Recitals in the Great Hall 2015

Sunday 8 November, 3.30pm

Czech Philharmonic Children’s Choir with Amy Johansen (University Organist and Carillonist)

Czech Philharmonic Children’s Choir in ornate church

The Great Hall, The University of Sydney
Free admission

Our final recital for 2015 takes place on Sunday, 8 November at 3.30pm in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney.

In conjunction with the Glebe Music Festival, we welcome our special guests, the renowned Czech Philharmonic Children's Choir conducted by Petr Louženský. This 35-voice choir has performed throughout the world, including La Scala, Carnegie Hall and the Tchaikovsky Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire, and won first prize at many competitions.

The program features a cappella music by Palestrina, Part, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc and Kodály, as well as Czech composers Smetana, Kurz and Lukáš. Organ solos will include Czech Petr Eben’s powerful Moto Ostinato and J.S. Bach's Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott from Cantata 80. Choir and organ will combine for Franck's Panis Angelicus and Faure's Tantum Ergo.

You are also invited to come early for a free Carillon recital in the quadrangle at 2 pm by Jane Stewart and Amy Johansen. Feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular jacaranda tree in full bloom, while listening to the beauty of our bells.

Past performances

Sunday 23 August, 3.30pm

Sarah Kim

Great Hall
Free admission

  • Crown Imperial - William Walton (1902-1983) transcribed Herbert Murrill
  • Sonata No. 3, BWV 527 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) transcribed Jean Guillou
Photo of Sarah Kim

About Sarah Kim
Born in Cologne, Sarah Kim is a young Australian organ virtuoso of Korean origin, who is currently based in Paris. Since her arrival in Europe in 2006, Sarah has performed on many significant European instruments, including the Royal Chapel of Versailles, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St Eustache Church, Mont St Michel, Chartres Cathedral, Schottenkirche in Vienna, etc. She has also featured as soloist with the Swedish Baroque Orchestra and the Oxford Band of Instruments, toured with the Reims Cathedral Choir to Strasbourg and Prague and performs regularly with numerous Parisian ensembles, including the French National Orchestra. She maintains a busy schedule performing in various international music festivals.

Sarah started learning the organ at the age of eleven with Miriam Gaydon and continued her studies with Philip Swanton at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During her student days at the Conservatorium, Sarah held organ scholar positions at the University of Sydney, St Paul’s College, and St James’ Anglican Church and performed with numerous Sydney ensembles in major concert venues across Australia.

After graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal, Sarah was awarded a University of Sydney overseas travelling scholarship and became the first Australian organist to be accepted into the ‘Cycle de Perfectionnement’ at the Paris Conservatoire. There she studied under the tuition of Oliver Latry and Michel Bouvard and graduated with high distinction. She also studied with Wolfgang Zerer, Andrea Marcon, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Jörg-Andreas Bötticher at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she completed a specialised Masters degree in early music.

Sarah has participated in numerous masterclasses with prominent organists including Jean Guillou, Ton Koopman, Michel Chapuis, etc., and has given masterclasses at the Sydney Conservatorium or Music and the Oundle International Summer Academy in the UK. She toured recently in Colombia, Argentina, and performed concerts in Naples and the Berliner Philharmonie. She also performed with the Parisian ensemble ‘Le Balcon’ an opera by Peter Eotvos at the Lille Opera, Monteverdi’s Vespers at the Basilique de St Denis, and will be soon performing ‘La Metamorphose’ by Michael Levinas at the Festival Musica in Strasbourg. She will be giving solo concerts later in Milan, London, Bordeaux, and Berlin.

Sunday 4 October, 3.30pm

Kids' Open Day: Carillon and Organ
Come along and try the University's two largest instruments.

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