The inaugural recital was given in St John’s Flinders by the legendary pianist Geoffrey Tozer in 2005.  Currently around 80 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 1889 Bechstein grand piano.

In 2018 St Mark’s Balnarring gratefully received the historically significant pipe organ donated by Whitley College, University of Melbourne.  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.

This Recital Series is kindly supported by Bendigo Bank Balnarring & District Community Bank.


Currently around 80 recitals…


Sun 10 March at 2.30pm: BRIAN CHAPMAN AND FRIENDS. Beethoven, Franck & Mendelssohn cello and violin sonatas and the  Mendelssohn piano trio No 1

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Sat 23 March at 2.30pm: FLINDERS QUARTET Legacy Mozart String Quartet in A major & works by Ethel Smyth and Gordon Kerry

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Sun 28 April at 2.00pm: PENINSULA CHAMBER MUSICIANS Autumn Winds: A journey from Russia to France including works of Hindemith & Fauré

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Sun 19 May at 2.00pm: MELBOURNE OPERA Figaro and Friends Artists from the company that brought Wagner’s Ring to Bendigo in 2023

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Sun 23 June at 2.00pm: GENESIS BAROQUE Paris Quartets, Three of Telemann’s renowned 18th century quartets

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Sun 4 August at 2.00pm: MELBOURNE OPERA Opera Stars of the Future Experience the talent being nurtured by this dynamic company

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Sun 8 September at 2.00pm: PENINSULA CHAMBER MUSICIANS Spring Strings Works of Shostakovich, Sculthorpe and Vine

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Sun 15 September at 2.00pm: 150th ANNIVERSARY ORGAN RECITAL – Donald Nicolson, organ & Anthony Pope, trumpet. A celebration of the St John’s 1874 William Anderson pipe organ

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Sat 26 October at 2.30pm: FLINDERS QUARTET The Mendelssohns – A special two hour program focused on the talents of Fanny and Felix.

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Sun 3 November at 2.00pm: GEOFFREY TOZER 70th BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE – Lachlan Redd, piano. Spotlighting the late iconic Tozer’s compositions and favourite works.

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Sun 1 December at 2.00pm: GENESIS BAROQUE Christmas Picnics and Parties. Delicious works of the French Baroque to celebrate the festive season

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General Recital Enquiries: John Barren, Recitals Coordinator for St John’s Flinders, 5989 8620

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INVENTI ENSEMBLE – Video recording

On Sunday, 10 March 2019 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