Tuesdays Till Two returns on 25th April

After a break over Easter Tuesdays Till Two concerts will resume on 25th April, with a recital by pianist Jill Crossland, and there will be a concert every Tuesday until 13th June. This is the longest season of Tuesdays Till Two concerts yet!

You can download the concert flyer as a PDF.


7th April: Evening Concert – Arvo Pärt’s “Passio” performed by The Façade Ensemble

facebook eventSt John’s is pleased to welcome The Façade Ensemble, for a performance of Arvo Pärt’s 1982 composition “Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem”.

Tickets for this performance will cost £10 on the door. Advance Tickets price £9 will be available from the welcome counter in St John’s from Wednesday 8th March. Online tickets are available for £9 + booking fee.

Pärt’s compelling and profoundly beautiful setting of the St. John Passion (accompanied by organ, violin, oboe, ‘cello and bassoon) is the culmination of his popular ‘tintinnabuli’ style. Inspired by medieval music (and meaning ‘little bells’), this style of composition pares music down to its triadic simplicity. Echoing the earliest monophonic Passion settings, such music – like the narrative itself – is as powerfully dramatic to the modern ear as it has ever been.

The Façade Ensemble will also be performing Passio in Oxford, London, and at Ely Cathedral.

The Façade Ensemble conduced by Benedict Collins Rice
James Bartlett – Jesus
Will Searle – Pilate
Rosalind Dobson, Helen Charlston, Hiroshi Amako, Robbie Haylett – Evangelist Quartet
Alex Goodwin – Organ

25th April: Lunchtime Concert – Jill Crossland (Piano)

Eleven months after she last played for us, pianist Jill Crossland returns to St John’s as our first musician in a season of eight Tuesdays Till Two concerts running between April 25th and 13th June. Jill is known for her interpretation of music by composers such as J S Bach, Mozart and Scarlatti, and Chopin. In this concert she will play sonatas by Scarlatti, nocturnes by Chopin, and the Bach Partita No 1 in B flat, BWV825.

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 Jill:

Jill Crossland pursues an active concert and recording career. Jill plays regularly on the South Bank and at the Wigmore Hall in London, and her recent appearances have also included Cadogan, Bridgewater and Fairfield Halls, St George’s Bristol, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Sage Gateshead. Jill’s recordings include the Bach Goldberg Variations on Warner Classics and works by Handel, Scarlatti, Mozart and Beethoven. Jill has featured in the Classic FM Hall of Fame and her release of the complete Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier has received high praise, described by the Penguin Guide as ‘a remarkable achievement, ranking with the finest’ Jill was a member of the Arts Council Musicians in residence scheme for Yorkshire. Jill has appeared on radio and TV, including live and recorded broadcasts on BBC Radios 3 and 4. More information about Jill can be found on www.jillcrossland.com and you can see her performances on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/JillCrosslandPiano

Jill has recently recorded CDs of the keyboard works of Rameau (the collections from 1706 and 1724) issued last year on Signum Classics, described by Gramophone as ‘intelligent, stylish, tasteful, tonally resourceful and beautifully recorded.’ and, in the same sessions, another of Mozart and Beethoven (the Moonlight sonata and the Bagatelles Op 126) described as having “thoughtfulness, liquidity” and “driven excitement” in International Record Review. Jill is just completing post-production of recordings of Bach, Mozart and Chopin and the first pre-production examples will be available for sale at the concert.

4th April: King’s School Spring Concert at 7pm

Once again The King’s School is holding its Spring Concert in St John’s. With performances of J S Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto, Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto and Vivaldi’s Gloria, it’s a packed programme showcasing the depth and breadth of musical talent at the school.

Full price tickets will cost £5, with concessionary tickets available at £3. Tickets are available from The King’s School Finance Office: (01733) 751541 Extension 323. Tickets that have not been sold in advance will be available on the door.

4th April: Lunchtime Concert – Steve Bean (Classical Guitar)

facebook eventIn our last Tuesdays Till Two concert before Easter we’re delighted to welcome back Steve Bean, who launched our August 2016 concerts with his first performance in St John’s. We’re then taking a break until 25th April, when Jill Crossland begins a season that will run until mid June.

Steve’s playing style as a solo guitarist is predominantly Classical with a Flamenco influence. His work over the years has allowed him to absorb many genres into his unique performances, giving way to varied repertoire encompassing compositions by artists such as John Williams, Einaudi & Albeniz to more popular pieces by The Beatles & Queen (Check out this Youtube video, which has been viewed more than 4 million times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfZmMJKIBec)

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 £4.

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

28th March: Lunchtime Concert – Jonatan Bougt (Classical & Romantic Guitar)

facebook eventjonatan-bougtOur second concert Tuesdays Till Two concert of 2017 features Swedish guitarist Jonatan Bougt, who will be performing both on a classical guitar, and also a romantic guitar (the precursor of the modern classical guitar). Jonatan’s programme will feature pieces by composers such as Giuliani, Turina, and Mompou.

