More Spring Lunchtime Concerts

Poster/Flyer with concert detailsAfter our Easter break Tuesdays Till Two concerts will start again on  30th April:

30th April: Apollo Opera
7th May: Zoltan and Jozef Galyas (Piano & Violin)
14th May: Jonathan Hanley & Nicky Losseff (Tenor & Piano)
21st May: Molly Parsons-Gurr & Christopher Benham (Cello & Piano)
28th May: Jill Crossland (Piano)
4th June: Stephen Barber (Organ)
11th June: “Frankie & Georgio” (Violin & Piano)

The flyer on the left is also available in PDF Format.

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14th May: Lunchtime Concert – Jonathan Hanley & Nicky Losseff (Tenor & Piano)

Our second May lunchtime concert features tenor Jonathan Hanley, who last year performed for us as part of the Berridge Consort. Accompanying him on piano, in her first appearance at Tuesdays Till Two, will be pianist Nicky Losseff. Last year they performed Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin” here together at a Saturday lunchtime concert, and this concert features song cycles by two other great composers: Beethoven’s “An die Ferne Geliebte” and Schumann’s “Liederkreis” (Op. 24).

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.

About Jonathan Hanley:

Born in Suffolk, Jonathan was a chorister and choral scholar at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich under the direction of Dr Michael Nicholas, before reading History at the University of York, where he was a choral scholar at York Minster. After graduating, he spent three years as a lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral and has been a member of the ‘Genesis Sixteen’ programme for young singers (2016/2017). He has now turned to freelance singing and currently studies with tenor, Richard Edgar Wilson. Jonathan is also a Monteverdi Choir Apprentice for 2018/2019.

Jonathan has performed as a soloist in the UK and Europe, including at the Trame Sonore Chamber Music Festival in Mantua, the York Early Music Festival and the Malcolm Arnold Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Nevill Holt Opera, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the Instruments of Time and Truth. Jonathan also enjoys performing English song and lieder, most recently performing Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin with pianist Nicky Losseff.

As an ensemble singer, Jonathan has worked with a variety of ensembles, most notably the Monteverdi Choir, Stile Antico, the Sixteen, the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Sansara, Chamber Choir of London, and the Oxford Consort of Voices, with whom he recorded Pelham Humfrey Symphony Anthems, released in 2018. He has also recorded with the choirs of York Minster, Peterborough Cathedral and The Sixteen.

This year, Jonathan will perform JS Bach St John Passion (Evangelist), Monteverdi Vespers (1610), and join the Monteverdi Choir for tours of Handel Semele and Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini in his role as a Monteverdi Apprentice. He will also appear in a contemporary opera performance and recording of Margaret Catchpole – Two Worlds Apart by Stephen Dodgson at Snape Maltings.

Find out more on Jonathan’s website.

About Nicky Losseff:

Nicky studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School as a child and then won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated with a Distinction and the Lloyd Hartley prize. She spent some years teaching in Iceland and then India, after which she completed a doctorate in historical musicology at Kings College, London. She was a lecturer at the University of York for over 20 years, publishing books, articles, editions and reviews on subjects ranging through medieval polyphony, nineteenth-century cultural studies, psychoanalysis, the aesthetics of silence, and the music of Bartók. She has broadcast for the BBC as a pianist and presenter, performed at international music festivals, and made recordings of contemporary piano music for the NMC label. In 2016, Nicky left academia to return to a life centred on the piano and now accompanies, performs and teaches full time.

7th May: Lunchtime Concert – Zoltan & Jozef Galyas (Piano & Violin)

Our lunchtime concert season continues with an unusual concert featuring two brothers and mixing classical and jazz repertoire. Pianist Zoltan Galyas is making his second appearance at Tuesdays Till Two after performing a solo piano concert here in 2017, while his violinist brother Jozef is making his Tuesdays Till Two début.

Zoltan will perform works by Bach and Chopin (including a piano transcription of a piece originally written for violin) before the two brothers join forces for a Hungarian-tinged and mostly jazzy second half.

