Summer Lunchtime Recitals

Summer Lunchtime Recitals 2015-borderTuesdays Till Two returns on August 4th with a season of lunchtime recitals. As usual, recitals will begin at 1pm, with the café open from noon for the sale of light refreshments including a selection of home made cakes, scones, sausage rolls etc. Once again, profits from the refreshments will go to The Green Backyard. For this season of recitals the suggested donation will be £4 rather than the £3 requested for talks.

Information about the recitals can be found below. A PDF format poster is also available.

4th August: Christina McMaster, Piano

Christina McMasterfb_event_buttonFollowing her successful appearances here last year both as a soloist and with Ensemble WOW! pianist Christina McMaster returns to St John’s to launch our summer Lunchtime Recital season.

“I shall create trees of sound and colour” Writing from opposite sides of the Atlantic in the early 20th Century were two unique and revolutionary composers with a shared vision – Claude Debussy and Ruth Crawford-Seeger. Christina will be presenting a concert of Preludes by both composers, juxtaposing their shared and contrasting sound worlds.

11th August: Four Flutes and Friends

fb_event_button Flutists Patrick Williams, Kate Risdon, Deirdre Culloty and Pippa Wilson are delighted to be joined this year by pianist Bruce Burbidge and harpist Rowena Bass.

Flute, piano and harp is a classic, much-loved combination and we are certain you will enjoy this varied programme: fifty minutes of pure pleasure to indulge both performers and audience, with several melodies that will be familiar to many.


  • Bizet : Gypsy Song from “Carmen”
  • Vaughan-Williams : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Ibert : Entr’acte
  • Bach : Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

18th August: Richard Allum & Gordon Curtis, Piano & Clarinet

photo of Richard Allum

Richard Allum

fb_event_buttonIn the third of our season of summer recitals, pianist Richard Allum and clarinettist Gordon Curtis will be playing for us.


  • Gershwin – Three Preludes
  • Guastavino – Tonado and Cueca
  • Horowitz – Sonatina
  • Poulenc – Sonata

25th August: Joe Conway & Stephen Lawrence, Piano & Voice

fb_event_buttonFullLengthIn our final summer lunchtime recital pianist and composer Joe Conway appears with tenor Stephen Lawrence.

Their programme will include some stunning folk song arrangements by Percy Grainger and Benjamin Britten, and one of Joe Conway’s own works for tenor and piano. Stephen Lawrence will also sing songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov in Russian, a language he speaks fluently. Their aim is to explore a little of the music of these two great cultures but also to send people away with a smile on their faces.

Police and Poets

Our spring recitals have now finished, but there are two more Tuesdays Till Two events before we take a break until August. As usual the café will be open from noon, and selling a variety of home baked goodies and hot drinks in aid of The Green Backyard. There is no Tuesdays Till Two on 9th June because the Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycle race will be taking place later that day and access to the area will be disrupted.

2nd June – Sergeant Roy McMichael “The British Transport Police – Our History and Role in Protecting Britain’s Railways”

fb_event_buttonIMG-20150224-WA0004Sergeant Roy McMichael is an officer with 11 years experience in the British Transport Police. He has served in a variety of different roles across the country. His presentation will explain the role of the BTP in protecting the railway network and take you through its history.

16th June – Poets United “Magna Carta 800”

group photo of Poets United

Poets United

fb_event_buttonLocal poetry collective “Poets United”, who have performed at St John’s several times in recent years, return to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta with us with a selection of poems about and responding to the great charter of 1215. (It was agreed at Runnymede on 15th June 1215, and copies were formally issued on 19th June so this is a good week to celebrate Magna Carta).

Among the poets reading will be Pete Cox, former poet in residence in St John’s, and Viv Foster, who recently performed in St John’s Square as part of this year’s Green Festival. Both Pete and Viv took part in the “Poetry on the buses” project which was led by Keely Mills. who was instrumental in setting up Tuesdays Till Two.

General Election Hustings

Friday 24 April at 7.30pm

Open meeting to question and speak with some of the Political Candidates standing for the Constituency of Peterborough.
The participating candidates are:

  • Chris Ash – Liberal
  • Darren Bisby-Boyd – Green
  • Lisa Forbes – Labour
  • Darren Fower – LibDem
  • Mary Herdman – UKIP
  • Stewart Jackson – Conservative

The style of the evening will be as a ‘Question Time’.To submit questions for the panel, please email with your questions and full name by noon on 21 April. The questions put will be chosen from these to ensure a spread of topics are covered.

