Spring lunchtime piano and organ recitals

Spring Lunchtime Recitals 2015

Tuesdays Till Two returns on April 28th with a season of lunchtime recitals. As usual, recitals will begin at 1pm, with the café open from noon for the sale of light refreshments including a selection of home made cakes, scones, sausage rolls etc. Once again, profits from the refreshments will go to The Green Backyard. For this season of recitals the suggested donation will be £4 rather than the £3 requested for talks.

Information about the recitals can be found below. You can find out more about the musicians by clicking on their pictures. A PDF format poster is also available.

28th April: Jonathan Lilley, Piano

Jonathan Lilley
Jonathan Lilley, who is an organist by profession, a general keyboard accompanist by vocation, and an occasional solo pianist for recreation, will be performing for us on the city council’s Steinway grand piano, which is kept at St John’s unless required for a performance elsewhere. Jonathan relishes the eclectic: one of his more unusual performances in his time as Ely Cathedral’s Assistant Organist was a foray into silent film accompaniment: presenting The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The General in the cathedral, to wide acclaim, but his particular pleasure in the post-Romantic music of France and his fascination with the non-organ music of organist-composers both find expression in his programme for us.fb_event_button


  1. Two Intermezzi – Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
    1. no.1 in C
    2. no.2 in D flat
  2. Selection from 12 Préludes – Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)
    1. Prologue
    2. Tendresse
    3. Evocation d’un jour d’angoisse
    4. Suprème appel
    5. Sur une tombe
    6. Souvenir d’un jour de joie
  3. Two Arabesques – Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
    1. Andante con moto
    2. Allegretto scherzando
  4. L’isle joyeuse – Claude Debussy

5th May: Marc Murray, Organ

photo of Marc Murray

Originally from Cape Town, Marc Murray moved to the UK in 2010 to take up the post of Director of Music at St Botolph’s Boston (the picture shows him at the organ there). As well as in his native South Africa, Marc has given organ recitals in Germany, Sweden and the USA. UK locations where he has given solo organ recitals performed include Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.fb_event_button


  1. Concert Fantasia on Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ – Edwin H Lemare (1865 – 1934)
  2. Fantasia No. 3 in C, Op. 157 – Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)
  3. Larghetto in F♯ minor – Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810 – 1876)
  4. Maytime Gavotte : Alfred Hollins (1865 – 1942)
  5. Toccata on ‘All you need is love’ – Paul Ayres (b. 1970)

12th May: Jeremy Lloyd, Organ

Jeremy LloydNow Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral Jeremy Lloyd graduated in 2014 with first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music. We’re grateful to Jeremy for stepping in at fairly short notice to replace his namesake Jeremy Jepson, who is now unable to play for us.fb_event_button


  1. Fantasia from Sonata No. 2 – Josef Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)
  2. Claire de Lune & Pastorale – Joseph Bonnet (1884 – 1944)
  3. Recessional – William Mathias (1934 – 1992)
  4. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele – J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
  5. Toccata in G major – Théodore Dubois (1837 – 1924)

19th May: Nigel Stark, Organ

Now resident in Oakham (he plays trombone with the Rutland Big Band!), Nigel Stark has given many solo organ recitals in London and major churches and cathedrals both here and abroad.fb_event_button


  1. Fantasia and Fugue in c minor, BWV 537 — J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
  2. Sonata No. 4, — Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
    1. Allegro con brio
    2. Andante Religioso
    3. Allegretto
    4. Allegro Maestoso e Vivace
  3. Nocturne from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ — Mendelssohn
  4. Choral Song and Fugue — S S Wesley (1810 – 1876)
  5. Imperial March — Elgar (1867 – 1934)

26th May: John Arkell, Organ

John ArkellJohn Arkell, organist at Oundle School since 1997 is the fiancé of Elizabeth Barter, director of music at St John’s. John has played the organ at services in St John’s on a number of occasions recently and so it is fitting that he is the final performer of our spring season.fb_event_button


  1. Fantasia and Fugue in G minor – J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
  2. Pieces for a Musical Clock (Nos. 1,4,5 and 8) — F J Haydn (1732 – 1809)
  3. Choral no. 3 in A minor — César Franck (1822 – 1890)
  4. A Trumpet Minuet — Alfred Hollins (1865 – 1942)
  5. Carillon Sortie — Henri Mulet (1878 – 1967)