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.


5th June: Lunchtime Concert – Ellen Porter and Alec Hone (Cello & Piano)

For the last but one of our Spring lunchtime concerts we are delighted to welcome back cellist Ellen Porter and her accompanist Alec Hone, after their very well received Tuesdays Till Two début two years ago. Ellen will be playing two of her favourite cello works: the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano (Op. 40)). Remarkably, the Haydn concerto was for many years thought to be lost, but was rediscovered in 1961 when copy of the score was found in the National Museum in Prague. It has since become a staple of the cello repertoire. Like the Shostakovich sonata, composed some 170 years later and during a turbulent period in Shostakovich’s personal life, it is a work full of both expressive melody and virtuoso passages to take your breath away.

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.


Haydn – Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1
Shostakovich – Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40

About Ellen Porter:

Ellen Porter is a British cellist and studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo. She previously studied with David Smith, and has attended masterclasses with Hannah Roberts, Guy Johnston, Gillian Thoday, Emma Ferrand and Miklos Perenyi. As a passionate orchestral cellist, she has been Principal Cellist of the CBSO Youth Orchestra and has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Jac Van Steen and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Ellen studies baroque cello with Susan Sheppard, and receives regular coaching from Roger Hamilton, Harvey Davies, Annette Isserlis and Pauline Nobes. Ellen plays in a string quartet at the RNCM, who have a busy summer planned with concerts in and around Manchester as well as at the Oundle International Festival. As a soloist, Ellen has performed locally as well as in Hertfordshire and frequently in Manchester. Having grown up in the area and taken part in local music making, Ellen is delighted to return to Peterborough to work once again with pianist Alec Hone. Ellen would like to thank The Edna Newill Charitable Trust for their continued support throughout her musical studies.

9th June: 7.30pm Evening Concert – Peterborough MS Group 50th Anniversary Celebration

Please note that this concert was originally scheduled from 21st April but will now take place on 9th June.

The Peterborough Multiple Sclerosis Group invite you to come and celebrate its 50th Anniversary and enjoy a concert by professional opera singer Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues who will be accompanied on piano by Kate Wishart – Musical Director for Peterborough Opera.

A reminder that St John’s is fully accessible, but that there is no parking there – there are public car parks close by. Local transport links include the Bus Station which is approximately 5mins walk away and Peterborough Railway Station, approx. 8-10mins away.

The doors open at 19:00, please arrive in plenty of time to be seated before the concert starts at 19:30. Refreshments will be served in the interval.

We don’t yet have details of the revised ticketing arrangements for this concert.

12th June: Lunchtime Concert – The Dolce Flute Quartet

The last of our spring season of Tuesdays Till Two concerts features four up-and-coming flautists studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In a programme entitled “A Journey from Mower to Mendelssohn” they’ll take you through whirlpools, midsummer dreams and the beautiful French countryside.

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.


Mike Mower – “Fictions”
I – Whirlpool
Pierre-Max Dubois – Quator for Flutes
Jean-Michel Damase – Quatour de Flutes
I – Allegro Deciso
II – Andantino
IV – Allegro vivace
Claude Debussy – Arabesque no.1 arranged for Flute Quartet
Felix Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture transcribed by Kyril Magg

About the Performers:

The Dolce Flute Quartet formed at the RNCM in 2015 and has since been performing in and around the North West, including playing at the final of the Ken Griffith Flute Prize. In 2016 the quartet participated in a workshop with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. It has also received coaching from performing artists such as Rob Buckland, Melinda Maxwell, Laura Jellicoe, Petr Prause and Stephen Preston.

The members of the quartet are Hannah Clark, Grace Callaghan, Emily Revill and Cara Houghton.

Hannah Clark:

22 year old flautist Hannah Clark is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) with Laura Jellicoe. Prior to joining RNCM, Hannah studied at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she learnt with Lisa Nelsen.

In 2014, she was appointed principal flautist of the National Youth Wind Ensemble and played under the baton of Philip Scott and Cynthia Johnston Turner. In 2015 she joined the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and performed at Cadogan Hall in London.

