Director of Music
(Aug 2009 - )
Mark Quarmby playing for Evensong at Westminster Abbey
Mark Quarmby BMus, FDipA, LTCL, AMusA
Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium 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 associated with the music 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 plus 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, playing a whole program devoted to organ music written by Australian composers.
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.
(February 2017 - )
Huw Belling, D.Phil. (Oxon), M.Mus, (RCM), B.Mus (Syd)
Born in Sydney 1986, Huw Belling was educated at St. Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney where he held a music scholarship (violin) and sang with the Cathedral Choir. Huw's opus 1 The Word was written during this time and has subsequently been performed worldwide.
Huw studied composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Sydney University) during which time he was one of five students selected for 'adopt a musician' sponsorship and was also awarded the Doris Burnett Ford Scholarship for composition. Whilst at the conservatorium Huw studied with Michael Smetanin, Anne Boyd, and Damien Ricketson.
In 2006 Huw wrote Videntes Stellam for the Choir of Christ Church St. Laurence's tour to England and the USA. The work was premiered in Westminster Abbey and Grace Cathedral San Francisco by the choir and soloist Helen Sherman, and has subsequently entered the repertoire of the Choir of Westminster Abbey who performed the work on their recent Australian tour. Huw has since completed three commisions for the Abbey, including a collaboration with New Zealand poet, Richard Major to create The Mountain and the Sea a remembrance anthem for ANZAC day in 2008, since broadcast in other countries.
In 2007 Huw won the tertiary division inaugural national Sibelius young composers' award. His work Impetus was selected from over two hundred entrants, and was premiered by Ensemble Offspring at the awards concert. In the same year, Huw also entered and won another national young composers' competition resulting in a commission from the Canberra International Music Festival for String Quartet. His work Three Quarters was premiered by the Grainger String Quartet in concert and on radio in 2008.
Huw was accepted in 2008 on a scholarship, with the support of Janna Spark, and Ars Musica Australis, into the Masters program at the Royal College of Music London, graduating in 2010 with distinction for his chamber opera Carousel of Blood, and the top of the academic program for his thesis on the music of Thomas Adès. In London Huw enjoyed several Abbey premieres, as well as collaborations with Royal College students, and various instrumental ensembles such as London's Composers' Ensemble conducted by Richard Baker, and the Ossian ensemble, the latter performing – amongst Huw's other works – a tribute to Henry Purcell composed (cheekily) upon his grave. Huw has since worked with the Ossian ensemble, as a guest conductor. He also partook in Masterclasses, performances, and tuition with composers and conductors such as, Hanspeter Kyburz, Mark Anthony Turnage, Liza Lim, Colin Matthews, & Julian Anderson.
Huw tutored at the Sydney Conservatorium High School until 2012. He is artistic administrator with Sydney Chamber Opera, for whom he produced The Cunning Little Vixen and conducted I Have Had Enough (including Nunc Dimittis by Jack Symonds) in 2011, and conducted Glass's In the Penal Colony in early 2012. In 2012 Huw was accepted as a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in music composition at St. Catherine's College, Oxford and is proud to be supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. He completed his doctorate in 2016 and returned to Sydney.
(February 2017 - )
Nico Tjoelker at the 1696 Schnitger organ at Herv. Kerk, Noordbroek, Holland
Nico Tjoelker L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A
Nico Tjoelker is a student of organ performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studies under Philip Swanton. Hailing from the United States, his love of the organ was first inspired at First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas. He completed three summer courses at Baylor University with renowned organist, Dr. Joyce Jones. In summer 2011 he was awarded a scholarship to the Interlochen Music and Arts Camp in Michigan, where he studied under Dr. Thomas Bara.
In July 2016, Nico attended the Organ Scholar Experience course at Cambridge University, UK, and performed an international organ recital tour of five recitals in the UK and the Netherlands. Other recent recitals include a guest performance of the Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 in C minor for the New South Wales Youth Orchestra's inaugural concert in 2015, performances at Sydney Town Hall for Young Organists' Day (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016), and the Organ Music Society of Sydney recital (2013 and 2016). He was awarded first place in the 2012 junior division organ competition in the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod in Sydney, first prize in the 2013 Sydney Organ Competition – Intermediate Section, and first prize in the 2016 Sydney Organ Competition – Open Section.
In addition to organ, Nico enjoys playing classical and jazz piano. In 2015, he won second place in the Kawai Composition Competition for his piano composition entitled Sydney CBD. In 2012, he was accepted into the Juilliard Winter Jazz School held in Melbourne. From 2012-2016, Nico served as the part-time organist of St. Andrew's Uniting Church in the Blue Mountains. Since 2017, Nico has served as the organ scholar at St. Stephen's Uniting Church, Sydney.
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