The inaugural recital was given in St John’s Flinders by the legendary pianist Geoffrey Tozer in 2005.  Currently more than 60 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.


SUNDAY 12 MARCH, 2.30pm. Brian Chapman & Friends – Beethoven Extravaganza! Susan Pierotti – violin, Rosanne Hunt – cello, Brian Chapman – piano. Sonata in F major for Violin and Piano, Op.24 (“Spring Sonata”), Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano, Op.65, Andante favori in F major for solo Piano, Trio in G major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op.70 No.2 (“Ghost”).

Book tickets at Admission: $35

SUNDAY 16 APRIL, 2.00pm. Symphonic Dances. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninov’s birth, his Symphonic Dances receive the Inventi treatment! This beautiful and rich symphonic work features the colours and textures for which Rachmaninov is famous.

Book tickets at  Admission: $30

SUNDAY 7 MAY, 2.00pm. Peninsula Chamber Musicians featuring Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet Op 115 and Anne Boyd’s Ex Deo Lux.

Book tickets at  Admission: $35 Adults, Concession $25

SATURDAY 27 MAY, 2.30pm. Flinders Quartet – From Little Things ….A recital focusing on Dvorak’s renowned String Quartet No 13 in G major and works by Amy Beach and Australia’s own Anne Cawrse.

Book tickets at  Admission: Two-recital subscription (inc 21 Oct) $52. Single recital $30

SUNDAY 13 AUGUST, 2.00pm. Genesis Baroque – Kammermusik: Birth of a Golden Age. A recital taking us back to the creativity of Bach’s mentor, Buxtehude and his contemporaries, with our specialist musicians Sophie Gent & Lucinda Moon/baroque violins, Jen Kirsner – baroque violin/viola, Laura Vaughan – viola da gamba, Donald Nicolson – harpsichord.

Book tickets at  Admission: Two-recital subscription (inc 26 Nov) $90. Single recital $50

SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER, 2.00pm. Peninsula Chamber Musicians. A beautifully balanced program with Franz Schubert’s String Quintet D956 and Carl Vine’s String Quintet.

Book tickets at  Admission: Adults $35, Concession $25


Inventi Ensemble: Step into an Enchanted Forest. Featuring an arrangement of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.

Admission: $30

SATURDAY OCTOBER 21, 2.30pm. Flinders Quartet – Musical Portraits. A program featuring Smetana’s String Quartet No 1 in E minor and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8 in C minor along with the premiere of a new work by Maria Grenfell.

Book tickets at  Admission: Two-recital subscription (inc 27 May) $52. Single recital $30

SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER, 2.00pm. Genesis Baroque – Creative Heights. Two pinnacles of the chamber music canon are being presented: Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E flat major K407 and Beethoven’s Septet for strings, clarinet, horn and bassoon in E flat major, Opus 20.

Book tickets at  Admission: Two-recital subscription (inc 13 Aug) $90. Single recital $50     

SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER, 2.30pm. Choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral: Carols from St Paul’s. Choristers from St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne with Director of Music Philip Nicholls and Organist Lachlan Redd will be presenting a recital of carols, both traditional and new with the acclaimed musicians of our cathedral church in the intimate environment of St John’s Flinders.

Book tickets at  Admission: $50

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