Tuesdays Till Two Spring Concerts

We’re pleased to announce a new season of nine Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts will begin on 17th April.  Information about each concert can be found in the links below, and posters and flyers will be available in St John’s and other locations in the city centre. The poster on the left is also available in PDF format.

There will also be a Saturday lunchtime concert on 19th May.


19th May: Lunchtime Concert – “Die Schöne Müllerin”

In this 1pm Saturday lunchtime concert, Jonathan Hanley (tenor), accompanied by Nicky Losseff (piano) perform Schubert’s first major song cycle, ‘Die Schöne Müllerin’ in St John’s Church, Peterborough. Do please come and support them!

Admission is free, with a retiring collection towards the church.

Please note that there is no café before the concert, though the church’s regular Saturday morning café will be running from 10am until noon.

Johnathan Hanley is a lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral and the St John’s parish administrator.

18th May: 7.30pm Evening Concert – (Not Quite!) The Royal Wedding

Do you love a good wedding, but somehow or other the invitation you were expecting to Meghan and Harry’s big day didn’t get to you? Never mind! Come to St John’s on Friday 18th May and join our Jazz Queen vocalist Sara Hawkes, Guitar Prince Peter Ravenhill, and Duke of Saxophony Mark Wilkinson as they recreate the royal wedding party experience a modern royal family would give their butler’s right arm for!

With music by Queen and Prince, a right royal mix of jazz standards, golden oldies, and other musical gems that our musicians think will be on Meghan and Harry’s wedding disco playlist the following day , this is sure to be the most fun you can get from a royal wedding without actually going to Windsor on the day itself.

Refreshments during the interval will be provided by the GBY pop-up café team and will include cake and fizz. Expect bunting!

Book nowTickets are priced £8 if bought in advance or £10 on the door. Online tickets are £8.50 each. Doors open at 7pm and the wedding party will get started at 7.30pm.

About Sara Hawkes:

Originally from Blackpool, Sara moved to Peterborough to bring up her two children before returning to performing as a singer, at first mostly performing at open mic and jazz jam sessions. Her growing reputation has led to invitations to perform at numerous venues and events, both locally (e.g. John Clare Cottage, Oundle Festival Fringe, Key Theatre, Stamford Music Festival) and in her home town of Blackpool, where she recently performed as part of the Blackpool Pride Festival. Sara used to perform classical repertoire such as Opera and Art Song, and continues to train with a teacher who is a senior tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music but also now trains with top jazz artists and teachers.

About Peter Ravenhill:

Peter Ravenhill was inspired to take up the guitar after listening to the Shadows and Hank Marvin. He hasn’t stopped playing since. He has been in several local bands and has a love of Jazz and Blues. He has performed with Sara Hawkes at the Cambridge Jazz Festival and several concerts around Peterborough and is well known on the local scene for his versatility, skill and his love of a kebab! He is currently playing with Rockabilly band the Outsiders and has a three piece rockabilly band the Broadcasters as well as accompanying Sara on Jazz gigs.

15th May: Lunchtime Concert – Irena Radić (Piano)

The Tuesdays Till Two spring lunchtime concert season continues with another thrilling piano recital, this time featuring Irena Radić, who will be playing two contrasting sonatas: Beethoven’s intricate and charming Pastorale Sonata, to be followed by Prokofiev’s wild and dramatic Sonata no.6 in a programme full of relentless energy, breathtaking beauty, technical virtuosity and musical fireworks.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £5.

About Irena Radić:

British pianist Irena Radić is studying with Niel Immelman at the Royal College of Music, London. She has won many awards including the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize 2014, which led to a well-received recital at the Bolivar Hall. She performs regularly as both a soloist and chamber musician in a diverse range of repertoire – most recently with Martin James Bartlett in Mozart’s Sonata in D for 2 Pianos. Since 2015, she has performed in a duo with guitarist Jonatan Bougt, with whom she is creating new arrangements of works by Ravel and Shostakovich. The last year has also featured performances of Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and works for Piano and Percussion including a world premiere and Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion.

For more information please visit Irena’s website.

8th May: Lunchtime Concert – The Berridge Consort (Vocal Ensemble)

Our Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a début: the first professional appearance by new vocal ensemble The Berridge Consort. In a programme entitled “Consort and Choral Music of Scotland” they’ll be performing music written by Scottish composers, from the court of James I of England through to contemporary composers such as James MacMillan.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £5.

About The Berridge Consort:

The group was formed last year during the members’ time in the prestigious ‘Genesis Sixteen’ programme run by the Sixteen to coach promising young singers. Throughout the year, they gave performances in masterclasses with The Sixteen’s founder Harry Christopher, associate conductor Eamonn Dougann and members of The Sixteen. This is their first outing as a professional group, which they hope will be the first of many as they embark on solo, consort-singing and choral careers.

The singers are:

Lottie Bowden & Ellie Partridge (Sopranos)
Becca Leggett (Alto)
Jonathan Hanley (Tenor)
Nathan Harrison (Bass)

1st May: Lunchtime Concert – Antonio Oyarzabal (Piano) “Memorias de mi tierra”

For the first of five Tuesdays Till Two concerts in May we welcome back Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarazabal, who made his St John’s début last June. In a programme entitled “Memorias de mi tierra” (Memories of my country) he’ll present a musical journey through some of the most beautiful pieces of the piano repertoire by the greatest Spanish composers. Perhaps best known for their works written for the guitar, and for music which combines emotional intimacy and intensity with passionate musical fireworks, composers such as Albeniz, Falla, and Mompou also wrote wonderfully for the piano.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £5.


