Tuesdays Till Two Summer Concerts

Our next season of Tuesdays Till Two concerts begins on 24th July at 1pm. The lineup looks like this:

24th July: The Stringlers
31st July: Apollo Opera
7th August: Alasdair Cameron (Piano)
14th August: Leon King (Viola)
21st August: Richard Allum (Piano)
28th August: Deirde Culloty, Rowena Bass & Bruce Burbidge (Flute, Harp & Piano)

You can download the Summer 2018 Tuesdays Till Two Concerts Poster in PDF format.

After that Tuesdays Till Two will be taking a break until it returns on 25th September with the first of five more classical concerts, to be followed by four concerts featuring jazz and folk musicians.

As usual The Green Backyard pop-up café team will be providing home made cakes, scones and quiche before the concerts from noon.


Heritage Festival at St John’s

Beneath one of Antony Gormley’s “Places to Be” sculptures, preparations were taking place today for the Heritage Festival just outside St John’s.

But plenty will be happening inside St John’s too during the festival. On Saturday between 10am and 4pm:

June and Vernon’s exhibition and the café will also be open between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday.

3rd July: Lunchtime Talk – “Thank God I’m Gay!” with Jayne Ozanne

Can you be Christian and Gay? Of course! But for many years, Jayne Ozanne believed the two were incompatible and tried desperately to change her sexuality. Now she is out and proud, and thanks God for making her the woman she is. Come and hear her story of how she came to say “Thank God I’m Gay!” in this special “Tuesdays Till Two” lunchtime talk, taking place as one of the events the Peterborough Pride 2018 festival.

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche, cakes, scones etc will be on sale. This week 50% of the profits will go to the Ozanne Foundation, with the remainder going to the GBY.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible, to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £4. St John’s has waived the fee it usually charges St John’s CIC for church hire, so any donations in excess of Jayne’s travel costs will go to the Ozanne Foundation.

“Thank God I’m Gay!” is just one of almost thirty events taking place as part of Peterborough Pride 2018. The full programme of events is available in the Peterborough Pride Brochure.

About Jayne Ozanne:

Jayne Ozanne is a prominent evangelical Anglican who came out in 2015. She is the founder and director of The Ozanne foundation, which believes in a world where all are accepted and equally valued and works with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to celebrate the equality and diversity of all. Her autobiography “Just Love: A journey of self-acceptance” will be published by Darton, Longman and Todd.

16th June: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm “I was there” talks by children’s author Stuart Hill

Jump into a world of fierce battles, brave knights, and great armies!

Step Back in Time with children’s author Stuart Hill in three talks “I was there” talks suitable for ages 7 and up. Stuart will be delving deep into specific time periods in his three talks, and will read from his thrilling novels. Find out what life was like for a young boy at each of these eras, and you might even hear some ghost stories! Stuart will also be offering fascinating tales from when he worked as an archaeologist, including digging up skulls…

11.30am – Richard III: step back into the life of a medieval prince
1.30pm – The Life of a Young Knight in Training
3.30pm – Viking Invasion – step back into the fight for York

‘I was There … Richard III’ is the thrilling story of a young boy acting as a page to England’s last Plantagenet king. Children will love this vivid first-hand account of a child’s experience of a royal court. Perfect for children intrigued by Richard III’s exhumation and reburial.

The Life of a Young Knight in Training will enable children to put themselves in the place of a boy destined for battle. What was life like? What would you need to learn? Come along and find out!

‘I was There … Viking Invasion’ is an exciting account of a young boy helping to defend his village against fearsome Viking invaders. Children will love this vivid first-hand account of a child’s experience of the Vikings.

Each talk is free and lasts around thirty minutes and copies of Stuart’s books will be available for purchase and to have signed.

Stuart Hill is the award-winning author of the ‘I Was There’ series for younger children, and the ‘Icemark’ trilogy of historical fantasy novels for older readers. His novels have been translated into 18 languages and he is invited to many schools and festivals to talk about his work. As well as being a writer, Stuart is also an artist.

12th June: Lunchtime Concert – The Dolce Flute Quartet

The last of our spring season of Tuesdays Till Two concerts features four up-and-coming flautists studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In a programme entitled “A Journey from Mower to Mendelssohn” they’ll take you through whirlpools, midsummer dreams and the beautiful French countryside.

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.


Mike Mower – “Fictions”
I – Whirlpool
Pierre-Max Dubois – Quator for Flutes
Jean-Michel Damase – Quatour de Flutes
I – Allegro Deciso
II – Andantino
IV – Allegro vivace
Claude Debussy – Arabesque no.1 arranged for Flute Quartet
Felix Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture transcribed by Kyril Magg

About the Performers:

The Dolce Flute Quartet formed at the RNCM in 2015 and has since been performing in and around the North West, including playing at the final of the Ken Griffith Flute Prize. In 2016 the quartet participated in a workshop with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. It has also received coaching from performing artists such as Rob Buckland, Melinda Maxwell, Laura Jellicoe, Petr Prause and Stephen Preston.

The members of the quartet are Hannah Clark, Grace Callaghan, Emily Revill and Cara Houghton.

Hannah Clark:

22 year old flautist Hannah Clark is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) with Laura Jellicoe. Prior to joining RNCM, Hannah studied at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she learnt with Lisa Nelsen.

