Back soon we hope!

When we announced the suspension of all our events on March 16th last year, we had no idea just how long we would be away. We still don’t know for sure quite when our regular events – Tuesdays Till Two and Piccolo – will return, but we are working on it now and hope to be able to run at least some events before Christmas.

Unfortunately, due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, as well as by the departure of our previous treasurer, we have had problems with operating our bank account, and our insurance policy has lapsed, making it impossible for us to run events just yet. As our programme manager, Alun Williams, has also been kept very busy in his other role as a churchwarden at St John’s by the departure of the vicar, and because our bank has taken a lot of convincing that our previous treasurer is not the person they should be talking to, it is taking time to regain control of our account, and until we can do that we can’t arrange a new insurance policy.

Things are looking up however, and we are optimistic we’ll be in a position to start running events again soon.

And the even better news is that other organisations are already starting to use St John’s as a venue again. So please keep an eye out on this website or on our Facebook page, so that you will be among the first to know when we really are back in business!

23rd December and Christmas Eve: Robin Hood

Join gallant outlaw Robin Hood and his band of mischievous merry men (and women) in Sherwood Forest this Christmas.
With the help of the brilliant Maid Marian, the gang battles the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and steals from the rich to give to the poor, but can Robin save the forest and everything he holds dear before Prince John takes the crown?
Lamphouse Theatre bring you a fun-packed, music-filled family show with plenty of laughs. Whether you’re 6 or 106 you’ll love this exciting, comedy-stacked version of the legendary tale.
There are three performances, a 2pm matinée and a 7pm evening performance on 23rd December, and a lunchtime show at 12 noon on Christmas Eve.
Tickets for the performances are available from Seaty
Audience reviews from previous Lamphouse Theatre shows:

“Brilliant! The whole family loved the show. It really is a lovely breath of fresh air to the usual pantomimes.”
“An incredibly talented and engaging group of performers, lots of laughs.”
“Fabulous energetic enthusiastic actors and great songs make for a great night out for all ages.”

18th November at 7.30pm: Evening Concert – Focus (prog rock)

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the ’70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, as well as critically acclaimed albums ‘Moving Waves’, ‘Focus 3’ and ‘Hamburger Concerto’, the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!

After a comeback in the early 2000s, which resulted in the well-received albums ‘Focus 8’ and ‘Focus 9’, the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album ‘Moving Waves’ in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, and acclaimed bass player Udo Pannekeet, complete the band’s current line-up. Recently, Focus’s biggest hit “Hocus Pocus” was used in a 4-minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.

A new Focus era has arrived! There is a rejuvenated passion amongst the band as it enters the studio to record Focus 11 and prepares to go out on the road again for a World Tour, in support of the new album, and as it builds up to its 50th Anniversary.

Thijs van Leer – Hammond-organ, flute and vocals
Pierre van der Linden – drums
Menno Gootjes- guitar
Udo Pannekeet – bass

Focus, Sylvia click on link: https://youtu.be/UVB7FgO4Jek

This show is Reserved Seating. Tickets are available online at The Little Box Office

All disabled bookings directly through OEP Live! on 01256 416384

18th November at 1.30pm: D-Day Darlings

Following their success on 2018’s Britain’s Got Talent and their hugely successful debut Album “I’ll Remember You” charting number 15 in the official album charts and receiving a BRIT Break through Award, the UK’s premier Wartime Act, The D-Day Darlings, 3 key members bring their brand new stage show to St John The Baptist, Peterborough for a special matinee show.

The group was formed 10 years ago by founder and lead singer Katie Ashby, after Katie recognised the importance of this music and how it resonates with people like no other genre of music. Katie says, “To see how these songs affect people and how the melody and lyrics evoke such memories was truly eye-opening for me, and it was this that made me want to build a career singing these timeless songs and bring back memories for so many people”
D-Day Darlings at East Kirkby Air Show 2018: click here https://youtu.be/ovI-Cw9IkCU

*(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) White Cliffs of Dover * Well Meet Again * Somewhere Over the Rainbow * Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) * Keep the Home Fires Burning * Run Rabbit Run * Wing and a Prayer * Dam Busters * Mary * Pack Up Your Troubles / Tipperary * Rule Britannia / Land of Hope and Glory * ‘I’ll Remember You and more.

This show is Reserved Seating. Tickets are available on line from The Little Box Office

All disabled bookings directly through OEP Live! on 01256 416384

6th November at 7.30pm: Songs of the Sea


Join Peterborough Male Voice Choir with guest baritone John Ieuan Jones for a rousing evening of music with a nautical flavou.

The programme includes:

Stanford – Songs of the Sea
Keel – Salt Water Ballads
Grieg – Ave Maria Stella
Holst – Swansea Town
Gwyneth Walker – Crossing the Bar
Eric Whitacre – The Seal Lullaby
and sea shanties and pirate songs!

Tickets are available on TicketSource.

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.

Programme:

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.