Spring 2016 Lunchtime concerts

Tuesdays Till Two returns on 12th April with the first in a season of  lunchtime concerts and recitals. As usual, admission to our lunchtime events is free, but we would appreciate a donation of £4 (or more!) to help us cover our costs. Our café will be open before the concerts from noon, serving hot and cold drinks and a variety of home made cakes, scones, and other treats, and once again all profits will go to The Green Backyard.

Two of the planned concerts were organ recitals. Unfortunately, on 20th March the organ at St John’s was seriously damaged when the organ blower motor overheated, and smoke entered the pipework of the organ. As it will not become clear how serious the damage to the organ is until after we have to print posters and flyers for our May/June concerts we have now decided to cancel these organ recitals. We are pleased to report that we have managed to arrange a replacement concert for 31st May.

Concert Schedule

12th April: Piano Recital by Irena Radić

An outstanding young pianist plays dramatically varied and contrasting works by Bach and Ginastera

19th April: Early and Shakespearean Music

with Nina Bunting and Joe Conway (soprano and piano)

26th April: Ellen Porter and Alec Hone (cello and piano)

A prize-winning 17 year-old cellist takes us through 100 years of cello repertoire

24th May: Piano Recital by Jill Crossland

A concert featuring works  of Bach and Chopin featuring a noted interpreter of their works

31st May: Katherine Birtles and Emily Smith (flute and piano)

A colourful selection of flute repertoire including Prokofiev’s Sonata in D major, Borne’s ‘Fantasie sur Carmen’ and the beautiful ‘Girl with the Flaxen Hair’ by Debussy; with a touch a jazz added by Andy Scott’s ‘Salt of the Earth’.

7th June: Rowena Bass and Deirde Culloty (Harp and Flute)

Two of our most regular performers at St John’s team up for this lunchtime concert.

14th June: Rise Heart! An Offering of French and English Song

with baritone Robert Haylett and Jeremy Jepson on piano

Posters and Flyers

April 2016 Tuesdays Till Two Lunchtime ConcertsMay-June 2016 Tuesdays Till Two Lunchtime Concerts

These two flyers are available in PDF format:

12th April Lunchtime piano concert – Irena Radić

fb_event_buttonAfter a break for Easter, Tuesdays Till Two resumes with the first in our Spring season of lunchtime concerts. Pianist Irena Radić will return to St John’s Church, Cathedral Square to give a recital of dramatically varied and contrasting works, including Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue in D minor and Ginastera’s exciting Argentinian Dances.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade 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


Ravel – Sonatine
i. Modéré
ii. Mouvement de Menuet
iii. Animé

Bach – Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV 903

Brahms – 3 Intermezzi Op.117
i. Andante Moderato
ii. Andante non troppo e con molta espressione
iii. Andante con moto

Ginastera – Danzas Argentinas Op.2
i. Danza del viejo boyero
ii. Danza de la moza donosa
iii. Danza del gaucho matrero

About Irena

British pianist Irena Radić is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London with Niel Immelman. She began learning the piano with Jenny Macmillan and later studied with Lynette Stulting at the RCM’s Junior Department as a Tsukanov Scholar and recipient of the Wolfson Music Award.

She has won several awards and was chosen to perform at the Wigmore Hall as a prizewinner in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival 2012 & 2013. Other awards include the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize 2014, Young Musician of the Year 2013 at both Peterborough and Oundle Music Festivals, and runner up in the Gordon Turner Memorial Competition. Irena has performed in venues such as the Venezuelan Embassy’s Bolivar Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and the Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall. She has also had the pleasure of performing in numerous public masterclasses across the UK, Jersey, and Greece with pianists including Cristina Ortiz, Norma Fisher, Charles Owen, Murray McLachlan and Vanessa Latarche.

Irena performs regularly as a chamber musician and this year founded a duo with Swedish guitarist Jonatan Bougt, with whom she enjoys creating new arrangements for their Piano and Guitar duo; upcoming performances feature their arrangements of Ravel’s Ma Mere l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite) and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes Op.34. Irena has worked in various ensembles, performing works including Piano Trios by Beethoven and Rebecca Clarke.

In addition to her work as a chamber musician, Irena enjoys orchestral piano and celeste, and has performed in venues including the Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square in works such as Prokoffiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, Shostakovich’s Symphony no.5, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances, Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto no.1, Walton’s Cello Concerto and Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra.

19th April Lunchtime concert: Early and Shakespearean Music with Nina Bunting and Joe Conway

fb_event_buttonOur second lunchtime concert of 2016 will feature the performers from our March Piccolo: soprano Nina Bunting, and pianist and composer Joe Conway. They have created a programme of music in honour of William Shakespeare, the 400th anniversary of whose death will be marked on Saturday 23rd April.

Nina, just 18 years old, is a former Oundle Young Singer of the Year, and has a stunningly sweet soprano voice. Joe, who performed here last summer with tenor Stephen Lawrence in a very well received lunchtime concert, is both a pianist and a composer, and the programme will probably include the East of England première of his song cycle “Ophelia Sings”.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade 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.


