Tuesdays Till Two returns soon

After 2017’s run of twenty three lunchtime concerts and one session with Poets United it’s high time for our other Tuesdays Till Two strand, “The Church of Ideas” to make a reappearance.  We have four speakers  lined up, beginning with Fairtrade campaigner Beki Sellick on 27th February.  But, in the year Peterborough Cathedral celebrates its 900th year we thought we should run some talks with a historical theme, and there will be talks on the history of Peterborough’s many bridges (from Brian Keegan), on the work of the Red Cross in the city during the world wars (from Jane Hogg), and on Peterborough’s fascinating folklore from local expert Francis Young. As always volunteers from The Green Backyard will be providing a pop-up café from noon and the talks will begin at 1pm.

The full line up of speakers is as follows:

27th February: Beki Sellick – “Fairtrade – What difference does it really make?”
6th March: Francis Young – “Peterborough folklore”
13th March: Jane Hogg – “Good old Red Cross”
20th March: Brian Keegan – “History of Peterborough’s bridges”

You can download the flyer for the season here: Spring Lunchtime Talks
After Easter lunchtime concerts will resume. The first concert of the year, on 17th April, will feature noted Russian pianist Alexander Ardakov. There will be a concert every week until 12th June, with all the performers already confirmed, and we’re once again planning to run six concerts during the summer holiday period, with only one concert still to be confirmed.

Look out for further details here soon!


Christmas is coming!

The exceptionally busy autumn season at St John’s is drawing to a close, and Tuesdays Till Two is taking a break until the New Year. However there’s still plenty happening in St John’s over the run-up to Christmas:

  • The annual Cards for Good Causes stall has already been running for several weeks, and it will continue to operate between 10am and 4pm every weekday until 14th December
  • Our monthly Piccolo concert will be the first event to mark the approach of Christmas, with Piccolo – Listen to the Band (Again)! on 7th December, and once again musicians from the City of Peterborough Concert Band will be in charge of proceedings.
  • EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) is holding a carol service for volunteers and supporters in St John’s at 7pm on 14th December. For further information see this page on the EACH website.
  • The traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service will take place in St John’s on 17th December at 6.30pm
  • Then at 7.30pm on 22nd December singer Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues will be joined by accompanist Kate Wishart for her second evening concert at St John’s in recent months. Christmas Treasures promises to be a superb evening of Christmas music and fun, and there will be plenty of opportunity for members of the audience to join in with some of the songs.
  • This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, which means there will be three services in St John’s that day: the regular 11am Sung Eucharist will be followed by a crib service at 3pm, before the 11.30pm Midnight Mass service takes us into the start of Christmas proper.

22nd December: 7.30pm Evening Concert – Christmas Treasures

Join professional soprano, Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues and Musical Director of Peterborough Opera, Kate Wishart for a delightfully festive evening of Christmas Music and Carol Singing, in aid of The Green Backyard.

Refreshments during the interval will be provided by the GBY pop-up café team, which runs the café before our Tuesdays Till Two concerts.

Doors will open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm. Up to two children under 14 will be admitted free with each adult ticket-holder.

Book now
Advance tickets at £8 will be available from the St John’s welcome counter from 15th November and at The Green Backyard Christmas Fair. Advance tickets are also available online at £8.50 from TicketSource.


I Wonder as I Wander
Bethlehem Down – Warlock
Mary, Did You Know?
O Holy Night
We’re Walking In The Air (Theme from “The Snowman”)
The Little Road to Bethlehem – Head
The Angel Gabriel (Gabriel’s Message)
Ave Maria – Schubert
Balulalow (Ceremony of Carols) – Benjamin Britten
Maria Wiegenlied, Op.76/52 (The Virgin’s Slumber Song) – Reger
Pie Jesu (Requiem) – Fauré
Come Sing & Dance (Old Carol) – Howells

Carols & Festive Songs for Audience Participation:

Once in Royal David’s City
Sleigh Ride (featuring a chorus of Gabriella’s students)
Coventry Carol
Angels We Have Heard on High
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Holly and The Ivy
I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In

Bumper Autumn Season

Autumn Tuesdays Till Two Season

The autumn season of Tuesdays Till Two begins on 26th September with the first of four classical concerts. We’ll then take a foray into the world of Jazz in our fifth concert, which will take place in the café area. Then a week later we’ll have our final Tuesdays Till Two event of the year when we welcome back local Poetry Collective Poetry United.

As always concerts will begin promptly at 1pm, and the café will be open from noon. Please try to arrive by 12.45pm if you intend to buy something from the café, as if too many people try to buy from the café at the last minute the concert may have to start while people are still queueing at the café. We generally open the café for a few minutes at the end of the performance as well, for the benefit of those who arrive late (or who want some cake to take home for later!).

The dates are as follows:

26th September: Zoltan Galyas (Piano)
3rd October: Estevão Devides (Guitar)
10th October: Harriet Mountford & Ben Horden (Soprano & Piano)
17th October: Richard Allum (Piano)
24th October: Sara Hawkes & Ivan Garford (Vocals & Piano)
31st October: “Harvest and Renewal” with Poets United

poster with all our autumn concerts (well almost all!) can be downloaded in PDF format, and there is also a two-sided flyer.

