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Autumn Concerts

Tuesdays Till Two  returns on 25th September with the first of nine concerts. There are five classical concerts, to be followed by four café style concerts featuring a mix of other musical styles.  You can download the flyer in PDF format . A second flyer with the  later concerts will be available in a week or two.

The lineup looks like this:

There will also be two evening concerts:

28th September: Music Composed in Wartime – Emma Besselaar & Antonio Oyarzabal (Cello & Piano)
9th November: “A Ploughman’s Tale” – Robert-John Edwards and Sara Wilander (Bass-Baritone & Piano)

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30th October: Lunchtime Jazz – Kate Williams & Derek Scurll Jazz Quartet

We kick off a short season of jazz/folk lunchtime concerts with the Kate Williams & Derek Scurll Jazz Quartet, who’ll be bring us a blend of music from the Great American Songbook, and Latin jazz classics on voice and vibraphone.

Kate Williams studied classical singing at the Guildhall, and then ventured into work as a jazz vocalist alongside a successful teaching and therapy career. Derek Scurll studied music at Selwyn College,Cambridge and is now an in-demand orchestral percussionist and jazz drummer. His vibraphone playing is at the heart of this new project. Kate and Derek are joined by Fenland-based pianist Ivan Garford and Jose Canha on double bass.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made 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 £5.

6th November: Lunchtime Concert – Lexie Green (Americana)

Continuing our season of non-classical café style concerts we are delighted to welcome singer and song writer Lexie Green, whose award winning songwriting and crowd pleasing live sets with her band Indigo Blue have gained her an enviable reputation as a performer who gets audiences dancing and a loyal following amongst fans of blues, country rock and Americana. Playing acoustic guitar as well as singing Lexie will be supported on fiddle by Indigo Blue band member Kat Moore, returning to St John’s after performing with The Stringlers in our first summer concert.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard. For this concert we’d like the audience to stay (or at least start!) seated in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church.

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 Lexie Green:

Lexie Green is a songwriter, farmer and self confessed proud mum from the Fenlands in Cambridgeshire. Her influences are described as Vintage Blues, Americana & Country Rock ‘n’ Roll. Gaining a few tasty International song writing awards and multiple album releases over the last few years she performs around England with her band of friends ‘The Indigo Blue’. (Sam, Kat, John and Steve).

Personally chosen by Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Introducing team to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage, hosted by Bob Harris at The Long Road Festival 2018. Lexie and the band have built up a strong reputation for their live performances. Recognised and respected by venues, radio presenters and audiences as a crowd loving and excellent ‘live’ band, their fun filled and happy stage presence shines through, winning over venues and audiences alike. Loving nothing more than to perform great music together, bring a smile, raise an audience to their dancing feet and make you feel like you are a huge part of that moment.

“If you want country-pop, then you are not going to find it here. Lexie Green’s music holds a more authentic and traditional UK sound that true lovers of music will appreciate and love.”Building Our Own Nashville

9th November: 7.30pm Evening Concert – A Ploughman’s Tale

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, a story of an everyman who fought in the trenches, told through songs by composers or with words by poets who lived through the time of The Great War.

Performed by Robert-John Edwards (Bass-Baritone) and Sara Wilander (Piano)

Book nowAdvance tickets will be available from the welcome counter in St John’s when the church is open at £8, or online for £8.50. Tickets will also be available on the door for £10. Doors open at 7pm. Interval refreshments will be provided by The Green Backyard pop-up café team.

Beginning with Ivor Gurney’s setting of “I Will Go With My Father A-Ploughing” and ending with the heart-breaking setting of Housman’s “Is My Team Ploughing?” by George Butterworth, himself killed in the trenches, twenty songs by a variety of composers tell the tale of a ploughboy, perhaps born around 1890. We start with him as a child, watching his father plough the fields and learning the farmer’s trade. The songs progress through his youth, where he becomes ambitious and then meets the girl of his dreams, woos her, marries her and has a child. He then joins the army, singing uplifting war songs before the horrors of the “Great” War begin to bite. He becomes home-sick, sees death up close and then, at his last hour, is desperate to go home.. The recital also includes a new original setting of McCrae’s “In Flanders’ Fields” composed by Robert-John Edwards.

Originally performed in 2014 as a 14 song recital “A Ploughman’s Tale” was expanded to a 17 song recital for BirminghamFest in 2015 and then again for an Armistice Day recital to its current 20 song format.

