Maitland Heritage Fest 2022 Piano Recital – Historic Mina Waltz at Sun Street Studios ~ Pianist Erin Sweetman 18th June
Maitland Heritage Fest 2022 Piano Recital – Historic Mina Waltz at Sun Street Studios ~ Pianist Erin Sweetman 18th June

Maitland Heritage Fest 2022 Piano Recital – Historic Mina Waltz at Sun Street Studios ~ Pianist Erin Sweetman 18th June

Saturday 18 th June ~
6:00 pm  arrival, show starts at 6:30

~ featuring the works of 2 Maitland composers;
19th Century Mina Waltz by Senor Lardelli
and a new work,
Steam Motion by 21st century composer Russell Thornton
Premiering @ Sun Street Studios

Music performed by Pianist Erin Sweetman,
B. Mus, Hons, Dip. Ed, L. Mus, A. Musread Erin’s bio

$30 per person
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Boydell’s sparkling wine & canapes on arrival.
Comperes Heather McLaren OAM
& Maitland’s poet larrikin, Bill Carney


Historic Piano Recital Programme

Featuring the Mina Waltz

 Composed by Guglielmo Enrico Lardelli F.R.C.O.

Sun Street Studios 18th June 2022

Pianist: Ms Erin Sweetman B. Mus, Hons, Dip. Ed, L. Mus, A. Mus

MC: Mrs Heather McLaren B. Mus Ed. Dip Ed.TC OAM

Secretary Board of Directors at Hunter Valley Grammar School and Patron and President of Maitland City Choir

Poet: Bill Carney aka The Poet Larrikin


Introductory Poem by Bill Carney

Douce Plainte by Lardelli

Nocturne in E flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 by Chopin.

Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4 by Rachmaninoff 

Clair de lune by Debussy

Danza de la moza donosa  by Ginastera

In the Middle from Loopy Lady by Sally Whitwell

Steam Motion by Russell Thornton

Mina Waltz by Lardelli

 Poem by Bill Carney

A unique tribute to Guglielmo Lardelli

Guglielmo Enrico Lardelli F.R.C.O.

Guglielmo Enrico Lardellii composer and pianist/organist came to Australia in 1875 as an eighteen year old. Known as Signor Lardelli, while in Australia he composed hundreds of songs and pianoforte pieces, wrote the music for several theatrical monologues, and collaborated on at least one comic opera (Katherine, 1895). Although he returned to England several times, including two five year periods, Lardelli’s musical career was mostly undertaken in Australia. He spent a number of years in Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide but was also associated with several regional centres during his time in Australia – notably the Hunter Valley city of Maitland (1882-85), Grafton, Bathurst and Townsville.
At various times he held positions as church organist and choirmaster and as a conductor – including choral societies and orchestras. He was also actively involved in teaching (primarily piano and voice), and held an array of administrative positions with various colleges and official organisations.

While in Maitland he married Edith Annia Pauline Gorrick, under the Anglicised version of his name William Henry Lardelli. Signora Lardelli was an accomplished soprano and music teacher.

Re-discovering Guglielmo Enrico Lardelli & his compositions

The story of Guglielmo Enrico Lardelli was brought to Maitland’s attention by Val Rudkin (historian and honorary member of Maitland & District Historical Society) who researched and wrote an article for the MDHS Bulletin on this fascinating musical gentleman. His connection had been largely forgotten in the local community and is now celebrated.

Ms Erin Sweetman B. Mus, Hons, Dip. Ed, L. Mus, A. Mus

Erin performed in a recital for the Maitland Heritage Festival in 2021, featuring the “Mindaribba Waltz” by Henry Hyndes. She is thrilled to be featured again as soloist in the 2022 Festival.  

Erin holds a Bachelor of Music from the Newcastle Conservatorium with First Class Honours, and has achieved the Licentiate and Associate Diploma of Music in both Piano and Clarinet with distinction.

As soloist and accompanist, Erin has toured nationally and internationally. She performed in the Newcastle Music Festival from 2016 – 2019, and the Newcastle Art Gallery Concert series. Since 2012, Erin has accompanied the award-winning ensemble, Hunter Singers, and has accompanied the choir at International choral festivals and performances, including the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. Erin accompanied the Hunter Singers for their Classic FM Live recital. 

In 2016, Erin attended the Music Director Intensive at Goodspeed Opera House in New York. Later that year, Erin recorded an album with cellist Anthea Scott-Mitchell, Into the Silence.

Erin is currently a member of staff at St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton. She has experienced success in the classroom with many students achieving outstanding results in HSC Music 1, Music 2 and Extension. Erin also continues to teach piano students in her own studio. 

In 2021, Erin performed in the 1:1 concert series that was held in Newcastle and Maitland (MRAG), an International response and fundraiser to help support musicians that had been impacted due to loss of income following the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021,Erin also performed in the musical CHESS at the Civic Theatre.

Most recently, Erin performed for the Newcastle Writers Festival. Erin took to the stage with author, Julia Baird and cellist Anthea Scott-Mitchell. She performed works selected by Julia to follow readings from her book “Phosphorescence”. 

Later this year, Erin will be performing Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata with Violinist, Susan Collins in the Newcastle Music Festival. She will also be performing a Mozart Piano Concerto with Christ Church Cathedral’s Camerata and has plans to record another album with Anthea Scott-Mitchell.

Russell Thornton composer of Steam Motion

Russell Thornton, an Australian composer and music educator has resided in Maitland his whole life. From his local studio he composes music for television, particularly within Children’s TV. Since 2005 he has received 11 nominations for his work at the Screen Music Awards, winning his first in 2012. Russell is currently a full time member of the music faculty staff at St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm.

Steam Motion:  This piece connects with Maitland’s rich locomotive heritage, and reflects the majesty and momentum of a Steam Train journey. Commencing with the grandeur of seeing a locomotive, the piece then introduces driving and repetitive rhythms to propel the listens journey aboard.

Bill Carney aka The Poet Larrikin

Maitland poet, Bill Carney has been writing and performing poetry for over 30 years. He has a varied repertoire, and is part of the Maitland Verses Poet’s program.

The Sun Street Studio’s Pianos

The recital will be played on the studio’s Kawai KG-3C Custom Made Conservatorium Grand Piano. The studio is home also to a Laffargue of New York Player Piano imported by W. H. Palings & Company and a 1840s Collard & Collard Grand Piano.

Read More On Sun Street Studios’ Pianos

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