Friday Music
October 2015

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

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2 October

Patrick Keith (pianoforte)



Prelude, Chorale and Fugue - César Franck (1822 - 1890)

Preludes, op. 32 - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 943)

No. 2 in B flat minor (Allegretto)
No. 3 in E major (Allegro vivace)
No. 10 in B minor (Lento)

Étude op. 42, no. 5 - Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)



Patrick Keith is emerging as an exciting artist, establishing himself in the field as an adventurous and experienced pianist. He recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance), specialising in Piano and Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Phillip Shovk and David Miller. During his early studies, he participated in the Piano! Festival held at the Australian National Academy of Music in July 2010 under the direction of Boris Berman, which included tuition from Berman, Piers Lane, and Michael Kieran Harvey amongst others, and a broadcast for the ABC Classic FM radio for the ISCM New Music 2010 festival.

He has had the pleasure of performing with Dene Olding, sopranos Wendy Dixon and Narelle Yeo in a concert featuring Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, and recitals with Goetz Richter, baritone Michael Halliwell, and flautists Geoff Collins and James Kortum.

A finalist in the Geoffrey Parsons Accompaniment Award for both 2012 and 2013, Patrick placed first in the Victoria Warren Accompaniment Award in September 2013, performing Brahms, Duparc, Ravel, and Don Banks.

In 2013, Patrick partnered with acclaimed soprano Goknur Shanal, and together they have broadcasted for FM Fine Music, and other engagements including appearances at the Willoughby Spring Festival at the Concourse, featuring a full Spanish recital, a Persian song cycle by the Pittsburgh based composer Reza Vali, Ravel's Sheherazade, and a broadcast for FM 102.9's 2013 Christmas Broadcast.

He is currently completing a Master's degree in Piano Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying under Daniel Herscovitch.



9 October

Sirius Ensemble


Melissa Coleman - flute
Ian Sykes - clarinet
Martyn Hentschel - violin
Georgina Price - viola
Clare Kahn - cello


Four Fancies for flute and strings (1976) - Gordon Jacob (1895 - 1984)
Folk Dance

Edward Harvey Portrait for flute, clarinet and violin (1993) - Alan Holley (1955 - )

Disco Toccata for clarinet and cello (1994) - Guillame Conneson (1970 - )

Flute Quartet No.1 in D major, K285 (1778) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Allegro Rondo


Sirius Chamber Ensemble was formed in 2011 by Ian Sykes (clarinet) and Alison Evans (bassoon) with Julia Zeltzer (french horn), Georgina Price (viola), and Clare Kahn (cello), later adding Claire Howard Race (piano), Melissa Coleman (flute) and Martyn Hentschel (violin) to the ensemble.

The name 'Sirius' 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 passion is to perform music from the classic to contemporary periods, in a friendly and accessible atmosphere. We are committed to collaborating regularly with local composers and presenting new music alongside the classics. We relish the opportunity to perform the larger works for winds, strings and piano, as well as music for smaller groups of instrumentalists. Our repertoire is diverse and often features unusual combinations of instruments.

Sirius Chamber Ensemble performs a regular concert series featuring the core ensemble augmented by guest artists. Since 2014 we have also featured programs of music showcasing the music of local composers. Recent collaborators include composers Alan Holley, Eve Duncan, Spike Mason, Christine Draeger, Paul Smith; and performers Taryn Srhoj (soprano), Jermaine Chau (mezzo soprano), Andrew Smith (saxophone), Georgia Lowe (harp), Matthew Collins (trumpet) and Alex Fontaine (oboe).

More information about our group and upcoming performances can be found at our pages:





16 October

NSW Police Band Brass Quintet



Baroque suite - arr. Simon Kerwin

Fanfare and chorus – Dietrich Buxtehude
Pastime with good company – Henry VIII
Rondeau – J.J. Mouret

Tuba tune - C.S.Lang, arr. Robert Harris

Simple gifts - Joseph Brackett, arr. Jari Villanueva

An American in Paris - George Gershwin, arr. J. Taillard

Debussy suite:

Golliwogg's cake-walk – trans. William Ryden
The little negro – arr. J. Taillard
The little shepherd – arr. J. Taillard

American revolutionary war medley - arr. Jari Villanueva

Gymnopedie No.1 - Erik Satie, arr. J. Taillard

The wrong note rag - Leonard Bernstein, arr. F. Sturm




23 October

Wiliam Cesta (pianoforte)