At the RNCM, she regularly performs with the college’s most prestigious orchestras and ensembles including playing alongside Alexander Sitkovestky and Leonard Elsenbroich in Brahms’ double concerto for violin and cello and as principal flautist at the Bridgewater Hall under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. In only her second year she successfully auditioned for the final of RNCM’s Concerto Competition where she performed Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto.

This year Hannah has been playing alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the college’s professional engagement scheme. She recently played live on BBC Radio 3 with the orchestra as part of their studio concert series at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Grace Callaghan:

Grace is a third year undergraduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying with Laura Jellicoe. She has participated in masterclasses with the likes of James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Joshua Batty and Ian Clarke. Prior to joining RNCM, Grace studied privately with Carolyn Kelly whilst also playing in various ensembles at Bromley Youth Music Trust.
At age 17 Grace was appointed principal flautist of Bromley Youth Symphony orchestra and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra, performing at the Royal Festival Hall alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as her solo and orchestral playing, Grace is also a keen chamber musician, previously playing Mozart’s flute quartet with the Maggini quartet and established several chamber groups whilst at college. Since joining the RNCM, Grace has played in many ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band and Opera Orchestra.

Emily Revill:

Emily is currently studying under Laura Jellicoe at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. Originally from Derby, Emily has been involved in many orchestral projects across the East Midlands, playing with well established amateur ensembles such as the Nottingham Philharmonic and Derby Concert Orchestra, as well as with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Orchestra. In 2013, she toured Toyota City in Japan with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band, performing high profile concerts for the mayor and also appearing on local Japanese TV.

Now living and studying in Manchester, Emily has played in a variety of the RNCM’s ensembles, including the Wind Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Sinfonietta and most recently RNCM’s Symphony Orchestra. Emily has also participated in master classes with musicians such as Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Richard Davis and Ian Clarke

Cara Houghton:

Cara grew up in a musical family and tried her hand at many instruments before finding the flute when she was 12. Currently in her second year of studies at the RNCM, she is interested in broadening her musical direction- taking a keen interest in genres from contemporary to jazz. She enjoys playing with the Dolce quartet on a regular basis and is excited to see what the future brings with opportunities for the quartet. She has performed with the RNCM chamber orchestra, concert orchestra, Baroque ensemble and jazz collective, and is looking forward to more performances with Dolce Flutes.

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.

18th May: 7.30pm Evening Concert – (Not Quite!) The Royal Wedding

Do you love a good wedding, but somehow or other the invitation you were expecting to Meghan and Harry’s big day didn’t get to you? Never mind! Come to St John’s on Friday 18th May and join our Jazz Queen vocalist Sara Hawkes, Guitar Prince Peter Ravenhill, and Duke of Saxophony Mark Wilkinson as they recreate the royal wedding party experience a modern royal family would give their butler’s right arm for!

With music by Queen and Prince, a right royal mix of jazz standards, golden oldies, and other musical gems that our musicians think will be on Meghan and Harry’s wedding disco playlist the following day , this is sure to be the most fun you can get from a royal wedding without actually going to Windsor on the day itself.

Refreshments during the interval will be provided by the GBY pop-up café team and will include cake and fizz. Expect bunting!

Book nowTickets are priced £8 if bought in advance or £10 on the door. Online tickets are £8.50 each. Doors open at 7pm and the wedding party will get started at 7.30pm.

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.

About Peter Ravenhill:

Peter Ravenhill was inspired to take up the guitar after listening to the Shadows and Hank Marvin. He hasn’t stopped playing since. He has been in several local bands and has a love of Jazz and Blues. He has performed with Sara Hawkes at the Cambridge Jazz Festival and several concerts around Peterborough and is well known on the local scene for his versatility, skill and his love of a kebab! He is currently playing with Rockabilly band the Outsiders and has a three piece rockabilly band the Broadcasters as well as accompanying Sara on Jazz gigs.

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.