Tuesdays Till Two will return on 25th July

Tuesdays Till Two concerts begin again on 25th July. The dates and performers are given below, and full details of each concert can be found by clicking on the links.

You can also download the concert flyer as a PDF.

25th July:  Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues & Fergus Black (Soprano & Piano)
1st August: Christina McMaster (Piano)
8th August: Elizabeth and John Arkell (Organ)
15th August: Deirdre Culloty, Rowena Bass & Bruce Burbidge (Flute, Harp & Piano)
22nd August: Shiona Cormack  & Kate Wishart (Soprano & Piano) 
29th August: Helen Downham & John Davy (Cello & Piano)

25th July: Lunchtime Concert – Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues & Fergus Black (Soprano & Piano)

For the first of six Tuesdays Till Two concerts over the summer holiday period we welcome soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues who’ll be accompanied on piano by Fergus Black. This will be Gabriella’s first lunchtime concert in St John’s, after she recently broke our all-time record for a Piccolo concert, attracting no fewer than 66 children!

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

Programme:

Handel  (Messiah) –  If God be for us, He shall feed his flock, I know that my redeemer liveth
Bach – Quia respexit
Schumann – Die Lotusblume, Widmung
Parry – My heart is like a singing bird
Head – Sweet chance that led my steps abroad
Quilter – Love’s Philosophy
Schubert – Fruhlingsglaube
Mozart – Batti batti, Vedrai Carino, Deh vieni

1st August: Lunchtime Concert – Christina McMaster (Piano)

For our second Tuesdays Till Two summer concert we are delighted to welcome back pianist Christina McMaster, who last played for us in 2015. Christina will play music by Schumann and Debussy.

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.

Programme:

Schumann – Symphonic Études Op.13
Debussy – Études pour les cinq doigts, pour les octaves, pour les huit doigts

Schumann’s Symphonic Études are variations on a theme by an amateur composer, Schumann’s innovation using this material both looks to the past of composers such as Bach, whom he adored, and to the future – creating a new unique sound world.. Debussy’s études, written towards the end of his life, were clearly influenced by Erik Satie; they are innovative, witty and challenging in a gymnastic like style.

About Christina:

Christina McMaster, hailed as ‘One to watch’ by International piano Magazine, is a highly innovative pianist and curator with a growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances of uniquely crafted programmes. She was St John’s Smith Square Young artist in residence 2016-17 and recently appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Christina has performed extensively in major venues including at the Southbank Centre, Cheltenham Festival, Dartington International Summer School, a European tour with EUYO, Aldeburgh Festival, Symphony Space in New York along with broadcasts and live performances on BBC Radio and Classic FM. She has won numerous prizes including the Jacob Barnes Award, The Royal Academy Christian Carpenter Prize, The CAVATINA Chamber music prize and audience prize in the Jacques Samuels Intercollegiate Competition.

She has collaborated with a diverse mix of genres and arts, recently working with string players Kristine and Margarita Balanas, the Ligeti Quartet, cellist/singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Opera Director Daisy Evans. Christina is also a dedicated performer, commissioner and discoverer of new music, working with established composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen and Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

In 2015 she launched her debut album Pinks & Blues on her own label to a sell-out audience at St James’ Theatre, the album is a fusion of jazz and blues influenced classical and contemporary music. She has also recorded a collection of Satie inspired works by Richard Fowles to mark the eccentric composer’s 150th anniversary.

Christina teaches Post-Graduates at the Royal Academy of Music and curates for its annual Piano Festival. She is a passionate educator and has given masterclasses and lectures at Cambridge University, Denison University,Ohio, runs a piano/yoga course in Umbria and in February 2017 hosted a study day at St John’s Smith Square comprising talks, composition, song-writing and yoga with live music. She regularly gives workshops for young people including a recent piano trio workshop at St Johns Smith Square supported by the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

She attended the Purcell School, Trinity Laban where she studied with Douglas Finch and the Royal Academy of Music with Joanna MacGregor. She has a particular interest in French music of the 20th Century and regularly has sessions with Maestro Bernard Flavigny (pupil of Alfred Cortot and Walter Gieseking)

Future performances at Wimbledon Festival, Sound Scotland Festival and at Kings College London as part of new collaboration with Neuroscientists.

8th August: Lunchtime Concert – Elizabeth & John Arkell (Organ)

At this Tuesdays Till Two summer concert we are delighted to welcome the Organist and Director of Music at St John’s, Elizabeth Arkell, and her husband John, who is Organist and Head of Academic Music at Oundle School. They will be performing a programme of organ duets, on the newly rebuilt St John’s Organ, which is 100 years old this year.

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.

The programme will include the following duets:

A Fancy for two to play (Thomas Tomkins)
Concerto in C major (J S Bach, after Ernst, arr. Machella)
Duet for Organ (Samuel Wesley)
Variations on an Easter Theme (O Filii et Filiae) (John Rutter)
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saens, arr. Cameron)

22nd August: Lunchtime Concert – Shiona Cormack & Kate Wishart (Coloratura Soprano & Piano)

Exultate Jubilate!

For this Tuesdays Till Two concert we welcome back two of the performers from May’s fantastic “Opera Gems”: coloratura soprano Shiona Cormack and pianist Kate Wishart. They’ll be bringing us a varied programme of music from Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Debussy.

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.

Programme: ‘Exultate Jubilate’

Mozart – Exultate Jubiliate
R Strauss – Morgen
Standchen
Amor

Debussy – Beau Soir
Nuit d’étoiles
Mandolines

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.

29th August: Lunchtime Concert – Helen Downham & John Davy (Cello & Piano)

For the last of our Tuesdays Till Two concerts of the summer we welcome cellist Helen Downham, who’ll be accompanied on piano by John Davy. They’ll be playing an all French programme entitled “La Belle France” featuring the music of French composers such as Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saëns. We’ll have more detail about the programme nearer the date of the concert.

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.

29th September: Evening Concert – The Miracle of the Voice

On 29th September St John’s will welcome opera singer Christina Johnston. Christina is coming to Peterborough as part of her ten concert tour of the East of England, which celebrates the launch of her début album “Blessing”, to be released on 22nd September. The concert will start at 7pm.

Christina, who will be performing with talented Russian pianist Inga Goldsmith, is originally from Framlingham in Suffolk (also home to contemporaries Ed Sheeran and Laura Wright), but has been living abroad making a name for herself since graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has made solo tours in Europe, Asia and South America, and has become very popular in the Czech Republic, appearing regularly in front of the Czech President, who has dubbed her “The Angel”.  She has sung at an EU summit in front of several other European presidents, and also for the Chinese president, who was so impressed by her performance, that he invited her to China to sing as part of events commemorating the anniversary of the ending of World War II. Christina also performs regularly for film scores – most recently for “Interlude in Prague”.

Christina is said by many in the music world to be one of a kind, with a vocal range and agility that few can dream of, and her concert will be an evening of spectacular coloratura arias, featuring the highest pieces ever written for the human voice. Mozart, Delibes, Rachmaninov, Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod, Handel, Grieg, Johann Strauss, and Canteloube all feature on “Blessing” and Christina can be heard singing in no fewer than nine different languages on her new album. Highlights include the notoriously difficult arias ‘Der Hölle Rache’ from Mozart’s Magic Flute and ‘Bell Song’ from Lakmé by Delibes, but every aria, whether popular or rarely heard, is perfectly suited to Christina’s high coloratura voice.

Tickets, price £15 will be available on the door, or in advance from TicketLine (£1 booking fee applies)