Lady White Recital - Sunday, 21st May 2017 2pm

"The Imaginary Space - Cultural Connections"

Andrew Blackburn Organ and Electronics
Jean Penny Flutes

Music by Malaysian and European composers, performed by Australian musicians of the Western tradition.  Framed by two solo organ works from the standard repertoire, Andrew Blackburn (organ & electronics) and Jean Penny (flutes) will present the Australian premieres of works commissioned as part of their intercultural research in Malaysia. Mostly premiered in collaboration with the composers, performances took place in various venues in Malaysia and also in Cambridge, England including in Churchill College in the University of Cambridge.   The ideas behind the research and pieces will be explained during the concert.


Included in the program:    
Enrico Bossi - Scherzo in G minor   for solo organ
Robert Casteels - Transliterations   for organ based on Malaysian folk songs
Affendi Ramli - The Screaming Serunai   for flute and electronics
Valerie Ross - Rasa of Time   for flute and organ
Valerie Ross - Synergies of Breath I   for flute and electronics
Jeremy Thurlow - Luce si vivace   for flute and organ
Enrico Bossi - Etude Symphonique   for solo organ


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Past Concerts


Paul Dean

Paul Dean

Lady White Organ Recital Sunday 14th August 2016, 2pm

An all J.S. Bach recital by Paul Dean

BWV 542 - Fantasia & Fugue in G minor
BWV 655 - “Herr Jesu Christ, dich uns zu wend”
BWV 659 - “O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß” 
BWV 529 - Trio Sonata V
BWV 662 - “Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr”
BWV 548 - Prelude & Fugue in E minor “The Wedge”

Tickets: $35.00 and $25.00 Concession (plus $0.30 booking fee).
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Paul Dean pursued his musical studies in Birmingham at the Conservatoire where he gained his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree and first prize in all the piano accompaniment and organ recital competitions; and, at the Cathedral where he held the Organ Scholarship. In Manchesterhe held the Organ Scholarship at the Cathedral and furthered his studies in the organ, piano and harpsichord at the Royal Northern College of Music where he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Organ Performance.

Between 1995 and 1998 he studied with Miss Susan Landale at the Conservatoire of Rueil-Malmaison (France) where he gained 'Premier Prix d'Exellence à l'unanimité du Jury' and 'Prix de Perfectionnement' in Organ Performance.

He now pursues a free-lance career as a performer from his home in London. He is the Director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London and the Deputy Director of Music at ‘The Hall’, Hampstead – one of the leading boys’ preparatory schools in London.

As a soloist he has had considerable success in several national and international competitions: First Prize ('Prix André Marchal') in the Third International Organ Competition in Biarritz, First Prize in the 1997 Royal College of Organists Performer of the Year Competition, Second Prize in the First International Organ Competition in Warsaw and was a finalist in the 16th International Organ Competition in Chartres.

As an accompanist he has made several CDs working with the English Cathedral Choir of Paris, Kevin Mayhew, and the University of London Church Choir most recently recording the choral works of Jean Langlais at Saint Sulpice, Paris. He has also worked on a more ad-hoc basis with members of the BBC Singers, the Academy of Ancient Music, North London Chorus and the Voce Chamber Choir.

Paul is in frequent demand as a soloist both in the UK and abroad. In 2009 he undertook his first solo concert tour of Australia to critical acclaim and he is delighted to be back making a return visit this year! Over the next few years, highlights will include recitals in France, Denmark and Sweden and a solo tour of South Africa.

Peter Collins Memorial Organ Concert Sunday 15th May 2016 2pm

On 24th October 2015, Peter Collins – the organ builder who built the TUC pipe organ, died.

Peter Collins was an English organ builder based in Leicestershire. He founded his company in 1964. The company has built pipe organs in many countries, various counties in Europe, in the UK, in North America, in South Korea, and in Australia.

Between 1977 and 1980, Collins built 10 instruments from 3 stops box organs to 34 stops pipe organs for Australia. The pipe organ in Toorak Uniting Church is the largest among the 10 Collins instruments in Australia.

To honour Collin's work in Australia, especially at TUC, our Director of Music Jennifer Chou will be giving an organ concert on Sunday 15th May on the Peter Collins organ. Together with her colleague Colin Andrews, they will perform organ works for solo and for 4 hands.

Born in Bristol, England, multiple award winning Colin Andrews is an active teacher and lecturer. He has performed as a soloist worldwide in all the continents except Antarctica! He also has served as a jury member for many international organ competitions around the world. He was on the Faculty of Organ and Sacred Music Studies at Indiana University until 2015.   It will be a great privilege and opportunity for everyone in Melbourne to hear Colin in May.

Program includes:  
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in G Major BWV 550
Sir Arthur Bliss Three Royal Fanfares
Joseph Bonnet Variations de Concert Op.1
Nicolaus Bruhns Praeludium in G Major
Aram Khatchatourian Sabre Dance
Paul Patterson Toccata “Fluorescence” Op. 22 (1973)
John Rutter Variations on an Easter theme
Tchaikovsky 2 excerpts from "The Nutcracker Suite"
Thomas Tomkins A Fancy for Two to Play

Tickets: $35.00 and $25.00 Concession (plus $0.30 booking fee).
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Colin Andrews

Colin Andrews


Music Service - 17 July 10:15am

Bach Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82 by J.S. Bach

Guest Soloists: Allegra Giagu (Mezzo-Soprano), Anne Gilby (Oboe)


Aria: Ich habe genug
Recitative: Ich habe genug
Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
Recitative: Mein Gott! wenn kömmt das schöne: Nun!
Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod

Bach composed the cantata in his fourth year in Leipzig for the feast Purification of Mary. The readings for the feast day were from Malachi 3:1-4, "the Lord will come to his temple", and from the Gospel of Luke, the purification of Mary and the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, including the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2:22-32), on which the libretto is based. In previous years Bach had composed two cantatas concentrating on the Nunc Dimittis. More than in the earlier works, an anonymous poet stresses the desire to escape earthly misery and be united with Jesus.

Allegra Giagu

made her Sydney Opera House début as a soloist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra at an early age. As a young performer, Allegra was the chosen soloist for The Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Salute to Australia 2005, performed over six nights to an audience of 160 000. Awards include The Helen Myers Vocal Scholarship from the Sydney Conservatorium and full-scholarships for studies abroad, completed at the Royal College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Allegra was also the recipient of a Wiener Meisterkurse Scholarship for studies in Austria. She is a current Studio Young Artist and Gertrude Johnson Fellow at Gertrude Opera [The Opera Studio].


Anne Gilby

has held the positions of Principal Oboist with the Bremerhaven Orchestra, the Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has played as guest principal oboist with all major Australian Orchestras. A sought after performer, Anne performs on the modern, classical and baroque oboes. Following appointments as Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth and Head of Woodwind at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, she is Lecturer in Ensemble Studies at Monash University's School of Music-Conservatorium.

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