Programme – Sensory Concerts® Drummoyne


  1. Handel  – Alla Hornpipe from Water Music  and La Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks 
  2. TchaikovskyNeapolitan Dance from Swan Lake
  3. Bizet“Habanera” from Carmen
  4. Rossini- Excerpt from William Tell Overture
  5. Bob Thiele and George Weiss  What a wonderful world
  6. Hummel  – “Rondo” from Trumpet concerto in Eb
  7. Morricone – Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission

Colin Grisdale, trumpet

Teije Hylkema, cello

Grace Kim, piano



Colin Grisdale, Trumpet

Colin Grisdale began playing trumpet at 8 years of age at York Primary School under the tuition of Raymond ‘Lofty’ Gallagher, winning his first competition later that year. As a student of Conservatorium High School, he twice performed as soloist at the Sydney Opera House, Toured the USA as guest soloist with the Sydney Schools Singers, won numerous competitions and at the age of 16 gained his A.Mus.A with Distinction. 

After Achieving a perfect score for Extension Music and performing at “Encore”, Colin attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney where he was Principal Trumpet of the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra for 4 years touring South America, New Caledonia and Europe. He twice performed Concertos as soloist with the Conservatorium Orchestra whilst studying Diploma in Music performance and Graduate Diploma of Music performance as well as gaining his L.MusA. 

Colin currently works with the Opera Australia Orchestra where he regularly performs as a guest principal trumpet. He also works with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has played with other orchestra including the English Royal Ballet, Sydney Sinfonia, Sydney Philharmonia, The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Sydney Concert Orchestra, Sydney Festival Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra as well as touring China on two occasions with his brass quintet, who play at St Andrews Cathedral, Sydney. 

Colin also works as a session musician playing on numerous film soundtracks, commercial and solo works as well as performing regularly as a soloist in recitals and concerts around Sydney.

Colin is married to French Hornist Katy Grisdale and has two beautiful sons, Owen and Benedict.

Teije Hylkema, cello

Teije Hylkema is the Principal Cellist of the Opera Australia Orchestra. He moved from The Netherlands to Australia in 2012 and has worked as a guest principal with various orchestras including Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Teije has also performed in close collaborations with major art companies such as Opera Queensland, Opera Victoria, Australian Ballet, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dance North.

In the Netherlands, Teije was the co-principal cellist at the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, an orchestra that specialised in Baroque and modern repertoire with chief conductors Jaap van Zweden and Frans Brüggen.

He was also a regular guest in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding and Claudio Abbado.

Teije is a dedicated chamber music player, both on modern and Baroque cello.

He has performed in many chamber music festivals in Europe and in Australia, including the Linari Classics (Italy), Port Fairy Spring Festival, Tyalgum Music Festival, Sydney Chamber Music Festival and the “Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields” Festival.

His performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto at the City Recital Hall received great critical acclaim.

Teije has performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations for The Australian Ballet’s Sydney and Melbourne production with Orchestra Victoria and The Opera Australia Orchestra.

Teije plays a cello by Camillo Mandelli da Calco (1916).

Teije is a founding member of Sensory Concerts®.


Grace Kim, piano

“A scintillating performance… Pianist Grace Kim was brilliant.” The Press (NZ)

Winston Churchill Fellow, concert pianist, artistic director and music educator Grace Kim believes that quality live music should be accessible to everyone with a desire to hear it.

Her Sensory Concerts® and Mountain Concerts series ensure that it does. As a concerto soloist, Grace has performed with symphony orchestras of Australasia, Belgium, Russia, and Ukraine in some of the most prestigious venues. Respected by her peers, Grace is able to attract internationally-recognised colleagues to perform at her Mountain Concerts and Sensory Concerts series.

Among her numerous international and national prizes, the former child prodigy was a prizewinner of Bellini International Piano Competition (Italy), Citta di Marsala International Piano Competition, and National Keyboard Winner of the 2000 Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, also receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust. After graduating from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she gained two Master of Music degrees at Melbourne University and Rotterdam Conservatorium (Cum Laude) and was the 2002 Inaugural Fellow of the  Australian National Academy of Music.

