Friday Music
April 2010

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

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2nd April

NO RECITAL - Good Friday

9th April

Christina Morris (Violin)

Hye Lim Lee (piano)


  1. Caprice No. 14 - Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)

    Grave from Sonata No. 2 in A minor BWV 1003 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

    Sonata K.454 in Bb major - W A Mozart (1756 - 1791)

    1. Largo
    2. Allegro
    3. Andante
    4. Allegretto

    'Basement Art Guru' for solo violin - Matthew Hindson (1968 - )

Christina Morris has been learning the violin from the age of five, with Petra Davis and then Sophie Rowell at the Australian Institute of Music through its Young Musicians Program. She also attributes much of her musical skill to Lyn Williams and the Sydney Children’s Choir. Since 2004 she has been studying violin with Associate Professor Goetz Richter and is now a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is planning to audition for postgraduate studies in Europe later this year.

During her time at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music she received several scholarships for performance as well as for her level of excellence in chamber music. She is an avid chamber musician, being the first violinist in the Bloodwood String Quartet, which is the resident quartet at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Young Australian Concert Artist’s Regional Residency. Christina also enjoys being a part of new music and performing with the Fellowship of Australian Composers.

Having played with orchestras from a young age, Christina is continuing her orchestral development with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Christina was concert master of the Sydney Youth Orchestra as well as the Sydney Conservatorium’s Symphony Orchestra.

16th April

Julia Starkey (Violin)
and Hye Lim Lee (piano)
Nicholas Russionello (saxophone)

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor - Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Allegro molto appassionato

Julia Starkey began her musical studies in Tamworth as a student of Leanore Leake at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music. In 2003 Julia commenced a Bachelor of Music in Performance at Sydney Conservatorium Music where she studied violin with Chris Kimber and Maria Lindsay. While based in Sydney Julia has performed with The Lennox Quartet, The Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Early Music Ensemble, SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Julia currently studies violin with Adrian Keating as is working towards a number of projects including participation at the International Music Academy in the Czech Republic in July.

Fantasia No.1 in A minor - G.F, Telemann (1681 - 1767)

Mysterious Morning III - Fuminori Tanada (1961 - )

In 2006 Nick Russionello graduated from the Bachelor of Music (performance) course at the Sydney Conservatorium with first class honours. As a student of the Conservatorium Nick was a recipient of a number of scholarships and was included on the 2006 Dean's honour's role for academic excellence. 

Nick has performed in various settings both in Australia and abroad. In 2010, as a member of the New Reed Quartet, Nick performed as a soloist with the Orchestra Dell' Academia di Schio, Vicenza. With the Syrinx Quartet Nick has performed across Italy and for some of Milan's most prestigious music clubs including La Societa Dei Concerti Milan. The Syrinx Quartet was also the 2009 winners of the Conservatorio di Milano's  Ferrera chamber music competition. 

At home Nick performs regularly in the Duo Histoire with Murilo Tanouye (guitar) and the Nexas Saxophone Quartet. Nick is currently completing his post graduate diploma at the Conservatorio di Musica Di Milano "G.Verdi" under Professors Marco Bontempo and Mario Marzi. 

23rd March

Alistair Duff-Forbes (Violin)

Arioso Interrotto - Einar Englund (1916 - )

Canto e Ritornello - Aulis Sallinen (1935 - )

Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op.100 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
for Violin and Piano

I Allegro amabile
II Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace - Andante - Vivace
III Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante) 

Alastair started playing the violin at the age of five and began to learn the piano at the age of seven. He attended the Conservatorium High School, obtaining a scholarship every year. He studied the violin with Alice Waten and Goetz Richter, and the piano with Stephanie McCallum. He obtained his A.Mus.A for violin in 1998, for piano in 1999 and was awarded the L.Mus.A for violin in 2002.

In 2001, Alastair began a Bachelor of Music at the Conservatorium, majoring in violin performance, continuing his studies under Goetz Richter. Since then, he has received a number of Scholarships including the Matteson and Nancy Roberts Scholarship, the Chapple Bremner Award and a Rotary Scholarship. He graduated with honours at the end of 2004. Since 2005, he has been studying for a Master of Music in violin performance at the Sydney Conservatorium. His teachers during this time have been Chris Kimber and Carl Pini.

Alastair has participated in masterclasses with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Walter Verdehr, Charles Castlemann, the Borodin Quartet and the Belcea Quartet. He performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, in 2004, and the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto with Orchestra 143, in 2007.

Alastair has been a member of many orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra (2002-2003), the Sydney Youth Orchestra (1998-1999), and the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras (2001-2008). He has performed as concertmaster with the Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras on many occasions. Alastair is currently a member of the Bourbaki Ensemble (2004- ) and has been concertmaster since 2007. He is also concertmaster of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra.

30th April

Heather Moen-Boyd
(Organist, Scots Kirk, Mosman & former St Stephen's Organist)

An Easter Alleluya - Gordon Slater (1896 - 1979)

Trio Sonata no 5 in C major - Ist movement - Allegro - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Suite for Organ - František Tůma (1704 - 1774)
Minuet - Siciliana - Gavotte

Yoruba Lament - Fela Sowande (1905 - 1987)

Song of the Chrysanthemums (from Autumn Poems) - Joseph Bonnet (1884 - 1944)

March on Handel's "Lift up your heads" - Alexandre Guilmant (1837 - 1911)

Heather Moen-Boyd studied at Sydney Conservatorium, where she gained a Bachelor of Music, and also holds the A Mus A and FTCL diplomas. An experienced recitalist, she has been organist and choir director at Scots Kirk, Mosman, since 2006. During the mid-1980’s she was Sunday morning organist here at St Stephen’s.

She has accompanied major choral works with various choirs throughout Sydney and regional areas. Performances in 2009 included Haydn’s The Creation, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Stainer’s The Crucifixion Requiems by Mozart and Durufle, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Last weekend she performed in concerts with the Hastings Choristers at Port Macquarie, which included Faure’s Requiem.

As well as a busy private studio, Heather teaches piano at Bankstown Grammar School, and is an examiner with the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts. She represented the Presbyterian Church on the editorial committee for the revised Australian Hymn Book, ‘Together in Song’.

Heather is also a chorister with the Sunday Evensong choir of Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney. She will give a solo organ recital there in July.


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