one years. This study, specifically focused on their duo piano concertising, appears to be the first of its kind in Australia.

Amanda embraces a particularly strong interest in teaching. As such, she was invited to tutor at the Australian Institute of Music, Young Musicians Program as well as lecturing for the High School in the area of Performance Practice. From 1999-2008, Amanda was invited to tutor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the Open Academy and was the longest serving staff member of Open Academy piano tutors. In the Academy's program, Amanda gave individual lessons, as well as assessing prospective piano students and serving on audition panels. She has also tutored Chamber Music groups.

Amanda currently holds a staff position of Music Master (Accompanist and Piano Tutor) at Sydney Grammar School, College St and has tutored at both Preparatory schools, commencing at St Ives in 1998-2010 and Edgecliff 2006-2010. She is a Piano Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and directs a sought after and successful private studio. Her HSC pupils are consistently placed in the top percentile with past students topping the State in 2 and 3 unit Music Performance as well as others being nominated for the prestigious 'Encore' concert in which the state's top performers are showcased.

As an aside to her busy work schedule, Amanda undertook a Bachelor of Arts degree after concluding post graduate study which enabled her to pursue her interests in the areas of Semiotics and Academic Editing.

 

 

 

 

 

17 July

 

Judith Rough – soprano

Mark Quarmby – organ     

 

O qui coeli terraeque serenitas - A. Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
Motet for soprano, strings and basso continuo

Ruhe Sanft, Mein holde Leben - from Zaide - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

Laudate Domine. KV. 339 - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)
from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore

Laudate Domine. KV. 321 - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)
from Vesperae de Domenica

Per pietà, bell'idol mio - concert aria KV. 78 - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

Alleluia - from Exsultate Jubilate - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

 

Judith Rough started singing as a child in Brisbane, as a member of the Brisbane Eisteddfod Junior choir. She was a principal and chorus member of the Queensland Light Opera Company and studied voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she won the Blanche Campbell Memorial Scholarship for singing.

She has sung with several chamber groups in Sydney as ensemble member and soloist, and has performed as soprano soloist across a wide range of major choral works for various orchestras and choirs in Sydney.

In the USA between 2000 and 2005, Judith performed as ensemble member and soloist with professional chamber choirs Voces Novae et Antiquae and The Lady Chapel Singers, recording with them and touring with them in the USA and Europe. She was in demand as a recitalist, performing for The Lupus Foundation of America and the American Guild of Organists among others. She sang with the Mainline Opera Guild and performed the role of Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone for the Multiple Sclerosis Association and as part of the music education programme in several Philadelphia schools. While there she had the opportunity of studying with Julianne Baird at the Eastman School of Music.

Since returning to Australia Judith has continued to perform regularly, as a soloist in major choral works and in concert and recital for various organisations in Sydney and its environs. Her knowledge and love of the human voice is well used in her role as voice specialist at St Vincent's Voice Clinic in Sydney, where she works with professional voice users and others who are experiencing voice problems.

 

Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying organ under Norman Johnston and piano under Marjorie Hesse. He has given recitals throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand. For over 20 years he was the Assistant Organist of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, playing the organ for national live broadcasts, visits of the Queen, funerals of State governors and national memorial services. In August 2009 he was appointed Director of Music at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.

In Europe he has played in the Cathedrals of St Paul's, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Oxford, Winchester, Lichfield, Westminster Abbey and Notre-Dame, Paris, with recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and Holland. In 2009 he gave the opening recital of the American Guild of Organists Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

He has been the President of the Organ Music Society of Sydney, has served on the committee of the Royal School of Church Music (NSW) and is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia and teaches piano, organ and musicianship at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, and privately.

 

 

 

 

 

24 July

 

Alastair Duff-Forbes - violin

Paul Cheung - piano

 

Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219 - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

1st movement: Allegro aperto - Adagio - Allegro aperto

Violin Sonata No.3 in D Minor, Op.108 - Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
IV. Presto agitato.

 

 

 

Alastair Duff-Forbes commenced playing the violin at the age of five and he attended the Conservatorium High School on scholarship. During that time, he studied with Alice Waten and Goetz Richter. Alastair obtained his A.Mus.A for violin in 1998 and for piano the following year. He was awarded the L.Mus.A for violin in 2002.

In 2001, Alastair began his studies for a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, majoring in violin performance, continuing his studies under Goetz Richter. Since then, he has received a number of Scholarships including the Matteson and Nancy Roberts Scholarship, the Chapple Bremner Award and a Rotary Scholarship. Alastair graduated with honours at the end of 2004 and studied for a Master of Music in violin performance at the Sydney Conservatorium under Chris Kimber and Carl Pini.

Alastair has participated in masterclasses with artists of international renown, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dene Olding, Lara St. John, Walter Verdehr, Charles Castlemann, the Borodin Quartet, the Goldner String Quartet and the Belcea Quartet. Alastair reached the semi-finals of the Kendall National Violin Competetion in 2001.