Many of her performances have been broadcast on radio and television. In 2006 she performed before Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and Australian Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery at 400th anniversary celebrations of Dutch-Australian contact. In 2012, Grace performed before 200 international diplomats and ambassadors in Canberra, as well as in Parliament House for University of Melbourne 150-year celebration. She has also performed several times at the NSW Government House including at the Winston Churchill Fellowship’s 50th Anniversary National Convention before dignitaries.

Grace’s passion for chamber music has seen her regularly work with eminent artists, and in 2007/08 she was the Artistic Director of the Summer Concert Series in the celebrated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. 

Returning after living and working in the Netherlands for eight years, Grace is now based in the Blue Mountains and Sydney.

A mother of two young children, Grace is an advocate for quality music education. She founded Sensory Concerts® to provide quality classical music concerts for children and adults with sensory needs. In 2018, Grace also made her debut as an author, with “Noah’s Story” written together with her son, about life with Asperger’s Syndrome. Noah’s Story is available globally online.

Grace currently teaches in the Rising Stars Program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and undertaking research on “Calming effects of repetition in music for children with sensory sensitivities” at The MARCS Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Development. 


Jane Wearn, Psychologist, BA (Psych), Master of Applied Psychology, MAPS  

Jane has over 25 years’ experience providing assessment and treatment services to children and adolescents, adults and families in the public and private sector. She uses a family/person-centred approach to assist in addressing an individual’s core needs. This promotes effective intervention to assist individuals reach their full potential.

Jane is experienced working in consultation with GPs, psychiatrists, paediatricians, speech pathologist, occupational therapists, teachers and other health professionals.

She has a special interest in helping children and adults overcome difficulties with anxiety, depression and emotional regulation. Jane has extensive experience assisting individuals with learning, developmental and intellectual disabilities and childhood behaviour difficulties.

Jenny Wu, Physiotherapist, BAppSc (Physio), Science MBA (Executive) 

Jenny Wu is a physiotherapist who specialises in neurological conditions such as Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord injury and Neuromuscular disorders. She is the owner of Rehab Therapies, a specialist allied health service for those with neurological conditions and complex rehabilitation needs.

With over 15 years of physiotherapy experience, she has worked in major organisations and hospitals including St Vincent’s Hospital, War Memorial Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and The Cerebral Palsy alliance.

Jenny helped to build the Orthopaedic Surgery service for children with Cerebral Palsy at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where she worked closely with leading Orthopaedic surgeons and Rehabilitation Specialists.

During her time at Performance health, Jenny was often confronted with the lack of neurological care providers outside of the health system. She is the owner of Rehab Therapies, which combines Jenny’s  knowledge and experience in clinical care and business.

Her vision for Rehab Therapies is to create a sustainable, holistic expert service for adult and children where clients are “Treated Like Family”.


Sensory Concerts® is the brainchild of Grace Kim: a concert pianist and a mother with a fierce determination to make quality music accessible to all, without fear of social judgement. When her oldest son was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, she noticed there was a lack of live high-quality concert opportunities for families with sensory and additional needs, commonly associated with Autism, ADHD, physical and intellectual disabilities.

In 2017, she piloted her first Sensory Concerts® – with small numbers, various sensory-friendly seating options, retreat space, freedom of movement, and onsite therapist support. The music is designed to calm the senses and contain elements that are known to be attractive to those on the Autism spectrum. Performed by acclaimed musicians, patrons could experience “Opera House” standard performances up close and personal.

The concerts are designed to satisfy both first-timers and seasoned concert goers alike.

Since the successful pilot concert, the demand for Sensory Concerts® has been growing.  Presenting throughout regional and metropolitan NSW, Melbourne, and Adelaide, they produced their first CD thanks to the support of the ING Dreamstarter crowdfunding campaign.