Guridi – Danzas Viejas (Old dances)
  -Tamborcillo de Navidad (Little Christmas Drum)
  -Muérdago, Zortzico del dolor (Mistletoe, Dance of Pain)
  -La Carrasquilla (Buckthorn)

Granados – Valses Poéticos (Poetic Waltzes)

Mompou – Scènes d’enfants (Children Scenes)
  Cris dans la rue
  Jeux dans la plage
  Jeux II
  Jeux III
  Jeunes filles au jardin

Albéniz – Rondeña, from Iberia

About Antonio Oyarzabal:

Antonio Oyarzabal is a concert pianist born in Bilbao (Spain) in 1989. He studied in Musikene with Marta Zabaleta and Miguel Borges. Later he graduated in Masters as a piano soloist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he recently finished the Artist Diploma, studying with Caroline Palmer. Antonio combines solo piano and chamber music performances. As a chamber music pianist, Antonio has recently made his debut in Barbican Hall performing Webern piano quintet for a pre-LSO performance . He has also performed with clarinetist Andrew Marriner, and with the Allegri Quartet and Southbank Sinfonia. As a soloist with orchestra, he has played Mozart Piano Concerto nº23 with Aldwych Sinfonia, Mozart 9th Piano Concerto with JOL in Spain, Shostakovich Piano Concerto in F with London Euphonia Orchestra and Poulenc Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (Spain). Antonio has also performed Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with European Union Youth Orchestra in Grafenegg, Austria. In January this year he performed Ravel Piano Concerto in G with YMSO at St John Smith Square.

As a solo pianist, Antonio performs recitals around the UK, in Spain, and abroad; and has recently presented his CD The Inner Child around Spain, in St Martin in the Fields (London) and in many cities around UK. This debut CD was recorded with Orpheus Classical international record label and has very recently been awarded the Golden Melomano prize in prestigious Melomano magazine.

Antonio received the Audience Special Prize and Finalist Prize in Campillos International Competition 2015, and the 2nd prize at the “Concours International d’Ile de France” in Paris, 2008. Antonio was the pianist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra – Foyle Future Firsts Programme 16/17.

28th April: Evening Concert – Gildenburgh Choir Spring Concert – Mozart’s Requiem

The Gildenburgh Choir perform Mozart’s Requiem and other choral music with guest organist Elizabeth Arkell, and soloists Glen Page, Anne McDonald, Leslie Crowson and Simon Nurser.

Tickets £10 (concessions for accompanied children and students only). Available on the door or in advance from David Perkins (Tel 01778 343158) or email to choir@gildenburghchoir.uk

The Gildenburgh Choir is a long established choir with about 50 members drawn from the city of Peterborough and the surrounding areas, who meet once a week (Mondays) during term-times to rehearse for concerts.


Ave Verum – Mozart
The Lord is my Shepherd – Schubert
Verleih uns Frieden – Mendelssohn
Zadok the Priest – Handel
Locus Iste – Bruckner
Beatus Vir – Monteverdi
[soloists from choir: Lynda Thomas (S), Jessica
Johns (S), Jenny Sheldrake (A), Alex MacAdam (T),
Jeremy Letts (T), Mark Harris (B)]


Mozart’s Requiem
        Dies Irae
        Tuba Mirum
        Rex Tremendae
        Confutatis Maledictis
        Domine Jesu
        Lux Aeterna

24th April: Lunchtime Concert: “Go, Lovely Rose” with Charles Cunliffe and Ben Horden (Baritone & Piano)

Our lunchtime concert today welcomes a new performer: the first appearance at Tuesdays Till Two by baritone Charles Cunliffe, who will be accompanied on piano by Ben Horden. In a programme entitled “Go, Lovely Rose” they’ll be performing twentieth century English songs celebrating spring and love.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £5.

Full details of the programme will be added later.

About Charles Cunliffe

Charles Cunliffe is an English baritone who is currently studying as an undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. He studies with Giles Underwood and Joseph Middleton. Previously, he was bass choral-scholar at Peterborough Cathedral.

About Ben Horden

Ben is an aspiring young artist pursuing a diverse career as an organist, keyboard player and conductor with a passion and affinity for seventeenth and eighteenth-century repertoires and, in particular, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Church music shaped much of Ben’s initial training and early career and he has previously held a number of distinguished positions. In January 2016, Ben graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of York with distinction (one of the highest ever awarded by the faculty). His studies with Professor Peter Seymour focused on Baroque performance practice and, more specifically, the ways in which the music of Johann Sebastian Bach was influenced by French, Italian and German cultures and practices and the work of those countries’ leading composers.

Ben often collaborates with singers, instrumentalists and ensembles as an accompanist and continuo player. He regularly accompanies many young aspiring singers in recitals of Baroque vocal music as well as art song and lieder. In his capacity as a solo artist, Ben’s career to date has taken him to some of England’s finest instruments and venues. Recent and forthcoming highlights include the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the London Handel Festival and La Madeleine, Paris.