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:

Piano Solos:

J S Bach (transcribed F Busoni): Chaconne in D Minor (BWV 1004)
Chopin: Fantaisie Impromptu (Op 66)

Violin & Piano:

Pictures of Hungary
As Time Goes By
Stella by Starlight
Autumn Leaves
Triste
Bye Bye Blackbird
Czardas: Vittorio Monti

Zoltán Galyas – piano
Jozef Galyas – violin

About Zoltan:

Pianist Zoltan Galyas was born in Slovakia and is now based in London. He specializes in a wide range of music genres from classical, folk, jazz and world/film music. His classical repertoire includes works by Chopin, Bach, Rachmaninoff, and many others.

Zoltan is a junior fellow member at Crans Montana International Music Festival in Switzerland. His musical story is quite remarkable. He started his musical education at age of 10 at his local elementary art school in Slovakia and stopped his studies just after winning National piano competition of Dezider Kardos when at age of 14 he moved to the UK with his family. It was only at the age of 21that he returned to a life as a pianist. He went to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and studied piano solo performance under Professor Alexander Ardakov and recently celebrated his Graduation with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. His teachers and mentors during his time at Trinity include Penelope Roskell, Gabriele Baldocci and Mikhail Kazakevich.

His most recent performances were at the House of Commons for the US Ambassador and British American Business and Fullbright US/UK events. He has also recently been offered a place at Royal Academy of Music to study for a Masters Degree in piano/accompaniment under Professor Michael Dussek.

Zoltan is currently in his gap year and preparing for his first CD debut organized by Italian recording label Sheva Collection records. He will record his favourite piano compositions with help and guidance from a pianist Alberto Portugheis. The CD will showcase a special guest who is Grammy awarded violinist Geza Hosszu Legocky. They met in 2013 and after hearing him play Geza has advised and guided Zoltan to further his piano studies. This collaboration will mark their friendship and love for music.

30th April: Lunchtime Concert – Apollo Opera

Tuesdays Till Two returns from after the Easter Break on 30th April and we’re delighted to welcome back Apollo Opera for another concert of operatic treats.

The singers will be Shiona Cormack (Soprano), Jessica Lawrence-Hares (Mezzo-Soprano), Franco Kong (Baritone), and once again Kate Wishart will be providing the piano accompaniment.

There’ll be performing a varied programme, with duets and trios from Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutti” , music from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and a set of songs from China, Scotland and America. Franco will be performing a song in Chinese from the “Yellow River Cantata” to celebrate its 80th anniversary, and his performance will be recorded for a documentary!

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.

Spring Lunchtime Concerts

Tuesdays Till Two concerts will start again on 12th March. Details of each concert will be published as soon as they are available.

You can also download the flyer on the left in PDF format.

12th March: Dolce Flute Quartet
19th March: Estevão Devides (Guitar)
26th March: Eleanor Turner (Harp)
2nd April: Adam Heron (Piano)
9th April: Kate Risdon & Fergus Black (Flute & Piano)

One change from the past few years is that following the retirement of several members of  the team, the volunteers who run the pop-up café before the concerts will now be donating its profits to the St John’s CIC to help fund additional events.

There will then be a break over the Easter holiday period before concerts restart on  30th April:

30th April: Apollo Opera
7th May: Jozef and Zoltan Galyas (Violin & Piano)
14th May: Jonathan Hanley & Nicky Losseff (Tenor & Piano)
21st May: Molly Parsons-Gurr & Christopher Benham (Cello & Piano)
28th May: Jill Crossland (Piano)
4th June: Stephen Barber (Organ)
11th June: Roger Stimson & Fergus Black (Violin & Piano)

9th April: Lunchtime Concert – Kate Risdon & Fergus Black (Flute & Piano)

For our last lunchtime concert before the Easter break we are delighted to welcome back flutist Kate Risdon, accompanied on piano by Fergus Black. They will be playing music from Russia (Prokofiev), and Georgia (Taktakishvili).

