Friday Music
April 2017

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

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5 May

Catherine Zhang (violin)

Zsuzsanna Giczy (pianoforte)


Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 –1750)
     I. Allemanda – Double

Carmen Fantasie - Franz Waxman (1906 –1967)

Violin Concerto No.1, Op.26 in G minor - Max Bruch (1838 – 1920)
I. Vorspiel: Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro energico



Catherine Zhang is currently 14 years old. She started playing piano when she was 5 years old, in Brisbane, Queensland. When she was 8 and half, Catherine started playing violin with Professor Peter Zhang. At the age of 10, Catherine was accepted into the Conservatorium of Music's Rising Star Program where she learnt with Ms. Janet Davies and frequently played in the Saturday performances. She then switched to Mr. Carl Pini, former London Symphony concertmaster and Music Director of The Australian Chamber Orchestra, when she was 11. In 2015, Catherine was accepted into the Conservatorium of Music High School, where she continued her musical studies with Ms. Nadia Monastyrsky. In July 2016, she attended a Music summer school at New York where she studied with Mr. David Fiedler. She studies with Mr. Bruce Yang currently and currently attending Santa Sabina College this year.

Catherine has received numerous scholarships locally and internationally for her music study. She is the prize holder for Sydney and Ryde Eisteddfod and local Music Festival etc. She won the 4th place at Asia-Pacific Violin Competition (Taiwan) in October 2015. Catherine is the leader of a quadruple violin group which she and her friends created, and they perform in various concerts all around Sydney.


Zsuzsanna Giczy graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Zsuzsa is currently on staff at the Sydney Conservatorium both as a piano teacher and an accompanist. She has worked with Richard Bonynge, Peter Erdei, Balazs Kocsar, Vernon Hill, Suzanne Johnston, Nicholas Braithwaite, Susan Blake and Richard Gill. She has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Conservatorium High School, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, The Canberra School of Music, and the Bella Bartok Specialist Music High School in Budapest. She has worked with the New South Wales Schools' Company of Opera Australia, The New South Wales Opera Company, Sutherland Shire Music Festival, The Very Small Opera Company, The Liszt Society and the Goethe Institute. Zsuzsa has been involved in performances of The Beggar's Opera, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Software, Soundgarden, Fidelio, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly etc.




12 May

Vera Marcu (viola)

Christian Lillicrap (pianoforte)


Nocturne Op.19, No. 4 - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)

Viola Sonata Op. 120, No. 2 in E flat Major - Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
1. Allegro amabile
2. Allegro appassionato

3. Andante con moto – Allegro non troppo

Märchenbilder Op.113 [Fairytale Pictures] - Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
1. Nicht schnell
2. Lebhaft
3. Rasch
4. Langsam, mit melancholischen Ausdruck

Vera Marcu graduated from the Music University in Bucharest with a Masters Degree in violin performance. She joined the Romanian Opera Orchestra in 1997 and at the same time continued studying in masterclasses and summer academies with Alexandru Gavrilovici and Victor Pikaisen. Vera arrived in Australia in 2000 and started having viola lessons with Anne Louise Comerford and Roger Benedict. She is currently working as a freelance violist with the Sydney Symphony and the Opera and Ballet Orchestra as well as teaching violin and viola at Roseville College and from her private studio.


Christian Lillicrap studied with Colin Horsley and Ruth Gerald at the Royal College of Music in London. He has wide ranging musical interests spanning teaching, Musical Direction and playing chamber music. Christian performs regularly with the Aeon Ensemble, a chamber group that he founded with members of the SSO and AOBO shortly after moving to Australia from the UK as well as in recitals with soloists and singers. He is currently accompanist and performance coach at Knox Grammar school in Sydney.

19 May

Classicum Australis

on period instruments

Artistic Director: Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle: clarinet
Shaun Warden: violin
Kirsty Vickers: cello


Three Trios, Hob. IV - Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)

Serenade No. 1 - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)


Classicum Australis is a chamber ensemble dedicated to Historically Informed Performance of 18th and early 19th Century Classical music.

A combination of period accurate instruments and extensive research into the repertoire and period performance styles results in performances rich in ornaments and musicality.

From a humble home concert in a living room to the concert hall stage, it is the goal of Classicum Australis to play classical music to as many people as possible, and display the beauty of classical music on period instruments.

The ensemble is led by period clarinettist Andrew Doyle, and he combines with a variety of wind and string instrumentalists to play original compositions and arrangements in true Classical tradition.






26 May

Michael Deasey (organ)

Chaconne in E minor - Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) Danish

Voluntary in C major - John Stanley (1713-1786) English

Concerto in A minor (after Vivaldi) - J S Bach (1685-1750) German
Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

Prelude on 'Hanson Place' - Samuel Batt Owens (1928-1998) American
'Shall we gather at the river'

1. El Flautista Alegre (The Merry Flutist) - Ramon Noble (1925-1999) Mexican
2. Toccatina


Michael Deasey OAM

Michael Deasey is best-known as the tenth and second longest serving organist and master of the choristers at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney. After 25 years in that post, he became precentor and director of music at All Saint's Cathedral, Bathurst from 2006 to 2015.

In the 1960s Michael studied piano at the NSW Conservatorium with Frank Hutchens and organ with Michael Hemans at St Andrew's Cathedral, winning first prize in the organ section of the Sydney Eisteddfod. He became the cathedral deputy organist and taught school music for two years. He then moved to the UK to do the full-time course at Addington Palace, the then headquarters of the Royal School of Church Music where he studied organ with Michael Fleming and choral conducting with Martin How. During his time at Addington he was awarded the organ playing prize and the Vaughan Williams scholarship. He stayed on in England as organist of St John the Divine, Selsdon, Surrey and music master at Elmhurst School, South Croydon.

Moving to Canada early in1973 he spent the next eight years as organist of St Peter's Brockville, Ontario and director of the city police choir. He returned to Sydney in 1981 to succeed the late Michael Hemans as cathedral organist.

As an organ recitalist Michael has played extensively, including Westminster Abbey, Reykjavik and Skalholt Cathedrals in Iceland, the Isle of Man, Norfolk Island and many locations in Canada and Australia. He has taken his English, Canadian, Sydney and Bathurst choirs on many international tours including England, Belgium, Iceland, the USA and New Zealand.

In 2004 Michael was made an Associate of the Royal School of Church Music at a conferral ceremony in Salisbury Cathedral and a year later was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to church music. In 2015 he received an honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians. He holds the organ performing diplomas of both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, is a Fellow of Trinity College of Music and an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.



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