26th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Sara Hawkes and Stephen Hession

For our final jazz café, and our very last Tuesdays Till Two concert until 2020, we welcome back vocalist Sara Hawkes, who performed at our first ever Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime jazz session in 2017. This year she returns accompanied on piano by Stephen Hession, who made his Tuesdays Till Two debut only last week. Sara will be performing well known jazz and blues standards, but also some pop and maybe even one of her own compositions.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks. All profits from the café will go towards funding our future programme of events.

The music will start promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but we do ask those who can afford it to make a donation to help cover our costs. The suggested donation is £5.

About Sara Hawkes:

Originally from Blackpool, Sara moved to Peterborough to bring up her two children before returning to performing as a singer, at first mostly performing at open mic and jazz jam sessions. Her growing reputation has led to invitations to perform at numerous venues and events, both locally (e.g. John Clare Cottage, Oundle Festival Fringe, Key Theatre, Stamford Music Festival) and in her home town of Blackpool, where she recently performed as part of the Blackpool Pride Festival. Sara used to perform classical repertoire such as Opera and Art Song, and continues to train with a teacher who is a senior tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music but also now trains with top jazz artists and teachers.

14th May: Lunchtime Concert – Jonathan Hanley & Nicky Losseff (Tenor & Piano)

Our second May lunchtime concert features tenor Jonathan Hanley, who last year performed for us as part of the Berridge Consort. Accompanying him on piano, in her first appearance at Tuesdays Till Two, will be pianist Nicky Losseff. Last year they performed Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin” here together at a Saturday lunchtime concert, and this concert features song cycles by two other great composers: Beethoven’s “An die Ferne Geliebte” and Schumann’s “Liederkreis” (Op. 24).

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 Jonathan Hanley:

Born in Suffolk, Jonathan was a chorister and choral scholar at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich under the direction of Dr Michael Nicholas, before reading History at the University of York, where he was a choral scholar at York Minster. After graduating, he spent three years as a lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral and has been a member of the ‘Genesis Sixteen’ programme for young singers (2016/2017). He has now turned to freelance singing and currently studies with tenor, Richard Edgar Wilson. Jonathan is also a Monteverdi Choir Apprentice for 2018/2019.

Jonathan has performed as a soloist in the UK and Europe, including at the Trame Sonore Chamber Music Festival in Mantua, the York Early Music Festival and the Malcolm Arnold Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Nevill Holt Opera, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the Instruments of Time and Truth. Jonathan also enjoys performing English song and lieder, most recently performing Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin with pianist Nicky Losseff.

As an ensemble singer, Jonathan has worked with a variety of ensembles, most notably the Monteverdi Choir, Stile Antico, the Sixteen, the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Sansara, Chamber Choir of London, and the Oxford Consort of Voices, with whom he recorded Pelham Humfrey Symphony Anthems, released in 2018. He has also recorded with the choirs of York Minster, Peterborough Cathedral and The Sixteen.

This year, Jonathan will perform JS Bach St John Passion (Evangelist), Monteverdi Vespers (1610), and join the Monteverdi Choir for tours of Handel Semele and Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini in his role as a Monteverdi Apprentice. He will also appear in a contemporary opera performance and recording of Margaret Catchpole – Two Worlds Apart by Stephen Dodgson at Snape Maltings.

Find out more on Jonathan’s website.

About Nicky Losseff:

Nicky studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School as a child and then won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated with a Distinction and the Lloyd Hartley prize. She spent some years teaching in Iceland and then India, after which she completed a doctorate in historical musicology at Kings College, London. She was a lecturer at the University of York for over 20 years, publishing books, articles, editions and reviews on subjects ranging through medieval polyphony, nineteenth-century cultural studies, psychoanalysis, the aesthetics of silence, and the music of Bartók. She has broadcast for the BBC as a pianist and presenter, performed at international music festivals, and made recordings of contemporary piano music for the NMC label. In 2016, Nicky left academia to return to a life centred on the piano and now accompanies, performs and teaches full time.

6th June: Lunchtime Concert – “Waltz across time”

The penultimate concert and and final piano recital in this season of Tuesdays Till Two is a piano recital by a musician who will be making his début at St John’s, Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarzabal. Antonio will be playing music in waltzes and “ländler” – a folk dance in 3/4 time which is thought to have contributed to the evolution of the waltz.

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 £4.


Schubert – 12 Ländler D.790
Granados – Valses Poéticos (Poetic Waltzes)
Ravel – Valses nobles et sentimentales

About Antonio:

Antonio Oyarzabal was born in Bilbao in 1989. He obtained his bachelor’s degree under the pianists Marta Zabaleta and Miguel Borges at Musikene in San Sebastian, where he also trained in contemporary piano repertoire with Ricardo Descalzo, and completed a harpsichord Diploma degree, training with Loreto F. Imaz. He receives lessons from pianist Denis Pascal and the Armenian master Anahit Simonian, with whom he works on piano improvisation.

Antonio is a Master Graduate as a piano soloist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he is now part of the exclusive Artist Diploma programme, studying with Caroline Palmer. Antonio is a versatile pianist who performs as a soloist, as an accompanist to singers, notably at “Promos on the Roof 2015” , in chamber ensembles (he is a founder member of the Trisquel Arts Ensemble), and he is also an experienced orchestral pianist.

Antonio, who was awarded Audience Special Prize and Finalist Prize in Campillos International Competition 2015, has recently been named the pianist of London Philarmonic Orchestra, Foyle Future Firsts programme 2016/2017

Piccolo – Listen to the Band

The City of Peterborough Concert Band in St John's
The City of Peterborough Concert Band in St John’s

facebook eventOn Thursday 1st December, we’ll be holding the last St John’s CIC organised event of the year, when we’ll be having a very special Piccolo concert featuring the City of Peterborough Concert Band. We’ve now been running Piccolo for well over a year, having held a Piccolo concert on the first Thursday of every month since September 2015 except January, when we took a break, and August, when instead of our usual Thursday date we held an outdoor Piccolo as part of the YMCA’s Celebration of Youth Day event.
At the moment we don’t have quite enough adults bringing children to Piccolo to make it sustainable in the long run. As we generally have more than one musician performing our costs are quite high, and the more people who bring children to Piccolo, the easier it will be for us to continue to run these concerts, and to invite a wide variety of performers to play for us. We know lots of you really value Piccolo, and it’s wonderful to see young children developing their appreciation of music, and enjoying the event with their grown-ups!
Piccolo PosterWe’ve made a poster/flyer with details of the next three Piccolo concerts, and we’ll be distributing these around the city very soon. You can also download the poster here. We’d love it if you could print a few copies off and display them in a window or on a notice-board somewhere.

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At the last few Tuesdays Till Two events we have been collecting names and email addresses for our new mailing list, so that we can let those interested know about forthcoming events at St John’s in an occasional newsletter. Unfortunately, unless you have signed up during this season we don’t have your details yet. If you are unsure whether or not you are on our mailing list then you can subscribe here.

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