All St John’s CIC events are suspended

In the light of the prime minister’s statement this afternoon, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone all concerts organised by St John’s CIC. You should assume that all other events scheduled to take place in the church are also likely to be cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future.

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Tuesdays Till Two will return on 18th February

Tuesdays Till Two will return on 18th February with the first in a season of seven concerts all featuring performers who are making their Tuesdays Till Two début.

The poster on the left is available to download in PDF format

Here is the line up for what we are dubbing our “Tuesdays Till New” concert season :

18th February: Lantivet Duo (Violin & Piano)
25th February: Adam Parrish (Piano)
10th March: Gus Orchard (Organ)

The concert originally scheduled for 3rd March has had to be cancelled due to the family circumstances of one of the performers. We will let you know in due course whether we have been able to arrange a new date for this concert. Harpist Eleanor Turner has agreed to step into the breach at short notice.

Due to the coronavirus situation the remainder of this season of concerts and the concerts that were due to take place after Easter are cancelled. We hope to be able to rearrange new dates for most of these concerts once the situation has returned to normal.

10th March: Lunchtime Organ Concert – Gus Orchard

Our Tuesdays Till Two season continues with our first organ concert of the year, which is given by organist Gus Orchard, who, like all the other performers this season, is playing his first lunchtime concert here. Gus writes “My choice of pieces for today’s programme has been an attempt to marry the serious with the slightly less so and to use the wonderful resources of the St John’s organ, which probably explains why most of the works are late 19th or 20th century in origin. I lived in Paris for a number of years and used to sing in the choir at Notre Dame and this has given me a great love of French music of all eras. Perhaps the fact that I enjoy playing music by people with French-sounding names explains the inclusion of the Choveaux and Lemare pieces, even though they were both English! One unifying factor in this concert is that the first and last pieces both begin and end in C major, Then, there are the Bach and Saint-Saëns pieces using the key of B as their focal point and the Lemare and Vierne are both in D flat, which seems to leave Nevin’s piece as the odd one out! I do like to unearth less familiar pieces and I doubt if many people have hear of Nicholas Choveaux, Gordon Balch Nevin, or Georgi Mushel, but I think they are worth being heard.”

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.


Prelude-Improvisation – N Choveaux (1904-1995)
Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 544 – J S Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in B major Op 99 – C Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Madrigal – E Lemare (1865-1934)
Will o’ the wisp -G B Nevin (1892-1943)
Claire de Lune -L Vierne (1870-1937)
Toccata – G Mushel (1909-1989)

About Gus Orchard:

Gus has been playing the organ since the age of 13, but only obtained his ARCO diploma in 2019, having diligently followed his father’s strict instructions not to pursue a musical career but to do something more gainful like accountancy instead. After retiring from business a couple of years ago he started work on the ARCO syllabus with Richard Hobson, organist at the Grosvenor Chapel in London. Gus says he has Richard to thank for ironing out most of the bad playing habits he accumulated over his years as organist at churches in the UK (most recently St Clare’s Aylesbury), France, and the USA. Gus has a repertoire embracing most styles of music, though he still can’t get his head round Messaien. He has recently moved to Worcestershire, where he is currently preparing the FRCO syllabus and repertoire, some of which he will be playing at this concert.

3rd March: Lunchtime Concert – Eleanor Turner (Harp)

Tuesdays Till Two continues with a concert featuring harpist Eleanor Turner, who is a regular and popular performer at Piccolo. She has kindly agreed at very short notice to take the place of the scheduled performers, who have had to withdraw due to family circumstances.

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.

About Eleanor Turner:

Eleanor Turner is a passionate ambassador for the harp and its music. She made her concerto debut aged just fifteen, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Daniel Harding, broadcast live on Classic FM. Eleanor has performed everywhere from the Berlin Philharmonie to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She won Second Prize in the 2011 Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for contemporary music and in 2007 won the European Harp Competition. Eleanor studied with Daphne Boden and Alison Nicholls.

Ballet Wales gave Eleanor her first professional commission, so in 2007 she scored ‘The Bride of Flowers’ for harp and small ensemble. She’s collaborated with pop singer Angela Moyra and created original shows including ‘Elusive Symmetry’ with hip-hop dancer Lizzie Gough and guitarist-composer Alan Thomas. Eleanor creates Indian-western fusion music with tabla player Mendi Singh and tours with her band Ranagrí, often with pop legend Tony Christie. Eleanor has also been working with Music Interaction Designer Balandino Di Donato on their ‘HarpCI’ gesture-controlled electronic music project, including performances and workshops around the world. They have performed together in London, Birmingham and Shanghai.

Eleanor’s artistic development has been supported by awards the Tillett Trust, Ambache Charitable Trust, PRS Foundation for New Music, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Help Musicians UK, the Park Lane Group and a Wingate Scholarship. These have enabled Eleanor to commission harp music from composers such as Dai Fujikura, Nicola LeFanu and Savourna Stevenson and to push boundaries in her own composition.

A key influence in Eleanor’s life is the American jazz harpist, composer and conductor Deborah Henson-Conant. Since their first collaboration in 2010, generously supported by Camac Harps, Eleanor and Deborah have worked together in New Orleans (where Eleanor performed Deborah’s concerto Soñando en Español with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra), Sydney and Hong Kong.

