Tuesdays Till Two will return on 25th July

Tuesdays Till Two concerts begin again on 25th July. The dates and performers are given below, and full details of each concert can be found by clicking on the links.

You can also download the concert flyer as a PDF.

25th July:  Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues & Fergus Black (Soprano & Piano)
1st August: Christina McMaster (Piano)
8th August: Elizabeth and John Arkell (Organ)
15th August: Deirdre Culloty, Rowena Bass & Bruce Burbidge (Flute, Harp & Piano)
22nd August: Shiona Cormack  & Kate Wishart (Soprano & Piano) 
29th August: Helen Downham & John Davy (Cello & Piano)

16th July: 12.15pm and 2.30pm Eastern Angles presents “The Trials of Mary”

Eastern Angles present the story of Mary & Joseph as you’ve never seen it before… A moving tale of one woman’s loyalty, a comedy of manners, and a thriller all in one.

The incredible story of the woman who agrees to bear a surrogate baby, her marriage to an old Joseph, the humiliating trials of her dignity, a long journey with no inn at the end, and the final escape from a cruel dictator is one of the world’s most well-known stories – or is it?

500 years ago stonemasons and carpenters celebrated this drama on the streets of the city – now it has been updated to re-celebrate this extraordinary sequence of events.

Eastern Angles will be reviving the gripping stories in a fresh and new atmospheric way. There will be two performances in St John’s Square (the grassy area to the west of St John’s) on Sunday 16th July at 12.15pm and 2.30pm.

23rd June – 7th July: Burma Veterans: Unforgettable

An exhibition of photographs of 200 Burma Veterans by photographer Wendy Aldiss is in St John’s until 7th July, and is open on Mondays – Saturdays between 10am and 4pm.

The photographs of 200 Burma veterans and their memorabilia, including veterans in both UK and Burma (now Myanmar), were taken in 2015 by photographer Wendy Aldiss to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War II. For Wendy there was a very personal connection to the photography project because her father was part of 2nd Division in Burma in WWII.

Wherever possible, for each UK veteran, Aldiss created a set of three images consisting of a formal portrait, an informal portrait, and a still life of their wartime mementos. For some the full set could not be shot due to age and the passing of time but each Veteran has a portrait and a note of their involvement in Burma (now Myanmar) and every veteran Wendy photographed during 2015 is represented in some way at this exhibition. The Veterans belonged to all regiments, squadrons, columns, units and fleets in that region, some of which have been disbanded long ago.

The Forgotten Army

British and Allied forces who fought in the Burma campaign during World War Two were up against a formidable enemy in the Japanese. They were also up against the jungle, the heat, lack of rations, antiquated equipment, the monsoons, malaria and other illnesses. Many were between 18 and 21 years old. Casualties on both sides were in the hundreds of thousands. When the ‘victors’ returned to Britain their achievements were always in the shadow of those who had fought in the European campaigns and they were dubbed “The Forgotten Army”.

The exhibition is supported by:

Peterborough Lions Club,
Peter Brotherhood Ltd,
RAFA Peterborough Branch,
The Tony Rampton Trust

18th May: 7.30pm – General Election Hustings

Once again there will be a hustings for the Peterborough constituency for the forthcoming general election in St John’s Church.

If you would like to submit a question please email the church office (office@peterborough-stjohns.org.uk) and we will select from those suggested to ensure fair balance. If your question is chosen we will contact you to ask if you would be prepared to ask it at the hustings. Please note that only the question should be asked, as scripted, and no additional statements or comments added.

Questions should be directed to all of the candidates without bias or favour. There are strict rules governing hustings to ensure fairness and avoid bias. We will be following these rules carefully.
This hustings is being organised by the church and everyone is welcome.

We expect all the following candidates to attend the hustings:

Stewart Jackson (Conservative)
Fiona Onasanya (Labour)
Fiona Radić (Green)
Beki Sellick (Liberal Democrat)

13th June: Lunchtime Concert – David Lovell Brown (Organ)

The last in the current season of Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts will be an organ recital by David Lovell Brown, Organist to Stamford Endowed Schools. This will be the first organ concert at St John’s following the restoration of our organ, which was damaged by a fire in the blower motor in March last year. The damage caused meant that David’s concert planned for last May had to be cancelled, and we’re very happy that he is finally able to play for us. The programme consists of some of the most popular and well-known music ever written for the organ.

