Spring 2016 Church of Ideas

Tuesdays Till Two returns on 16th February with the first of five new “Church of Ideas” talks. As usual, admission to our lunchtime events is free, but we would appreciate a donation of £3 (or more!) to help us cover our costs. Our café will be open before the talks 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. This time, rather than holding talks at the front of the church, we are going to experiment with using the café area for the talk, as this has worked very well for Piccolo (our monthly music event for young children) and should be more comfortable for audience members.

Church of Ideas Spring 2016Information about our first five Tuesday Till Two events can be found below, but we hope to be continuing our lunchtime events later in the Spring with a mix of talks and recitals. Further details of our events will be published here and on our facebook page, or you can subscribe to our mailing list in order to receive our occasional newsletters about talks, concerts and other events in St John’s. The flyer on the right is also available in PDF format.

16th February – Jessie Brennan

“What is the value of The Green Backyard? Art, activism and the environment in Peterborough”

23rd February – Cécile Faraud

“Circular Peterborough”

1stMarch – Beverley Jones

“Just passing through”

8thMarch – Alison Hawtin

“Art Therapy – Why it’s not about adult colouring books!”

15thMarch – Peter Slinger

“Back to the future – The history of housing crises”

Piccolo – with the mayor!

Despite the quinquennial works that are still in progress inside St John’s November’s Piccolo event went ahead almost as planned; the only change being that we held the event at the front of the church, where lunchtime and evening concerts take place, instead of in the café area. This month we had two special guests: the mayor and mayoress. When they arrived they told us they would probably only stay for half an hour or so, but they enjoyed the music so much that they stayed until the end, and they even joined in with some of the children when members of the audience were invited to choose a percussion instrument to accompany the final piece in the programme – the “Wallace and Gromit” theme by Julian Nott.

You can see a small album of photographs of the day on the Piccolo facebook page.

The event also featured on page 28 of the following week’s Peterborough Telegraph.concert

Some follow-ups to “Can Peterborough grow its own food?”

mapHere is some information designed to answer a few questions asked at this week’s Tuesday Till Two talk.

One person wanted to know about possibilities for gleaning food left in the field by farmers after they are rejected by supermarkets or are uneconomic to harvest for some other reason. One way to get involved is to sign up to Feedback’s “Gleaning Network UK“. Feedback is also on facebook.

Here is a link to the interactive map that Mikey mentioned in his talk. Peterborough in Transition has previously created a wild food map showing fruit trees that are accessible to the public. You can find more of Mikey’s work on his website.

Further copies of the “Edible Peterborough” map may be available from Chauffeurs Cottage.

Piccolo

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Have you heard about our new monthly concert for children under five years old? Held on the first Thursday of each month, the event, which we’ve christened “Piccolo”, takes place in our café area. Doors open at 10am and the music starts at 10.30am and lasts for about one hour. A selection of classical pieces will be played, and then some songs with actions at the end for all to join in with. Admission to Piccolo costs £4 per adult, and each adult may bring up to four children in free of charge. Free refreshments, (coffee/tea.squash and biscuits) are available for everyone. We do ask that any adults coming bring at least one child with them, but other than that all are welcome. Children must be supervised by the adult(s) bringing them at all times. Although the repertoire is aimed at younger children, and older children will generally be in school anyway, adults are welcome to bring in slightly older children too, especially if they are siblings of a younger child who is also coming.

So far we have held two Piccolos, with around 40-50 children at each, and a slightly smaller number of adults. Last time we cleared away a number of the tables to leave plenty of room for the children (and a few of the grownups!) to join in by dancing. The next Piccolo will be on Thursday 5th November, and we are expecting to be joined by the mayor, Cllr John Peach. We’re hoping to arrange a photo-call at this event, so if you are planning to bring a “borrowed” child, please check with parents whether or not they are happy for their child to appear in the pictures, which are intended to help us publicise future Piccolos.

Piccolo has its very own facebook page, which you can like if you would like to be kept up to date with news, including programme details.

Autumn 2015 – More Tuesdays Till Two Dates

Scaffolding outside St John's Our autumn season of Tuesdays Till Two is well under way, and we’ve now added two lunchtime concerts and another talk to our season. As usual, admission to our lunchtime events is free, but we’d appreciate a donation to help us cover our costs ; we suggest £3 for talks and £4 for concerts, but you are welcome to donate more!. Also as usual, our café is open before the events 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. However, because of works being carried out on the roof of St John’s, for this season the café is sometimes serving from the other side of the church, near the children’s area.

Apart from a one week break for half term we have weekly events until November 17th. Details of all our events are published here and on our facebook page, or you can subscribe to our mailing list in order to receive our occasional newsletters about talks, concerts and other events in St John’s. The flyer on the right is also available in PDF format.

20th October: Lunchtime Concert – Rowena Bass and Teresa Brown

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Oct 20th 2015 Concert noclipLocal musicians Rowena Bass (Harp) and Teresa Brown (Violin and Viola) present a lunchtime concert of classical music. They’ll be playing music by composers from Bach to Donizetti and from John Thomas to Vaughan Williams.