As a soloist, Alastair has performed many concerti including the Barber Violin Concerto with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto with Orchestra 143, and the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Tracy Wan and Orchestra 143. In 2012, Alastair performed the world premiere of Chernobyl, violin concerto, by Aaron Kenny with the Bourbaki Ensemble – a work that was written especially for Alastair.

Alastair has been an active chamber musician for many years, and has been a member of many different ensembles including the Sapphire String Quartet, the Stables Quartet and the Stables Trio. He has performed in a wide variety of events including the 2006 Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, the 2007 APEC leaders' conference at the Sydney Opera House, and the world premiere of 'Dreams and Visions' by John Petersen, in 2011.

Alastair has been a member of many orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Eminence Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, performing as Concertmaster on many occasions. Alastair was Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in 2009 and Concertmaster in 2010. He is currently Concertmaster of Bourbaki Ensemble and Balmain Sinfonia.

Alastair also has an interest in viola, singing and conducting. He conducted Orchestra 143 in concert in November 2010.

 

Paul Cheung is one of Australia's most promising young accompanists.  He recently completed a postgraduate diploma at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was a recipient of both the prestigious Geoffrey Parsons Australian Scholarship and the Chapple Bremner Award.  He has studied piano with Tamara Anna Cislowska and accompaniment with David Miller AM. He is increasingly in demand as an accompanist for instrumentalists and singers across a wide range of situations, including concerts, competitions, recordings, and so on.

In addition to his experience as an accompanist, Paul has also achieved considerable success as a solo pianist.  In 2009, he was the winner of both the UMT Roger Woodward Scholarship and the MTA Junior Pianoforte Scholarship, and as a result of the latter he was chosen to perform in Adelaide in the Yamaha Recitals Australia Showcase concert as the NSW representative.  In 2010, he was runner-up in the prestigious Kawai Piano Award at the Sydney Eisteddfod.  Later in the year, he entered the semi-finals of the 2MBS-FM young performers award, and was subsequently runner-up in the state finals.  In late 2011, he was awarded his LMusA with distinction, and was invited to be one of the five performers at the graduation ceremony in early 2012.  More recently, Paul was the winner of the Recital Award section of the Sydney Eisteddfod, and runner-up in the Russian Piano section.

Aside from piano-playing, Paul is also interested in mathematics.  In 2008, he was a silver medallist at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Madrid (one of six Australian representatives that year).  At the age of 19 (in 2012), Paul commenced his PhD in mathematics at the University of Sydney after being awarded a Bachelor of Science (advanced mathematics), with first class honours and the university medal.

 

 

 

 

 

31 July

 

Brett Brown - bass-baritone

Mark Quarmby - organ

 

All Handel program

 

 

Va tacito e nascosto
Cesare's aria from Giulio Cesare | Libretto by Nicolo Francesco Haim

O Sleep, why dost thou leave me?
Semele's aria from Semele | Libretto by William Congreve

Organ Concerto in B flat major – part 1
A tempo ordinario; Allegro | HWV 290, Opus 4 no 2

Revenge, Timotheus cries
Bass aria from Alexander's Feast | Libretto by Newburgh Hamilton

Organ Concerto in B flat major – part 2
Adagio; Allegro, ma non presto | HWV 290, Opus 4 no 2

Scherza infida
Ariodante's aria from Ariodante | Librettist unknown, after Antonio Salvi

Where'er you walk
Jupiter's aria from Semele | Libretto by William Congreve

 

BRETT BROWN – biography

Brett is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. An actor, singer and musician, he is currently based between Australia and the United Kingdom.

For Opera Australia his credits include Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, The Magic Flute, Baz Luhrmann's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Die Meistersingers von Nürnberg, Otello, and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart. For OperaUpClose he created the role of Schaunard in their Olivier Award winning production of La Bohème.

He has performed widely in plays and musicals on London's West End and in theatre festivals across Europe. Highlights include the world premiere of Fishskin Trousers for the Finborough Theatre and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, The Tempest with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Albertus Wallenstein and Perkin Warbeck with Shakespeare's Globe, the UK premiere of Jerry Herman's Dear World, directed by Dame Gillian Lynne DBE, and The Cook and the Insurgent for the BBC. His one-man performance of Phaedra, by the celebrated Greek poet, Yannis Ritsos, played to critical acclaim at the London Festival of Emerging Artists.

Brett recently appeared as a Cambridge physicist in the Academy Award winning feature film The Theory of Everything.

Read more at brettbrownactor.com

 

 

Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying organ under Norman Johnston and piano under Marjorie Hesse. He has given recitals throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand. For over 20 years he was the Assistant Organist of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, playing the organ for national live broadcasts, visits of the Queen, funerals of State governors and national memorial services. In August 2009 he was appointed Director of Music at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.

In Europe he has played in the Cathedrals of St Paul's, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Oxford, Winchester, Lichfield, Westminster Abbey and Notre-Dame, Paris, with recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and Holland. In 2009 he gave the opening recital of the American Guild of Organists Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

He has been the President of the Organ Music Society of Sydney, has served on the committee of the Royal School of Church Music (NSW) and is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia and teaches piano, organ and musicianship at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, and privately.

 

 

 



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