Summer Lunchtime Recitals

Summer Lunchtime Recitals 2015-borderTuesdays Till Two returns on August 4th 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. A PDF format poster is also available.

4th August: Christina McMaster, Piano

Christina McMasterfb_event_buttonFollowing her successful appearances here last year both as a soloist and with Ensemble WOW! pianist Christina McMaster returns to St John’s to launch our summer Lunchtime Recital season.

“I shall create trees of sound and colour” Writing from opposite sides of the Atlantic in the early 20th Century were two unique and revolutionary composers with a shared vision – Claude Debussy and Ruth Crawford-Seeger. Christina will be presenting a concert of Preludes by both composers, juxtaposing their shared and contrasting sound worlds.

11th August: Four Flutes and Friends

fb_event_button Flutists Patrick Williams, Kate Risdon, Deirdre Culloty and Pippa Wilson are delighted to be joined this year by pianist Bruce Burbidge and harpist Rowena Bass.

Flute, piano and harp is a classic, much-loved combination and we are certain you will enjoy this varied programme: fifty minutes of pure pleasure to indulge both performers and audience, with several melodies that will be familiar to many.


  • Bizet : Gypsy Song from “Carmen”
  • Vaughan-Williams : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Ibert : Entr’acte
  • Bach : Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

18th August: Richard Allum & Gordon Curtis, Piano & Clarinet

photo of Richard Allum
Richard Allum

fb_event_buttonIn the third of our season of summer recitals, pianist Richard Allum and clarinettist Gordon Curtis will be playing for us.


  • Gershwin – Three Preludes
  • Guastavino – Tonado and Cueca
  • Horowitz – Sonatina
  • Poulenc – Sonata

25th August: Joe Conway & Stephen Lawrence, Piano & Voice

fb_event_buttonFullLengthIn our final summer lunchtime recital pianist and composer Joe Conway appears with tenor Stephen Lawrence.

Their programme will include some stunning folk song arrangements by Percy Grainger and Benjamin Britten, and one of Joe Conway’s own works for tenor and piano. Stephen Lawrence will also sing songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov in Russian, a language he speaks fluently. Their aim is to explore a little of the music of these two great cultures but also to send people away with a smile on their faces.