6th January: 6pm – Amahl and the Night Visitors

Peterborough Opera presents Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

The Three Kings are on their way to see the baby Jesus. As the sun sets, they decide to stop and rest, and knock on the door of a humble dwelling to ask for warmth, shelter and food. The mother and child who live there have nothing, but call on their shepherd friends to bring food and wood. The mother is desperate, and thinking of begging for the survival of herself and her son. She is tempted by the riches brought by the kings, and what follows is the result of her trying to take just a few coins, thinking the kings would never miss them.

Amahl is sung by a boy soprano, in this production played by James Turner. Liz Williams plays his mother, and the kings are sung by Mark Ellse, Martin Muir and Simon Sivadas Thompson, with Mark Lee as their page. The performance will be semi-staged, and accompanied on the piano.

Tickets price £7 (adults), or £5 (under 19s) will be available on the door, and are also available online.

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21st December: 6.30pm Evening Concert – A Christmas Garland

After the success of our “Christmas Treasures” concert last year with soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues, St John’s CIC is proud to present “A Christmas Garland”, an evening of Christmas music and readings, songs and carols featuring the outstanding talents of Gabriella and accompanist Kate Wishart, the sounds of The City of Peterborough Concert Band, the voices of a choir of children from Stilton Schools trained by Gabriella, and unusual but very Christmassy interval refreshments from the Tuesdays Till Two pop-up café team.

Further details of the programme for the evening will be announced soon.

Book nowLast year Christmas Treasures was our biggest evening event of 2017, enjoyed by well over 120 people, and we are expecting this year’s event to be even more popular. Advance tickets are available online for only £9 online, and a limited number of tickets are available at a special early-bird price of £8 until 25th November. Tickets are also available from St John’s,  priced at £7.50 until 25th November, and £8 afterwards.

9th November: 7.30pm Evening Concert – A Ploughman’s Tale

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, a story of an everyman who fought in the trenches, told through songs by composers or with words by poets who lived through the time of The Great War.

Performed by Robert-John Edwards (Bass-Baritone) and Sara Wilander (Piano).

The concert will take place after a short first half featuring a performance of Elgar’s songs based on Kipling’s “Fringes of the Fleet” and readings by local poets Viv Foster, Ron Graves, and Toby Wood, who will help us to remember the war and some of the local men who took part in it. We will also remember those commemorated on the two war memorials at St John’s. There will then be a twenty minute interval and a chance to view images of Peterborough from the time of the war during it.

Book nowAdvance tickets will be available from the welcome counter in St John’s when the church is open at £8, or online for £8.50. Tickets will also be available on the door for £10. Doors open at 7pm. Interval refreshments will be provided by The Green Backyard pop-up café team. Any profits from the interval refreshments will be donated to the War Memorials Trust.

Beginning with Ivor Gurney’s setting of “I Will Go With My Father A-Ploughing” and ending with the heart-breaking setting of Housman’s “Is My Team Ploughing?” by George Butterworth, himself killed in the trenches, twenty songs by a variety of composers tell the tale of a ploughboy, perhaps born around 1890. We start with him as a child, watching his father plough the fields and learning the farmer’s trade. The songs progress through his youth, where he becomes ambitious and then meets the girl of his dreams, woos her, marries her and has a child. He then joins the army, singing uplifting war songs before the horrors of the “Great” War begin to bite. He becomes home-sick, sees death up close and then, at his last hour, is desperate to go home.. The recital also includes a new original setting of McCrae’s “In Flanders’ Fields” composed by Robert-John Edwards.

Originally performed in 2014 as a 14 song recital “A Ploughman’s Tale” was expanded to a 17 song recital for BirminghamFest in 2015 and then again for an Armistice Day recital to its current 20 song format.

About Robert-John Edwards:

Stamford-born Robert-John Edwards originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and he later trained as a singer, attending the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since winning the post-graduate course prize there, he has gone on to sing roles for Pavilion Opera, Heritage Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera Minima, Operamus,
Stanley Hall Opera, Opera Seria, Secret Opera, Saffron Opera Group, Hashtag Opera and Apollo Opera. He was a member of the professional chorus at Buxton for five years.

About Sara Wilander:

Sara Wilander was born in Sweden and started playing the piano at the age of eight. At the age of 15, she made her debut as a soloist with the Sinfonia Classica of Brussels, Belgium.
After preparatory studies at the Conservatoire National de Région of Chalon sur Saône, France, she completed her education at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has participated successfully in Swedish, German, English and French competitions, as a soloist as well as an accompanist. She is an experienced performer and has appeared in both solo and chamber settings throughout Europe. She is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an accompanist.

23rd October: Lunchtime Concert – Roger Stimson & Fergus Black (Violin & Piano) – “Second Violins!”

Second Violins!” features the talents not of an entire orchestral section but of just one (highly talented) violinist, Roger Stimson, and his piano accompanist, Fergus Black. In this lunchtime concert, Roger and Fergus will be playing the second violin sonatas of Vivaldi, Beethoven & Grieg.

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.

Programme:

Vivaldi Sonata in A major Op.2 No. 2 RV31:

Presto (with small adagios)
Corrente
Adagio
Giga

Beethoven Sonata Op. 12 No. 2 in A major:

Allegro vivace
Andante, piu tosto Allegretto
Allegro piacevole (meaning enjoyed)

Grieg Sonata Op. 13 no. 2 in G major:

Lento doloroso
Allegro Vivace
Allegretto tranquillo
Allegro animato

16th October: Lunchtime Concert – Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues & Kate Wishart (Soprano & Piano)

Join professional opera singer Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues (Soprano) and Musical Director of Peterborough Opera Kate Wishart (Piano) for our last but one classical lunchtime concert of 2018. Full details of the programme are below, but it will be a journey through the heightened emotions of summer, with melancholic memories of falling in love and of heartbreak, and an exploration of faith filled with encounters with interesting people!

