Bumper Autumn Season

Autumn Tuesdays Till Two Season

The autumn season of Tuesdays Till Two begins on 26th September with the first of four classical concerts. We’ll then take a foray into the world of Jazz in our fifth concert, which will take place in the café area. Then a week later we’ll have our final Tuesdays Till Two event of the year when we welcome back local Poetry Collective Poetry United.

As always concerts will begin promptly at 1pm, and the café will be open from noon. Please try to arrive by 12.45pm if you intend to buy something from the café, as if too many people try to buy from the café at the last minute the concert may have to start while people are still queueing at the café. We generally open the café for a few minutes at the end of the performance as well, for the benefit of those who arrive late (or who want some cake to take home for later!).

The dates are as follows:

26th September: Zoltan Galyas (Piano)
3rd October: Estevão Devides (Guitar)
10th October: Harriet Mountford & Ben Horden (Soprano & Piano)
17th October: Richard Allum (Piano)
24th October: Sara Hawkes & Ivan Garford (Vocals & Piano)
31st October: “Harvest and Renewal” with Poets United

poster with all our autumn concerts (well almost all!) can be downloaded in PDF format, and there is also a two-sided flyer.

Other Concerts  in St John’s

But, in addition to our usual Tuesday lunchtime concerts, there is a whole host of other concerts and events taking place in St John’s this autumn. In particular there is an exciting season of five evening concerts, promoted by Peterborough Vocal Collective.

There is also a Wednesday lunchtime concert by Leeds based choir St Peter’s Singers on 25th October. And, if that weren’t enough for you we have now a Friday evening concert, Opera versus Jazz!, at 7.30pm on 20th October, following Christina Johnston’s Miracle of the Voice concert on 29th September.

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26th September: Lunchtime Concert – Zoltan Galyas (Piano)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season begins with a concert by Slovak pianist Zoltan Galyas.

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 £4.

Programme:

Chopin – Ballade no.1 op.23
Chopin – Scherzo no.4 op.54
Chopin – Polonaise no.2 op.26
Rachmaninoff – Etude no.5 op.39
Rachmaninoff – Etude no.8 op.39
Liszt – Sonetto 104 del Petrarca no.5
Scriabin – Etude no.1 op.2
Schumann – Arabesque op.18

About Zoltan:

Slovak pianist Zoltan Galyas was born into a Hungarian musical family in 1992. He began to play piano at age of 10 under Valeria Hricovova at the Elemenyary art school of music (SVK). Two years later he gave his first piano recital and soon after he was a 1st prize winner at national competition of Dezider Kardos. At age of 13 Zoltan was offered a place at State Conservatory of music and Dance in Košice where he studied with professor Dravecka. In 2005 he and his family moves to England and four years later Zoltan was offered a place at the Voyager Academyin Peterborough, specialising in teaching, accompanying and coaching. Here he had a significant role in school productions of musicals such as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.
Zoltan is currently studying with Russian professor Alexander Ardakov at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where his mentors and teachers includes Gabrielle Baldocci, Penelope Roskell and Geza Hosszu Legocky.

29th September: Evening Concert at 7pm – The Miracle of the Voice

On 29th September St John’s will welcome opera singer Christina Johnston. Christina is coming to Peterborough as part of her ten concert tour of the East of England, which celebrates the launch of her début album “Blessing”, to be released on 22nd September. The concert will start at 7pm.

Christina, who will be performing with talented Russian pianist Inga Goldsmith, is originally from Framlingham in Suffolk (also home to contemporaries Ed Sheeran and Laura Wright), but has been living abroad making a name for herself since graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has made solo tours in Europe, Asia and South America, and has become very popular in the Czech Republic, appearing regularly in front of the Czech President, who has dubbed her “The Angel”.  She has sung at an EU summit in front of several other European presidents, and also for the Chinese president, who was so impressed by her performance, that he invited her to China to sing as part of events commemorating the anniversary of the ending of World War II. Christina also performs regularly for film scores – most recently for “Interlude in Prague”.

Christina is said by many in the music world to be one of a kind, with a vocal range and agility that few can dream of, and her concert will be an evening of spectacular coloratura arias, featuring the highest pieces ever written for the human voice. Mozart, Delibes, Rachmaninov, Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod, Handel, Grieg, Johann Strauss, and Canteloube all feature on “Blessing” and Christina can be heard singing in no fewer than nine different languages on her new album. Highlights include the notoriously difficult arias ‘Der Hölle Rache’ from Mozart’s Magic Flute and ‘Bell Song’ from Lakmé by Delibes, but every aria, whether popular or rarely heard, is perfectly suited to Christina’s high coloratura voice.

Tickets, price £15 will be available on the door. Advance tickets are available from TicketLine for only £9, including booking fee, if you supply this promotion code when purchasing your ticket: 45OFFALL

3rd October: Lunchtime Concert – Estevão Devides (Guitar)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a concert by Brazilian guitarist Estevão Devides, who is making his Tuesdays Till Two début with a programme including several pieces by Brazilian composers.

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 £4.

