St John’s The Baptist Church plays host to a set of musical recitals that feature some of our best local and national talent. In the last two years, St John’s has grown a reputation for exciting and peaceful musical events that tingle the musical taste buds and refresh minds in a busy hectic day or life.
The recitals will take place on Tuesday lunchtimes in June and July and all will start at 1:00pm and then finish at 1:45pm, so for those who want to escape work for an hour it’s perfect. You can also get some wonderful refreshments at the Church, which are both fair trade and homemade. We are also asking for at least a minimum £2 donation for each event and this goes towards the Church and further events.
Please see our list of events below and we hope that you can join us for one of our tranquil events:
June 18th : Marc Murray
As an organist, Marc Murray has given recitals and played in concerts throughout South Africa, as well as the USA, Germany, Sweden, and the UK including solo recitals in Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s, Newcastle and Bradford Cathedrals. Marc continues his studies in organ repertoire and performances with Stephan Farr
The recital will include works by Louis Vierne, Harold Darke, Oscar Lindberg and Francis Jackson.
June 25th : Stephen Barber
Stephen Barber read music at Cambridge University. He undertook post-graduate study at the Guildhall School in London. He has been the Director of Music at St John’s since 2003 and is St John’s regular organist.
The recital will include a mixture of pieces for organ, from what is possibly the best-known organ piece of all, Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, to jazz pieces from Germany and Hungary.
Rowena Bass – Harp
Steve Osborn – Clarinet,
Bruce Burbidge – Piano,
Deirdre Culloty – Flute
This versatile ensemble enjoys an experience of musical performance between them as diverse as engagements with The Royal Shakespeare Company, as soloists for the Halle Orchestra and by providing the music for the formal liturgy at Westminster Cathedral. They join together this lunchtime to bring you a delightful programme which includes music by Damase, Reinecke, Ibert and Schubert.
July 9th : Jonathan Lilley
Jonathan is the Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral. Jonathan was appointed Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral in September 2002 where he also serves as organist and instrumental teacher to The King’s School, Ely. Jonathan studied organ, piano, church music and choir conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He has a degree in Performance Studies and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Previous appointments were held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle; Farm Street Catholic church, Mayfair; St Marylebone Parish Church, London.
July 16th : John Dillistone
John is the organist at St Mary’s and All Saints’ Churches, Huntingdon
John Dillistone successfully combines distinguished careers in Fine art and Music. He has since gained wide recognition as an international recitalist and has recently given concerts on the Renaissance organs of Leuca and Salve in Italy.
July 23rd : The Little London Trio
Lis Peskett (Violin), John Peskett (Horn), Richard Allum (Piano)
The Little London Trio was formed in 2012 and is based on the south coast of England. Lis and John Peskett studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at the Royal Northern College of Music and have played with professional orchestras around the world. Richard Allum is a former city resident who read Music at Durham University. Their programme will include Brahms’ Trio in E at, Op. 40.