Autumn Lunchtime Concerts

The autumn season of lunchtime concerts begins on 20th September and will fall into two distinct halves with a one week break in the middle. The first half of the season will consist of five classical concerts as follows:

20th September: Antonio Oyarzabal (Piano)
27th September: Dolce Flute Quartet
4th October: Jill Crossland (Piano)
11th October: Naomi Sullivan and Charles Matthews (Saxophone & Piano)
18th October: Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones and Elizabeth Mucha (Violin & Piano)

 

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the first concert in this season will now be dedicated to her memory and there will be a minute’s silence just before the concert begins.

That will be followed by six non-classical “jazz café” concerts in November and early December as follows:

1st November: Adam Parrish (Piano)
8th November: Sara Hawkes and Mike Conliffe (Vocals & Piano)
15th November: Latino Sound (Latin – Guitars)
22nd November: Lexie Green (Vocals & Guitar)
29th November: Adam Repa (Piano)
6th December: Iryna Muha (Ukrainian-tinged Folk)

You can download the PDF version of the flyer for the first five concerts here: Autumn 2022 Tuesdays Till Two Lunchtime Concerts

20th September: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Antonio Oyarzabal

For the first of our autumn season of Tuesdays Till Two concerts we welcome back Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarazabal, who has performed here several times since 2017. His programme for this concert will be part of his award-winning album “La Muse Oubliée”, which was the product of over two years of research and is a compilation of carefully chosen little gems for piano by female composers, from Baroque composer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre to 20th century composer Vitezslava Kaprálová.

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.

As this will be the first concert in St John’s since the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, it will be dedicated to her memory and will begin with a minute’s silence in her honour.

Programme:


La Muse Oubliée

  • Prelude op. 73 – Mana Zucca (1885-1981)
  • Scottish Legend – Amy Beach (1867-1944)
  • Women of Legend – Mel Bonis (1858-1937)
      Phoebe
      Desdemona
      Viviane
      Melisande
  • Pieces for harpsichord (selection) – Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729)
      Gavotte
      Rigaudon I – Rigaudon II
      Menuet
      Rondeau
  • 3 pieces for piano – Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
      D’un vieux jardin
      D’un jardin clair
      Cortège
  • 2 pieces – Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983)
      Larghetto
      Valse Lente
  • Prelude in E – Lucija Garuta (1902-1977)
  • April Preludes op. 13 – Vitezslava Kaprálová (1915-1940)
      I. Allegro ma non troppo
      II. Andante
      III. Andante semplice
      IV. Vivo

About Antonio Oyarzabal:

Antonio Oyarzabal is a concert pianist living in London. He obtained his Masters and Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School, studying with Caroline Palmer. He recently debuted at Cadogan Hall (London). Other recent debuts include LSO St Luke’s and Barbican Hall; and with Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and conductor Juanjo Mena.

Antonio performs actively around UK and abroad. Recently, Antonio recorded his third CD with IBS Classical record label; La Muse Oubliée, a collection of piano works by women composers. This album has been awarded with a Golden Melomano, rated 5 star from BBC Music Magazine, appeared in The Observer, and received glowing reviews from many European magazines. It has been selected as 1 of the 5 best piano albums of 2021 by Fanfare Magazine (US). Because of Antonio’s work in the field of women composer, he has been named Ambassador for Donne.uk, a leading institution for women in music.

Summer Season of Tuesdays Till Two started on 21st July

It has been a busy few months as our concerts have resumed after the pandemic, and as a result we  were late with the publicity for our summer concerts. Fortunately we’ve now caught up and full details are now online for all six concerts in the season.

The poster is also available as a PDF here: Summer 2022 Tuesdays Till Two Lunchtime Concerts
See below for summary information for the season and links to more detailed information about each concert.

Please note that there is no concert on 2nd August.

The autumn season of Tuesdays Till Two will begin on 20th September.

30th August: Lunchtime Concert – KramerDurcan Duo (Violin & Piano)

The Tuesdays Till Two summer season concludes with a duo concert featuring violin and piano duo KramerDurcan Duo, whose members are violinist Miriam Kramer and pianist Nicholas Durcan, who are both appearing at St John’s for the first time.

