6th January: 6pm – Amahl and the Night Visitors

Peterborough Opera presents Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

The Three Kings are on their way to see the baby Jesus. As the sun sets, they decide to stop and rest, and knock on the door of a humble dwelling to ask for warmth, shelter and food. The mother and child who live there have nothing, but call on their shepherd friends to bring food and wood. The mother is desperate, and thinking of begging for the survival of herself and her son. She is tempted by the riches brought by the kings, and what follows is the result of her trying to take just a few coins, thinking the kings would never miss them.

Amahl is sung by a boy soprano, in this production played by James Turner. Liz Williams plays his mother, and the kings are sung by Mark Ellse, Martin Muir and Simon Sivadas Thompson, with Mark Lee as their page. The performance will be semi-staged, and accompanied on the piano.

Tickets price £7 (adults), or £5 (under 19s) will be available on the door, and are also available online.


Autumn Café Concerts

For the four last Tuesdays Till Two concerts of 2018 we’ll be taking a break from our usual classical repertoire and  from our usual location at the front of the church and holding four café style concerts featuring jazz and country performers.  You can download the flyer in PDF format .

The lineup looks like this:

If you’re looking for classical music  there’s no need to despair, as there is a lunchtime performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto at 1pm on 25th October, and our Armistice Centenary concert, “A Ploughman’s Tale” at 7.30pm on 9th November. Further ahead, at 6.30pm on Friday 21st December, Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues and Kate Wishart return with another Christmas extravaganza following on from last year’s Christmas Treasures. This time around they’ll be joined by the City of Peterborough Concert Band and a choir of schoolchildren from Stilton for “A Christmas Garland”.

21st December: 6.30pm Evening Concert – A Christmas Garland

After the success of our “Christmas Treasures” concert last year with soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues, St John’s CIC is proud to present “A Christmas Garland”, an evening of Christmas music and readings, songs and carols featuring the outstanding talents of Gabriella and accompanist Kate Wishart, the sounds of The City of Peterborough Concert Band, the voices of a choir of children from Stilton Schools trained by Gabriella, and unusual but very Christmassy interval refreshments from the Tuesdays Till Two pop-up café team.

Further details of the programme for the evening will be announced soon.

Book nowLast year Christmas Treasures was our biggest evening event of 2017, enjoyed by well over 120 people, and we are expecting this year’s event to be even more popular. Advance tickets are available online for only £9 online, and a limited number of tickets are available at a special early-bird price of £8 until 25th November. Tickets are also available from St John’s,  priced at £7.50 until 25th November, and £8 afterwards.

20th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Latino Sound

For our final lunchtime concert of the year we welcome Latino Sound, which has been playing all things Latin since 2008, for their first appearance in St John’s. Their music ranges from Bossa Nova to Carlos Santana, an exciting mix of Latin-style jazz, fusion, funk and party music.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard. For this concert we’d like the audience to sit in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church. Some of you may even want to get up and shake a leg!

The music 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 Latino Sound:

Moises Sanchez from Bolivia and Florin Marcos from Romania have been performing together since 2010 in Latino Sound.
Their varied musical influences include: George Benson, Al Di Meola, Acoustic Alchemy, Carlos Santana, and more. Music styles are: Bossa Nova, Flamenco, Latin Jazz, World Music

Their talent has been showcased in festivals across the country and they are currently recording an album.

15th November at 8.30pm: Austin Gold – Acoustic Night

Austin Gold return to St John’s to perform their favourite songs in a relaxed acoustic setting – you can watch video from their March concert in St John’s.

Tickets, price £5, are available from wegottickets (50p booking fee applies). Doors open at 8pm, the performance starts at 8.30pm and will end around 10pm.

13th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Sara Hawkes and Peter Ravenhill (Vocals+Guitar)

Last year Sara Hawkes performed at our first ever Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime jazz session (with Ivan Garford on piano). This year she returns with guitarist Peter Ravenhill, who’s making his Tuesdays Till Two debut after performing at our “Not Quite the Royal Wedding” extravaganza with Sara in May. Sara will be performing well known jazz standards, including songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and more.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard. For this concert we’d like the audience to stay seated in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church.

