Tuesdays Till Two Concerts return on 26th April

After our wonderfully successful comeback  concerts, (thank you everyone who came to one or more and donated so generously!) a new season of Tuesdays Till Two of eight concerts begins on 26th April.

The flyer on the left is also available in PDF format and can be found in St John’s and various other locations in the city centre.

We’ll then break for just over a month before our summer season which looks like this:

19th July: Angharad Rowlands and Joseph Cavalli-Price (Mezzo-Soprano & Piano)
26th July: James Bowstead (Organ)
9th August: Katherine Clarke (Singing Violist)
16th August: Richard Allum (Piano)
23rd August: Robert-John Edwards and Fergus Black (Bass-Baritone & Piano)
30th August: Kramer Durcan Duo (Violin & Piano)

Please note that there now won’t be a concert on 2nd August.

Already confirmed for the autumn we have:

20th September: Antonio Oyarzabal (Piano)
27th September: Dolce Flute Quartet
4th October: Jill Crossland (Piano)
11th October: Naomi Sullivan and Charles Matthews (Saxophone & Piano)
18th October: Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones and Elizabeth Mucha (Violin & Piano)

Further dates and additional details will be given here as soon as they are available.

14th June: Lunchtime Concert – Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones and David Newland (Violin & Viola)

In a change to our previously advertised programme, our spring season of concerts concludes with a violin and viola duo concert. Bulgarian violinist Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones is joined by violist and former RPO member David Newland for a concert featuring music by Handel, Mozart and American violinist and composer Benedikt Brydern.

Krassimira’s Violin & Piano Duo concert with Elizabeth Mucha will now take place on 18th October, to allow time for Elizabeth to recover from a recent operation.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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.

Programme:

Handel (arranged Johan Halvorsen) – Sarabande

Mozart – Duo for violin and viola B flat Major:
1. Adagio. Allegro
2. Andante cantabile
3. Thema con variazioni. Andante grazioso

Benedikt Brydern – Bebop for Beagles:
1. Hoover’s Holiday
2. Roosevelt’s Sun Shower
3. Flea Control: Mission Impossible
4. Kitchen Blues
5. Bebop for Beagles

About Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones:

Violinist Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones received her MA in Music Performance in the National Music Academy in her native Sofia, Bulgaria. She then continued honing her skills with renowned violin professors such as Franco Gulli, Igor Bezrodni and K. Aroutounian in Brussels, Belgium and Moscow, Russia. She became a highly versatile musician, being involved in a wide range of activities, from orchestra membership, to leadership of a number of chamber orchestras, co-leadership of the world renowned Moscow Academic State Orchestra and extensive solo performances. Her professional career took her to a number of countries, such as Russia, France, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, Japan, Egypt, Spain, among others.

She moved to the UK in September 2015 and has since been involved in a number of solo, chamber music and orchestra performances in London’s St. Martin in the Fields, Brighton’s Open Borders Festival, Bishop Stortford, Cambridge, Bury St. Edmunds, Brentwood, among others. She lives and teaches in Essex, having performed the solo part in a few major violin concertos, such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

About David Newland:

David Newland comes from Stoke-on-Trent where he showed early promise as a violin student. He gained a music scholarship to Repton and went on to study music at the Royal Manchester College of Music under Endre Wolf and Paul Cropper. His first orchestral appointment was with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra where he became sub principal viola. After a spell as principal viola with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, he subsequently came to London as sub-principal with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and then co-principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has now retired from the RPO but still enjoys freelance work, chamber music, gardening, and following the activities of his grandchildren.

7th June: Lunchtime Concert – Chris Why and James Bowstead (Tenor & Piano)

Once again, Tuesdays Till Two is bringing two new performers to St John’s as we welcome tenor Chris Why and pianist and organist James Bowstead for a concert with a decidedly Anglo-Italian programme, featuring operatic and oratorio arias, Italian and Neapolitan popular song, and some classic traditional songs. With a song by Queen Victoria’s singing professor, Paolo Tosti, who was later knighted by Edward VII, as well as rousing patriotic song “The British Grenadiers” there’s also a respectful nod to the Platinum Jubilee.

As ever the church will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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.

James Bowstead will be returning to St John’s for a lunchtime organ concert on 26th July, as part of our summer season of lunchtime concerts.