As ever the church 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:

Menagerie Fantastique (based on Carnival of the Animals ) – Saint-Saëns/KramerDurcan
Adagio from Concierto Aranjuez – Rodrigo
Libertango and Oblivion – Piazzolla
Allegro from Spring Sonata No.5 opus 24 – Beethoven
3 Songs – Gershwin
Danse Macabre – Saint-Saëns

About KramerDurcan Duo:

The KramerDurcan Duo’s partnership began on a Eurostar train to London in 2004, when Miriam and Nicholas were each returning from separate performances in Paris. Since then, they’ve given over 500 performances together, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, WQXR (USA) and recorded an acclaimed disc of music by Szymanowski on the Naxos label, described by the American Record Guide as ‘a superlative recording’. Their performances have taken them to Hong Kong, USA, the Middle East, New Zealand and across Europe. They are based in London, where they have given recitals for the London Chamber Music Series and Rothschild’s Classical Recital Series, and have performed at London’s South Bank, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, and Kings Place.

About Miriam Kramer:

Miriam Kramer began studying the violin at age four, giving her first public performance at the age of seven, with Mozart’s Concerto in G Major.

Since then, her solo recitals and concerto performances have taken her round the world to such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center (USA) Wigmore Hall,Barbican Hall, St. Davids’s, Queen Elizabeth Hall (UK), Vienna Konzerthaus, and Theatre Champs Élysées. Praised by Strad Magazine as a ‘violinist of superior natural talent, an exceptionally sensitive interpreter and a phrase maker of uncommon expressivity’ and by the NY Times as a ‘soulful and virtuosic performer’, Miriam has also received critical acclaim for her 6 CDs, including Editor’s Choice for her recording of the violin music of Ernest Bloch, from Gramophone Magazine, which has said ‘Kramer’s playing could hardly be more heartfelt. Scanning the catalogue for rivals, her musicianship is irresistible.’ This disc has been listed in the 2017 guide ‘1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die’ compiled by Matthew Rye and Steven Isserlis. Miriam has also been included in David Milson’s book, A-Z of String Players, 300 Great String Players.

Alongside her performing and recording schedule, Miriam maintains a busy private teaching practice and is regularly invited to give master-classes at the Dartington Festival and for the Benslow Music Trust.She champions the music of new composers and her latest project, a recording of Elegy, by British composer Andrew Pearce,with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has led to invitations from other composers in France and the USA to record and perform their music. Miriam has performed on Classic FM and Radio 3 and has appeared on BBC television in a tribute to Yehudi Menuhin and most recently in Victoria Wood’s programme ‘Nice Cup of Tea’, filmed at Claridge’s hotel. Future invitations include performances in Las Vegas, Cincinnati, New York, Monaco, and Israel.

About Nicholas Durcan:

Nicholas Durcan studied the piano with Hamish Milne and Angus Morrison and organ with Alan Harverson at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won many prizes including the highest performing award-the Recital Diploma. Upon graduating, he was immediately invited to be organist at Westminster Cathedral,and held this position for 2 years. In the following year,he made his concerto debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and has since performed concertos at the Royal Festival Hall, St.John`s Smith Square and given recitals at the Purcell Room, broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio 2,3 and 4 and appeared on several TV programmes.

He performs regularly in the USA and has given solo and chamber music recitals in Sweden, Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Switzerland and Hong Kong. Nicholas is also an acclaimed jazz pianist and appears regularly with London’s top jazz musicians. In conjunction with a performing career he is also a composer and arranger and has written the music for the BBC series “A Painter’s World” and the channel 4 film “The Daughters of De Beauvoir.” He has released a number of recordings including the piano works of British composer Billy Mayerl and a CD for Naxos of the violin and piano works of Szymanowski with violinist Miriam Kramer,described by American Record Guide as ‘flawless and beautiful’ and that ‘Durcan plays with ‘warmth and affection’ .The Observer -‘undoubtedly the highlight of the evening was Nicholas Durcan’s sparkling and virtuosic performance of Rhapsody in Blue.’

23rd August: Lunchtime Concert – Hacha Duo (Oboe / Cor Anglais & Clarinet / Bass Clarinet)

The Tuesdays Till Two summer season continues with a duo concert featuring woodwind duo Hacha Duo, whose members are bass clarinettist Hannah Shilvock and oboist Catherine Underhill, who are both appearing at St John’s for the first time.

