The inaugural recital was given in St John’s Flinders by the legendary pianist Geoffrey Tozer in 2005.  By the end of 2016 a total of 30 recitals had been given by professional musicians from around Australia and, indeed, the world.  A special relationship has developed with the Basilica of St Quirinus in Neuss on Rhine. Distinguished German musicians have visited Flinders three times, providing definitive performances of baroque repertoire.

St John’s Flinders is an ideal recital venue, being intimate and blessed with an impressive acoustic.  The church houses an 1874 William Anderson pipe organ and a fine Bechstein grand piano.

In 2018 St Mark’s Balnarring gratefully received the historically significant organ donated by Whitley College. This made it possible to extend the recital series to include performances at Balnarring. We are very excited to welcome back Max Riebl but for the first time at St Mark’s.

Details of all performances are below.

The St John’s Recitals 2019 are kindly supported by Bendigo Bank

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Sunday 26 APRIL 2020 at 3:00pm @ St John’s Flinders


The capacity audience at the Queen’s Birthday Weekend recital this year responded to Stefan Cassomenos’ virtuosic performance of the Beethoven Symphonies 8 and 9 with a well deserved standing ovation.  Franz Liszt’s transcriptions for piano of the symphonies set an almost impossible task, particularly in the finale of the Ninth, with its great Ode to Joy for soloists, choir and orchestra.  This did not daunt Stefan and our dear 1889 Bechstein grand piano stood up to it too!

Our recital coincided with the ABC Classic FM poll to decide the listeners’ most popular composer.  Beethoven won and ours must have been the first all Beethoven recital to celebrate (had we known at the time!)

If you missed this recital, don’t miss the next with the return of Sun Aria winner countertenor Max Riedl on Sunday 4 August at 2.00pm at St Mark’s Balnarring.

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INVENTI ENSEMBLE – Video recording

On Sunday, 10 March at St John’s Anglican Church Flinders the INVENTI ENSEMBLE’s performance was recorded and, with their kind permission, this has now been made available free of charge to view.


Melissa Doecke flute
Ben Opie oboe
Peter Clark violin
Henry Justo viola
Paul Zabrowarny cello

This recital was lovingly dedicated to the memory of Pauline Buchan


W A MOZART (arr. G Davies): Marriage of Figaro Overture

J S BACH (arr. Inventi Ensemble) Art of Fugue

I  – 4 voice fugue on principal subject
III – 4 voice fugue on principal subject in inversion, employing intense chromaticism
IV – 4 voice fugue on principal subject in inversion, employing counter-subjects
V – Inverted theme with dotted rhythmic variation and many overlapping entries
VIII – Triple fugue with three subjects, having independent entries
X – Double fugue with two independent subjects and inverted retrograde at the tenth
IX – Double fugue, with two subjects and in invertible counterpoint at the 12th
Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta

HUBERT PARRY Motet – Never weather-beaten sail

CAERWEN MARTIN Women of the Earth (World Premiere)

SERGEI PROKOFIEV (arr. Inventi Ensemble) Classical Symphony

I – Allegro
II – Larghetto
III – Non troppo allegro
IV – Molto vivace