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made 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.

Programme:

Silent noon – Vaughan Williams
Air champêtre – Poulenc
Ah love! But a day – Amy Beach
Frère voyez – Massenet (Werther)
Le secret – Fauré
Laudamus te – Mozart
Ganymed – Schubert
Ständchen – Strauss
O waly waly – Britten
Saper vorreste – Verdi (A Masked Ball)

About Gabriella:

Gabriella was a chorister in Peterborough Cathedral where she performed in regular live, televised broadcasts, sang for the Duchess of Gloucester and sang a solo Eucharist before gaining a full scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music.
In 2009. In her final year at Chetham’s Gabriella sang in the BBC proms performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 2011. At the age of 17, Gabriella sang as a choral scholar in the Royal Naval Chapel Choir in Greenwich, here she sang for the Queen in 2012, performed a solo on BBC radio 3 Choral Evensong, a solo Eucharist, a performance with the renowned Kronos Quartet and sang in two episodes of Songs of Praise.
Alongside singing, Gabriella is also a very passionate teacher, from age 19 she has taught classes of children and regular one to one singing lessons. Gabriella has sung in major venues in the UK; The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and the Bridgewater Hall.
Gabriella was then awarded “The National Scholarship” to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama undertaking the BMus (Hons) Music degree under the tutelage of David Pollard. Gabriella continues a very busy schedule as a concert singer and recitalist. Gabriella’s opera credits include, Adele in Die Fledermaus (Chetham’s), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chethams), Mme Lidoine (2nd Prioress) in The Dialogues of the Carmelites (GSMD), Chorus in Le Donne Curiose (GSMD), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (GSMD), Alice Ford in Falstaff (AIMS) and 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute (British Youth Opera) Gabriella studies with the famous Coloratura Soprano Lillian Watson.

About Kate:

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 increased her musical activities and is developing a role as an accompanist. She is currently Musical Director of Peterborough Opera.

9th October: Lunchtime Concert – Winterreise (Part 1)

In this lunchtime concert Bass-Baritone Robert-John Edwards and pianist Gina Kruger will perform the first part of Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey) D911. This cycle of 24 songs was composed and published in two separate halves during 1827, and today’s concert is a performance of the first twelve songs as published in January 1828. Winterreise is the second of Schubert’s great song cycles based on the poems of Wilhelm Müller, following on from Die Schöne Müllerin, which Jonathan Hanley performed in St John’s earlier in the 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 £5.

Robert-John Edwards will be returning to St John’s on 9th November, for an evening concert entitled “A Ploughman’s Tale”

About Robert-John Edwards:

Stamford-born Robert-John Edwards originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and he later trained as a singer, attending the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since winning the post-graduate course prize there, he has gone on to sing roles for Pavilion Opera, Heritage Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera Minima, Operamus,
Stanley Hall Opera, Opera Seria, Secret Opera, Saffron Opera Group, Hashtag Opera and Apollo Opera. He was a member of the professional chorus at Buxton for five years.

About Gina Kruger:

Gina Kruger is a truly international artiste. She holds degrees in piano from the United States and a post-graduate diploma from the Royal College of Music, London. During her studies at the Royal College of Music, she won the Fossat Award for Chamber Music which resulted in performances for the Queen of Denmark and a residency in France. She continues to appear as a recitalist locally and internationally.

2nd October: Lunchtime Concert – Jill Crossland (Piano)

Jill Crossland is known for her interpretation of music by composers such as J S Bach, Mozart and Scarlatti, and Chopin. In this concert she will play sonatas by Scarlatti, a selection from Bach’s “Well-tempered Clavier” and a selection of Schubert “Moments Musicaux” and Impromptus.

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 Jill Crossland:

Jill Crossland pursues an active concert and recording career. Jill plays regularly on the South Bank and at the Wigmore Hall in London, and her recent appearances have also included Cadogan, Bridgewater and Fairfield Halls, St George’s Bristol, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Sage Gateshead. Jill’s recordings include the Bach Goldberg Variations on Warner Classics and works by Handel, Scarlatti, Mozart and Beethoven. Jill has featured in the Classic FM Hall of Fame and her release of the complete Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier has received high praise, described by the Penguin Guide as ‘a remarkable achievement, ranking with the finest’ Jill was a member of the Arts Council Musicians in residence scheme for Yorkshire. Jill has appeared on radio and TV, including live and recorded broadcasts on BBC Radios 3 and 4. More information about Jill can be found on http://www.jillcrossland.com and you can see her performances on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/JillCrosslandPiano

Jill has recently recorded CDs of the keyboard works of Rameau (the collections from 1706 and 1724) issued last year on Signum Classics, described by Gramophone as ‘intelligent, stylish, tasteful, tonally resourceful and beautifully recorded.’ and, in the same sessions, another of Mozart and Beethoven (the Moonlight sonata and the Bagatelles Op 126) described as having “thoughtfulness, liquidity” and “driven excitement” in International Record Review. Jill is just completing post-production of recordings of Bach, Mozart and Chopin and the first pre-production examples will be available for sale at the concert.