As ever the church 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:

Hot Spots (for clarinet and cor anglais) – Daniel Dorff
Lakme Flower Duet – for clarinet and oboe, arr. Hannah Shilvock
Duo for clarinet and oboe – William Sydeman
Oboe Tango – Carolyn Morris
6 studies for oboe, movement VI ‘Le Ballet Espagnol’ – Silverstrini
Prelude for bass clarinet solo – Ruth Gipps
A selection of Scottish Airs for clarinet and cor anglais – arr. Hannah Shilvock
Mad Swans (for oboe and bass clarinet) – Alun Cook

About Hacha Duo:

Hacha Duo is a contemporary woodwind duo, performing a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire for the clarinet and oboe and their auxiliary instruments. It regularly commissions new music for its performances across the UK and has performed a number of world and UK premières of repertoire by composers including Alastair Penman, Daniel Dorff and George Shrapnell. The duo met as scholars at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2018 and have performed together at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and Southwark Cathedral. In 2020, they released their first album ‘Parts and Poems of the Body’ which is available on all online platforms. Hacha Duo strives to be a leading ensemble for celebrating new music for woodwind instruments and will continue to focus on commissioning new work, particularly by female composers.

About Catherine Underhill:

Catherine Underhill is a British oboist and cor anglais player.

She completed her masters in Oboe Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music Dance as a Helen Roll Trust and Trinity Laban Scholar. During her studies, she reached the semi-final of the soloists competition and played with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on their mentorship scheme. In 2021, Catherine performed in the orchestra of the Berlin Opera Academy. She is a member of Hacha Duo and the Hartley Duo. Catherine is a woodwind doubler and is co-director of CollecTve31, UK Contemporary Music and Arts.

About Hannah Shilvock:

Hannah is a BG France and RATstands artist based in Brighton. Hannah’s aim is to pioneer the bass clarinet as a solo instrument, showcasing how beautiful and versatile the instrument can be. She completed a Masters in Bass Clarinet Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with distinction, where she was a scholar for the two years and was awarded the Wilfred Hambleton Chamber Music Prize. In 2019, Hannah was a finalist in the first ever Silverstein Global Clarinet Contest, and has been named one of their ‘artists of the next generation’. Hannah was a semi-finalist in the Trinity Laban Soloists competiton with Michele Mangani’s Bass Clarinet concerto in 2020 and has recently published her arrangement of Debussy’s Cello Sonata arr. for bass clarinet and piano, with Alea Publishing.

16th August: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Richard Allum

The Tuesdays Till Two summer season continues with a concert by pianist Richard Allum, returning for his first concert here since summer 2018.

As ever the church 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.

Richard’s programme for this concert will include two piano suites, the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg and Claude Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, whose third movement ione of the most famous piani compositions of all time, “Clair de Lune”

About Richard Allum:

Born in Peterborough, Richard Allum studied piano with Colin Molyneux before going up to read Music at Durham University where he was Senior Organ Scholar at University College. He studied piano with Barry Maleham and graduated in 2009 with one of the highest final recital marks in the department’s history. He has since been made a Licentiate of Trinity College London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Schools of Music.

Richard was a double prize-winner at the 2005 Oundle International Festival, a Hesse Scholar at the 2006 Aldeburgh Festival, and a Finalist in the European Piano Teachers’ Association Piano Competition for three years running, winning first prize in 2008. This led to him being awarded a scholarship to study at the Birmingham International Piano Academy with John Lill and Peter Donohoe. In recent years, he has participated in master classes with Noriko Ogawa, Murray Maclachlan, Steven Osborne and Andràs Schiff, the latter for BBC Radio 3 at the Bridgewater Hall.

Much in demand as an accompanist, he enjoys a number of exciting partnerships with leading singers and instrumentalists, and is also a member of the Chichester-based Little London Trio. Recent engagements have taken him to venues in the UK, France, Italy, and Australia.

Richard combines concert work with his role as Assistant Director of Music at Westbourne House School in Chichester, West Sussex.

15th August from 12-4pm: Book Launch for “Peterborough At Work”

On 15th August in St John’s local historians and authors June and Vernon Bull launch their latest book, “Peterborough At Work”, a fascinating pictorial history of the world of work in an ever changing city across more than a century of growth and change.


