Autumn Lunchtime Concerts

Our Autumn lunchtime concert season will begin on 24th September with the first of four classical concerts.

The flyer on the left is also available in PDF format.

The first four concerts are as follows:
24th September: Steve Bean (Classical Guitar)
1st October: Sirius Chau & Irena Radić (Flute & Piano)
8th October: Emma Besselaar & Antonio Oyarzabal (Cello & Piano)
15th October: Robbie Haylett & Orlando Shamlou (Baritone & Piano)

They’ll be followed by a season of “jazz café” concerts, beginning with a return appearance by Latino Sound on 22nd October.

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Summer Lunchtime Concerts

Tuesdays Till Two will return on 23rd July, with the first in a season of six concerts for the summer.

You can download the flyer on the left in PDF format.

The six dates are as follows:

23rd July: “Third Sonatas” with Roger Stimson and Fergus Black (Violin & Piano)
30th July: “Vagabonds” with Robert-John Edwards & Sara Wilander (Bass-Baritone & Piano)
6th August: Capital Horns (Horn Quartet)
13th August: Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues & Kate Wishart (Soprano & Piano)
20th August: Adrian Oldland (Piano)
27th August: Leon King and Emily Smith (Viola & Piano)

27th August: Lunchtime Concert – Leon King & Emily Smith (Viola & Piano)

Our summer season of concerts ends with a duo concert by viola player Leon King, returning after a very successful solo concert with us last summer, and pianist Emily Smith, who also appeared last summer, when she played the cello with The Stringlers. They will be playing three sonatas, all by composers whose lives were drastically affected by the rise of the Nazis: two had to flee to America to escape them, and one, László Weiner, was murdered by them in 1944.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 £5.

Programme:

Paul Hindemith, Sonata Op 25 no. 4 (1922)
László Weiner, Viola Sonata (1942)
Darius Milhaud, Viola Sonata no. 2 (1944)

About Leon King:

Leon King studied viola with Rudolph Botta in Manchester and Roger Best of the Alberni Quartet in London before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he continued his studies with Stephen Shingles, the principal violist of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. At the RAM he also studied chamber music under the renowned quartet leader Sidney Griller and composition with Paul Patterson and Edward Gregson. Leon has worked as a freelance player with many British orchestras including the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields, BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia and RPO. He also studied baroque viola with Jan Schlapp and is an experienced specialist in period performance practice having worked with a number of period instrument orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Leon has a special interest in the viola d’amore and has edited editions of a number of eighteenth century pieces for viola d’amore, some never published before, including an Urtext edition of Vivaldi’s complete works for viola d’amore.

About Emily Smith:

Emily started playing the piano at an early age, after a recommendation from her best friend at Primary School! Emily continued her piano studies at the Royal College of Music, London with Niel Immelman and Gordon Fergus-Thompson, also learning cello with Alexander Boyarsky. There she received coaching and masterclasses in chamber music from leading musicians including Sir Roger Norrington and Levon Chilingirian.

Emily is based in Peterborough where she is a busy teacher and accompanist as well as playing the cello with the local string quartet Intermezzo.

20th August: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Adrian Oldland

Our summer “Tuesdays Till Two” concerts continue with a solo piano recital by Adrian Oldland, who is playing his first concert at St John’s. Adrian will be playing works by Schumann and Chopin.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 £5.

Programme:

Kinderszenen Op.15 – Robert Schumann
Arabeske Op.18 – Robert Schumann
Widmung – Schumann / Liszt
Scherzo No.4 in E major, Op.54 – F. Chopin

About Adrian Oldland:

Celebrated not only for his virtuosic displays at the piano but also for his sensitive and unique interpretations, Adrian Oldland has gone on to establish himself as an exciting and formidable performer on the concert platform.

Adrian began his musical studies at the age of seven when he joined his local church choir. His love for the piano began shortly after joining, where he received his first piano lessons. Adrian’s talent was immediately spotted and remarkable progress led to early successes in competitions and music festivals.

His love in particular for music of the Romantic Period, brought Adrian his first victory when he was awarded first place at the Chelmsford Competitive Festival of Music for the ‘Roots trophy’ (2007) playing works by Chopin.

In 2008 Adrian was successful in gaining a place to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where he completed his BMus (Hons) and Master’s (MMus) degrees studying under Alexander Ardakov. During his studies Adrian was active in performing in concerts, master classes and competitions. Whilst only in his second year, Adrian was winner of the much sought after Alfred Kitchin Piano Competition (2010), playing works by Schumann.

