Summer 2016 Lunchtime Concerts

August 2016 Tuesdays Till Two Lunchtime ConcertsTuesdays Till Two returns on 2nd August at 1pm, with the first of five concerts. As ever, volunteers from The Green Backyard will be running a café for an hour before each of the concerts. We’ve got a great lineup for you, including several musicians who are playing at Tuesdays Till Two for the first time. We’re still waiting for programme details from several of our musicians; further details about the concerts will be added as they are received. Admission to our lunchtime concerts is free, but if you can afford it, a donation of around £4 is appreciated as it helps us to cover our costs.
You can download the PDF format poster/flyer for the season.

2nd August: Steve Bean – Classical Guitarist

9th August: “Opera Desserts!”

16th August: Hannah Clark (flute) & Irena Radić (piano)

23rd August: Music from France for Violin & Piano

with Freya Goldmark and Irena Radić

30th August: “From J S Bach to Ian Clarke”

They’re back! – Deirdre Culloty & Pippa Wilson (flute), Bruce Burbidge (piano) and Rowena Bass (harp)

2nd August: Lunchtime Concert – Steve Bean, Classical Guitarist

fb_event_buttonAfter a break during July, our lunchtime “Tuesdays Till Two” concerts resume at 1pm on 2nd August with the first of five concerts for the summer: a performance by outstanding local classical guitarist Steve Bean, who is performing in St John’s for the first time.

Steve’s playing style as a solo guitarist is predominantly Classical with a Flamenco influence. His work over the years has allowed him to absorb many genres into his unique performances, giving way to varied repertoire encompassing compositions by artists such as John Williams, Einaudi & Albeniz to more popular pieces by The Beatles & Queen. Check out the video below, which has been viewed more than 4 million times:

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.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, 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.

9th August: Lunchtime Concert – “Opera Desserts!”

fb_event_buttonIn the second of our August season of lunchtime concerts we’ll be offering you a delicious selection of grand opera and operetta excerpts, with arias, duets and ensembles from composers including Verdi, Mozart, Handel and Sullivan. There’ll be an Italian flavour to the proceedings, which will culminate in a performance of the famous Rigoletto Quartet.

As ever volunteers from The Green Backyard will be ensuring it’s not just your ears that are catered for – our café will be open from noon for the hour before the concert. Admission is free, but if you can afford it, a donation of around £4 is appreciated as it helps us to cover our costs.

Our singers will be:

Alison Charlton-West Soprano
Liz Williams Mezzo soprano
Mark Ellse Tenor
John Barratt Baritone

Katherine Wishart will provide a piano accompaniment.

16th August: Lunchtime Concert – Hannah Clark & Irena Radić (flute and piano)

fb_event_buttonThe third of our summer lunchtime concerts will feature two young musicians who have both given concerts at St John’s before. In their début appearance here together Hannah Clark (flute) and Irena Radić (piano) will play music by Fauré, Ravel, Reinecke, and more…

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.

23rd August: Lunchtime Violin & Piano Concert – Music from France

fb_event_buttonReturning for her second lunchtime performance at St John’s this month, pianist Irena Radić is joined by violinist Freya Goldmark in a concert of some of the finest music for violin and piano written by French composers. The highlight will be a performance of Franck’s thrilling Sonata in A Major, but we’ll also hear works by composers such as Debussy and Lili Boulanger.

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 Freya:

imageFreya Goldmark has performed extensively in the UK, not least at Sandringham in front of Prince Charles, in Europe (including Russia, and live on Norwegian national radio), and in Asia in places as far afield as Bangkok, Hong Kong and Penang. She is the founder of the Uppingham International Music Festival, which will take place for the first time over three days in November this year.  You can read more about Freya here.

 

About Irena:

Irena RadićA former young musician of the year in both Peterborough and Oundle, Irena Radić is a frequent performer at St John’s. Her most recent appearance here was in a solo recital in April. You can read more about Irena here.

30th August: Lunchtime Concert – “From J S Bach to Ian Clarke”

fb_event_buttonIn the last in our season of summer lunchtime concerts, flutists Deirdre Culloty and Pippa Wilson, pianist Bruce Burbidge and harpist Rowena Bass invite you to join them on a musical journey through the centuries.  Full detais of the programme are given below.

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.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, 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.

Programme:

Brandenburg Concerto no 5 (2nd movement) – J. S. Bach
Concerto in D (1st movement) –  Haydn/Leopold Hoffmann
Variations on God Save the King – Beethoven
Harp solo (to be decided!)
Arabesque no 1 – Debussy
Maya – Ian Clarke
Send In The Clowns –  Sondheim

Bruce, who is also a Roman Catholic priest, is currently a tutor at Rome’s Venerable English College, but was formerly a parish priest here in Peterborough, and in recent years his summer concerts with us have become something of an annual institution, attracting audiences of well over 100 people. So make sure you get to St John’s in good time if you’re hoping to buy something from the café or you want a seat in a front row pew!

2nd July – All day: Peterborough Heritage Festival at St John’s

Peterborough Heritage Festival has long been one of the city’s most spectacular events. But there’s more to celebrating our heritage than reenacting battles and dressing up in old-fashioned clothes. This year, in conjunction with Peterborough U3A, St John’s will be hosting speakers and exhibitions from some of Peterborough’s longest established clubs and societies. Our Saturday café will also extend its regular opening hours and will be open throughout the day, so please drop in any time for a tea or coffee and a slice of cake, and check out what else is happening!

Programme:

10am – Talk : “The Diary of a Victorian Surgeon” with Liz Davies from the Museum Society
11am – Concert: U3A Harmony Singing Group
12pm – Poetry: Poetry about Peterborough with Poets United and the U3A Poetry Group
1pm – Concert: U3A Concert Band
2pm – Talk: “The Blue Badge Trail” with Toby Wood from Peterborough Civic Society
3pm -Tai Chi Display: U3A
3.45pm – Talk: “Peterborough – A walk through its yards!” with June & Vernon Bull from St John’s

All day exhibitions:

Peterborough Photographic Society
U3A Water Colour Group
Peterborough Cycling Club
Photographs of Peterborough during the First World War from June & Vernon Bull’s collection
Andrew Cole – Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme

Further attractions:

Mask Theatre will be performing extracts of “Much Ado about Nothing” – this year’s Shakespeare in the Park production in St John’s Square

Meet a nun! Sisters from The Community of St Francis will be parking their mobile monastery outside St John’s and will be in St John’s all weekend. Take a break from the excitement of the Heritage Festival and enjoy a few minutes of quiet reflection in our Lady Chapel.