25th February: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Adam Parrish

Our second Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concert is also our first solo piano concert of the year and features pianist Adam Parrish, who is playing his first concert here. Adam’s programme will include pieces from a range of genres: from composers who have influenced him and also people he has worked with, and there will be some original material as well as some stories and anecdotes about his life ‘on the road’. Works will include a movement from Beethoven’s “Sonata in D minor Op 31 no 2” and also a classically reworked version of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. We could tell you more, but Adam has asked us to keep the rest of his programme as a surprise – and we can promise you that it will be – though certainly a pleasant one.

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 Adam Parrish:

Adam’s first musical memory was when he went to see keyboard player Rick Wakeman for his fifth Birthday. Whilst it was Rick who initiated his love for music, his other keyboard influences include Keith Emerson, Jon Lord and Don Airey. Adam is a classically trained pianist, organist, oboist, composer and musical director and has completed a BA Music degree at York St John University. He has held posts as Musical Director for numerous choirs and theatre companies. The venues that he has performed at have included the London Royal Albert Hall, Union Chapel and Blenheim Palace. He has recently worked with Adam Wakeman, Nikki French (Eurovision), John Rutter, West end star Lucy O’Byrne, Jonathan Ansell (from G4), Kate Rusby and Classical Chart topping “people’s soprano” Rebecca Newman. He frequently tours throughout the UK and Europe including as the backing keyboard player for the legendary guitarist Gordon Giltrap.

Adam is also a solo performer and composer in his own right, and in addition has been credited on no less than 15 albums which cover everything from Contemporary Classical to Electropop.

18th February: Lunchtime Concert : Lantivet Duo (Violin & Piano)

Our Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts are back! Our first season of seven concerts features performers who are all new to Tuesdays Till Two. Setting the ball rolling is the Lantivet Duo, whose members are violinist Anna Brigham and pianist Brendan Musk. These versatile players enjoy exploring music from different traditions, as well as mainstream violin and piano repertoire. Their programme is inspired by jazz and folk music from around the world, from India to the deep south of the USA, and features Ravel’s Violin Sonata as its centrepiece.

Our popular pop-up café will also return, so 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.


Selections from Porgy and Bess – Gershwin, arr. Heifetz
Aalap and Tarana – Kala Ramnath
Cornish and Scottish Folk Medley
Violin Sonata in G – Ravel
Romanian Dances – Bartok

About the Lantivet Duo:

The Lantivet Duo first played together in the basement of a piano shop in west London. Over a feast of Lebanese mezze, they decided that they should do it again in some more exotic venues.

Anna Brigham is a Cornish violinist and violist who is in demand as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and loves finding new ways to interact with audiences. She is a member of the Florian quartet, and the Fortescue Duo. Recent projects she has curated include the ‘Close Quarters’ tour of Londoners’ living rooms, helping new people access classical music and meet their neighbours at the same time, and innovative school workshops teaching children how to listen to music by creating their own stories in response to string quartets. She enjoys exploring different genres of music, and has started learning folk and trad fiddle. She can be heard on the soundtracks to the Smurfs, the Mummy, and Attenborough documentary, “Our Planet”.

Brendan was a winner at the Moray International Piano Competition, and went on to study music at Cambridge, where he held an Instrumental Award for Chamber Music. Brendan loves accompanying and coaching students, as well as being a committed teacher. When not playing piano for the Lantivet duo, Brendan plays the trumpet and specialises in baroque trumpet as well as folk, funk and crossover music. This has taken him to an eclectic mix of venues, from the Wigmore Hall to Pizza Express!

Anna and Brendan are both members of the Multi-Story Orchestra, which appeared last summer at its 3rd BBC Prom, and does concerts and outreach projects in car parks with the aim of making music enjoyable for as many people as possible. Inspired by this, the Lantivet duo try to promote an atmosphere of inclusiveness and creativity in their performances.

17th January at 8.30pm: Austin Gold – Acoustic Night

Austin Gold return to St John’s to perform songs from their two albums, plus some of their favourite covers. All played acoustically in the beautiful settings of St John’s. You can watch video from their March 2018 concert here.

Tickets, price £7, are available from wegottickets (70p booking fee applies). Doors open at 8pm, the performance starts at 8.30pm and will end around 10pm.

20th December: 6.30pm Evening Concert: Christmas Heralds!

After the success of our “A Christmas Garland” concert last year with mezzo-soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues, St John’s CIC is proud to present “Christmas Heralds”, an evening of Christmas music and readings, songs and carols featuring the outstanding talents of Gabriella and accompanist Kate Wishart, the bold sound of Capital Horns (& friends!), the voices of a choir of Gabriella’s students from various schools around Peterborough, and unusual but very Christmassy interval refreshments from the Tuesdays Till Two pop-up café team.

Further details of the programme for the evening will be announced soon.

Book nowLast year A Christmas Garland was our biggest evening event of 2018, enjoyed by around 150 people, and raising over £250 for Safer off the Streets and we are expecting this year’s event to be just as popular. Advance tickets are available online for only £9, and a limited number of tickets are available at a special early-bird price of £8.50 until the end of November. Advance tickets will also be available from St John’s at £8. Any tickets remaining will be available on the door at £10.