Whatever the issues that concern you most, your vote and voice counts and this is an important opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say on these.

Spring lunchtime piano and organ recitals

Spring Lunchtime Recitals 2015

Tuesdays Till Two returns on April 28th with a season of lunchtime recitals. As usual, recitals will begin at 1pm, with the café open from noon for the sale of light refreshments including a selection of home made cakes, scones, sausage rolls etc. Once again, profits from the refreshments will go to The Green Backyard. For this season of recitals the suggested donation will be £4 rather than the £3 requested for talks.

Information about the recitals can be found below. You can find out more about the musicians by clicking on their pictures. A PDF format poster is also available.

28th April: Jonathan Lilley, Piano

Jonathan Lilley
Jonathan Lilley, who is an organist by profession, a general keyboard accompanist by vocation, and an occasional solo pianist for recreation, will be performing for us on the city council’s Steinway grand piano, which is kept at St John’s unless required for a performance elsewhere. Jonathan relishes the eclectic: one of his more unusual performances in his time as Ely Cathedral’s Assistant Organist was a foray into silent film accompaniment: presenting The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The General in the cathedral, to wide acclaim, but his particular pleasure in the post-Romantic music of France and his fascination with the non-organ music of organist-composers both find expression in his programme for us.fb_event_button


  1. Two Intermezzi – Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
    1. no.1 in C
    2. no.2 in D flat
  2. Selection from 12 Préludes – Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)
    1. Prologue
    2. Tendresse
    3. Evocation d’un jour d’angoisse
    4. Suprème appel
    5. Sur une tombe
    6. Souvenir d’un jour de joie
  3. Two Arabesques – Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
    1. Andante con moto
    2. Allegretto scherzando
  4. L’isle joyeuse – Claude Debussy

5th May: Marc Murray, Organ

photo of Marc Murray

Originally from Cape Town, Marc Murray moved to the UK in 2010 to take up the post of Director of Music at St Botolph’s Boston (the picture shows him at the organ there). As well as in his native South Africa, Marc has given organ recitals in Germany, Sweden and the USA. UK locations where he has given solo organ recitals performed include Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.fb_event_button


  1. Concert Fantasia on Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ – Edwin H Lemare (1865 – 1934)
  2. Fantasia No. 3 in C, Op. 157 – Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)
  3. Larghetto in F♯ minor – Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810 – 1876)
  4. Maytime Gavotte : Alfred Hollins (1865 – 1942)
  5. Toccata on ‘All you need is love’ – Paul Ayres (b. 1970)

12th May: Jeremy Lloyd, Organ

Jeremy LloydNow Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral Jeremy Lloyd graduated in 2014 with first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music. We’re grateful to Jeremy for stepping in at fairly short notice to replace his namesake Jeremy Jepson, who is now unable to play for us.fb_event_button


  1. Fantasia from Sonata No. 2 – Josef Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)
  2. Claire de Lune & Pastorale – Joseph Bonnet (1884 – 1944)
  3. Recessional – William Mathias (1934 – 1992)
  4. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele – J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
  5. Toccata in G major – Théodore Dubois (1837 – 1924)

19th May: Nigel Stark, Organ

Now resident in Oakham (he plays trombone with the Rutland Big Band!), Nigel Stark has given many solo organ recitals in London and major churches and cathedrals both here and abroad.fb_event_button


  1. Fantasia and Fugue in c minor, BWV 537 — J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
  2. Sonata No. 4, — Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
    1. Allegro con brio
    2. Andante Religioso
    3. Allegretto
    4. Allegro Maestoso e Vivace
  3. Nocturne from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ — Mendelssohn
  4. Choral Song and Fugue — S S Wesley (1810 – 1876)
  5. Imperial March — Elgar (1867 – 1934)

26th May: John Arkell, Organ

John ArkellJohn Arkell, organist at Oundle School since 1997 is the fiancé of Elizabeth Barter, director of music at St John’s. John has played the organ at services in St John’s on a number of occasions recently and so it is fitting that he is the final performer of our spring season.fb_event_button


  1. Fantasia and Fugue in G minor – J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
  2. Pieces for a Musical Clock (Nos. 1,4,5 and 8) — F J Haydn (1732 – 1809)
  3. Choral no. 3 in A minor — César Franck (1822 – 1890)
  4. A Trumpet Minuet — Alfred Hollins (1865 – 1942)
  5. Carillon Sortie — Henri Mulet (1878 – 1967)