About Robert-John Edwards:

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

About Sara Wilander:

Sara Wilander was born in Sweden and started playing the piano at the age of eight. At the age of 15, she made her debut as a soloist with the Sinfonia Classica of Brussels, Belgium.
After preparatory studies at the Conservatoire National de Région of Chalon sur Saône, France, she completed her education at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has participated successfully in Swedish, German, English and French competitions, as a soloist as well as an accompanist. She is an experienced performer and has appeared in both solo and chamber settings throughout Europe. She is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an accompanist.

13th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Sara Hawkes and Peter Ravenhill (Vocals+Guitar)

Last year Sara Hawkes performed at our first ever Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime jazz session (with Ivan Garford on piano). This year she returns with guitarist Peter Ravenhill, who’s making his Tuesdays Till Two debut after performing at our “Not Quite the Royal Wedding” extravaganza with Sara in May. Sara will be performing well known jazz standards, including songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and more.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard. For this concert we’d like the audience to stay seated in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church.

The music 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 Sara Hawkes:

Originally from Blackpool, Sara moved to Peterborough to bring up her two children before returning to performing as a singer, at first mostly performing at open mic and jazz jam sessions. Her growing reputation has led to invitations to perform at numerous venues and events, both locally (e.g. John Clare Cottage, Oundle Festival Fringe, Key Theatre, Stamford Music Festival) and in her home town of Blackpool, where she recently performed as part of the Blackpool Pride Festival. Sara used to perform classical repertoire such as Opera and Art Song, and continues to train with a teacher who is a senior tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music but also now trains with top jazz artists and teachers.

About Peter Ravenhill:

Peter Ravenhill was inspired to take up the guitar after listening to the Shadows and Hank Marvin. He hasn’t stopped playing since. He has been in several local bands and has a love of Jazz and Blues. He has performed with Sara Hawkes at the Cambridge Jazz Festival and several concerts around Peterborough and is well known on the local scene for his versatility, skill and his love of a kebab! He is currently playing with Rockabilly band the Outsiders and has a three piece rockabilly band the Broadcasters as well as accompanying Sara on Jazz gigs.

20th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Latino Sound

For our final lunchtime concert of the year we welcome Latino Sound, which has been playing all things Latin since 2008, for their first appearance in St John’s. Their music ranges from Bossa Nova to Carlos Santana, an exciting mix of Latin-style jazz, fusion, funk and party music.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard. For this concert we’d like the audience to sit in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church. Some of you may even want to get up and shake a leg!

The music 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 Latino Sound:

Moises Sanchez from Bolivia and Florin Marcos from Romania have been performing together since 2010 in Latino Sound.
Their varied musical influences include: George Benson, Al Di Meola, Acoustic Alchemy, Carlos Santana, and more. Music styles are: Bossa Nova, Flamenco, Latin Jazz, World Music

Their talent has been showcased in festivals across the country and they are currently recording an album.

25th September: Lunchtime Concert – Madeline Claire de Berrié & Jonatan Bougt (Soprano & Theorbo)

In May Swedish guitarist and theorbist introduced us to the delights of the theorbo. In today’s concert Jonatan is joined by soprano Madeline Claire de Berrié and together they will explore the treasures of early 17th century Italian song by composers such as Caccini, the type of music which originally led to the development of the theorbo, and songs from elsewhere in Europe influenced by them.

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 £5.

Madeline and Jonatan first met in a production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in 2016 and have since then collaborated in various projects together. This year they have teamed up for a programme with solo voice sung to the accompaniment by a theorbo. Today’s lunchtime recital explores the early 17th century Italian songs and its influence around Europe.

About Madeline Claire de Berrié:

British Soprano Madeline Claire de Berrié was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, and subsequently studied at The Royal Conservatory of the Hague in The Netherlands. Madeline is currently studying for her Masters at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and is participating in the 2017-2018 edition of BAROCK VOKAL at the Kolleg für alte Musik an der HfM Mainz.

For more information about Madeline visit http://www.madelineclairedeberrie.com

About Jonatan Bougt:

Swedish guitarist and theorbo player Jonatan Bougt is currently studying with Jakob Lindberg for a Master of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music, London as a Musician’s Company Scholar. He holds a First Class Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the RCM having studied for Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell under which time he also won the RCM Guitar Prize in 2017. Jonatan has recently been selected for the Britten Pears Young Artist programme 2018 and the Live Music Now! Young Artist Scheme 2018/19 organised by the Brighton Early Music Festival.

For more information about Jonatan visit http://www.jonatanbougt.com