Programme:

Comfort Ye & Ev’ry Valley (Messiah) – George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759)
Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (Die Zauberflöte) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Nessun Dorma (Turandot) – Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)

Marechiare (Canto Napoletano) – Paolo Tosti (1846 – 1916)
La Danza (Soirées musicales) – Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
Caro Mio Ben – Tommaso Giordani (1730 – 1806)

The British Grenadiers – trad
Salley Gardens – trad
Shenandoah – trad
Danny Boy – trad

About Chris Why:

Chris is a freelance tenor based in West Yorkshire and currently studies with
Paul Nilon. He began his musical training as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral and has served as a Lay Clerk at both Wakefield and Manchester Cathedrals. He has a First-class degree in music from the University of Sheffield. Subsequently, being awarded the Mrs Stewart Blake recital prize in his final year and the Young Singers Bursary with professional ensemble Stile Antico.
He currently performs nationally on the oratorio and recital stages. Recent
highlights include Schumann Dichterliebe, Bach Johannes-Passion (St Mary
Redcliffe), Verdi Requiem (Bath Bach Choir), Britten Saint Nicolas (East Riding
County Choir), Handel Messiah (Salford Choral Society), and singing for Leeds
Rhinos Rugby Club. Alongside this, Chris teaches singing privately and at
Gateways Independent School in Harewood, Leeds.

About James Bowstead:

James Bowstead is Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, where he plays the organ or directs the choir for the daily services and contributes to the training and rehearsal of the boy and girl choristers. He was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he was the Senior Organ Scholar, responsible for directing the voluntary choir, with whom he toured to Cologne, Bratislava, Vienna, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Whilst at Oxford he studied organ with Steven Grahl and choral conducting with Paul Spicer. He graduated in 2015, following which he worked as Organist in Residence at Pangbourne College in Berkshire and Organ Scholar at All Saints Church, Fulham, home to one of the best amateur church choirs in the country, and then as Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral (after an audition on the St John’s organ!)

He gained his FRCO in Winter 2018 and has given recitals at Jesus and Exeter Colleges, Oxford, at the 2015 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, and as part of the inaugural recital series on the newly-restored organ at the Moot Hall in Colchester. He is also a composer and arranger, having had works recorded by the Choir of Jesus College, Oxford for Regent, published by Novello and performed in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales.

31st May: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Irena Radić

Our lunchtime concert season continues with our final solo piano concert of the season, given by Irena Radić, a former young musician of the year in both Peterborough and Oundle, now a graduate of the RCM in London and an award winning pianist.

As ever the church will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

This will be an hour-long concert, but for those who need to be elsewhere by 2pm, there will be an opportunity to leave just after 1.45pm, before the final piece.

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.

Irena’s programme for this concert, which has been in preparation for many months, includes several works by Russian born composers, which some may find difficult at the current time. Irena writes:

“I wholeheartedly condemn the actions of Putin and anyone who supports him. The music has not in any way been chosen because of the composers’ nationalities. While Medtner, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin were born in Russia, they spent large portions of their lives living abroad – in the UK, US and Switzerland respectively. But first and foremost, these works were not in any way intended as political statements when written, so their music has been programmed simply because it is wonderful music. This programme includes pieces that are dear to me for many reasons – some of which have helped me through difficult times. They came from the hearts and minds of individual humans, yet they have the transcendental power to move and connect with anyone anywhere in the world, more than a century after they were written, through the pure and universal language that is music.”

Programme:

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
– Prelude in C# minor Op. 45 (1841)
– Prelude in Ab major Op. posth (1834)

Nikolai Medtner (1880 – 1951)
4 Fairy Tales Op.26 (1910 – 1912)
– No.1 in Eb major: Allegretto frescamente
– No.2 in Eb major: Molto vivace
– No.3 in F minor: Narrante a piacere
– No.4 in F# minor: Sostenuto

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
10 Preludes Op.23 (1901 – 1903)
– No.1 in F# minor: Largo
– No.2 in Bb major: Maestoso
– No.3 in D minor: Tempo di minuetto
– No.4 in D major: Andante cantabile
– No.5 in G minor: Alla marcia
– No.6 in Eb major: Andante
– No.7 in C minor: Allegro

—– (short break) —–

Alexander Scriabin (1872 – 1915)
Piano Sonata no.4 in F# Op.30 (1903 – 1904)
– i. Andante
– ii. Prestissimo volando

About Irena Radić:

An award-winning pianist and versatile chamber musician, Irena Radić is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Niel Immelman and Dina Parakhina as a Cotes-Burgan Scholar. She completed her Master of Performance degree with distinction in 2020, and holds a First Class Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree (2018). Prior to that she attended the RCM’s Junior Department where she studied with Lynette Stulting, supported by the Tsukanov Family Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Else and Leonard Cross Charitable Trust. As a recipient of the John Mortimer Award, Irena was selected as a Philharmonia MMSF Piano Fellow 2018-19, and was a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award Holder 2018. She is also grateful to have received support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Hilda Martindale Educational Trust and the St Marylebone Educational Foundation.