The music 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 Sara Hawkes:

Originally from Blackpool, Sara moved to Peterborough to bring up her two children before returning to performing as a singer, at first mostly performing at open mic and jazz jam sessions. Her growing reputation has led to invitations to perform at numerous venues and events, both locally (e.g. John Clare Cottage, Oundle Festival Fringe, Key Theatre, Stamford Music Festival) and in her home town of Blackpool, where she recently performed as part of the Blackpool Pride Festival. Sara used to perform classical repertoire such as Opera and Art Song, and continues to train with a teacher who is a senior tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music but also now trains with top jazz artists and teachers.

About Peter Ravenhill:

Peter Ravenhill was inspired to take up the guitar after listening to the Shadows and Hank Marvin. He hasn’t stopped playing since. He has been in several local bands and has a love of Jazz and Blues. He has performed with Sara Hawkes at the Cambridge Jazz Festival and several concerts around Peterborough and is well known on the local scene for his versatility, skill and his love of a kebab! He is currently playing with Rockabilly band the Outsiders and has a three piece rockabilly band the Broadcasters as well as accompanying Sara on Jazz gigs.

9th November: 7.30pm Evening Concert – A Ploughman’s Tale

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, a story of an everyman who fought in the trenches, told through songs by composers or with words by poets who lived through the time of The Great War.

Performed by Robert-John Edwards (Bass-Baritone) and Sara Wilander (Piano).

The concert will take place after a short first half featuring a performance of Elgar’s songs based on Kipling’s “Fringes of the Fleet” and readings by local poets Viv Foster, Ron Graves, and Toby Wood, who will help us to remember the war and some of the local men who took part in it. We will also remember those commemorated on the two war memorials at St John’s. There will then be a twenty minute interval and a chance to view images of Peterborough from the time of the war during it.

Book nowAdvance tickets will be available from the welcome counter in St John’s when the church is open at £8, or online for £8.50. Tickets will also be available on the door for £10. Doors open at 7pm. Interval refreshments will be provided by The Green Backyard pop-up café team. Any profits from the interval refreshments will be donated to the War Memorials Trust.

Beginning with Ivor Gurney’s setting of “I Will Go With My Father A-Ploughing” and ending with the heart-breaking setting of Housman’s “Is My Team Ploughing?” by George Butterworth, himself killed in the trenches, twenty songs by a variety of composers tell the tale of a ploughboy, perhaps born around 1890. We start with him as a child, watching his father plough the fields and learning the farmer’s trade. The songs progress through his youth, where he becomes ambitious and then meets the girl of his dreams, woos her, marries her and has a child. He then joins the army, singing uplifting war songs before the horrors of the “Great” War begin to bite. He becomes home-sick, sees death up close and then, at his last hour, is desperate to go home.. The recital also includes a new original setting of McCrae’s “In Flanders’ Fields” composed by Robert-John Edwards.

Originally performed in 2014 as a 14 song recital “A Ploughman’s Tale” was expanded to a 17 song recital for BirminghamFest in 2015 and then again for an Armistice Day recital to its current 20 song format.

About Robert-John Edwards:

Stamford-born Robert-John Edwards originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and he later trained as a singer, attending the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since winning the post-graduate course prize there, he has gone on to sing roles for Pavilion Opera, Heritage Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera Minima, Operamus,
Stanley Hall Opera, Opera Seria, Secret Opera, Saffron Opera Group, Hashtag Opera and Apollo Opera. He was a member of the professional chorus at Buxton for five years.

About Sara Wilander:

Sara Wilander was born in Sweden and started playing the piano at the age of eight. At the age of 15, she made her debut as a soloist with the Sinfonia Classica of Brussels, Belgium.
After preparatory studies at the Conservatoire National de Région of Chalon sur Saône, France, she completed her education at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has participated successfully in Swedish, German, English and French competitions, as a soloist as well as an accompanist. She is an experienced performer and has appeared in both solo and chamber settings throughout Europe. She is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an accompanist.