Friday Music
July 2010

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

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2nd July

Richard Pulley (violin)
Josephine Allan, piano

Five Madrigal Stanzas for Violin and Piano (1943) - Bohuslav Martinů (1890 - 1959)

I. Moderato
II. Poco allegretto
III. Andante moderato
IV. Scherzando, poco allegro
V. Poco allegro

Poème, Op.25 - Ernest Chausson (1855 - 1899)

Spanish Dances, Op.23 - Pablo de Sarasate (1844 - 1908)

I. Playera
II. Zapateado

Violinist Richard Pulley is a frequent recitalist with Sydney's leading pianists and organists, including David Miller AM, Daniel Herscovitch and David Drury. Richard has been heard on 2MBS-FM and ABC-FM, and recently he has collaborated with the acclaimed new music ensemble Charisma.
Growing up in Armidale NSW, he obtained his L.Mus.A with distinction and moved to Sydney to study violin with Alice Waten under an AMEB scholarship. As a teenager he toured the United States as a member of the 1st violins of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Richard also won a place with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and toured Europe and Asia with the Australian Youth Orchestra. He was appointed concertmaster of the AYO for concerts in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
Richard led the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and he was the founding leader of both the UNSW Orchestra and The Occasional Performing Sinfonia (TOPS): for his contributions to the former he received an Alumni Award from the university. He later returned to UNSW to complete his postgraduate studies in music, and perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto as part of the University's 50th Anniversary celebrations. Other works that Richard has performed with orchestra include concertos by Sibelius, Tchaikowsky, Wieniawski, Mendelssohn and Bruch, as well as Chausson's Poème.
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.

9th July

Peter Smith (clarinet)

Amy Putt (Piano)

"You can't play Bach on that!"

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major BWV 1010 (performed on bass clarinet)

Prelude; Allemande; Courante: Sarabande; Bourée I & II; Gigue

Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 (performed on clarinet)

Allemande; Courante; Sarabande; Gigue

Sonata for Flute & Basso Continuo in C major BWV 1033 (EWI and piano)

Andante; Allegro; Adagio; Minuetto I & II


Peter Smith began his association with the Sydney Conservatorium during high school, studying under renowned teacher Mark Walton through the Youth Access Centre. After coming first in NSW in the Music 1 HSC course, Peter has received numerous prizes and awards from various eisteddfods and competitions. Having recently completed a Bachelor of Music Performance degree studying with Sue Newsome, Peter has also studied under such clarinettists as Peter Jenkin and Catherine McCorkill. Peter has performed with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and Modern Music Ensemble, the SBS Youth Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Rockdale Opera, and the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and is currently the principal clarinet of the WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra. In addition to orchestral playing, Peter takes a keen interest in chamber music written for the clarinet and has been involved with several chamber music broadcasts for 2MBS. In 2008, Peter was the recipient of the Balmain Sinfonia's Prize for Winds scholarship and performed as soloist with the Balmain Sinfonia that year. When not playing, Peter takes a great interest in study of science and mathematics.


16th July

Vatche Jambazian (piano)

Sonata in C major Hbk 16: XVI - J Haydn (1732 - 1809)

Sonata I.X. (1905) - Leoš Janáček (1854 - 1928)
Predtucha (presentiment - Foreboding)
Smrt (death)

Two Sonatas in A Major - D Scarlatti (1685 - 1757)

Corelli Variations - S Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)

Vatche Jambazian was born in Sydney and begun studying the piano at the age of six. He performed his first recital at the age of 10, and made his international debut at the age of 15 in Yerevan, Armenia, where he was invited to perform as part of Aram Khachaturian’s 100th Anniversary on National Television. Vatche has performed in Masterclasses with pianists such as Stephen Hough, Natasha Vlassenko, Oleg Stepanov, Boris Berman and Michael Leuschner. In 2006 Vatche was accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying Piano with Daniel Herscovitch and will be graduating this year with high honours. In 2007 he won the first prize in the Sydney Performing Arts challenge In the Scriabin and Rachmaninoff section and In 2008 Vatche won the State Prize in the 2MBS Young Performers Award for his recital on National Australian Radio and went on to be a prize winner in the National Finals. Earlier this year he was a semi finalist in the Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose and also was invited to take part in the International Holland Music Sessions with Boris Berman performing several recitals. Currently he is performing around Australia touring with his Trio and performing solo recitals.


23rd July

Rajah Selvarajah (tenor)

Bransby Byrne (piano & organ)

Bronwen Needham (flute)

'Das Blut, so meine Schuld durchstreicht' (tenor, flute and organ)
from 'Jesu,der du meine Seele', BWV 78 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

'Ungeduld' (tenor and piano)
'Der Neugierige'
from 'Die schöne Müllerin', Opus 25 - F Schubert (1797-1828) / W Muller

'Wach Auf' (tenor, flute and piano)
from Six Songs - L Spohr (1784 - 1859)

'Allerseelen' (tenor and piano)
'Die Nacht'
from Opus 10 - R Strauss (1864 - 1949) / H v Gilm

'Ach, Ziehe die Seele' (tenor, flute and organ)
from 'Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn', BWV 96 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Rajah Selvarajah was born in Malaysia and undertook most of his early musical education there, studying the piano from an early age and performing widely as a treble. After a break, he continued to sing as a tenor throughout his later education, singing  solo roles with SUMS at Sydney University.