Since completing his studies, Adrian has embarked on an international career, performing in numerous countries such as Russia, Germany, Austria, Portugal and Italy.
Amongst the many awards achieved by him, the following stand out:

2nd prize, «XXI Century Art» Competition, Madeira. (2013)
3rd prize, «XXI Century Art» Competition, Austria. (2013)
4th prize in the 23rd Dmitri Kabalevsky International Piano Competition, Russia. (2012)

Adrian has participated in many master classes with distinguished pianists such as Peter Donohoe, Melvyn Tan and William Howard, and currently enjoys a busy career, performing regularly across the UK and throughout Europe. His repertoire stretches from Bach to the Twentieth Century with a particular interest in the life and works of Robert Schumann.

13th August: Lunchtime Concert – Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues & Kate Wishart (Mezzo Soprano & Piano)

Our “Tuesday Till Two” summer concerts continue with a return appearance by two of our most popular and regular performers of the past few years, mezzo-soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues, and pianist Kate Wishart. This time around Gabriella will be singing a very varied programme that ranges from oratorio and opera to folksong and musicals.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 £5.

Programme:

Ravel – Chansons Madecasses
Massenet – Élégie
De Falla – Asturiana
Rodrigo – Adela
Mozart – Voi che sapete (from Marriage of Figaro)
Britten – What would Missus Herring say?
Mendelssohn – O rest in the Lord (from Elijah)
You’ll never walk alone (from Carousel)
As if we never said goodbye (from Sunset Boulevard)
Debussy – Nuit d’étoiles

About Gabriella:

Gabriella was a chorister in Peterborough Cathedral where she performed in regular live, televised broadcasts, sang for the Duchess of Gloucester and sang a solo Eucharist before gaining a full scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music.
In 2009. In her final year at Chetham’s Gabriella sang in the BBC proms performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 2011. At the age of 17, Gabriella sang as a choral scholar in the Royal Naval Chapel Choir in Greenwich, here she sang for the Queen in 2012, performed a solo on BBC radio 3 Choral Evensong, a solo Eucharist, a performance with the renowned Kronos Quartet and sang in two episodes of Songs of Praise.
Alongside singing, Gabriella is also a very passionate teacher, from age 19 she has taught classes of children and regular one to one singing lessons. Gabriella has sung in major venues in the UK; The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and the Bridgewater Hall.
Gabriella was then awarded “The National Scholarship” to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama undertaking the BMus (Hons) Music degree under the tutelage of David Pollard. Gabriella continues a very busy schedule as a concert singer and recitalist. Gabriella’s opera credits include, Adele in Die Fledermaus (Chetham’s), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chethams), Mme Lidoine (2nd Prioress) in The Dialogues of the Carmelites (GSMD), Chorus in Le Donne Curiose (GSMD), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (GSMD), Alice Ford in Falstaff (AIMS) and 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute (British Youth Opera) Gabriella studies with the famous Coloratura Soprano Lillian Watson.

About Kate:

Kate Wishart went to the Guildhall School of Music and studied piano and percussion there before joining the Academy of the BBC orchestra as timpanist. After 10 years playing professionally she went to medical school and became a GP, whilst continuing to play music as an amateur. Since retiring, she has increased her musical activities and is developing a role as an accompanist. She is currently Musical Director of Peterborough Opera.

6th August: Lunchtime Concert – Capital Horns

In the third of our summer concerts we welcome not just one, but four first time “Tuesdays Till Two” performers, when Capital Horns, a quartet of fine young horn players from London’s Royal Academy of Music, will play a fun programme that will blow away the musical cobwebs as it ranges from classical to barbershop and pop.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 £5.

Programme:

Lowell E. Shaw – Frippery No.8

Mozart – Marriage of Figaro Overture

Jan Koetsier – Cinq Nouvelles
– Prelude
– Hymne
– Caprice
– Carillon
– Chasse

Joseph Landers – Nocturne in Blue and Green

Frippery Suite – Lowell E. Shaw

-Frippery No.1
-Frippery No.4
-Frippery No.2

Choral Suite
– Thomas Tallis arr. S.Payne – If ye Love me
– Bruckner arr. S Payne – Locus Iste
– Palestrina arr. S Payne – Sicut Cervus

Nikolai Tcherepnin – Horn Quartet
– 1 Nocturne
– 4 Choeur Danse
– 3 La Chasse

About Capital Horns:

Capital Horns showcases some of the country’s leading young Horn players in an ensemble that captures the real, cultured sound of the Horn Quartet.

The four members of the quartet are (from left to right in the photo on the left) Joshua Bartram, Timothy Doyle, Elliott Howley, and Steve Payne.