As ever St John’s will be open from noon for an hour before the concert begins at 1pm, with volunteers from The Green Backyard running a café 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 £4.

About Jonatan Bougt

Swedish guitarist and theorbist Jonatan Bougt currently studies guitar with Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell and theorbo with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music, London. A multiple prize winner in the UK and abroad, noteworthy awards include the Jörgen Rörby Prize (2014) of the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and 1st Prize in the Young Talents Competition of Uppsala International Guitar Festival (2013).

Jonatan has performed in venues such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall, Britten Theatre and the Southbank Centre in London; Stockholm Concert Hall and Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Concert Hall in Sweden and Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro. In April last year, Jonatan performed the UK première of Chaya Czernowin’s ‘White Wind Waiting’ with the RCM Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johannes Harneit. Another première was Gustav Alexandrie’s work Eyjaflallajökull with conductor Jan Risberg.

Jonatan also enjoys playing in various chamber groups as well as performing as a soloist. In 2012 his guitar duo Bougt & Bergek was given a scholarship by the Music Conservatoire of Espirito Santo (FAMES) which led to recitals in the XIX Winter Music Festival of Domingos Martins and Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro and performances on Brazilian TV-Gazeta. Other projects include work with singers such as Tobias Bennsten and Peter Ekberg Pelz, and most recently his duo with RCM pianist Irena Radić, with whom he creates new and innovative arrangements for guitar and piano. The guitar and piano duo recently won the second price in the chamber music competition at Twents Guitar Festival, Netherlands.

Prior to coming to London, Jonatan studied with Bo Hansson at Södra Latins Gymnasium’s Professional Musician Programme. His studies there were supported by the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden and the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society.

21st March: Lunchtime Concert – Eleanor Turner (Harp)

facebook eventeleanor-turner-bwTuesdays Till Two is back with a short season of concerts in the run up to Easter.

Our first concert features harpist Eleanor Turner, who has already performed at several of our Piccolo concerts in recent months.

Her wide ranging programme for St John’s includes two pieces composed by women, (one from the court of Louis XIV),  music composed for films, and some well loved classics.

As ever St John’s will be open from noon, for an hour before the concert begins at 1pm, with volunteers from The Green Backyard running a café 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 £4.


Élisabeth-Claude de la Guerre (1664-1729) – Unmeasured Prelude (from ‘Suite No.3 in A Minor’)
Benjamin Rimmer (b.1993) – Miranda and Ferdinand
Yann Tiersen (b.1970) – Suite from the film ‘Amelie’ (arr. Turner)

  • La valse d’Amelie;
  • Le Banquet;
  • Comptine d’un autre été;
  • Sur le fil

Dario Marianelli (b.1963) – Dawn, Georgiana and Liz on top of the World from ‘Pride and Prejudice’
Ranagrí – The Hare
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) – Morning and Anitra’s Dance from Peer Gynt Suite
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) – Le Rossignol, No. 1 from Mélodies Russes 5
Russian Air by Alabieff, transcribed by H. Renié
Deborah Henson-Conant (b.1953) – Baroque Flamenco

About Eleanor Turner

Since her London concerto debut at the age of fifteen, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Daniel Harding, Eleanor Turner has earned a worldwide reputation for her recital, concerto and chamber music performances. Eleanor has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Musiekgeouw Aant Ij in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London and at international harp events in New Orleans (American Harp Society Conference), Vancouver, Sydney, Italy and Belgium. She is hugely looking forward to performing at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong this summer.

In the 2007 European Harp Competition in Cardiff, Eleanor won First Prize (a Salvi concert harp) and the William Mathias Prize. At the Dutch Harp Competition in 2010, Eleanor won Third Prize and the Peutz Audience Award and a year later, she won Second Prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam. Nowadays, Eleanor enjoys sharing her wealth of competition experience with her students and mentoring them through their own challenges. She is Head of Harp at Birmingham Conservatoire and enjoys teaching on Ruth Faber’s Teenage Harp Course every summer.

Eleanor studied with Daphne Boden at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, then later with Alison Nicholls; hugely inspiring preparation for a lifetime of music. Eleanor is constantly innovating with the harp, creating and commissioning new music for both the acoustic and electro-acoustic harps. Eleanor has been awarded funds by The Tillett Trust, the PRS Foundation for New Music, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Wingate Scholarship. Eleanor has composed for Ballet Wales, the legendary Lyre of Ur, radio plays and concerts. She loves collaborations and some of her most memorable have been with hip hop dancer Lizzie Gough in their ‘Elusive Symmetry’ show (Eleanor co-wrote the music with Alan Thomas), playing with acrobats in Amsterdam, improvising with Indian tabla drums and performing with the Irish fusion band Ranagrí.

Eleanor is thrilled to be working with Salvi Harps in their marketing of the brilliant new ‘Delta Harp’ and the electro-acoustic ‘Rainbow’.