Tuesdays Till Two returns on 21st March

Spring Concerts Poster
Lunchtime Concerts Flyer

A few weeks ago the Events At St John’s facebook page reported that Tuesdays Till Two would probably return in May. We’re delighted to announce that in fact it will be back before Easter, on 21st March to be precise, with a concert by harpist Eleanor Turner. That will be followed by two concerts featuring talented guitarists: on 28th March we’ll have Jonatan Bougt, and on 4th April we’ll welcome back Steve Bean, who got our concerts in August last year off to a flying start.

You can download the concert flyer as a PDF.

We also have an evening concert at 7.30pm on Friday 7th April, a performance of Arvo Pärt’s “Passio”.

After a break over Easter concerts will resume on 25th April, with a recital by pianist Jill Crossland, and there will be a concert every Tuesday until 13th June.

25th April: Jill Crossland (piano)
2nd May: Jonathan Hanley (tenor) + Ben Horden (piano)
9th May: Roger Stimson & Fergus Black (violin & piano)
16th May: Irena Radić (piano)
23rd May: Apollo Opera
30th May: Pippa Wilson & Melanie Young (flutes) + accompanist TBC
6th June: Antonio Oyarzabal (piano)
13th June: David Lovell Brown (organ)

We’ll be updating this site with more information about the concerts as it becomes available.

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’.


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.

Piccolo – Listen to the Band

The City of Peterborough Concert Band in St John's
The City of Peterborough Concert Band in St John’s

facebook eventOn Thursday 1st December, we’ll be holding the last St John’s CIC organised event of the year, when we’ll be having a very special Piccolo concert featuring the City of Peterborough Concert Band. We’ve now been running Piccolo for well over a year, having held a Piccolo concert on the first Thursday of every month since September 2015 except January, when we took a break, and August, when instead of our usual Thursday date we held an outdoor Piccolo as part of the YMCA’s Celebration of Youth Day event.
At the moment we don’t have quite enough adults bringing children to Piccolo to make it sustainable in the long run. As we generally have more than one musician performing our costs are quite high, and the more people who bring children to Piccolo, the easier it will be for us to continue to run these concerts, and to invite a wide variety of performers to play for us. We know lots of you really value Piccolo, and it’s wonderful to see young children developing their appreciation of music, and enjoying the event with their grown-ups!
Piccolo PosterWe’ve made a poster/flyer with details of the next three Piccolo concerts, and we’ll be distributing these around the city very soon. You can also download the poster here. We’d love it if you could print a few copies off and display them in a window or on a notice-board somewhere.

A Thank You from Alun

During 2016 Tuesdays Till Two audiences have increased, as have the donations to cover costs. Managing so many events has been hard work, and I am looking forward to taking a bit of a rest before organising another season of Tuesdays Till Two to start in early spring 2017. It’s been a great privilege to be able to organise and run so many concerts and talks and I’m very grateful to everyone who has performed or spoken this year, and to the volunteers from The Green Backyard who have helped to run the café or who have helped me with the baking for it, especially to my wife Melanie. But, perhaps most of all, I’m grateful to those of you who have been Tuesdays Till Two regulars, and who have told me how much you’ve enjoyed the events, or spread the word about the events, and who have helped the café to raise more than £1000 for The Green Backyard.

Please do keep an eye on this website, or the Events At St John’s facebook page, as there may well be a number of one-off concerts or exhibitions before the next season of Tuesdays Till Two.

Autumn Tuesdays Till Two

Tuesdays Till Two will return on 11th October with the first in a short season of talks and concerts.
All talks and concerts start at 1pm. The café will be open from noon, and will have a variety of home made cakes, scones, quiche etc on sale. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard, except on 11th October, when the café will be run by and in support of PECT (Peterborough Environment City Trust)
You can download the flyer on the left, which is also available in PDF format.

11th October: Talk – David Bole (Forestry Commission)

“Why cities need trees”

18th October: Concert – Jonathan Hanley (tenor) & George Haynes (piano)

“In sweet music is such art: Songs to Shakespeare”

25th October: Concert – Kate Risdon & Patrick Williams (flutes) and Fergus Black (piano)

“Two flutes and piano in lively conversation”

1st November: One man show! – Pete “Cardinal” Cox

“High Stakes – A ‘spooken’ word show”