Alman – Robert Johnson
Callino Custurame – William Byrd
Se Tu M’Ami – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Vezzosa Aurora – Alessandro Melani
Fantasia on Greensleeves – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ophelia Sings – Joe Conway
Les Bergeries – François Couperin
Les Barricades Mysterieuses – François Couperin
Quant Je Suis Mis – Guillaume de Machaut
Douce Dame Jolie – Guillaume de Machaut

About Nina

IMG_5131sNina Bunting is a talented coloratura soprano who grew up in Oundle, moving to the Peterborough area just before starting secondary school. She attended both state and private schools and at the age of nine began singing lessons with several local teachers. In 2013 when she was barely fifteen she won the Oundle Young Singer of the Year competition. Currently she studies singing with Shiona Cormack.

At the same time Nina works closely with composer and pianist Joe Conway. Joe has been particularly impressed with the quality of her voice and Nina is his preferred soloist in his song cycle Ophelia [Sings] which, in Joe’s words,’she has made her own.’ In 2014 he wrote another song cycle Dream Songs especially for her.

Nina has sung in concerts at Cambridge, Fotheringhay, and London during the early part of 2016. In her spare time she’s a passionate vegan with a great interest in animal rights and welfare.

26th April Lunchtime concert: Ellen Porter and Alec Hone (cello and piano)

fb_event_buttonIn the third lunchtime concert of our Spring season, we are delighted to present another talented young musician – cellist Ellen Porter. From Prokofiev to Schumann, Ellen will cover 100 years of the cello repertoire. Having gained a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, Ellen is sure to take us through this 100-year journey with sensitivity, emotion and deep musical understanding. She will be performing movements from major Sonatas and Concertos and will be accompanied by Alec Hone. This concert will definitely be one not to miss!

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade 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.


Prokofiev – Cello Sonata in C, Op. 119: movement I
Fauré – Elegie, Op. 24
Fauré – Romance, Op. 69 in A
Herbert – Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 30: movement II
Glazunov – Chant du Menestrel, Op. 71
Glazunov – Serenade Espagnole, Op. 20, No. 2
Schumann – Adagio and Allegro in A flat, Op. 70

About the Musicians

Ellen Porter is a 17-year old British cellist and studies with David Smith, privately, at the Royal Academy of Music. Ellen currently attends Prince William School in Oundle, where she is studying for A Levels in Music and History. Ellen was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain from 2010 – 2012, winning the Dame Ruth Railton Prize in 2012. Ellen worked with the Britten Sinfonia Academy for 2 years, between 2013 and 2015. In 2015 she performed a full lunchtime recital as part of the 2015 Oundle International Festival and has previously won prizes and performed as part of the Oundle Festival, Musicale Eisteddford and Hatfield House International Chamber Music Festival. She is currently principal cellist in the Musicale Young Artists Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, based in Hertfordshire. Ellen has also recently studied with Hannah Roberts as part of her International Masterclass course, as well as with Guy Johnston and privately with Eduardo Vassallo, principal cellist in the CBSO. As a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra she has repeatedly been awarded the James Langley Memorial Prize on an annual basis. She is now Principal cellist with the orchestra and has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner and Jac Van Steen. In November 2015, Ellen auditioned for Conservatoires across the UK and was delighted to accept a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo, starting in September 2016. She is supported in her further musical study by a number of charitable trusts and currently plays on a modern Italian style cello dated 2012.

Alec HoneAlec Hone read Music at Birmingham University where he studied piano with Beryl Chempin and organ with David Saint before going to the Royal College of Music to train as a repetiteur in their Opera School. He then worked a freelance teacher and pianist before becoming Assistant Director of Music at the Blue Coat School in Birmingham. In 1993 he was appointed Director of Music at St Peter’s School, Lympstone and in 1998 moved to Stamford to join the staff at the Stamford Endowed Schools. In 2001 Alec was appointed Head of Keyboard Studies at Oundle School. Alec was until recently an ABRSM Examiner and is a Trustee of the Oundle Music Trust.

24th May Lunchtime piano concert – Jill Crossland

fb_event_buttonPianist Jill Crossland returns to St John’s for her first recital here since early 2014. Jill is known for her interpretation of music by composers such as J S Bach, Mozart and Scarlatti, and also Chopin, and in this concert she will be playing works by Bach and Chopin, though we don’t yet have full details of her programme.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade 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 Crossland

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. Jill has recently recorded CDs of the keyboard works of Rameau, issued last year on Signum Classics, and described by Gramophone as ‘intelligent, stylish, tasteful, tonally resourceful and beautifully recorded’, and another of Mozart and Beethoven (Moonlight sonata and Bagatelles Op 126), described, among other excellent reviews, as having “thoughtfulness, liquidity” and “driven excitement” in International Record Review. Jill’s recordings of Bach, Mozart and Chopin, partly prepared in a previous concert at St John’s, are currently in post-production.

14th April: Early evening violin concert with Nathalie McEvoy

Nathalie Recitalfb_event_buttonNathalie McEvoy, an ‘A’-level music student at King’s School gives a free evening recital in St John’s this Thursday. Emily Smith accompanies her on piano.


Beethoven – “Spring” Sonata 1st Movement
Fauré – Romance in B Flat
Albeniz – Asturias (Leyenda)
Bach – Sarabande and Giga from Partita No. 2
Kabalevsky – Violin Concerto in C 1st Movement.

“Un Américain à Paris” Evening Concert by The King’s School

Concert Fyer

On Tuesday 15th March at 7pm pupils from The King’s School will give a free admission evening concert.
The programme consists of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, featuring Ruby Topping on piano, and Fauré’s Requiem. The school’s Senior Concert Band, Orchestra and Choir will all be performing in the concert.
Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection. Advance tickets are available from the school’s finance office.