In 2014, she was appointed principal flautist of the National Youth Wind Ensemble and played under the baton of Philip Scott and Cynthia Johnston Turner. In 2015 she joined the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and performed at Cadogan Hall in London.

At the RNCM, she regularly performs with the college’s most prestigious orchestras and ensembles including playing alongside Alexander Sitkovestky and Leonard Elsenbroich in Brahms’ double concerto for violin and cello and as principal flautist at the Bridgewater Hall under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. In only her second year she successfully auditioned for the final of RNCM’s Concerto Competition where she performed Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto.

This year Hannah has been playing alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the college’s professional engagement scheme. She recently played live on BBC Radio 3 with the orchestra as part of their studio concert series at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Grace Callaghan:

Grace is a third year undergraduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying with Laura Jellicoe. She has participated in masterclasses with the likes of James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Joshua Batty and Ian Clarke. Prior to joining RNCM, Grace studied privately with Carolyn Kelly whilst also playing in various ensembles at Bromley Youth Music Trust.
At age 17 Grace was appointed principal flautist of Bromley Youth Symphony orchestra and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra, performing at the Royal Festival Hall alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as her solo and orchestral playing, Grace is also a keen chamber musician, previously playing Mozart’s flute quartet with the Maggini quartet and established several chamber groups whilst at college. Since joining the RNCM, Grace has played in many ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band and Opera Orchestra.

Emily Revill:

Emily is currently studying under Laura Jellicoe at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. Originally from Derby, Emily has been involved in many orchestral projects across the East Midlands, playing with well established amateur ensembles such as the Nottingham Philharmonic and Derby Concert Orchestra, as well as with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Orchestra. In 2013, she toured Toyota City in Japan with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band, performing high profile concerts for the mayor and also appearing on local Japanese TV.

Now living and studying in Manchester, Emily has played in a variety of the RNCM’s ensembles, including the Wind Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Sinfonietta and most recently RNCM’s Symphony Orchestra. Emily has also participated in master classes with musicians such as Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Richard Davis and Ian Clarke

Cara Houghton:

Cara grew up in a musical family and tried her hand at many instruments before finding the flute when she was 12. Currently in her second year of studies at the RNCM, she is interested in broadening her musical direction- taking a keen interest in genres from contemporary to jazz. She enjoys playing with the Dolce quartet on a regular basis and is excited to see what the future brings with opportunities for the quartet. She has performed with the RNCM chamber orchestra, concert orchestra, Baroque ensemble and jazz collective, and is looking forward to more performances with Dolce Flutes.

9th June: 7.30pm Evening Concert – Peterborough MS Group 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Peterborough Multiple Sclerosis Group invite you to come and celebrate its 50th Anniversary and enjoy a concert by professional opera singer Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues who will be accompanied on piano by Kate Wishart – Musical Director for Peterborough Opera.

A reminder that St John’s is fully accessible, but that there is no parking there – there are public car parks close by. Local transport links include the Bus Station which is approximately 5mins walk away and Peterborough Railway Station, approx. 8-10mins away.

The doors open at 19:00, please arrive in plenty of time to be seated before the concert starts at 19:30. Refreshments will be served in the interval.

Advance tickets are available for £8 from the welcome counter in St John’s when the café is open or from the Visitor Information Centre or you can call the MS Society on 07724 549479 or email Peterborough@mssociety.org.uk . Tickets will also be available on the door for £10. Please enquire if you are a carer and would like a free ticket.

5th June: Lunchtime Concert – Ellen Porter and Alec Hone (Cello & Piano)

For the last but one of our Spring lunchtime concerts we are delighted to welcome back cellist Ellen Porter and her accompanist Alec Hone, after their very well received Tuesdays Till Two début two years ago. Ellen will be playing two of her favourite cello works: the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano (Op. 40)). Remarkably, the Haydn concerto was for many years thought to be lost, but was rediscovered in 1961 when copy of the score was found in the National Museum in Prague. It has since become a staple of the cello repertoire. Like the Shostakovich sonata, composed some 170 years later and during a turbulent period in Shostakovich’s personal life, it is a work full of both expressive melody and virtuoso passages to take your breath away.

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.


Haydn – Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1
Shostakovich – Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40

About Ellen Porter:

Ellen Porter is a British cellist and studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo. She previously studied with David Smith, and has attended masterclasses with Hannah Roberts, Guy Johnston, Gillian Thoday, Emma Ferrand and Miklos Perenyi. As a passionate orchestral cellist, she has been Principal Cellist of the CBSO Youth Orchestra and has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Jac Van Steen and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Ellen studies baroque cello with Susan Sheppard, and receives regular coaching from Roger Hamilton, Harvey Davies, Annette Isserlis and Pauline Nobes. Ellen plays in a string quartet at the RNCM, who have a busy summer planned with concerts in and around Manchester as well as at the Oundle International Festival. As a soloist, Ellen has performed locally as well as in Hertfordshire and frequently in Manchester. Having grown up in the area and taken part in local music making, Ellen is delighted to return to Peterborough to work once again with pianist Alec Hone. Ellen would like to thank The Edna Newill Charitable Trust for their continued support throughout her musical studies.