Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Sion­nie Kelly

A breath­tak­ing blend of mod­ern and clas­si­cal mu­sic was per­formed when the In­venti Ensem­ble took to the stage at St Paul’s Lutheran Church on Sun­day.

In­venti Ensem­ble in­clude Melissa Doecke on flute, Ben Opie on oboe and Peter de Jager on pi­ano.

The trio have per­formed in­ter­na­tion­ally at Lon­don’s South­bank, the BBC Proms and also at mu­sic fes­ti­vals in Abu Dhabi, Prague, Italy and the United States.

They have also struck a note in Aus­tralia, play­ing dur­ing Mel­bourne Knowl­edge Week, Mel­bourne Mu­sic Week and the Alice in the Desert Fes­ti­val at Alice Springs.

St Paul’s Lutheran Church pas­tor, Rev­erend Matt Anker, said this was the first time the church had held a mu­sic recital and about 65 peo­ple had come along.

‘‘It was fan­tas­tic,’’ he said. ‘‘It was a lovely af­ter­noon; peo­ple seemed to thor­oughly enjoy it.

‘‘Af­ter com­ple­tion of our new church build­ing in 2014, mem­bers of St Paul’s were look­ing for ways to share it with the wider com­mu­nity. Given the Lutheran church’s rich mu­si­cal her­itage, it seemed only nat­u­ral that we might do this through a cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic.’’

Shep­par­ton res­i­dent Chris Walker said the per­for­mance was sublime.

‘‘They really were mu­si­cians of the high­est stan­dard,’’ he said. ‘‘They had a won­der­ful pro­gram. I had high expectations be­cause I knew those peo­ple were highly skilled.’’

Mr Walker said ev­ery­one who saw and heard them per­form spoke very pos­i­tively about the ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘I think it ex­ceeded ev­ery­one’s ex­pec­ta­tion,’’ he said.

Mr Walker said the In­venti Mu­si­cians also spoke about their com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity per­for­mance, which he be­lieved was very im­por­tant.

Rev Anker said the church planned to hold an­other mu­sic recital on Jan­uary 30 next year with lo­cal artist Ce­leste Cari.

Rev Anker said the In­venti Ensem­ble has also ex­pressed in­ter­est in com­ing back to Shep­par­ton for an­other per­for­mance.

Pic­ture: Julie Mercer

In­venti Ensem­ble: Melissa Doecke on flute, Ben Opie on oboe. Right, The Ensem­ble, with Peter de Jager on pi­ano, played to an at­ten­tive, ap­pre­cia­tive gath­er­ing.

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