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.

Programme:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor – Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach
“Wachet auf” – Johann Sebastian Bach
The Prince of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
Gymnopedie No. 1 – Erik Satie
Choral Song – Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Andante Tranquillo – Peter Warlock
Festal Offertorium – Percy Fletcher
“Rhosymedre” – Ralph Vaughan-Williams
Marche Triomphale – Sigfrid Karg-Elert

David Lovell Brown B.Mus., (Hons) Edin., A.R.C.O., L.R.A.M.

David at the organ of York Minster

David began his musical career with piano lessons from the age of seven. Soon after, he became a treble chorister in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court. When his voice broke, he started to learn the organ and soon took on his first post as a church organist. Later, while still at school, he moved to another church (St. Paul’s, East Molesey) where he was both organist and choirmaster.

He studied music at Edinburgh University and held the Hollins Organ scholarship for two years, leaving university with a B.Mus. degree, an A.R.C.O. diploma and an L.R.A.M. in choral conducting. After a year in Cambridge studying for a Cert.Ed., he was appointed to the post of Assistant Director of Music at Stamford School where he taught for 35 years. During that time he was made Director of Chapel Music and, latterly, Head of Music Technology.

He has also been Music Director of Stamford Opera club, Chairman of the Stamford Shakespeare company and is presently Chairman of Music at St Martins.

Although now retired from teaching, David is still the organist for Stamford Endowed Schools and often plays for other churches in the town. He is the regular accompanist for the Stamford Singers. He is also a tutor for the Stamford U3A, running a singing group through the year and giving courses in music appreciation at the annual U3A summer school at Harlaxton Manor.

In recent years he has accompanied the Stamford Singers when they sang services at the following cathedrals and churches:
Lincoln, Southwell Minster, Coventry, Lichfield, Derby, Norwich, Birmingham, Ely, Westminster Abbey, Peterborough, Wells, York Minster, Salisbury, Doncaster Minster,Winchester, St Asaph’s, etc.
(The event cover photo shows David at the organ of York Minster)

He has also accompanied the Lincoln Singers and the Romsey Singers at Coventry, Peterborough and Southwell Minster.

When Stamford Endowed Schools Choirs visited Washington DC, he accompanied their Choral Evensong in the National Cathedral.

Most recently, he has been Musical Director for the Stamford Shoestring Company production of ‘Cowardy Custard’.

6th June: Lunchtime Concert – “Waltz across time”

The penultimate concert and and final piano recital in this season of Tuesdays Till Two is a piano recital by a musician who will be making his début at St John’s, Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarzabal. Antonio will be playing music in waltzes and “ländler” – a folk dance in 3/4 time which is thought to have contributed to the evolution of the waltz.

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.

Programme:

Schubert – 12 Ländler D.790
Granados – Valses Poéticos (Poetic Waltzes)
Ravel – Valses nobles et sentimentales

About Antonio:

Antonio Oyarzabal was born in Bilbao in 1989. He obtained his bachelor’s degree under the pianists Marta Zabaleta and Miguel Borges at Musikene in San Sebastian, where he also trained in contemporary piano repertoire with Ricardo Descalzo, and completed a harpsichord Diploma degree, training with Loreto F. Imaz. He receives lessons from pianist Denis Pascal and the Armenian master Anahit Simonian, with whom he works on piano improvisation.

Antonio is a Master Graduate as a piano soloist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he is now part of the exclusive Artist Diploma programme, studying with Caroline Palmer. Antonio is a versatile pianist who performs as a soloist, as an accompanist to singers, notably at “Promos on the Roof 2015” , in chamber ensembles (he is a founder member of the Trisquel Arts Ensemble), and he is also an experienced orchestral pianist.

Antonio, who was awarded Audience Special Prize and Finalist Prize in Campillos International Competition 2015, has recently been named the pianist of London Philarmonic Orchestra, Foyle Future Firsts programme 2016/2017