Friday Music
December 2016

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


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2 December

Nathan Henshaw - saxophones

Samuel Cottell – piano

Special Guest artist – James Nightingale (alto saxophone)

 

Frost (for solo tenor saxophone) - Marc Mellits

Preludes No.1 & No.2 (arranged for alto saxophone and piano) - George Gershwin

Memorias (for soprano saxophone and piano) - Pedro Iturralde
Lisbõa
Casablanca
Alger
Retour

Almost Summer (duet for alto and tenor saxophones) - Stuart Greenbaum

Children's Songs (for soprano saxophone and piano) - Chick Corea (arr. Rob Buckland)
Nos. 6, 3, 11, 4, 19 and 7

Megalania (The Lizard Monster) (for solo tenor saxophone) - Nick Russoniello

The Midnight Stage (for tenor saxophone and piano) - Samuel Cottell


Nathan Henshaw is a renowned saxophonist recognised for his musical diversity and interest in promoting the saxophone across genres and mediums. His commitment to the musical multiplicity of the saxophone has resulted in the creation of numerous new works for saxophone, across a broad range of styles.
 
Henshaw completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Master of Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts. His research examines the interpretive challenges faced by classical musicians (particularly saxophonists) when required to perform works in a jazz style.
 
From solo classical performances to jazz gigs, Henshaw's work as a freelance musician has seen him perform with a diverse range of renowned performers, such as Tim Minchin, Ben Folds, Randy Newman, Richard Gill, Eddie Perfect, Rhonda Burchmore, and more. He has also performed with the 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. Henshaw also performed at the 2013 ARIA Awards, and has given radio broadcast performances on Fine Music 102.5FM. He is also a full-time member of Heavy Metal Quartet, Sax Summit, Sydney Saxophone Collective and Rarefied Air.
 
Henshaw teaches and lectures in saxophone, privately and at the Open Academy and Foundation Program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as in a number of schools across Sydney and regularly presents clinics and masterclasses.
 
Henshaw is a Selmer Paris Artist and Silverstein Works Artist.
 

www.nathanhenshaw.com

 

9 December

Koen van Stade (tenor) & Amanda Miller (piano)

 

Gabriel Fauré (1845 –1924)

Chanson du pêcheur 

Les berceaux

Mirages, Op.113 (1919)

• Cygne sur l'eau
• Reflets dans l'eau
• Jardin nocturne
• Danseuse

 

 

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)

Histoires naturelles (1906)

• Le paon
• Le grillon
• Le cygne
• Le martinpêcheur
• La pintade

 

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.

 

16 December

 

Suzi Stengel (soprano)

Andrew Kennedy (clarinet)

Josephine Allan (pianoforte)

 

Ebben? Ne andro lontana from the opera La Wally - Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893)

Spargi d'amaro pianto from the opera Lucia di Lammamoor - Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

If You Were Coming in the Fall from the song cycle Faces of Love - Jake Heggie (1961)

In the Wilderness from the song cycle Despite and Still - Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Op. 6 Four Short Pieces, for clarinet and piano - Howard Ferguson (1908-1999)

Op 29 No 2 Schlagende Herzen - Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Op 27 No 2 Cacilie
Op 10 No 8 Allerseelen

Clarinet solo from Act 2 of La forza del destino - Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Pace, pace mio Dio! from the opera La forza del destino - Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

 

Suzi Stengel (soprano)

Suzi was born in Rome to founder members of Baroque chamber group i Musici. She grew up in South Africa and began her studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. Her debut performance in 1996 in Jean Paul Comelin's Ballet Le Nuit D'ete (Berlioz) became the first of many guest soloist engagements with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. She had many solo recitals engagements through the Friends of Music and Not the Grahamstown Festival, and performed regularly with the Baroque 2000 orchestra as well as The Early Music Ensemble. In Australia she completed her Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music, appearing regularly in the St Andrews Cathedral and the Art Gallery of NSW Lunchtime Concert Series recitals. She performed the role of the First Lady in Aim's production of Mozart's Magic Flute and was costume designer for that production, as well as their subsequent production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen.

She has performed in concert for the Consulate of the Czeck Republic in Sydney, for Australian artist David Capra's Ecclesiastical Banner Project and in various recitals at The Flute Tree. Her recent guest performance at the Sydney Opera House with the Hourglass Ensemble was a world premier of Australian Composer Andrew Kennedy's 'Hourglass Beach'.

She taught singing in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu Natal, the University of Durban-Westville, Technikon Natal, as well as privately, and now teaches in Sydney as well as on the Central Coast. She has directed various choirs and vocal ensembles from the NU Jazz Singers in Durban to the Lugar Brae Community Choir in Waverley and Vox Gloria in Sydney. She is currently directing a new initiative, the Artists Central Community Choir. Suzi is a member of The Sydney Art Song Society, a founding member of Divas on Demand, the Creative Director of Artists Central, and is completing a Masters of Music.

Andrew Kennedy (clarinet)

Since graduating from the University of Tasmania Conservatorium with distinction in clarinet performance, Andrew qualified for his ongoing part-time career as a specialist anaesthetist, while performing regularly throughout Australia and overseas as soloist and chamber musician.  He has a particular affinity for modern music with unusual combinations of instruments, and is a champion of break down the formality of concerts to allow the audience enhanced experience, enjoyment and understanding.  Andrew is also a professional singer, touring internationally for more than a decade with The Australian Voices.

Andrew is the founding artistic director of Sydney's Hourglass Ensemble, a group of between 4 and 10 members depending on the project, specialising in brand new and recent Australian chamber works, along with Romantic era gems.  They have a series of concerts at the Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House, presenting unique combinations that include woodwind, strings, voice, brass, and piano.  In 2016 alone they have commissioned seven Australian composers, and toured to Brisbane, Melbourne, and Poland.

Finally, Andrew is the principal clarinetist of the NSW, Australian, and World Doctors orchestras.  He is a composer whose works have premiered in the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre, and overseas; and he regularly donates his time and musical skills to charities such as Day of Difference and the White Ribbon Appeal.

Josephine Allan (piano)

Josephine Allan commenced her piano studies in Canberra, Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Music, and subsequently completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has been constantly engaged in various teaching and performing roles since that time.
 
In her thirteen years as Principal Keyboard of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Josephine has collaborated with many of the world's finest classical soloists and conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, and Edo de Waart, as well as eminent jazz musicians such as Lalo Schifrin and Branford Marsalis. She is in much demand as a chamber musician, frequently featuring in recitals and broadcasts. Her many recordings include several CDs of Australian music with clarinettist Phillipa Robinson of Perehlion for the Innaminka label, as well as frequent live and studio broadcasts for ABC Classic FM.
 
Throughout her career, Josephine has worked with many of Australia's finest musical organisations, including the Australia Ensemble, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, Alpha Ensemble, the Seymour Group, the Song Company, Cantillation, Halcyon, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Australia. She also has a continuing long term association with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the Ensemble Studies and Conducting Units.

 

 

23 and 30 December - NO RECITALS





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