St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)
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Peter Leung - saxophone
Sophie Spargo - pianoforte
Histoires (1939) No: I – VII - Jacques Ibert (1890 - 1962)
1. La meneuse de tortues d'or [The leader of the golden tortoises]
Pavane pour une infant défunte (1899) arranged by J. Michael Leonard - Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Piano Sonata No.1 in C major, K.279 (1774) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano Op.29 (1970) - Robert Muczynsky (1929 - 2010)
1. Andante maestoso
Peter Leung began saxophone at age seven and has since had varied and extensive performance career, spanning several countries and musical styles. Peter currently performs as a solo and chamber artist, as well as regularly performing with the Sydney Saxophone Collective and teaching in various capacities in Sydney. In 2011 Peter completed a Masters of Music at Fontys Conservatorium (NED), under Ties Mellema and Niels Bijl. During this time Peter performed a number of solo recitals as well as performing with F.C. Jongebloed in their 2010 concert series. In 2014 Peter, as part of the Sydney Conservatorium Estivo Summer School, travelled to Italy to perform and work under saxophonists Mario Marzi and Lars Mlekusch. In 2015 Peter performed at the World Saxophone Congress as part of both the Australian Saxophone Orchestra and International Saxophone Collective. Peter is currently in the completion stages of his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Sophie Spargo is a young composer who hails from Sydney, Australia. She gained her AmusA in piano in 2009, and in 2014, she graduated with a Masters degree in Composition from the University of Sydney, where she explored her love of theatrical composition, composing a ballet – 'Einstein's Garden' – and an opera 'Somewhere Between the Sky and the Sea,' for her two major works. In 2011, Sophie received a grant to perform at the Sydney Opera House, and the event 'New Works by Young Composers,' was created. Sophie has composed 13 operas; over 20 chamber ensemble works; 3 orchestral works; over 50 songs; and has been an active performer in premiering new works by Australian composers, written for piano. Sophie is an advocate of new music in all styles and forms, and aims to continue her compositional and performance career in Australia, as well as continuing to give a voice to young Australian composers through concerts, collaboration, and performances.
Angus McPherson - flute
Partita in A minor for solo flute BWV 1013 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Zhuang Zi's Dream - Gergely Ittzés (b.1969)
Menuet "L'inconnu" (The Unknown) - Michel Blavet (1700-1768)
The Doppler Effect - Gergely Ittzés (b.1969)
Blue Silence - Elena Kats-Chernin (1957)
Angus McPherson is an Australian flutist based in Sydney. 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.
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Claire Burrell-McDonald - soprano
Callum Close - pianoforte
Over the rim of the moon - Michael Head (1900 - 1976)
The House of Life - Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872 - 1958)
Callum Close (b. 1991) began musical studies at a young age. Upon completing the HSC in 2009, Callum gained the highest mark for the Music 1 course in the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese. He studied Music at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Pipe Organ performance with Dr. Philip Matthias and graduated in 2013.
His musical interests lay in Church Music and Choral Conducting. As an Organist, Callum has held the positions of Organ Scholar at Adamstown Uniting Church (2007 – 2010) and Assistant Organist at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church (2009 – 2011), along with his current position as Organ Scholar of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle (2011 – present).
As a Chorister, he has travelled internationally with the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir on three occasions: China (2010), UK (2013) and Italy (2013). In 2012, he was a member of Brisbane-based ensemble The Australian Voices, of whom he was the ensembles Conductor-in-Training. He has studied conducting with Dr. David Banney, and in January 2013, attended the inaugural Gondwana National Conducting Academy studying Choral conducting intensively with Graeme Morton.
William Cesta (pianoforte)
5 Preludes, Op. 16 - Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Etude Op. 8 No. 1 - Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)
Rondo in B Minor C.P.E. Bach (1714 - 1788)
Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 ('Moonlight') Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Will Cesta began studying music at the age of 6 under Rosemary Allen. After spending most of his young life diligently mastering Playstation, he began to show a keen interest in music at the age of 13, and was soon awarded the Kezie Fraiser Piano Scholarship to study at the Newcastle Conservatorium with Dr Gianfranco Ricci. Under Dr Ricci, he soon attained his L.Mus.A with Distinction and won various national piano competitions, including the Archibald Latham Concerto Competition and the Nan Price Memorial Prize for pianists under 25.
At the age of 16, Will was accepted into Sydney Conservatorium's 'Rising Star's Program', where he received a full scholarship. There he studied with Prof. Gerard Willems until 2013, in which year he entered the Sydney Conservatorium to undertake a Bachelor of Music under Natalia Ricci on the Bessie Cook Piano Scholarship. As a soloist, Will has since appeared on various radio stations, including ABC Radio and 2MBS Fine Music, and performed in 6 countries. He has appeared with with a number of Australian orchestras and ensembles.
Scholarships and prizes include the Bill Caldwell Scholarship, Petre Foundation Scholarship, Castlehow Academic Scholarship and the Peter Cameron Music Scholarship, The Stacks Family Piano Scholarship, the Asquith and Dewitt Piano Scholarship and a Gold Academic Thistle Award. He is currently living at St Andrew's College, Sydney University, where he is a Music Scholar and works in Pastoral Care.
Brett Brown (baritone)
Mark Quarmby (organ)
Antonio Vivaldi 1678 - 1741