Programme:

Canários – Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710)
Astúrias – Isaac Albéniz (1860 – 1909)
Song for Anna  – André Popp & Jean Claude Massoulier
Greensleeves – Trad
Lágrima (Tear) }  – Francisco Tárrega (1852 – 1909)
Capricho Árabe }
Bachianinha n°1 – Paulinho Nogueira (1929 – 2003)
Preludio n°1 – Heitor Villa Lobos(1887-1959)
Samba do Avião (Airplane Samba) – Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927 – 1994)
Asa Branca/ Prelude n°5 – Luiz Gonzaga(1912 – 1989)/ Guerra Peixe (1914 – 1993)
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin (1971)
Imagine/Let it be – The Beatles (1969)
Tico-tico no Fubá – Zequinha de Abreu

About Estevão Devides

Estevão began studying the guitar at the age of 9. Born in Brazil he studied at the Conservatory of Tatuí in Brazil and graduated in a Licentiate of Music Degree from the Unimes- University of Santos.
In Brazil he has performed in schools, theatres and museums sponsored by companies in partnership with the Ministry of Culture. This financed his first recording of a CD in 2014 with 25,000 free copies that were distributed to students during his school performances.
He has participated in international guitar festivals, performing master classes with renowned guitarists such as: Berta Rojas (Paraguay); Jorge Caballero (Peru) and Duo Assad (Brazil).
In 2013, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture selected Estevão to be part of a Cultural Exchange which included free concerts at Whitefriars Church School, Snettisham Primary School and Forward Day Centre in King’s Lynn, where he currently lives.

10th October: Lunchtime Concert – “A Lover’s Journey”, Harriet Mountford & Ben Horden (Soprano & Piano)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a concert by soprano Harriet Mountford, who is making her Tuesdays Till Two début. Harriet’s piano accompanist will be Ben Horden, who is making his second appearance at Tuesdays Till Two after accompanying Jonathan Hanley here earlier this year. This concert is entitled “A Lover’s Journey” and is a depiction of a young girl’s first journey of love and loss through Lieder, Song and Mélodie. Music by Schumann, Quilter, Ravel and more.

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 £4.

About Harriet Mountford:

Harriet Mountford (Soprano) was born in 1990 and grew up in the hills of Herefordshire. On leaving school she moved to Dublin, where she sang in the choir of Christ Church Cathedral under the direction of Judy Martin, and with the Charles Wood Singers, directed by David Hill. Whilst in Dublin Harriet studied singing with Lynda Lee at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Subsequently, Harriet moved to Edinburgh where she continued her studies with Peter Wilson. She sang in many consorts including Sospiri Baroque, and performed at St Mary’s Cathedral as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

In 2010 Harriet commenced University studies, graduating from the University of York with First Class Honours in Music. As a First-Study Singer, Harriet specialised in performance and historically informed technique. She studied singing with both Yvonne Seymour and Rachel Nicholls, and worked regularly with Paul Farrington. Whilst at York Harriet had a busy performing career both as a soloist and consort singer with many ensembles, including University Chamber Choir, Spectrum Ensemble, and Incognito with whom she performed in the UK’s premiere concert for the European Day of Early Music 2013, under the direction of Robert Hollingworth.

Since graduating Harriet has moved to Berkshire, where for the past three years she has been studying singing and performance privately with Jane Highfield. She enjoys a varied career of oratorio, recital and consort singing, and continues to build on her opera performance opportunities. Further engagements this year include a performance of Requiem in C minor (Haydn) and Coronation Mass (Mozart) for Axminster Choral Society, and a recital of English Song back in her home county of Herefordshire.

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.

17th October: Lunchtime Concert – Richard Allum (Piano)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a piano concert by pianist and organist Richard Allum, his first solo concert with us since 2014.

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 £4.

Programme:

J S Bach – Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Dvorak – Poetic Tone Pictures: On the Road and Night; Jesting
Mozart – Sonata in G major, K 283
Grieg – Lyric Pieces: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen; Notturno; March of the Dwarfs

About Richard Allum:

Born in Peterborough, Richard Allum studied piano with Colin Molyneux before going up to read Music at Durham University where he was Senior Organ Scholar at University College. He studied piano with Barry Maleham and graduated in 2009 with one of the highest final recital marks in the department’s history. He has since been made a Licentiate of Trinity College London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Schools of Music.

Richard was a double prize-winner at the 2005 Oundle International Festival, a Hesse Scholar at the 2006 Aldeburgh Festival, and a Finalist in the European Piano Teachers’ Association Piano Competition for three years running, winning first prize in 2008. This led to him being awarded a scholarship to study at the Birmingham International Piano Academy with John Lill and Peter Donohoe. In recent years, he has participated in master classes with Noriko Ogawa, Murray Maclachlan, Steven Osborne and Andràs Schiff, the latter for BBC Radio 3 at the Bridgewater Hall.

Much in demand as an accompanist, he enjoys a number of exciting partnerships with leading singers and instrumentalists, and is also a member of the Chichester-based Little London Trio. Recent engagements have taken him to venues in the UK, France, Italy, and Australia.

Richard combines concert work with his role as Assistant Director of Music at Westbourne House School in Chichester, West Sussex.

Our biggest season yet

Joe Conway’s review in the Peterborough Telegraph of two recent concerts

Our season of six summer concerts has just ended with a first appearance at Tuesdays Till Two by cellist Helen Downham. Two of the concerts attracted audiences of well over 100 people, and three donations of over £400, which has gone a long way to ensuring that Tuesdays Till Two will be able to continue in 2018. All the concerts have been very well received. A special mention goes out to accompanist Kate Wishart, who has now appeared in three of this year’s concerts, after she replaced Helen’s scheduled accompanist with only four days notice!

Tuesdays Till Two is now taking a short break until 26th September. Look out for news about our programme for the remainder of year, which will be appearing on this site and on the Events at St John’s facebook page soon.

Thanks also to Joe Conway, who has reviewed a number of our recent concerts for the Peterborough Telegraph.