Other Concerts  in St John’s

But, in addition to our usual Tuesday lunchtime concerts, there is a whole host of other concerts and events taking place in St John’s this autumn. In particular there is an exciting season of five evening concerts, promoted by Peterborough Vocal Collective.

There is also a Wednesday lunchtime concert by Leeds based choir St Peter’s Singers on 25th October. And, if that weren’t enough for you we have now a Friday evening concert, Opera versus Jazz!, at 7.30pm on 20th October, following Christina Johnston’s Miracle of the Voice concert on 29th September.

26th September: Lunchtime Concert – Zoltan Galyas (Piano)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season begins with a concert by Slovak pianist Zoltan Galyas.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, 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.


Chopin – Ballade no.1 op.23
Chopin – Scherzo no.4 op.54
Chopin – Polonaise no.2 op.26
Rachmaninoff – Etude no.5 op.39
Rachmaninoff – Etude no.8 op.39
Liszt – Sonetto 104 del Petrarca no.5
Scriabin – Etude no.1 op.2
Schumann – Arabesque op.18

About Zoltan:

Slovak pianist Zoltan Galyas was born into a Hungarian musical family in 1992. He began to play piano at age of 10 under Valeria Hricovova at the Elemenyary art school of music (SVK). Two years later he gave his first piano recital and soon after he was a 1st prize winner at national competition of Dezider Kardos. At age of 13 Zoltan was offered a place at State Conservatory of music and Dance in Košice where he studied with professor Dravecka. In 2005 he and his family moves to England and four years later Zoltan was offered a place at the Voyager Academyin Peterborough, specialising in teaching, accompanying and coaching. Here he had a significant role in school productions of musicals such as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.
Zoltan is currently studying with Russian professor Alexander Ardakov at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where his mentors and teachers includes Gabrielle Baldocci, Penelope Roskell and Geza Hosszu Legocky.

29th September: Evening Concert at 7pm – The Miracle of the Voice

On 29th September St John’s will welcome opera singer Christina Johnston. Christina is coming to Peterborough as part of her ten concert tour of the East of England, which celebrates the launch of her début album “Blessing”, to be released on 22nd September. The concert will start at 7pm.

Christina, who will be performing with talented Russian pianist Inga Goldsmith, is originally from Framlingham in Suffolk (also home to contemporaries Ed Sheeran and Laura Wright), but has been living abroad making a name for herself since graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has made solo tours in Europe, Asia and South America, and has become very popular in the Czech Republic, appearing regularly in front of the Czech President, who has dubbed her “The Angel”.  She has sung at an EU summit in front of several other European presidents, and also for the Chinese president, who was so impressed by her performance, that he invited her to China to sing as part of events commemorating the anniversary of the ending of World War II. Christina also performs regularly for film scores – most recently for “Interlude in Prague”.

Christina is said by many in the music world to be one of a kind, with a vocal range and agility that few can dream of, and her concert will be an evening of spectacular coloratura arias, featuring the highest pieces ever written for the human voice. Mozart, Delibes, Rachmaninov, Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod, Handel, Grieg, Johann Strauss, and Canteloube all feature on “Blessing” and Christina can be heard singing in no fewer than nine different languages on her new album. Highlights include the notoriously difficult arias ‘Der Hölle Rache’ from Mozart’s Magic Flute and ‘Bell Song’ from Lakmé by Delibes, but every aria, whether popular or rarely heard, is perfectly suited to Christina’s high coloratura voice.

Tickets, price £15 will be available on the door. Advance tickets are available from TicketLine for only £9, including booking fee, if you supply this promotion code when purchasing your ticket: 45OFFALL

3rd October: Lunchtime Concert – Estevão Devides (Guitar)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a concert by Brazilian guitarist Estevão Devides, who is making his Tuesdays Till Two début with a programme including several pieces by Brazilian composers.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, 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.


Canários – Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710)
Astúrias – Isaac Albéniz (1860 – 1909)
Song for Anna  – André Popp & Jean Claude Massoulier
Greensleeves – Trad
Lágrima (Tear) }  – Francisco Tárrega (1852 – 1909)
Capricho Árabe }
Bachianinha n°1 – Paulinho Nogueira (1929 – 2003)
Preludio n°1 – Heitor Villa Lobos(1887-1959)
Samba do Avião (Airplane Samba) – Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927 – 1994)
Asa Branca/ Prelude n°5 – Luiz Gonzaga(1912 – 1989)/ Guerra Peixe (1914 – 1993)
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin (1971)
Imagine/Let it be – The Beatles (1969)
Tico-tico no Fubá – Zequinha de Abreu

About Estevão Devides

Estevão began studying the guitar at the age of 9. Born in Brazil he studied at the Conservatory of Tatuí in Brazil and graduated in a Licentiate of Music Degree from the Unimes- University of Santos.
In Brazil he has performed in schools, theatres and museums sponsored by companies in partnership with the Ministry of Culture. This financed his first recording of a CD in 2014 with 25,000 free copies that were distributed to students during his school performances.
He has participated in international guitar festivals, performing master classes with renowned guitarists such as: Berta Rojas (Paraguay); Jorge Caballero (Peru) and Duo Assad (Brazil).
In 2013, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture selected Estevão to be part of a Cultural Exchange which included free concerts at Whitefriars Church School, Snettisham Primary School and Forward Day Centre in King’s Lynn, where he currently lives.