Piano Sonata in C# minor Hob.XVI:36 - Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
1 Moderato

Étude Op. 2, No. 3 - Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)

Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 - Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)

• Theme - Andante
• Etude I (Variation 1) - Un poco più vivo
• Etude II (Variation 2) - Andante
• Etude III - Vivace
• Etude IV (Variation 3) - Allegro marcato
• Etude V (Variation 4) - Scherzando
• Etude VI (Variation 5) - Agitato
• Etude VII (Variation 6) - Allegro molto
• Etude VIII (Variation 7) - Sempre marcatissimo
• Etude IX - Presto possibile
• Etude X (Variation 8) - Allegro con energia
• Etude XI (Variation 9) - Andante espressivo
• Etude XII (Finale) - Allegro brillante (based on Marschner's theme).


Will Cesta is a young Australian pianist. The 21-year-old has already toured Europe and Asia as a soloist, and performed a number of concertos (most recently Beethoven's 3rd and 5th Piano Concertos, Schumann's Piano Concerto and Chopin's 1st Piano Concerto), solo recitals and chamber concerts in Australia. He is the recipient of various awards and scholarships for his performances, including The Kezie Frazer Piano Scholarship, The Stacks Finance Scholarship, The McDonalds Smile Scholarship, The Bill Caldwell Scholarship, The Peter Cameron Music Scholarship, The Nan Price Memorial Prize, The Bessie Cook Piano Scholarship and various others. He has also performed on ABC and Fine Music Radio, and won a number of awards, scholarships and competitions.

Although Will commenced piano lessons at the age of 7, he began practicing seriously from the age of 13 when he entered Newcastle Conservatorium under Gianfranco Ricci. In less than three years with Dr Ricci, he gained his L.Mus.A with Distinction, and was then given a full scholarship to study at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy. He commuted to to Sydney during his High School Certificate, and then began a Bachelor of Music Performance under Natalia Ricci, which he is currently completing.

Although he has entered relatively few competitions, he has had much success in those he has, winning the Archibald Latham Concerto Competition, The Palladian Instrumental Competition (2013, 2014, 2015), and a number of First Prizes in the major Australian Eisteddfods. In 2015 he won the Bluscope / WIN Eisteddfod championship that enabled him to plan further study in Europe.

In addition to Natalia and Gianfranco Ricci, Will has has studied with a number of other renowned teachers and artists, including Rosemary Allan, Nikolay Evrov, Gabriella Pusner, Gerard Willems, Boris Berman, Glenn Riddle, Paul Lewis, Mikhail Solovei, Louis de Moura Castro and many others. He was also accepted into a one-week course in Italy taken by Angela Hewitt alongside 7 other young artists from around the world.





30 October

Michael Taylor (organ)


Prelude from Te Deum - Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704) (arr. Christopher Morris)

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata No. 147 - J.S.Bach (1685-1750) (arr. Harvey Grace)

Chorale Prelude Liebster Jesu, Wir sind hier BWV731 - J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Adagio in g minor - Giovanni Battista Martini (1706-1784)

Miniature in B flat - Michael F. Taylor (b.1947)

Toccata (No. 4 from "Ten Pieces for Organ") - Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)

Gothic Suite op.25 - Léon Boëllman (1862-1897)
- Introduction - Choral
- Menuet Gothique
- Priere à Notre Dame
- Toccata


Michael Taylor is both an accomplished pianist and organist. He has presented concerts on both instruments at a range of venues that include Sydney Opera House, St Andrew's Cathedral, and Christ Church St Lawrence. As a pianist, he has also performed regularly at various clubs, private functions, for citizenship ceremonies and at the annual Carols by Candlelight event at Penrith. As an accompanist he has worked with such performers as Jane Rutter, Stephen Fisher-King, Adam Scicluna, Lorenzo Rossitano and Trisha Crowe. As an organist, Michael serves the roles of Assistant Organist at St Patrick's Cathedral Parramatta, Organist at St Finbar's Glenbrook, and Organist/Director of Music at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy ("Penrose Park") near Berrima. He is greatly in demand for all manners of religious services at churches all over Sydney and beyond. Michael was featured on the CD "Fandango" (Jade Label). He was also featured in the TV series "Hymns of Glory".

As a teacher, Michael has taught many students, both in piano and in theory; and has lectured at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music (AICM).






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