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)


More Spring Lunchtime Concerts

Poster/Flyer with concert detailsAfter our Easter break Tuesdays Till Two concerts will start again on  30th April:

30th April: Apollo Opera
7th May: Zoltan and Jozef Galyas (Piano & Violin)
14th May: Jonathan Hanley & Nicky Losseff (Tenor & Piano)
21st May: Molly Parsons-Gurr & Christopher Benham (Cello & Piano)
28th May: Jill Crossland (Piano)
4th June: Stephen Barber (Organ)
11th June: “Frankie & Georgio” (Violin & Piano)

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

11th June: Lunchtime Concert – “Frankie and Georgio”

For our final concert in this season we are travelling back in time some three hundred years with the help of violinist Roger Stimson and accompanist Fergus Black…

We are delighted to inform our readers that the two continental musicians whose performances have lately so much delighted the Royal court have graciously agreed to an engagement in Peterborough. The church of St John the Baptist, which adjoins the market square of that city, will be the venue for a performance by Signor Francesco Geminiani, maestro of the violin, and Herr Georg Händel, an unsurpassed master of the harpsichord. The latter gentleman was lately Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hanover, now His Most Gracious Majesty King George of Great Britain.

Doubtless every connoisseur of music and opera in the Soke of Peterborough will be eager to be present at this remarkable concert, and so for the greater convenience of all and the furtherance of those most welcome benefits of civilisation, Good Society and Intelligent Conversation, the church will be open for one hour before the concert begins. For a small consideration, a variety of refreshments, both liquid and solid, savoury and sweet, hot and cold, but all equally refined, will be offered to guests by elegant and genteel attendants. The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is gratis, but those whose means are sufficient are cordially invited to make a donation of circa five pounds so that further delightful events of the same nature may be arranged in future.

About Signor Geminiani:

Francesco Saverio Geminiani, the most famous Italian maestro, skilled upon the violin, was born at Lucca in 1687. He received lessons in music from Alessandro Scarlatti, and studied the violin under Carlo Ambrogio Lonati in Milan and afterwards under Arcangelo Corelli. Since 1711, he has led the opera orchestra at Naples, and in 1714, he set off for our own dear London, where his reputation as a virtuoso violinist naturally preceded him. He soon gained attention and his patrons include William Capel, 3rd Earl of Essex. In 1715, Geminiani played his violin concerti for the court of George I, with Händel at the keyboard.

About Herr Händel:

Georg Friedrich Händel, was born in 1685 into a family indifferent to music. He learnt his craft in Halle and Hamburg before being invited by the Medicis to visit Italy. Rodrigo, his first Italian opera, was produced in Florence in 1707, and others soon followed: audiences applauded the grandeur and sublimity of his style, and took Il caro Sassone (The dear Saxon) to their hearts. In 1710, Händel became Kapellmeister to the Elector of Hanover, who in 1714 became our beloved King George; and in 1712, Händel settled in England: he received a yearly income of £200 from the late Queen Anne and attracted many patrons, including The 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork. His Italian operas are as popular here in England with musical connoisseurs, as they lately were in Italy; his most recent, Amadigi di Gaula, opened in London, at the King’s Theatre, but regrettably closed shortly afterwards, due to the civil upheaval occasioned by the Jacobite uprising in the north.

4th June: Lunchtime Organ Concert – Stephen Barber

In the last but one in this season of lunchtime concerts we welcome Stephen Barber, a former organist at St John’s. Stephen was due to give an organ recital here in 2016, but this had to be cancelled after smoke damage to the organ when the blower motor caught fire. Since then the organ, originally built in 1917, has undergone a major overhaul. We’ll have full details of the programme nearer to the concert, but Stephen’s programme will include music from Dunstable, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Aston.

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 Stephen Barber:

Stephen Barber read music at Cambridge University. He undertook post-graduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, when he was also the organ student at St. Paul’s Cathedral where he played regularly. He then moved to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin where he was assistant organist and Director of Music in the Cathedral Grammar School. He has given recitals in cathedrals and churches in many parts of England and Ireland and has broadcast on both radio and television. For most of his life he has been a teacher and organist in Peterborough but since retiring to the village of King’s Cliffe has taken over as organist at the Parish Church.

28th May: 7.30pm Hustings for Peterborough Parliamentary By-Election

On 6th June, voters in the Peterborough parliamentary constituency go to the polls to elect a new MP. On 28th May St John’s will be the venue for a hustings where members of the public can put questions to some of the candidates standing in this by-election. The candidates from all the main parties have been invited. All are welcome to attend to hear the candidates answering questions asked by members of the audience.

The following candidates have been invited:

Paul Bristow: Conservative Party
Lisa Forbes: Labour Party
Mike Greene: Brexit Party
Beki Sellick: Liberal Democrats
Peter Mark Ward: Renew
Joseph Wells: Green Party
John Whitby: UK Independence Party

To submit a question for the hustings, please email it to the St John’s parish administrator, Jonathan Hanley ( ) , by 9am on Thursday 23rd May, or you can submit it by phone by calling the parish office on 01733 563978.

28th May: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Jill Crossland

In the last of our May concerts we welcome back one of our most regular performers of the last few years, pianist Jill Crossland. In this concert she will be performing J S Bach’s French Suite No 5 in G (BWV816), Brahms Intermezzo Op 118/2 and Brahms Variations in D minor Op 18. If you came to our first concert in April you will have heard Adam Heron play another Bach French Suite, No 3 in B minor.

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 Jill Crossland:

Jill Crossland pursues an active concert and recording career. Jill plays regularly on the South Bank and at the Wigmore Hall in London, and her recent appearances have also included Cadogan, Bridgewater and Fairfield Halls, St George’s Bristol, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Sage Gateshead. Jill’s recordings include the Bach Goldberg Variations on Warner Classics and works by Handel, Scarlatti, Mozart and Beethoven. Jill has featured in the Classic FM Hall of Fame and her release of the complete Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier has received high praise, described by the Penguin Guide as ‘a remarkable achievement, ranking with the finest’ Jill was a member of the Arts Council Musicians in residence scheme for Yorkshire. Jill has appeared on radio and TV, including live and recorded broadcasts on BBC Radios 3 and 4. You can see some of Jill’s past performances on Youtube at

Jill has recently recorded CDs of the keyboard works of Rameau (the collections from 1706 and 1724) issued in 2017 on Signum Classics, described by Gramophone as ‘intelligent, stylish, tasteful, tonally resourceful and beautifully recorded.’ and, in the same sessions, another of Mozart and Beethoven (the Moonlight sonata and the Bagatelles Op 126) described as having “thoughtfulness, liquidity” and “driven excitement” in International Record Review.