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.

Admission is free, but we do ask those who can afford it to make a donation to help cover our costs. The suggested donation is £5.

About the Programme:

The concert features epic sonatas by Prokofiev and Taktakishvili. Let the composers be your guides on a lunchtime adventure as you experience first the atmosphere of wartime Russia and then an extravaganza of the best Georgian hospitality: a party with folksong and dancing in the middle of the working day.  No passport needed, just pack your imagination!

About Kate Risdon:

Kate Risdon is flutist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound Ensemble which performed at the BBC Proms in 2018 (in a concert broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall on BBC Radio 3). She performed as Concerto soloist with the Czek Virtuosi Orchestra in Prague in 2017. She has given solo and ensemble recitals in Peterborough, Stamford, London and Prague. She has worked with the British Paraorchestra, including with the Qatar Philharmonic in Doha and the South Bank Sinfonia for a new commission in 2015 in Colston Hall, Bristol. She teaches privately and for the Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians and as a peripatetic music teacher in schools.

2nd April: Lunchtime Concert – Adam Heron (Piano)

April brings our first new performer of the year to Tuesdays Till Two: Adam Heron, an award-winning pianist of Nigerian-Filipino descent and a category finalist of BBC Young Musician 2018. He will be playing a demanding programme of music by Bach and Schubert.

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. All profits from the café will go towards funding our future programme of events.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but we do ask those who can afford it to make a donation to help cover our costs. The suggested donation is £5.

Programme:

Bach – French Suite No. 3 in B-minor BWV 814

1. Allemande
2. Courante
3. Sarabande
4. Menuet – Trio
5. Anglaise
6. Gigue

Schubert – Piano Sonata in A-minor D. 845

1. Moderato
2. Andante poco moto
3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio: Un poco più lento
4. Rondo: Allegro vivace

About Adam Heron:

Since winning the The Irish Heritage Music Award after a lauded performance at London’s Wigmore Hall Adam Heron has established himself as a leading young pianist. He appeared on BBC Four Television as a Keyboard Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2018, recorded in The Bradshaw Hall at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Subsequently he was invited to return to the BBC for a live performance on Radio 3 In Tune and received recording contract from the Spanish record label KNS Classical.

Born in Hong Kong in 1999 of Nigerian-Filipino descent, Adam was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral Choir under the directorship of the English conductor Adrian Partington. Later he was awarded a full scholarship courtesy of the UK Government’s Music and Dance Scheme to study with Hilary Coates at Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school. Whilst a student at Wells he unanimously won First Prize at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s prestigious Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition, and gained the titles of Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016 and Taunton Young Musician 2016. He is a laureate of The Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle, and most recently he won First Prize, First Nominated at The International Piano Competition HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, which was held in Rabat, Morocco.

Adam Heron performs both in the UK and abroad as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. Overseas engagements include a concert at the Residence of the British Ambassador in Kiev, Ukraine, a recital tour of his native Hong Kong with the acclaimed cellist Jamie Walton, and further concerts in Ireland, Spain, France, and Morocco. Within the UK he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and has given recitals at many high-profile music festivals, such as The Ryedale Festival, The Cheltenham Music Festival, and The Carducci Festival. He was invited to return to The Cheltenham Music Festival in 2017 for a concerto performance with the renowned Chineke! Orchestra, founded by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE. Further concerto collaborations include performances alongside David Curtis, Glyn Oxley, and the American conductor Jonathon Heyward.

In addition to classical music, Adam has a career which has led him to perform for popular contemporary figures such as Bryan Adams and Stormzy. He is an active composer and conductor in his own right, and during 2019 he will conduct his own ensemble in a series of concerts that will feature the complete Symphonies by William Boyce, in addition to several piano concertos by Mozart.
Adam has received masterclasses from many eminent pianists, including Stephen Hough, Anne Queffélec, John Lill, and Imogen Cooper. Currently he studies with Professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy in London, where he holds a full-fees scholarship.