After completing a degree in Dental Surgery, Rajah returned to serious vocal study with Maureen Callinan, completing an Associate Dip.(Performance) through Trinity College, London. At this time, he also worked with "Pacific Opera", in their inaugural seasons. In recent years, Rajah has sung with a number of vocal ensembles in Sydney as well as performing as a soloist, specialising in the area of Oratorio, studying this area of performance with Andrew Dalton. At present Rajah is working with Bransby Byrne towards a Licentiate Diploma in vocal performance through Trinity College.

His  performances as a tenor soloist have included: Handel's "Foundling Hospital Anthem" - St. Andrew's Orchestra; "Messiah" - Christ Church St Laurence; Charpentier's "Messe de Minuit" - Ku-Ring-Gai Symphony and ABO; "Carmina Burana" - Malaysian National Symphony; Bach's Magnificat - CCSL. He also continues to indulge his first love, musical theatre, performing  Frederic in "Pirates of Penzance" and Antony in "Sweeny Todd" with Ashfield Musical Society.

In his spare time, Rajah maintains a busy dental practice in Macquarie Street and has a teaching position at the Dental School of Sydney University.

Originally from Melbourne, Bronwen Needham was awarded her A.Mus.A at 16. She holds both a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 20704 Bronwen won a place at Le Festival International du Domaine Forget and travelled to Quebec, where she performed in masterclasses for Emmanuel Pahud, international soloist and Principal Flute of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a freelance flautist, Bronwen has performed with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Operettvilág Ensemble of Budapest, and between 2003 –2005 played over 100 performances for the Sydney production of The Lion King. As Deputy Woodwind Chair for the show Bronwen performed on Flute, Piccolo, three Chinese flutes, three Irish Flutes, three sets of Panpipes and two sets of Bass Panpipes. She has worked regularly with the Orchestra for the Sydney University Graduate Choir since 2001 and in 2009 formed the Flute and Harp Duo Aontaithe with Harpist Martyn Cook.


30th July

Please note that Peter Guy has had to cancel his recital at very short notice as he is required for a special service at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, where he is the Organist and Director of Music. He will play later in the year instead. Mark Quarmby, Director of Music, St Stephen's, will perform a program in his place.

Mark Quarmby (organ)
(Director of Music, St Stephen's, Macquarie St)

Præludium in D BuxWV139 - Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)

Concerto in G BWV 592 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750) after Johann Ernst
(i) Allegro - (ii) Grave - (iii) Presto

Adagio (2nd movt) from Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 65, No. 1 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

Fugue on "God Save the Queen" - Max Reger (1873 - 1916)

Clair de lune - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Carillon de Westminster - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)


Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium studying organ under Norman Johnston. 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 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, is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (as well as being the web master for these two organisations) and teaches piano, organ and musicianship at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, the University of NSW and privately.


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Below is the proposed program which was to have been played today...

Peter Guy (organ)
(Organist, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle &
former Director of Music, St Stephen's, Macquarie St)

Fantasia and Fugue in C minor BWV 537 - JS Bach (1685 - 1750)

Elegy - George Thalben-Ball (1896 - 1987)

Cantilene - Théodore Salomé (1834 - 1896)

Lied and Berceuse from 24 Pieces en style libre - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Final from Symphony 1 - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Peter Guy is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Appointed at the age of 26, he is the youngest person to hold this position. Prior to this, Peter was Director of Music at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney and the inaugural Director of Chapel Music at St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney.

Peter studied for his Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Pipe Organ and Choral Conducting under Dr Philip Matthias. He graduated with First Class Honours and received the University Medal. He was the recipient of many awards while studying, including the Michael Dudman Scholarship, Newton John Prize for the most outstanding graduate, Vice Chancellor’s Honours Scholarship and an Australian Postgraduate Award.

In 2003, Peter performed in the national keyboard final of the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Award, performing Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ and Strings with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Peter has also appeared with the Canberra Youth Orchestra for numerous concerto performances, and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009, Peter released his first solo recording of organ works, Organ Classics From Newcastle Cathedral. He also appears on a recent recording by the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, Vintage Sounds Alive: Historic Organs of NSW and as an accompanist on recordings by the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir and Christ Church Cathedral Choir. He has been broadcast on many radio stations, both locally and internationally, including a Sunday Live performance for ABC Classic FM from the Harold Lobb Concert Hall at The Conservatorium, Newcastle.

Peter enjoys an active recital schedule, performing around Australia and internationally. He has toured to the UK, France, South Korea and the USA, performing at venues including St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London, and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. He has recently returned from America, performing the opening recital of the Organ Historical Society’s 2010 Annual Convention in Pittsburgh.