A finalist in the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition (2018), Irena won second prize in the RCM’s Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition (2018) and was a prizewinner at two international music festivals: Verão Classico Masterclasses (2017) (Portugal) and Alion Baltic International Music Festival (2017) (Estonia). Other awards include the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize (2014), Young Musician of the Year (2013) at both Peterborough and Oundle Music Festivals, the Head of Junior Programmes Prize (2013), and runner up in the Gordon Turner Memorial Competition (2013) receiving the May Edwards Memorial Prize. She was also chosen to perform at the Wigmore Hall as a prizewinner in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival (2012 & 2013). Irena has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, The Forge, Bolivar Hall, Routh Hall, West Road Concert Hall and the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. She has also performed in numerous masterclasses with pianists including Bruno Canino, Charles Owen, Cristina Ortiz, Eldar Nebolsin, Jura Margulis, Mikhail Voskresensky and Norma Fisher.

Most recently, performances have featured works such as Rachmaninoff’s 10 Preludes Op.23, Brahms’ Piano Trio no.1 in B major, Prokofiev’s Five Melodies Op.35 for Violin & Piano, Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute & Piano, Schumann’s Three Romances Op.94 for Oboe & Piano and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major Op.70 No.1 ‘Ghost’. Other recent performances have included Mozart’s Sonata in D for 2 Pianos, Schumann’s Humoreske Op.20, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, a world première of Tantrum – a new work for Piano and Percussion by Nino Russell, and two performances of Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion. She regularly works with musicians including Martin James Bartlett (piano), Katherine Bryer (oboe), Sirius Chau (flute), and is a founding member Trio Tonada with David López Ibañez (violin) and Deni Teo (cello). With Swedish guitarist Jonatan Bougt, she creates new arrangements for their Guitar and Piano duo and their current programme includes Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes Op.34, which they have arranged with kind permission from Irina Shostakovich. In 2016 they won second prize at the Twents Guitar Festival in the Netherlands.

Alongside her career as a concert pianist, Irena is a dedicated and passionate teacher who has a wide range of students of all ages and abilities. When working with children, her teaching is inspired by the Suzuki method, having studied with Jenny Macmillan from an early age. Irena teaches privately and, since 2020, as a Visiting Music Teacher at St Catherine’s School in Bramley.

Irena also plays orchestral piano and celeste and has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Diego Masson, Alexander Polishchuk, Peter Stark, Richard Dickins and Tim Lines in venues including Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Festival Hall. Recent performances include works such as Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Ravel’s Daphnis & Chloé, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, Shostakovich’s Symphonies nos. 1 & 5, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Reich’s Three Movements for Orchestra and Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra.

24th May: Lunchtime Concert – Andy Harris & Fergus Black (Trumpet & Piano)

Our lunchtime concert season continues with trumpeter Andy Harris, Trumpet Leader for Sheffield Music Hub, who is performing here for the first time, together with pianist Fergus Black Together they will take us on a Trumpet Journey through Europe, from Padre Martini in 18th century Bologna, via France, Spain, and the Steppes in Carl Höhne’s Slavic Fantasy, to the gypsies of Hungary in Monti’s famous Czardas.

As ever the church will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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.

Programme:

Toccata in D – Martini
Slavishe Fantasie – Carl Höhne
There is a path (from Folk Melodies) – Witold Lutoslawski
Paths for solo trumpet- Toru Takemitsu
Farewell to Stromness – Peter Maxwell Davies
Posthorn Galop – Hermann Koenig
Catalonia (second movement) – Richard Peaslee
Trumpet Concerto (third movement) – Johann Nepomuk Hummel
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Gabriel’s Oboe – Ennio Morricone

About Andy Harris:

Andy is a trumpeter who spent his school days in Uppingham and gained a place with the orchestras and bands in the Leicestershire Arts Music Service, culminating in principal trumpet with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. He then trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he won the ‘Alfred Corfield’ trumpet prize in his final year and was awarded a BMus Honours Degree.

