Shepparton String Ensemble filled St Paul’s Lutheran Church

By Liz Mellino

The sweet sound of the Shepparton String Ensemble filled St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Shepparton on Saturday.

The octet of local string players was joined on stage by members of the Flinders Quartet for a community performance of works by Giacomo Puccini and Scott Joplin.

The Shepparton String Ensemble, launched in 2016, is part of John Noble’s Quartet Program which trains students in regional and rural Victoria.

‘‘This year we have an amazing partnership with Flinders Quartet who are our artistic patrons,’’ Mr Noble said.

‘‘They have gone out to most of our quartets in the region and mentored the students... they are also putting on concerts in those regions where they invite students to play alongside them.’’

Mr Noble said there were plans to expand the Quartet Program interstate and potentially overseas in the coming years, offering students online training and monthly mentoring sessions.

Mr Noble said Saturday’s performance was an opportunity for the Shepparton Ensemble to play alongside other gifted musicians.

‘‘This is the first of many concerts in this area and particularly in this venue,’’ he said.

‘‘I know everyone that attends will enjoy the concerts because it is so much fun.’’

For more information about John Noble’s Quartet Program or the Flinders Quartet, visit https://www.johnnoblesquartet program.com/ or http://www.flindersquartet.com/