Stravinsky, Holley and Spahiu

Many thanks to the wonderful musicians at our concert last night: Richard Rourke – clarinet, Kevin Man – percussion, Gregory Van Der Struik – trombone and Harriet Channon – trumpet. Thank you for your great support of Australian music and for the premiere of WINDIW by Albanian composer Ergis Spahiu. It was a delight to see such an enthusiastic full house at Creative Space Gallery.

The program was as follows:

Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet – Igor Stravinsky

Summer Bird – Alan Holley

WINDIW – Ergis Spahiu (premiere)

The Sky is Brass – Alan Holley

Heron Creek – Alan Holley

(for Richard) – Alan Holley

Kevin Man, Richard Rourke, Harriet Channon, Alan Holley & Gregory Van Der Struik


Big thanks to Warringah Printmakers for their support.

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Music from Stravinsky to Now

with Greg Van Der Struik – trombone

Richard Rourke – clarinet

Harriet Channon – trumpet

Kevin Man – percussion


WINDIW – Ergis Spahiu (premiere)   ◊   for clarinet and vibraphone

for Richard – Alan Holley   ◊   for clarinet and vibraphone

  • Compositions for trombone and trumpet by Alan Holley will also be performed

Richard Rourke is joined by percussionist Kevin Man for a concert of recent music and a 100 year old gem by Stravinsky.

These stellar performers are at the forefront of Australian soloists.



November 17th 2019 at 5.30pm
105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl
Sydney, Australia


 Plenty of parking available   ◊   Tickets at the door


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21st Century compositions

Hammerings Records presents

New works from Australia and Albania and Berio’s theatrical and poignant trombone solo, Sequenza V.


  • Alan Holley – musical director

  • John Lewis – clarinet

  • Diane Berger – flute

  • Harriet Channon – trumpet

  • Amanda Tillett – trombone


Exciting and energetic music is emerging from Albania. Enis Mullaj and Ergis Spahiu are two of the younger generation making a big impact in their own country. It is a thrill to present Mullaj’s first work in Australia – Waves for flute and clarinet. We performed SIGIS by Spahiu last year to great acclaim and now his solo flute composition, IRISHKEGAL.


Enis Mullaj

Ergis Spahiu


Diane and John are principal players of the Opera Australia Orchestra and have impressive solo and chamber music careers in Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Amanda has been guest principal of the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows and she has also performed with the SSO. Amanda will play the Berio work and Alan Holley’s virtuosic AURIC (2004).

Harriet will give the Sydney premiere of The Sky is Brass by Alan Holley. Recently she gave the first performances of four Australian compositions for solo trumpet at the historic Montsalvat on the outskirts of Melbourne in a concert presented by the Melbourne Composers’ League.


Sunday November 4, 2018 at 5.30pm

Creative Space  –  105 Abbott Road,

North Curl Curl, Sydney


Bookings phone 0428 143 646

$35 and $25 tickets available at the door



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Virtuosic solo works

HAMMERINGS RECORDS is delighted to present two of Europe’s foremost composers in our April, 2018 concert – Viktorija Cop (Croatia) and Dorian Cene (Albania). Both have been performed at numerous international music festivals and in concerts throughout Europe, Asia and the USA.


Viktorija Cop has written Dual for alto saxophone especially for this concert and for James Nightingale to premiere in Sydney.

We have already presented the violin solo …A… by Dorian Cene last November at The Creative Space Gallery in North Curl Curl. It gathered so many wonderful comments we decided to present it in a different venue – the wonderful acoustic at WATTERS.

James Nightingale

Also on the program will be the first Australian performance of a new alto saxophone solo by Melbourne resident composer Andrian Pertout. Internationally Andrian is one of our most performed and commissioned composers.

Alan Holley is represented by two works composed 26 years apart – Hammerings for flute and the premiere performance of Hammerings IV for cello.

A stellar list of performers ensures a concert to remember.


Saturday April 14, 5.30pm


109 Riley Street, East Sydney


• Viktorija Cop         Dual  for saxophone (premiere)

• Dorian Cene           …A… for violin

• Andrian Pertout    Arithmós = Analogía = Armonía  for saxophone

• Alan Holley         Hammerings  for flute

• Alan Holley          Hammerings IV  for cello (premiere)


Huy-Nguyen Bui – violin

Christine Draeger – flute

James Nightingale – saxophone

Christopher Pidcock – cello


Bookings – phone 0428 143 646

$35 and $25 also available at door

during  exhibitions  by Bryan King, Patricia Moylan and Neil Evans




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International Albanian Brass Festival

the Australian virtuoso trumpeter
at the

International Albanian Brass Festival
23 to 28 April, 2018
Tirana Albania


With the sponsorship of HAMMERINGS RECORDS Paul Goodchild will appear as a soloist at the International Albanian Brass Festival.

Renowned throughout Australasia as a recitalist and concerto artist as well as frequently appearing as a guest principal trumpet with numerous orchestras in the region, Paul is currently acting Principal trumpet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In recent years Paul has undertaken several solo European tours. He will perform recitals at the IABF and give masterclasses at the Tirana University of Arts.

Other international stars at the festival include the hornist Luca Benucci (Italy) and the tuba player from Israel Avital Handler.

International Albanian Brass Festival

This is only the third IABF and it has already created a lot of attention on the international stage. Under the artistic direction of Ilir Kodhima and the organisation’s president Andrea Canaj it is a most dynamic music event on the festival circuit.