He began teaching with Derbyshire Music Partnership and also found himself in a UB40 tribute band touring Europe for 10 years. Andy has been involved in many commercial music events, shows and festivals. He is very interested in the Baroque period and loves playing the music from this golden age of trumpet. He has played in almost every genre of music from orchestral to Asian wedding bands. Currently he is involved in a trio of trumpet, soprano and organ called “Sounds of Splendour” which not only play the baroque repertoire but have been pushing the boundaries with their own versions of artists like Beyoncé.

Andy has always been very keen to learn as much as possible about brass playing and the trumpet in particular. In 2011 he spent some time in America studying with Clint ‘Pops’ McLaughlin, one of the leading trumpet teachers in the world which completely transformed his playing and his teaching.

About Fergus Black:

Fergus Black was born in Scotland. After taking his degree at St. Andrews University, he studied music in the USA at the University of Pennsylvania and at UCLA, before returning to the UK. He works as a freelance musician: performing and teaching – both privately and in schools. He gives occasional piano recitals, and is often found as a duet partner for chamber music recitals with singers and instrumentalists. Recent recitals have been with violinist, violist, trumpeter and flautist. Some of his work with the trumpeter Andy Harris can be found on YouTube.

He lives in Peterborough with his wife, Helen, and his web site is at www.fergusblackmusic.uk

17th May: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Valentin Schiedermair

Our lunchtime concert season continues with our second solo piano concert of the season, given by German pianist Valentin Schiedermair, who is performing at St John’s for the first time.

As ever the church will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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.

Programme:

Scarlatti – Sonatas in E major K.380 & 531
Soler – Sonatas in D minor and D major
Beethoven – Pathétique Sonata in C minor Op.13
Chopin – Waltz in A flat major Op.34 No.1
Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau in F sharp minor Op.39 No.3
Liszt – Tarantella di Napoli

About Valentin Schiedermair:

A Valentin Schiedermair performance is more than just a concert: it is a musical event. This London-based German pianist engages with his audience and draws on all his exceptional background and experience to take them on a musical journey. His objective is simple – to share the joy and excitement of music with his audience.

Valentin Schiedermair’s solo tours of China, Taiwan and Singapore drew enthusiastic audiences in fifteen major cities. In Taipei alone he has already given six recitals and they usually finish only after five or six encores. The University of Shenzhen has awarded him a guest professorship in recognition of his contribution to the musical exchange between China and Germany. TimeOut magazine in Singapore made his recital No1 critics’ choice of the month. It was attended by the German Ambassador and he was invited to give the final concert of the first Singapore Beethoven Sonata Cycle. He also gave the opening concert of the Beethoven Piano Festival in Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn, Germany.

Schiedermair, who made his debut at a sold-out Berlin Philharmonic Hall, learned from some of the best and has been developing his unique blend of virtuosity and insight in concerts, recitals and orchestral performances world wide for more than 30 years. He comes from a family of scholars with musical roots going back to the 18th century and grew up playing chamber music with his father at the cello. His great-grandfather, himself a pianist and composer, was one of the leading musicologists of his day. He published the first complete edition of Mozart’s letters and founded the Beethoven Archive in Germany, the leading research centre for Beethoven.

Valentin Schiedermair received a classical education in Heidelberg where he studied at the music academy with Paul Dan and won first prize in a piano competition. Another prize in Lugano followed, and he took lessons with the Chopin prize-winner Halina Czerny-Stefanska and her Polish husband Ludwig Stefanski. Aged 20 he won a further prize in Barcelona and was chosen as one of two German students in the performing arts to continue his studies in New York with scholarships from the Annette Kade Foundation and the Fulbright Commission.

In New York Schiedermair found a stimulating mix of teachers. He heard Horowitz play in Carnegie Hall and took lessons with Gary Graffman, Horowitz’s favourite pupil, who taught him much of the core classical and Romantic repertoire. He continued his studies at the Vienna Music Academy under Hans Kann, then in London with Peter Wallfisch at the Royal College of Music. Master classes with virtuosos Shura Cherkassky, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and many others completed his studies. Not surprisingly, he is now in demand for master classes in Europe and Asia where he passes on the musical tradition he experienced first-hand. Master classes have taken place at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Shenzhen University in China, the National Chiayi University in Taiwan, the Chinese Culture University, Shih Chien University and Aletheia University in Taipei as well as the Mannheim Music Academy in Germany and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

Since his first radio recording aged 16 Schiedermair has developed a large repertoire and his concert career has taken him all over the world. He is a frequent guest at international festivals and has given live and recorded recitals for radio. His CDs have won him many friends in Asia, where he tours regularly.

