The inaugural recital was given in St John’s Flinders by the legendary pianist Geoffrey Tozer in 2005.  Currently more than 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 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.


Sunday 24 April at 3pm: Australian Chamber Choir – Vivaldi Gloria. Bookings:  Admission: $50

Saturday 7 May at 2pm: Inventi Ensemble – Dvorak and the New World. Bookings:  Admission: $40

Saturday 28 May at 2.30pm: Flinders Quartet – A Life’s Work. Bookings:  Admission: Two recital subscription (inc 12 November) $52; or Single recital $30

Sunday 19 June at 2pm: Classical guitarist Clancy McLeod, From the Great Romantics Competition at Melbourne Recital Centre 2021. Bookings:  Admission: Adult $25 Early Bird until 29 May, after that $35. Student (secondary & tertiary) $15.

Sunday 24 July at 2pm: Peninsula Chamber Musicians – Beethoven Septet & Nielsen. Bookings:  Admission: Adult $30, Concession $22, Children free

Saturday 6 August at 2pm: Inventi Ensemble – Sibelius and the Curious Land of Karelia. Bookings:  Admission: $40

Sunday 4 September at 2pm: Peninsula Chamber Musicians – Mendelssohn Octet. Bookings:  Admission: Adult $30, Concession $22, Children free

Sunday 23 October at 3pm: Genesis Baroque & Sara Macliver – The Italian Tour. Bookings:  Admission: $50

Saturday 12 November at 2.30pm: Flinders Quartet – Beethoven and the Vignettes. Bookings:  Admission: Two recital subscription (inc 28 May) $52; or Single recital $30

Sunday 4 December at 1pm: Inventi Ensemble & Liane Keegan – Sea Windows Celebration. Bookings: Admission – $40

The Recitals in 2022 are being generously supported by Bendigo Bank Community Bank Balnarring and District.

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