Friday Music
September 2015

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

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4 September

Sarah Park (pianoforte)


Sonata Hob.XVI: 52 in E-flat major - Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Finale - Presto

Fantasie Op.28 in B minor - Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)

Miroirs - Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
II. Oiseaux tristes
IV. Alborada del gracioso


Sarah Park is a graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music having studied under the guidance of Stephanie McCallum. She has performed in many public recitals and concerts and has performed as a member of the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra with Phillip Mann, the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony with Luke Gilmour and various other ensembles.



11 September

Angus McPherson (flute)


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

Mujō - Lachlan Skipworth (b. ?)

Lios na Gaoithe - Ian Wilson (b.1964)

Trail - Matt Rankin (b.1986)

Totem - Gergely Ittzés (b.1969)

Melusina's Dream - Christine Draeger (b.1955)

Tango Etude No.4 - Ástor Piazzola (1921–1992)


Angus McPherson is an Australian flutist based in Sydney and Hobart. He performs regular recitals around Australia and in 2015 performed and taught at the Canadian Flute Convention in Toronto and the National Flute Association Convention in Washington DC. In 2014 he performed and taught at the British Flute Society's Convention in the UK. In 2011 he played flute, alto flute and piccolo in the International Opera Theater's production of the contemporary opera, Decameron, in Citta della Pieve and Citta di Saluzzo, Italy. In Sydney, Angus has performed as a soloist with Orchestra 143, playing Vivaldi's Flute Concerto in D major, 'The Goldfinch', in 2013 and Cimarosa's Concerto for Two Flutes in 2011. Angus runs classes on extended techniques, circular breathing and contemporary flute playing, and is a regular adjudicator at the NSW Flute Society's annual eisteddfod. His articles on flute playing have appeared in Flute Focus, Flute Tutor Australia, the British Flute Society's Journal, Pan, and the Dutch flute magazine, FLUIT.

Although Angus enjoys many styles of music, he is keenly interested in contemporary music and extended techniques for the flute. Angus travelled to Hungary in 2014 to interview Hungarian flutist-composer Gergely Ittzés about his work and in 2011 visited New York to conduct interviews with contemporary flute expert Robert Dick about his invention; the Glissando Headjoint. Angus has performed in international masterclasses for Robert Dick in Seattle, USA, and Gergely Ittzés in Győr, Hungary, and has performed in masterclasses in Sydney for flutists such as Michael Cox, Emmanuel Pahud and Aldo Baerton. 

Currently enrolled in a PhD in Music at the University of Tasmania, Angus completed a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Alexa Still. He holds an AMusA and LMusA (with Distinction) from the Australian Music Examinations Board. He has been on the committee for the Flute Society of NSW since 2012. For more about Angus, visit



18 September

Nathan Henshaw (saxophone)


The Second Thing - Jabra Latham (1977 - )

Dancing Idol of the Undying Mountain - Andrew Ball (1985 - )

Asturias - Issac Albaniez (1860 -1909)

Kuku - Barry Cockcroft (1972 – )

Plunge - Nathan Henshaw (1983 - )

Frost - Marc Mellits (1966 - )

Sax Hero - Phillippe Geiss (1961 - )



Nathan Henshaw is a renowned Australian saxophonist recognised for his musical diversity and interest in promoting the saxophone in any medium. His commitment to the musical plurality of the saxophone has led him to pursue a vast array of performance opportunities and in the process, has resulted in the composition or creation of new works for the instrument.
Nathan studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours). Nathan also undertook further studies with renowned saxophonists in France and the United Kingdom.
Nathan pursued further study at the Sydney Conservatorium and completed his Masters of Music Performance Research in 2010. He was awarded the Estalaman Layman Martin Harrison Scholarship to undertake this research. His masters dissertation 'Blowing Zen', examined the influences of non-Western philosophy on the interpretation of contemporary saxophone repertoire. Nathan is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) at the University of Sydney and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award and the Kirkpax Trust Scholarship to assist with his research. The current focus of his research is examining the interpretive challenges faced by classical musicians when they are required to perform works within a jazz style, focussing on the saxophone.
As a performer, Nathan performed in Australia and internationally in a variety of musical settings ranging from solo classical performances to jazz gigs. Performance highlights include:

• Solo live-to-air recitals on ABC FM and Fine Music
• Recitals at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress (Strasbourg, France)
• Solo recitals at the 2013 Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference (Sydney, Australia)
• Performance at the APRA Arts Music Awards (2013)
• Solo and quartet recitals 2012 World Saxophone Congress (St. Andrews, Scotland)
• 2011 Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Festival (Melbourne, Australia)
• 2010 ISCM World Music
• Various performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
• Manly Jazz Festival
• Soloist with the SCM Saxophone Orchestra (Glazunov Concerto)
• Solo concert tour of Hakodate and Hokkaido (Japan)
• Sydney season of The Threepenny Opera (a co-production with Opera Victoria and Sydney Theatre Company) 

Nathan's work as a freelance musician has provided the opportunity to work with a diverse range of renowned Australian and international performers and ensembles such as Tim Minchin, Ben Folds, Kenny Rogers, Randy Newman, The Chaser, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Richard Gill, Eddie Perfect, Nigel Butterly, George Dreyfus, Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Andy Scott, Niels Bijl, The Four Baritones, Mario Marzi, Rhonda Burchmore, Barry Cockcroft, Todd McKenney, WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra, NSW Police Band, Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Quartet, Compass, Continuum Sax, Chronology Arts, Rivers and Roads and SBS Television and Radio Orchestra.
As well as freelance work, Nathan is also is a full time member of the Nexas Quartet, Heavy Metal Quartet, The Tenor Collective, Sax Summit, Sydney Saxophone Collective and Rarefied Air.
In conjunction with his performance work, Nathan teaches and tutors around Australia (primarily based in the Sydney area). He is also lecturing in saxophone at the Open Academy and Foundation Program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Nathan is a Selmer Paris and Silverstein artist.






25 September

Brett Brown (bass-baritone) & Mark Quarmby (organ)



Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist [Lord have mercy, God the Holy Spirit]
J.S Bach, BWV 671 | from Clavierübung III

Ich habe genug [I have enough or I am content]
J.S. Bach, Cantata BWV 82

Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott [Come, Holy Spirit, Lord God]
J.S Bach, BWV 651 | from the Eighteen Chorales



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.




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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