Friday Music
April 2017

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

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4 August


Judith Rough (soprano)

Bransby Byrne (organ)


Salve Regina in C minor  - Giovanni Pergolesi (1710 - 1736)
I. Salve Regina
II. Ad te Clamamus
III. Eia ergo, Advocata Nostradamus
IV. Et Jesus Benedictine
V. O Virgo Maria

Domine deus - Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)

Et Incarnatus Est from the Mass in C Minor - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

               Laudate Dominum (from Vespere De Dominica) - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)



Judith Rough 

Judith is a freelance classical soprano and a voice therapist.

Judith started singing as a child in Brisbane, as a member of the Brisbane Eisteddfod Junior choir. She was a principal and chorus member of the Queensland Light Opera Company and studied voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she won the Blanche Campbell Memorial Scholarship for singing.

Judith has extensive experience as a soloist performing for organisations such as Willoughby Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Balmain Consort, Beethoven Society of Australia, The Mozart Players, Sutherland Shire Choral Society, Warringah Choir, The Georgian Singers, Coro Innominata, and Strathfield Symphony Orchestra. She is a regular soloist with the Highland Sinfonia and The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed most of the soprano oratorio and concert repertoire, including solo cantatas by Vivaldi, Handel, Porpora and Bach, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, as well as major choral works by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Rutter, Lloyd-Webber and of course Messiah.

In USA Judith was soloist with professional chamber choirs Voces Novae et Antiquae and The Lady Chapel Singers, recording with them and touring in USA and Europe. She performed regularly in recital, was soloist with the Mainline Opera Guild, and performed opera as part of the music education programme in Philadelphia schools. She worked as resident cantor & soloist for historic St David's Episcopal Church Devon USA, and St Martin's Episcopal Church, Radnor.

Judith continues to perform regularly, as a soloist in major choral works and in concert and recital for various organizations in Sydney and the Southern Highlands. Recent highlights include performing Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs with The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra and a world premiere performance of the Chamber Opera Purgatory for soprano, tenor and wind ensemble by Philip Rugel with the Sydney Woodwind Orchestra.


Bransby Byrne

His private studio in Parramatta, and in more recent years in Pitt St, Sydney, has been a centre of teaching for many students of Singing, Pianoforte, Organ, Conducting, Theory, Aural Training and Harmony. Many students have gone on to professional careers as performers or teachers.

Some important appointments have been:

Organist and Choirmaster All Saints' Church Parramatta for 13 years directing a boys' choir of 20 voices and an adult choir of 18 voices. An occasional choir of 25 singers was established to present larger choral works with orchestra [eg. Stabat Mater (Dvorak), Magnificat (J.S. Bach), 'Nelson' Mass (Haydn), Ceremony of Carols (SSA with harpist June Loney) (Britten)]. During this time, Bransby was Artistic Director for an annual Patronal Festival of Music and Arts. This was established at All Saints' featuring visiting choirs, Sydney Dance Co., Art Shows, Organ and Chamber Music Recitals.

A new pipe organ was commissioned by the Parish and completed in three instalments by firstly, Hill Norman and Beard and completed by Pitchford & Garside with modifications to the specification by Bransby Byrne. On completion, the required funds had been raised by the Parish and no outstanding debt was incurred.

Director of Music at The King's School, Preparatory School for 5 years. This included class music teaching, training the Prep School choir, the Prep School Chapel choir, organising private music tuition in Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet and Piano and teaching private piano lessons in both the Prep and Senior Schools.

Repetiteur with Opera Australia for the opening season of the Sydney Opera House. Productions included- War and Peace (Prokofief); Tannhäuser (Wagner); The Magic Flute (Mozart); The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart); Il Trittico (Puccini); The Barber of Seville (Rossini); Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni); Pagliacci (Leoncavallo); Nabucco and Requiem (Verdi) working with conductors, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Charles MacKerras and (Sir) Mark Elder.

Musical Director of The Sydney Gilbert and Sullivan Society for 14 years, conducting all the G. & S. operas at least twice. In 1975 Bransby conducted the first complete G. & S. (Mikado) in the Sydney Opera House, which was then followed by The Gondoliers (1977) and the Golden Jubilee Season of the Society.

Assistant Organist at St Andrew's Cathedral. During this time the Cathedral Choir toured to New Zealand as well as England where services/recitals were sung in 10 cathedrals including Canterbury, Salisbury, York and St Paul's London. In each venue, Bransby accompanied the choir on some of the best organs in the world. Bransby also established a symphony orchestra of 60 players — The Western Sinfonia, together with The Western Choral Society and a chamber choir, The Brabyn Singers.

For 16 years these ensembles presented subscription concerts at Macquarie University, Sydney University, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Opera House and St Andrew's Cathedral (where St Matthew Passion (Bach) and Messiah (Handel) were presented, alternate years on Good Friday). He also toured extensively around Australia for many years as official accompanist to June Bronhill.

Bransby Byrne has been involved in the music-making of Sydney and Australia for many years, as Organist, Pianist, Accompanist and Conductor.



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