In this lunchtime recital Teresa will play viola as well as violin, and the programme will include one of her own compositions, Lux Aeterna, for violin and harp.

3rd November: Lunchtime music from “Indian Summer”

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Local duo Indian Summer – Jon and Annie Bamforth – play a lunchtime concert of early music for us. This is what they have to say about themselves:

“The Great Tradition is one of courtly music and privilege, leading on to modern Classical Music. The Little Tradition is one of dances, songs and carols, surviving in local folk music.
We are part of the Little Tradition, passing on glorious tunes and songs to new generations of singers and musicians.
We also aim to have fun, being united by our passion for early music. We play for historical events and reenactments and just because we enjoy it.”

So come along to St John’s on 3rd November and hear the music which would have been “pop” to its founders and builders back in 1407! For this concert Jon and Annie will be joined by percussionist Martin Bright, who will be playing period percussion.

10th November: “Can Peterborough grow its own food?” – Dr Mikey Tomkins

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Dr Mikey Tomkins, a researcher into urban agriculture, recently led a series of walks around Peterborough City Centre using the new “Edible Peterborough” map he created. In this talk Mikey outlines some of the ways in which unoccupied buildings and underused roofs could be repurposed to help Peterborough grow more of its own food to the benefit of the local economy and environment.

17th November: “Dementia Awareness” – Lynne Carter

see event on facebookNov17Lynne Carter, information worker for the Alzheimer’s Society at the Dementia Resource Centre, Peterborough hosts a presentation and discussion on dementia awareness and the support available at the Dementia Resource Centre for people with dementia and their carers to enable them to live well.

Autumn 2015 Church of Ideas

Scaffolding outside St John'sTuesdays Till Two returns on September 22nd with the first of four “Church of Ideas” talks. As usual admission to our lunchtime events is free, but we’d appreciate a donation of £3 (or more) to help us cover our costs. Also as usual, our café will be open before the talks 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. However, because of works being carried out on the roof of St John’s, for this season the café will be serving from the other side of the church, near the children’s area.

The Church of Ideas Autumn 2015
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Our first four Tuesday Till Two events can be found below, but we hope to be continuing our Autumn season with a mix of talks and recitals. Already confirmed is a talk by Dr Mikey Tomkins on November 10th about his “Edible Peterborough” food mapping project. Further details of our events will be published here and on our facebook page, or you can subscribe to our mailing list in order to receive our occasional newsletters about talks, concerts and other events in St John’s. The flyer on the right is also available in PDF format.

22nd September “Hauptwerk: The Virtual Pipe Organ” – Nigel Stark

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The first talk in our autumn season is given by Nigel Stark, who was one of the musicians in our Spring Recitals season. As well as being Organist and Director of Music at St Martin’s and St Mary’s in Stamford. Nigel is also managing director of Hauptwerk Systems UK. The Hauptwerk system can be used to recreate the sound of great organs from around the world in your home or church. Nigel will explain how the existing sound of Peterborough Cathedral’s organ is being preserved for posterity prior to its being repitched.

29th September “The Wildlife Trusts” – Georgina Forbes

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Georgina Forbes is the promoter for our local Wildlife Trust, a lover of the natural world, and a committed Christian.
Georgina will be talking about conservation charity The Wildlife Trusts. She will talk about how the organisation started and tell us what our local wildlife trust is doing in and around Peterborough.

6th October “Why and What is Poetry?” – Poets United

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Poets United at St John’s for Magna Carta 800

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Local poetry collective Poets United return to St John’s following their well-received performance for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in June. This time the poets have asked for full poetic licence, so we haven’t given them a particular theme. They’ll be reflecting on what poetry is for each of them personally.

13th October: “Edith Cavell” – Stuart Orme

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Edith Cavell died in Belgium at 7am on 12th October 1915, shot by a German firing squad. In this talk, Stuart Orme, interpretation manager at Peterborough Museum, and well known for leading Peterborough Ghost Walks, looks back on her life and her connection with the city.

There are numerous places throughout the world with hospitals, car parks roads and even a mountain named after Edith Cavell, many of which have the most tenuous link with her. How did this come about? Why did a nurse from Norfolk become a national, even international icon? How does the legend compare with the history in this centenary year?

Stuart Orme is the Museum service’s Interpretation Manager. He has a degree in history (University of York), an MA in Museum Studies (University of Leicester) and is a qualified teacher (University of Exeter). After a previous life as a secondary teacher and adult education lecturer he has worked as a costumed interpreter, freelance event organiser and since 2001, for Peterborough Museum. He has a huge interest in history (from a plastic dinosaur bought at the age of five) and is well known in the Peterborough area for delivering a wide range of talks with enthusiasm and humour for local groups, societies and learning organisations. He can also be seen delivering guided tours of the city, including the infamous Peterborough Ghost Walk (which he created), as well as heard regularly broadcasting on historical subjects on BBC local radio.

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.

Programme

  • 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

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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.

Programme

  • 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.