Aeroplanes, bricks, railway works, tramcars, diesel locomotives, motorcars and lorries put the city on the world map and Peterborough is rightly proud of its industrial heritage, but “Peterborough At Work” finds plenty more to celebrate: machinery for textiles and biscuits, factories for peas and mustard, and an early salon for plastic surgery are just some of the varied workplaces that have provided employment for previous generations, like these ladies, sorting mushrooms for J Farrow’s mushroom ketchup!

9th August: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Mariko Terashi

Leicester based Japanese pianist Mariko Terashi has kindly agreed at short notice to replace singing violist Katherine Clarke as our performer at this week’s lunchtime concert.

The programme will include music by Chopin, Scarlatti, and Seixas.

As ever the church 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

Programme:
D. Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major Andante Comodo. K.380
C. Seixas. – Sonata in G minor N.50
F. Couperin. – Les Barricades Mystérieuses – (The Mysterious Barricades)
D. Scarlatti – Sonata in G Major Allegretto K.146
F. Chopin. –
    Nocturne N.2 Op.9 N.2
    Nocturne Op. Post.
    Scherzo N.2 Op. 31
    Polonaise Op.53 “Heroic”

About Mariko Terashi

Mariko Terashi pursued her musical training with Yvonne Lefébure in France, with debut appearances in public concerts after winning the György Cziffra Award in Senlis, France.

Since moving to England in 1995, she has regularly appeared on the concert platform as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in Spain, appearing on Spanish TV, and collaborates regularly with the Polish Orchestra Vita Activa.

26th July from 3pm: Green Gathering & Climate Café

Are you concerned about the climate & ecological crisis?
Would you like to meet other local people who share your concerns and are interest in green issues?
An afternoon of events dedicated to environmental concerns, community and action.

Programme:

3pm: there is drop-in café with tea, cake and friendly chats *
5pm: Gaia’s choir will join for a practice session, singing songs about the earth.
Open to anyone who wants to come and joining in or just stay for tea!
6pm: Simon a local environmentalist will be giving a talk: Look up, Step up! **

* Climate Cafés offer a sharing and listening space for climate concerns, anxiety, hope and grief.
It’s important for people to have safe spaces where they can talk through the complex emotions that come up when thinking about the scale and urgency of the climate crisis.
Open to anyone who is concerned about the current ecological crisis, interested in nature, being in community and deep adaptation. It’s run by local people and you don’t have to be interested in Extinction Rebellion to join.

** Simon’s talk will give an introduction to the science of the climate & ecological emergency to help you understand the situation we are facing and Extinction Rebellion’s approach to bringing about positive change.
This talk is a recommended introduction to the ecological crisis facing every human on this planet.
We look forward to seeing friends and to welcoming those who are new.

26th July: Lunchtime Organ Concert – James Bowstead

The second lunchtime concert in our summer season of Tuesdays Till Two will see a return visit by James Bowstead, who was Chris Why’s piano accompanist here on 7th June. In this concert James, who is a former organ scholar at Peterborough Cathedral and currently Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, will be giving his first recital on the St John’s organ, which was used for his audition for Organ Scholar at the cathedral.

As ever the church 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.

Please note that there is no concert on 2nd August, but Tuesdays Till Two will return with four more weekly concerts from 9th August.

Programme:

J L Krebs – Prelude and Fugue in C major

H Howells – from 6 Short Pieces for Organ:
Quasi Lento: Teneramente
Aria
Allegro Scherzando

C Franck – Cantabile

F Mendelssohn – Sonata No. 2 in C minor

About James Bowstead:

James Bowstead is Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, where he plays the organ or directs the choir for the daily services and contributes to the training and rehearsal of the boy and girl choristers. He was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he was the Senior Organ Scholar, responsible for directing the voluntary choir, with whom he toured to Cologne, Bratislava, Vienna, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Whilst at Oxford he studied organ with Steven Grahl and choral conducting with Paul Spicer. He graduated in 2015, following which he worked as Organist in Residence at Pangbourne College in Berkshire and Organ Scholar at All Saints Church, Fulham, home to one of the best amateur church choirs in the country, and then as Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral.

He gained his FRCO in Winter 2018 and has given recitals at Jesus and Exeter Colleges, Oxford, at the 2015 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, and as part of the inaugural recital series on the newly-restored organ at the Moot Hall in Colchester. He is also a composer and arranger, having had works recorded by the Choir of Jesus College, Oxford for Regent, published by Novello and performed in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales.