28th April: Evening Concert – Gildenburgh Choir Spring Concert – Mozart’s Requiem

The Gildenburgh Choir perform Mozart’s Requiem and other choral music with guest organist Elizabeth Arkell, and soloists Glen Page, Anne McDonald, Leslie Crowson and Simon Nurser.

Tickets £10 (concessions for accompanied children and students only). Available on the door or in advance from David Perkins (Tel 01778 343158) or email to choir@gildenburghchoir.uk

The Gildenburgh Choir is a long established choir with about 50 members drawn from the city of Peterborough and the surrounding areas, who meet once a week (Mondays) during term-times to rehearse for concerts.

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1st May: Lunchtime Concert – Antonio Oyarzabal (Piano) “Memorias de mi tierra”

For the first of five Tuesdays Till Two concerts in May we welcome back Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarazabal, who made his St John’s début last June. In a programme entitled “Memorias de mi tierra” (Memories of my country) he’ll present a musical journey through some of the most beautiful pieces of the piano repertoire by the greatest Spanish composers. Perhaps best known for their works written for the guitar, and for music which combines emotional intimacy and intensity with passionate musical fireworks, composers such as Albeniz, Falla, and Mompou also wrote wonderfully for the piano.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

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 Antonio Oyarzabal:

Antonio Oyarzabal is a concert pianist born in Bilbao (Spain) in 1989. He studied in Musikene with Marta Zabaleta and Miguel Borges. Later he graduated in Masters as a piano soloist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he recently finished the Artist Diploma, studying with Caroline Palmer. Antonio combines solo piano and chamber music performances. As a chamber music pianist, Antonio has recently made his debut in Barbican Hall performing Webern piano quintet for a pre-LSO performance . He has also performed with clarinetist Andrew Marriner, and with the Allegri Quartet and Southbank Sinfonia. As a soloist with orchestra, he has played Mozart Piano Concerto nº23 with Aldwych Sinfonia, Mozart 9th Piano Concerto with JOL in Spain, Shostakovich Piano Concerto in F with London Euphonia Orchestra and Poulenc Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (Spain). Antonio has also performed Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with European Union Youth Orchestra in Grafenegg, Austria. In January this year he performed Ravel Piano Concerto in G with YMSO at St John Smith Square.

As a solo pianist, Antonio performs recitals around the UK, in Spain, and abroad; and has recently presented his CD The Inner Child around Spain, in St Martin in the Fields (London) and in many cities around UK. This debut CD was recorded with Orpheus Classical international record label and has very recently been awarded the Golden Melomano prize in prestigious Melomano magazine.

Antonio received the Audience Special Prize and Finalist Prize in Campillos International Competition 2015, and the 2nd prize at the “Concours International d’Ile de France” in Paris, 2008. Antonio was the pianist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra – Foyle Future Firsts Programme 16/17.

8th May: Lunchtime Concert – The Berridge Consort (Vocal Ensemble)

Our Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a début: the first professional appearance by new vocal ensemble The Berridge Consort. In a programme entitled “Consort and Choral Music of Scotland” they’ll be performing music written by Scottish composers, from the court of James I of England through to contemporary composers such as James MacMillan.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

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 The Berridge Consort:

The group was formed last year during the members’ time in the prestigious ‘Genesis Sixteen’ programme run by the Sixteen to coach promising young singers. Throughout the year, they gave performances in masterclasses with The Sixteen’s founder Harry Christopher, associate conductor Eamonn Dougann and members of The Sixteen. This is their first outing as a professional group, which they hope will be the first of many as they embark on solo, consort-singing and choral careers.

The singers are:

Lottie Bowden & Ellie Partridge (Sopranos)
Becca Leggett (Alto)
Jonathan Hanley (Tenor)
Nathan Harrison (Bass)

15th May: Lunchtime Concert – Irena Radić (Piano)

The Tuesdays Till Two spring lunchtime concert season continues with another thrilling piano recital, this time featuring Irena Radić, who will be playing two contrasting sonatas: Beethoven’s intricate and charming Pastorale Sonata, to be followed by Prokofiev’s wild and dramatic Sonata no.6 in a programme full of relentless energy, breathtaking beauty, technical virtuosity and musical fireworks.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

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 Irena Radić:

British pianist Irena Radić is studying with Niel Immelman at the Royal College of Music, London. She has won many awards including the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize 2014, which led to a well-received recital at the Bolivar Hall. She performs regularly as both a soloist and chamber musician in a diverse range of repertoire – most recently with Martin James Bartlett in Mozart’s Sonata in D for 2 Pianos. Since 2015, she has performed in a duo with guitarist Jonatan Bougt, with whom she is creating new arrangements of works by Ravel and Shostakovich. The last year has also featured performances of Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and works for Piano and Percussion including a world premiere and Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion.