Valentin Schiedermair also composes and teaches composition. He grew up in a family with a close affinity to the music of Mozart, Beethoven and the romantic composers. While his style is essentially intimate and lyrical, his playing conveys passion and drama in equal measure. He enjoys researching the historical and biographical background to the music he plays to get as close to it as possible – and to share this enjoyment with his audience.

10th May: Lunchtime Concert – Amara Duo (Flute & Harp)

See this event on facebookAfter her Tuesdays Till Two début the previous week, flautist Dana Morgan returns to St John’s on 10th May as one half of the Amara Duo. Her musical partner this time will be Hungarian harpist Rita Schindler, and their programme,”Tales of Love – Romance of the Flute and Harp”, will indeed be a whirlwind romance – with a slow dance, a gentle boat ride, a passionate tango, and a lover’s greeting composed by Elgar for his future bride.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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.

Programme: “Tales of Love – Romance of the Flute and Harp”

Saint-Saens – Romance
Alwyn – Naiades
Jongen – Danse Lente
Elgar – Salut d’Amour
Debussy – En Bateau
Piazzola – Histoire du Tango

About Dana Morgan:

Picture of DanaDana studied the flute at the Royal Northern College of Music, before becoming fascinated by improvisation and contemporary music. She has won five star reviews for her playing as well as being the recipient of various prizes and accolades. Concerto performances include those by Khachaturian, Nielsen, Ibert, Reinecke and the Violin Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn.
She enjoys a varied freelance career with an emphasis on chamber music and as a soloist, with Cuillin Sound, the Amara Ensemble (flute/harp) and Phileas (flute/piano) being her main focus.
Dana is passionate about encouraging students to perform to the best of their ability, lecturing on performance techniques and giving masterclasses and workshops on contemporary flute methods throughout the UK. She is the flute tutor for the Universities of Nottingham and Sheffield in addition to having taught for the University of Leicester and the Royal Air Force. She has been a guest tutor for Trinity Laban and the flute tutor for Raasay Music Courses and Malvern Winds.
Dana is currently working on a series of compositions for solo flute, including for glissando headjoint, and a new publication about the inner techniques of flute playing.

About Rita Schindler:

Hungarian harpist Rita Schindler pursues a varied career as a musician and teacher. Her playing has been described as ‘beguiled with a broad range of colours’, and in 2019 she was appointed principal harp tutor at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
As an orchestral musician, Rita performs regularly with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ulster Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra and has worked with many other orchestras throughout the country including Opera North, Opera Nova, Southbank Sinfonia, Welsh National Opera, English String Orchestra, the CBSO and Mid Wales Opera.
Her performing career also includes solo and chamber recitals, choir and concerto performances, BBC Radio 3 and 4 live broadcasts, appearances at The Proms, and recordings for Signum Classics and Naxos Records.
Her awards include Sir John Barbirolli Recipient Young Artist of the Royal Philharmonic Society, chamber music competition winner at North London Festival of Music and Drama, and winner of Central England Ensemble Concerto Competition.
Rita began her music education at Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir School in Budapest before moving to England to pursue her undergraduate harp studies with Catherine White at Birmingham Conservatoire. She went on to complete her postgraduate studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the guidance of Imogen Barford. The following year she received an Honorary Junior Fellowship from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she now teaches in the senior and junior Conservatoire in balance with her busy career as a performer.

3rd May: Lunchtime Concert – Dana Morgan and Charles Matthews (Flute & Piano)

On the eve of “Star Wars Day” we have our first lunchtime concert of 2022 featuring two new stars in perfect harmony! Flautist Dana Morgan and pianist Charles Matthew are both appearing at Tuesdays Till Two for the first time, although Dana has performed several times at Piccolo. And, like all the best blockbusters, this concert will have a sequel because Dana and her flute will be returning on 10th May as the flute half of flute+harp duo “Amara Duo”, which also features Rita Schindler.

From the warmth and joyfulness of J.S. Bach’s Sonata in E major, to the elegance and quicksilver virtuosity of Taffanel’s Grande Fantasie on Mignon, this concert delves into the vocal tendencies of the flute. And from coloratura bravura to the  tenderness of Schubert’s Ständchen, the programme also features works by Mozart, Ravel and Sigfrid Karg-Elert.

Almost an extension of the human voice, the sound of the flute is unique in the way it can create a kaleidoscope of colours and styles, making music almost a form of storytelling.
Dana Morgan and Charles Matthews are prize winning artists who have performed internationally as recitalists and soloists, first working together as a duo on a tour around Australia and New Zealand. Their playing has been praised for its verve, energy and sensitivity.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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.

Programme: “The Singing Flute”

Sonata in E Major BWV 1035 – J S Bach
    Adagio ma non tanto
    Allegro
    Siciliano
    Allegro assai
Andante in C K .315 – Mozart
Ständchen – Schubert
Sinfonische Kanzone – Karg-Elert
Pièce en forme de Habenera – Ravel
Grande Fantasie sur Mignon – Taffanel

About Dana Morgan:

Picture of DanaDana studied the flute at the Royal Northern College of Music, before becoming fascinated by improvisation and contemporary music. She has won five star reviews for her playing as well as being the recipient of various prizes and accolades. Concerto performances include those by Khachaturian, Nielsen, Ibert, Reinecke and the Violin Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn.

She enjoys a varied freelance career with an emphasis on chamber music and as a soloist, with Cuillin Sound, the Amara Ensemble (flute/harp) and Phileas (flute/piano) being her main focus.

Dana is passionate about encouraging students to perform to the best of their ability, lecturing on performance techniques and giving masterclasses and workshops on contemporary flute methods throughout the UK. She is the flute tutor for the Universities of Nottingham and Sheffield in addition to having taught for the University of Leicester and the Royal Air Force. She has been a guest tutor for Trinity Laban and the flute tutor for Raasay Music Courses and Malvern Winds.

Dana is currently working on a series of compositions for solo flute, including for glissando headjoint, and a new publication about the inner techniques of flute playing.

About Charles Matthews:

Charles attended the Royal College of Music, London, and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has won various awards, including first prize in the 1999 Liszt Organ Interpretation Competition in Budapest. His most recent solo recording is of Francis Routh’s cycle The Well-Tempered Pianist; some tracks from this CD can be heard free of charge at the composer’s website.
A collection of Charles’ compositions for flute and piano was published in 2006 by Schott.

Recent engagements include solo performances in the UK, Greece and Spain, as well as duo recitals with saxophone, flute, recorder, violin, viola and ‘cello.

Charles works as piano accompanist and organ tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and also as a coach for the annual Curso Internacional Matisse in El Escorial, Spain.

Charles is married with three children.

26th April: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Stephen Raine

Pianist Stephen Raine, making his St John’s début, is the first performer in a new season of eight lunchtime concerts that almost all feature first appearances at Tuesdays Till Two. Stephen’s programme is a blend of old and new, featuring works by Bach, Haydn, and Philip Glass.

As ever the church will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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.

Programme:

J.S. Bach – French Suite No. 5 in G Major BWV 816

i – Allemande
ii – Courante
iii – Sarabande
iv – Gavotte
v – Bouree
vi – Loure
vii – Gigue

J. Haydn – Sonata for Keyboard No 50 in D Hob XVI/37

i – Allegro con brio
ii – Largo e sostenuto
iii – Finale, Presto ma non troppo

Philip Glass – Metamorphosis Two – Piano Etude No.6

About Stephen Raine:

Stephen Raine is an artist who is inspired to bring music to an all-encompassing audience. Born in Durham, UK Stephen began studying music at the age of 6. He first played the Piano Accordion and performed frequently in concerts and festivals throughout his childhood. He began studying the piano after being inspired by hearing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and includes Bach in many of his performances.
Stephen graduated from the London College of Music in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree and a Licentiate of the London College of Music (LLCM) diploma in Piano Performance. While studying with Jill Crossland he developed a particular affinity with Baroque repertoire, specialising in the study and performance of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.

Stephen continues to perform extensively in the UK and abroad and has performed at venues such as Steinway Hall, London and Sage Gateshead Hall 1 to a sold out audience. He has also been broadcast live on the Italian station “Radio Libera Tutti” (RLT) with performances from recitals in Italy. Stephen has also released an album, Live In Recital, containing works of J.S. Bach and Mozart.

10th April at 6.30pm: Stainer’s Crucifixion

St John’s annual ‘Come-and-Sing’ performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion, with soloists Leslie Crowson and Simon Nurser, accompanied by John Arkell on the organ. The choir is directed by Elizabeth Arkell, our director of music. This special performance begins at 6:30pm.

If you would like to sing, please get in touch with the parish office at office@peterborough-stjohns.org.uk or by phone on 01733 563978.
Admission is free, with a retiring collection to go towards the church.