Autumn 2014 Tuesdays Till Two

The programme for the next season of “Tuesdays Till Two” at St John’s has been announced, and for the first time it contains a mix of lectures and recitals. The church will be open from noon for coffee, tea and light refreshments (usually home made cakes, biscuits, or buns, and sometimes sandwiches or quiche), and the talks and recitals begin at 1pm and last around 45 minutes.  Volunteers from the Green Backyard will be providing the refreshments this time around. There is a suggested donation of £3 to cover the cost of putting on the events, but please feel free to give more or less as you are able.

The Autumn 2014 season also includes a series of evening concerts that will raise money for local charities. The “Tuesdays Till Two” programme is as follows:

30th September: Ian Tennant: “Connecting to the Earth”

Ian writes: “In this session we will look at the different aspects of being grounded: staying emotionally, physically and spiritually rooted within the earth. You may have noticed how refreshing it feels to walk barefoot in the grass or on a beach. It might all sound a bit tree-huggerish – but there is a scientifically verifiable reason why we feel better when we have an electrical connection to the Earth. In fact there is growing evidence that this connection is vital for our health and wellbeing, which adds value to some of the oldest traditions from around the world.”

7th October: Peter Waszak: “Commercial traffic on the River Nene in the 19th Century”

14th October: David Dykes from Clare Cottage: “John Clare, the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet”

organ21st October: organ recital : Stephen Barber

Stephen, who is soon retiring after eleven years as music director at St John’s, will play a selection of pieces written between the 15th and 20th centuries by composers including J. S. Bach, Malcolm Archer, César Frank and Herbert Howells.

28th October: organ recital : Alexander Eadon

Alexander, who in addition to being an organist, is a conductor, and choir master at Oundle School, plays a programme of music including pieces by Simon Preston, J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Herbert Howells, concluding with Suite Carmelite by Jean Françaix.

4th November: organ/piano recital : Marc Murray

Marc, who is Director of Music at St Botolph’s in Boston will play a programme of pieces by Christopher Tambling, John Stanley, Mendelssohn, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, before finishing with Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Eroica” Sonata, a piece written as a tribute to the sacrifices made by the people of France during the First World War.