Shortly after forming in 2015, the quartet quickly found its own sound and began to tackle some of the more challenging repertoire for the ensemble. The Horn Quartet, not the most prevalent of chamber music formations, poses challenges in terms of repertoire as on the whole, original repertoire for this formation is more difficult to obtain, as opposed to the more well established brass quintet catalogue, therefore many of the quartet’s programmes contain either third party arrangements or arrangements produced by members of the group themselves.

The ensemble is made up of current students of the Royal Academy of Music. The quartet has worked with world renowned horn players and chamber music coaches including Radovan Vlatkovic, Roger Montgomery, Marie-Luise Neunecker and Michael Thompson as well as Matt Knight and Simon Cox from one of the country’s leading brass chamber groups ‘Septura’. Having been ‘Highly Commended’ in The Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensemble Prize 2017, Capital Horns has been striving to really get its sound heard, with concerts across the country and even an international venture on the horizon.

Outside of the Quartet, each member is a very competent solo performer and Orchestral musician, with countless competition wins between them and many positions secured in some of Britain’s finest young Orchestras, including ‘The United Nations Orchestra’, ‘London Mahler Orchestra’ and ‘Britten-Pears Orchestra’. Recently all members have worked with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, James Newton Howard and Edward Gardner OBE respectively, having performed in iconic venues across the country, including Birmingham Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and The Royal Festival Hall.

Capital Horns has a busy year of festivals and concerts to look forward to and has started working very closely with world-renowned conductor, researcher and lecturer Raymond Holden on Schumann’s Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra, which it hopes to perform at The Royal Academy of Music this Summer.

30th July: Lunchtime Concert – “Vagabonds” with Robert-John Edwards & Sara Wilander

In the second of our summer Tuesdays Till Two concerts we welcome back bass-baritone Robert-John Edwards and pianist Sara Wilander, who last year performed here together at our “A Ploughman’s Tale” evening concert.

In this concert, entitled “Vagabonds,” they will be performing Elgar’s “Organ Grinder Songs” from the play for children “The Starlight Express” based on a novel by Algernon Blackwood, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Songs of Travel”, with words taken from the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson. Sadly the play from which the Elgar songs are taken is now lost, as most of the materials including scripts, scores, props and costumes were destroyed during 1940 air raids of London, but the original manuscript of Elgar’s songs survived with his publisher.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 £5.

About Robert-John Edwards:

Robert-John Edwards was born in Stamford and originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and he later trained as a singer, attending the (now Royal) Birmingham Conservatoire. Since winning the post-graduate course prize there, he has gone on to sing 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.

Professional roles have included Marchese d’Obigny (La Traviata – Verdi), Monterone (Rigoletto- Verdi) Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni – Mozart), Rochefort (Anna Bolena – Donizetti), Fafner (Das Rheingold – Wagner), Don Parmenione (L’Occasione fa il ladrò – Rossini), Benoit/Alcindoro (La Bohème – Puccini), Antonio/Bartolo (La Nozze di Figaro – Mozart), Priest/Cadmus/Somnus (Semele – Händel), Ashmodeus (Tobias and the Angel – Dove), The Notary (Don Pasquale – Donizetti).

Robert-John is very active as a soloist both as a recitalist and with choral societies, performing many Messiahs, Creations and Crucifixions over the past few years. Other 2019 recital programmes include Schubert’s Winterreise performed at Harlaxton Manor and the Gloucester Music Festival and Schumann’s Dichterlieber (along with other Heine settings by the composer as well as Schubert and Brahms) in Bristol, Oakham with more dates to be confirmed.

About Sara Wilander:

Sara Wilander was born in Sweden and started playing the piano at the age of eight. Aged 15, she made her debut as a soloist with the Sinfonia Classica of Brussels, Belgium. Whilst still at secondary school, Sara studied with Professor Rolf Lindblom of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. After preparatory studies at the Conservatoire National de Région of Chalon sur Saône, France, she continued at the (now Royal) Birmingham Conservatoire under Simon Nicholls and Malcolm Wilson, where she completed her BMus(Hons), PgCert, PgDip and MMus. She has an international background and has participated successfully in Swedish, German, English and French competitions. She is in great demand as a performer and has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist throughout Europe. She also works as a piano teacher and repetiteur and choral accompanist. She has worked with companies such as the Welsh National Opera, Elmhurst Ballet School, the Royal Ballet School and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as well as a multitude of choirs and smaller ensembles. Sara is also a harpsichordist and has recently recorded a CD with her renaissance duo Fabula Musica.