Paul Goodchild













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INGWE by Georges Lentz

INGWE by Georges Lentz is a one hour electric guitar journey into the extremes of music. The composer has written about the work – ‘the initial idea for Ingwe came to me during a car trip to the Outback in December 2004. One evening at the “Royal Hotel”, a pub in Brewarrina, Northern NSW, a man sat alone tuning up his electric guitar for that night’s rock gig.
I was working on a piece for solo cello at the time but knew immediately that I should write something for the guitar instead – the whole loneliness and desolation of the place (and indeed my own loneliness) seemed to be encapsulated in that man’s sound (only years later, in 2008, did I find out that the man must have been Rocko Crawford, an Aboriginal from Brewarrina, and that he passed away not long after I heard him). Sitting in the pub late that evening, I could see the whole work before my mind’s eye in a kind of intuitive flash. I left the pub in a hurry and wrote some extensive initial sketches that same night, sitting in my car in the middle of the desert.’
Not only is it a tour de force from Lentz it is a magnificent vehicle for the amazing guitarist Zane Banks and an awe-inspiring event for the audience.

Saturday March 24, 2018 at 5.30pm
WATTERS GALLERY 109 Riley Street East Sydney.
Bookings phone 0428 143646    $35 and $25 also available at the door.



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Music and the natural world

The ‘new music’ concert at Creative Space Gallery in Nth Curl Curl on Sunday November 19, 2017 was that delightful rarity – a standing room only event!

Richard Rourke – clarinet, Huy-Nguyen Bui – violin, Paul Ghica – cello and Kevin Man – percussion were brilliant performing new works Interpolatus by Andrian Pertout, SIGIS by Ergis Spahiu, (for Richard) by Alan Holley as well as Tambourin and Snow by Felicity Wilcox and ….A…. by the leading Albanian composer Dorian Çene. As well, Richard performed the sublime Abime des oiseaux from Quartet for the End of Time by Oliver Messiaen and Paul was stunning in the Sonata for solo cello by Gyorgy Ligeti.

Music and the Natural World
Now onto our next concert in the same venue with works by Melbourne composers Eve Duncan and Haydn Reeder, as well as Richard Meale, Christopher Perrin and Alan Holley. Performers are Lucy Warren (violin), Eleanor Betts (cello), Melissa Coleman (flute) and Harriet Channon (trumpet) on Saturday December 9, 2017 at 5.30pm 105 Abbott Rd, Nth Curl Curl.

Tickets available at the door:  $30/$20.  Bookings 0428 143 646

Andrian Pertout, Harriet Channon and Alan Holley


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Richard Rourke and Friends

Hammerings Records present a concert of stars of the Opera Australia Orchestra performing music for 1, 2 and 3 players on


Sunday November 19th, 2017 at 5.30pm.

  • Richard Rourke – clarinet
  • Huy-Nguyen Bui – violin
  • Paul Ghica – cello
  • Kevin Man – vibraphone

With compositions by Olivier Messiaen and Gyorgy Ligeti,

Albanian composers Dorian Cene and Ergis Spahiu,

and Australian composers Andrian Pertout, Felicity Wilcox and Alan Holley.

Creative Space – 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl, Sydney

during an exhibition by Warringah Printmakers – plenty of free parking

Tickets $30 / $20 concession at the door.

Contact 0428 143 646


Alan Holley and Richard Rourke at Creative Space




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Watters Gallery Concert 2017

Hammerings Records presents

A recital of virtuosic solos from Europe and Australia to be held at Watters Gallery, 109 Riley Street, East Sydney during an exhibition of paintings by Archibald prize winner, Euan Macleod.

Saturday September 16, 2017 at 5.30pm
Tickets $30/$20 at the door on the night.
Watters Gallery 109 Riley Street, East Sydney

Compositions by Iannis Xenakis, Vjekoslav Njezic and Alan Holley, with
Greg van der Struik – trombone
Ian Sykes – clarinet
Melissa Coleman – flute

I came across the mesmerising and beautiful music of Vjekoslav Njezic when I was in Croatia in 2016 and it is great to be able to have his early flute solo Monodie in the concert. Keren by Xenakis is considered one of the most virtuosic solos for trombone and Greg is an awesome interpreter of this mini masterpiece.

Our new CD with Paul Goodchild performing my trumpet concerto Doppler’s Web with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will be available for purchase ($25) at the concert.     Alan Holley

contact 0428 143 646



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Australian composer Alan Holley

will have two new works premiered by Sirius Chamber Ensemble at the beautiful and historic Christ Church, cnr Lavender St and Walker St Lavender Bay on Friday, June 23 at 6pmOpal Wings II for clarinet, violin, cello and piano and a new song cycle setting the texts of the award winning Australian poet Mark Tredinnick. Alan loves setting Mark’s poems and says he finds the lyricism and rhythm in Mark’s poems to be music in its own way – ‘wordmusic’.

Martyn Hentschel, Alan Holley, Melissa Coleman, Ian Sykes

Also on the program is the Australian premiere of Frano Parac’s thrilling and colourful Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Parac is one of Croatia’s leading composers with a major European reputation. And to round out the concert, the perennial favourite, Chants d’Auvergne by Canteloube.
There is a great relationship now with Alan and Sirius Chamber Ensemble as they presented four works in a concert for his 60th birthday and have performed his trio Edward Harvey Portrait and his clarinet solo the birds will sing them off numerous times.

Performers: Taryn Srhoj (soprano), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Clare Kahn (cello), Claire Howard Race (piano).

Annie Turner

Information and tickets from Classikon→

see Sirius Chamber Ensemble website for more information→




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