RECITALS AT ST JOHN’S FLINDERS AND ST MARK’S BALNARRING

The inaugural recital was given in St John’s Flinders by the legendary pianist Geoffrey Tozer in 2005.  Currently around 50 recitals have 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 a number of times, providing definitive performances of baroque repertoire, notably a memorable chamber performance of Handel’s Messiah in 2019.

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 including an exciting presentation by the Inventi Ensemble of the Mozart Church Sonatas.

Details of the 2020 recital program are below.


The Anzac Weekend Recital is kindly supported by Bendigo Bank.

The recitals at St John’s in 2020 are subsidized by the Recital Development Fund of the Anglican Parish of Flinders and Balnarring 

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RECITALS 2020

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ANZAC WEEKEND RECITAL 2020

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

FAURE REQUIEM

Sponsored by Bendigo Bank Balnarring.

Bookings: www.AusChoir.org



ZOE KNIGHTON, CELLO

SATURDAY 28 MARCH at 2.00pm

The complete suites for solo violoncello by J. S. Bach

Performed by Zoe Knighton, cellist of the Flinders Quartet and leading Melbourne solo artist

Bookings: Trybooking.com/589284



INVENTI ENSEMBLE

SUNDAY 15 MARCH at 2.00pm

Dreams of Norway

Director: Ben Opie

Bookings: www.inventiensemble.com



INVENTI ENSEMBLE

SUNDAY 17 MAY at 2.00pm

Opera Reimagined

Director: Ben Opie

Bookings: www.inventiensemble.com



INVENTI ENSEMBLE

SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER at 2.00pm

Swan Lake

Director: Ben Opie

Bookings: www.inventiensemble.com



LATITUDE 37

SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER at 2.30pm

Meditations: Sublime contemplative music from the 17th century and beyond

Director: Julia Fredersdorff

Bookings: www.latitude37baroque.com



PENINSULA CHAMBER MUSICIANS

SUNDAY 23 AUGUST at 2.00pm

Mendelssohn Octet for Strings
Mozart Musical Joke for Strings

Artistic Director: Andrew Hall

Bookings: www.peninsulachambermusicians.com.au



PENINSULA CHAMBER MUSICIANS

SUNDAY 26 JULY at 2.00pm

Beethoven Septet for Wind and Strings
Nielsen Serenata

Artistic Director: Andrew Hall

Bookings: www.peninsulachambermusicians.com.au


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.

INVENTI ENSEMBLE

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

PROGRAM

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