Friday Music
June 2015

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

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5 June

Sirius Ensemble

Melissa Coleman – Flute
Garran Hutchison-Menzer – Clarinet
Claire Howard Race – Piano     

Fantasiestucke for Clarinet and Piano Op. 73 - Robert Schuman (1810 - 1856)
i. Zart und mit Ausdruck (Tender and with expression)
ii. Lebhaft, leicht (Lively, light)
iii. Rasch und mit Feuer (Quick and with fire)

Partita in A Minor for Solo Flute BWV 1013 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
i. Sarabande
ii. Bourree Angloise

Regrets and Resolutions for Flute and Piano - Gary Schocker (1959 - )

Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo - Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)

Three American Miniatures for Flute and Clarinet - John Rutter (1945 - )
i. Fanfare and Proclamation
ii. Blues
iii. Rag

Melissa Coleman – Flute
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Melissa first studied with Paul Curtis, then James Kortum, and most recently, Dr Alexa Still and Rosamund Plummer. In 2012 she completed a Master of Music degree, majoring in performance.
Active both as freelance performer and teacher, Melissa performs regularly with a number of ensembles, in addition to giving regular solo recitals. Melissa enjoys performing chamber music of all genres. Melissa also teaches the flute and piccolo at several schools and maintains a thriving private teaching studio.

Garran Hutchison-Menzer – Clarinet
Garran is a Sydney based Clarinettist who graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music after completing his Bachelor of Music(Music Education) in 2006, studying Clarinet with Christopher Tingay and Peter Jenkin. After teaching classroom music for several years Garran is now a member of the Royal Australian Navy Band and regularly performs as a part of their Concert, Ceremonial and Chamber ensembles. As part of the Royal Australian Navy Band he has also been involved in various recording projects as well as national and international tours. Garran also regularly performs with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and has previously performed as a soloist with The Beecroft Orchestra and part of the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.

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.



12 June


Petrichor Sax

Mary Osborn (soprano saxophone)
Lachlan McDonald (alto)
Carlo Antolioli (tenor)
Laura Andrew (baritone)


 Sechs Bagetellen - György Ligeti (1923 - 2006)

 Popcorn Convection - Liz Jigalin (1994 - )

 Patchwork - Philippe Geiss (1961 - )

 Nga Manu (Bird Song Suite) - Michael Jamieson (1981 - )

 Tango Virtuoso - Thierry Escaich (1965 - )

 Kaneshie - Michael Paton (1994 - )


Petrichor Sax was formed in early 2012 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The quartet consists of Mary Osborn (soprano saxophone), Lachlan McDonald (alto), Carlo Antolioli (tenor), Laura Andrew (baritone), and has since expanded to include Alice Morgan (alto). Petrichor Sax performs in a number of chamber music settings including Saxophone Duo, Trio, Quartet and Quintet. Petrichor is "the distinctive scent which accompanies the first rain after a long warm dry spell," a term coined by two Australian researchers. In 2014, Petrichor Sax was awarded first place in the Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award and has since performed a lunch time concert St James Church for Musica Viva, have been played on the radio station 102.5 Fine Music, and performed for various corporate functions. 

In 2015 they were accepted into the semi final round of The World Saxophone Congress quartet competition in Strasbourg, France. They recently put on a concert at the Glebe Justice Centre featuring two new works for saxophone quintet that will also be performed today. 


19 June


NSW Police Band Wind Quintet


Andrew Bishop - Flute
Matthew Bubb - Oboe
Steven Stojcevski - Clarinet
Adrian Hallam - Horn
Peta Goh - Bassoon


Trois Pieces Breves (Three Short Pieces) (1939) - Jacques Ibert (1890 – 1962)
Assez lent – Allegro Scherzando

Ibert's musical philosophy was all-embracing; he believed that 'all systems are valid provided that one derives music from them.' As a result his repertory was highly eclectic, drawing from multiple traditions and schools of thought. Yet despite his versatility as a composer, it is the light-hearted and elegant virtuosity of works such as the Trois pièces brèves for which the composer is now best known.

The lively banter of the opening movement makes way for an intimate tête-à-tête between the flute and clarinet in the second. Once the ensemble joins the discussion, the second movement draws to a close, and the third movement's solemn introduction begins. The sense of gravity is soon interrupted by an animated statement by the clarinet that, as the first theme, is complemented by a light-hearted – almost cheeky – dance-like second.


Wind Quintet in Ab Op.14, H67 (1903) - Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934)
Allegro moderato
Minuet (in Canon) with Trio
Air and Variations

This quintet for winds is an early work from 1903, when Holst was influenced by Wagner, Greig, and Richard Strauss, although the gentle lyricism of the music is most reminiscent of Vaughan Williams, his life-long friend. Soon after the quintet was written, the unpublished score disappeared and was only discovered again in 1978, in the Surrey History Centre.

The 'pastoral' mood of this piece is best heard in the opening 'allegretto moderato'. The 'minuet' is a little more academic: the composer makes use of 'canon' as a constructional device and is reminiscent of a 'stately seventeenth-century dance'. After a slightly more introspective 'adagio' the work concludes with a witty and light-hearted 'air and variations'.


Wind Quintet No.3 (1979) - Frigyes Hidas (1928 – 2007)
Allegro moderato
Allegro giocoso

Hidas was a Hungarian composer best known for his compositions for wind instruments. He was one of the foremost names in the world of contemporary chamber music and concert band music.

His Wind Quintet No. 3 explores the dynamic range of colours of the instruments and blends them with shifting rhythms throughout the varied moods of the 5 movements.




26 June


Heather Moen-Boyd (organ)


Overture to the Occasional Oratorio - G F Handel (1685-1759) (arr. Rawsthorne)
        Allegro maestoso - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro alla marcia

Chorale Prelude, Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele - J S Bach (1685-1750)
       (Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness)

Scherzo in G minor - Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)
Cantabile Symphonique from the Organ Symphony - Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) (arr. Fox)

Toccata from Sinfonia Concertante - William Lovelock (1899 - 1986)


Heather Moen-Boyd has been organist and choir director of Scots Kirk Mosman since 2006, and is also a chorister with the Sunday Evensong choir at Christ Church St Laurence. She is a piano tutor at Georges River Grammar School, and gives organ and piano lessons at her home in the Hills district. Recent concert engagements have included accompanying the Illawarra Choral Society in excerpts from Mendelssohn's Elijah, and a recital at St Paul's Presbyterian Church in Armidale.





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