Return of the Church of Ideas

"Church of Ideas" Flyer

Our Tuesdays Till Two talks, a.k.a. the “Church of Ideas”, will be returning on February 24th. The season of five talks will offer an opportunity to learn about the work of some of the most influential organisations working in and for Peterborough. Our speakers have been asked to talk about ways in which volunteers can get involved, or ways in which their organisation can assist volunteers locally. After the talks there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Admission is free, but we do ask those attending to make a donation of £3, if they are able, to help cover our costs. From noon onwards before each talk volunteers from The Green Backyard will be providing refreshments including home made cakes, buns, and scones.

24th February Brian Pearce, Railworld “How volunteering changed my life”

see event on facebookBrian, one of 11 children, ventured south from Grimsby in 1965 to take up an apprenticeship at Perkins Engines. He started volunteering early in 1971 when he by chance met Rev Richard Paten, who just happened to have brought a steam engine from British Railways a couple of years earlier… Brian became one of the founder members of the NVR, where he is still a member.

Later Richard bought the land that was to become Railworld. In 1995, Brian, impressed by the habitat creation/wildlife havens that Perkins had recently built, decided to build one at Railworld. His initial estimate suggested a one year project…

3rd March Carly Leonard, PECT “The city and the environment”

See event on facebookCarly Leonard, CEO of the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), will discuss how our perception of the City and the environment as either separate or the same could influence our responses. She will describe projects that PECT are leading on with businesses, schools and communities and how people can get involved.

Carly joined PECT, the charity behind Peterborough’s annual Green Festival, as its new chief executive in October 2014 after several years as executive director at Sustainability East.

10th March Mark Richards and Sarah Haythornthwaite, Metal Peterborough “Engaging communities through the arts”

See event on facebookMark Richards is Director of Metal in Peterborough. With 8 years at Arts Council England, Mark joined Metal in 2013 and not long after moved to the city. He has a wealth of knowledge of the East region, of funding and artists development. Sarah Haythornthwaite also joined Metal in 2013 and is now full time Senior Project Manager. Sarah previously worked as Arts Service Manager for Vivacity, The Bluecoat in Liverpool and Knowsley Borough Council developing collaborative relationships between artists and new audiences.

Arts organisation Metal came to Peterborough in 2012 and has had permanent staff here since 2013. Metal likes to take a developmental approach to local creativity and talent – training, mentoring and supporting the growth of knowledge and capacity, encouraging cross-art form and cross-community conversations and sharing of knowledge. Metal also creates its own projects – large in scale, high in impact and involving a wide number of participants and audience from all walks of life. So far this has included Upon This Rock lantern parade (2013) and #MetalBillboard, 100 Journals and the Hoarding exhibition in 2014. Our speakers will use these projects to outline some of the approaches Metal has taken to actively listening and engaging the local community. Mark and Sarah will also introduce plans for ambitious mass-participatory projects in 2015 and 2016 and outline opportunities for local, national and international artists.

17th March Steve Bowyer, Opportunity Peterborough “10 years back/10 years forward – Reflection on Peterborough’s growth and future”

See event on facebookWith 25 years’ experience in the built environment, Steve Bowyer has been involved with major heritage and urban regeneration initiatives in a variety of locations. More recently he has led the team delivering economic growth in Peterborough, where he is acting chief executive of the local economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough. Over the last 18 months, Steve has been director of the Future Cities Demonstrator programme, leading a transformation in Peterborough’s approach to innovation, growth and sustainability.

24th March Kevin Tighe, Vivacity “Vivacity – The First Five Years”

See event on facebook Vivacity is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with charitable status and manages many of Peterborough’s culture and leisure facilities on behalf of Peterborough City Council, including the Key Theatre, the museum and gallery, ten libraries. Flag Fen, and a number of leisure centres. After a varied career that included 15 years at Sport England, Kevin Tighe has been chief executive of Vivacity since 2010 and was a key player in its creation.

After March 24th we will be taking a break for Easter, before Tuesdays Till Two returns later in April for another season of lunchtime recitals. Stay tuned for information about the performers. These will take us up to the end of May, and then we will have two more talks in June.

On June 2nd we will have a talk about the history and work of the British Transport Police, and on June 16th will feature local poetry collective “Poets United”, who will be delivering a Magna Carta themed set of poems to celebrate the 800th anniversary of its signing in June 1215.