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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SATURDAY 28 MARCH at 2.00pm @ St John’s Flinders
ZOE KNIGHTON, CELLO
The complete suites for solo violoncello by J. S. Bach
Performed by Zoe Knighton, cellist of the Flinders Quartet and leading Melbourne solo artist
Johann Sebastian Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello are some of the most recognizable solo compositions ever written for cello. Bach most likely composed them during the period 1717–23, when he served as Kapellmeister in Köthen.
As usual in a Baroque musical suite, after the prelude which begins each suite, all the other movements are based around baroque dance types. The cello suites are structured in six movements each: prelude, allemande, courante, sarabande, two minuets or two bourrees or two gavottes, and a final gigue. The Bach cello suites are considered to be among the most profound of all classical music works.
Due to the works’ technical demands difficulty in interpretation, the cello suites were little known and rarely publicly performed until they were revived and recorded by Pablo Casals early last century. They have since been performed and recorded by many renowned cellists, most recently by Yo Yo Ma. He has promoted them worldwide as some of Bach’s greatest musical achievements.
Zoe Knighton is a founding member of the Flinders Quartet and has toured internationally including Sweden, Canada and the UK. The Flinders Quartet appears regularly at Australian festivals as well as their own celebrated subscription series. Zoe has also been an associate artist with such star performers as pianist Amir Farid and guitar maestro Slava Grigoryan. The next phase of her professional development will be in meeting the challenge of the Bach cello suites. The St John’s Flinders audience will be the fortunate recipients. Don’t miss this special opportunity.
SUNDAY 23 AUGUST at 2.00pm @ St John’s Flinders
PENINSULA CHAMBER MUSICIANS
Mendelssohn Octet for Strings
Mozart Musical Joke for Strings
Artistic Director: Andrew Hall
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