For more information please visit Irena’s website.

19th May: Lunchtime Concert – “Die Schöne Müllerin”

In this 1pm Saturday lunchtime concert, Jonathan Hanley (tenor), accompanied by Nicky Losseff (piano) perform Schubert’s first major song cycle, ‘Die Schöne Müllerin’ in St John’s Church, Peterborough. Do please come and support them!

Admission is free, with a retiring collection towards the church.

Please note that there is no café before the concert, though the church’s regular Saturday morning café will be running from 10am until noon.

Johnathan Hanley is a lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral and the St John’s parish administrator.

22nd May: Lunchtime Concert – Jonatan Bougt (Theorbo & Archlute)

Just over a year ago Jonatan Bougt played a programme of guitar music for us at a lunchtime concert in which he played both the classical guitar and its predecessor, the romantic guitar. In today’s concert Jonatan will play two different instruments from the lute family, the theorbo and the archlute, in a programme featuring music by Robert de Visée and Giovanni Zamboni, both extraordinary musicians of the 17th and early 18th centuries. De Visée was employed by Louis XIV, and in 1719 was appointed as guitar master to his ten year-old great-grandson Louis XV who had come to the French throne at the age of five.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

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.

Main photo: ©Kathleen Holman

About Jonatan Bougt:

Swedish guitarist and theorbo player Jonatan Bougt is currently studying for his Master’s degree in Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music as a Musicians’ Company Scholar and is a recipient of a Thora Olsson Scholarship and a Helge Ax:son Johnson Scholarship and a Kempe-Carlgrenska Fonden Scholarship. Having recently graduated from the Bachelor of Music course with a First Class Honours degree, he is the winner of the RCM Guitar Competition 2017. Other noteworthy awards include the 1st Prize in the Jörgen Rörby Competition (2014) of the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and the 1st Prize in the Young Talents Competition of Uppsala International Guitar Festival (2013).

Jonatan has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen’s Gallery, Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall, Britten Theatre, Snape Maltings Concert Hall (UK), Stockholm Concert Hall and Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Concert Hall (Sweden), Große Universitätsaula (Salzburg, Austria) and Centro Cultural Justicia Federal (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship by the City of Stockholm and the Music Conservatoire of Espirito Santo (FAMES) to give recitals with Bougt & Bergek Duo during the XIX Winter Music Festival of Domingos Martins and in Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro. It also led to live performances on Brazilian TVGazeta. Jonatan regularly works as a chamber musician and in 2016, his guitar and piano duo with Irena Radić won 2nd Prize in the Chamber Music Competition at the Twents Guitar Festival, Netherlands.

Prior to coming to London, Jonatan studied with Bo Hansson at Södra Latin Gymnasium’s Professional Musician Programme. His studies there were supported by the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden, the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and the Grisslehamn’s Guitar Prize.

For more information visit Jonatan’s website.

 

29th May: Lunchtime Concert – Shiona Cormack and Kate Wishart (Soprano & Piano)

For this Tuesdays Till Two concert we welcome back two performers from last summer: coloratura soprano Shiona Cormack and pianist Kate Wishart. In a programme titled “Let the Bright Seraphim” they’ll be performing for us arias from oratorios, including music by Handel, Mozart, and Michael Tippett.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. Profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

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 the performers:

Kate Wishart went to the Guildhall School of Music and studied piano and percussion there before joining the Academy of the BBC orchestra as timpanist. After 10 years playing professionally she went to medical school and became a GP, whilst continuing to play music as an amateur. Since retiring, she has once again increased her musical activities and is developing a role as an accompanist.

Coloratura Soprano Shiona Cormack studied singing at the RSAMD and completed her postgraduate diploma in Vocal and Opera Studies at the RWCM. Shiona was one of the young artists on the English National Opera’s Opera Works training programme 2011-12.
Operatic experience includes: Zerbinetta/Ariadne auf Naxos, Norina/Don Pasquale, Fiordiligi/Cosi Fan Tutte, Susanna/The Marriage of Figaro , Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute . With ENO Opera Works: Mme Herz*/Der Schauspieldirektor, Sophie*/Der Rosenkavalier, Countess*/Le Comte Ory, and Controller*/Flight. Other roles include Rosalinda/Die Fledermaus, Juliette*/Romeo et Juliette and Tytania*/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. La Feé/ Cendrillon and Gretel*/ Hansel und Gretel (RWCMD) *scenes
Oratorio includes: Mozart Exultate Jubilate , Rossini Stabat Mater, Carl Orff Carmina Burana, Handel Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria.