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)

18th May: 7.30pm – General Election Hustings

Once again there will be a hustings for the Peterborough constituency for the forthcoming general election in St John’s Church.

If you would like to submit a question please email the church office (office@peterborough-stjohns.org.uk) and we will select from those suggested to ensure fair balance. If your question is chosen we will contact you to ask if you would be prepared to ask it at the hustings. Please note that only the question should be asked, as scripted, and no additional statements or comments added.

Questions should be directed to all of the candidates without bias or favour. There are strict rules governing hustings to ensure fairness and avoid bias. We will be following these rules carefully.
This hustings is being organised by the church and everyone is welcome.

We expect all the following candidates to attend the hustings:

Stewart Jackson (Conservative)
Fiona Onasanya (Labour)
Fiona Radić (Green)
Beki Sellick (Liberal Democrat)

17th May: Mesh – A new evening event in St John’s

Next Wednesday at 6pm St John’s will be hosting a night of international poetry and music. With performers from as far afield as East Timor, Lithuania, Africa and Brazil it should be a night of surprises. If you’ve come to our Tuesdays Till Two concerts a lot will seem familiar – the chance to enjoy a slice of cake with a hot drink in our café area, followed at 7.15pm by some serious but (we hope) uplifting culture – but we hope that “Mesh”, as we’ve named our new event, will have a distinctive feel of its own. At Mesh we’ll be aiming to be multicultural in more ways than one – bringing together writers, musicians, photographers, and artists, and bringing together the many different communities that now make up our city, giving all of us a chance to share each other’s food, culture and company. Unlike at Tuesdays Till Two we’ll have live music while the café is running, so please don’t turn up just before 7.15pm, or you’ll find you’ve missed the chance to hear Brazilian guitarist Estevão Devides, and violinist Anthony Nottingham. The poetic part of the proceedings will be split into three sections, and we’ll have some more music while you have a chance to do some mid air refuelling from our café. We’re very grateful to the “Shepherd’s Inn” Lithuanian restaurant, which will be supplying some Lithuanian treats for you to enjoy from our café.

Future Mesh events will probably take place on Fridays, but this time around we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for you to hear from three prominent Lithuanian writers, who are visiting the city on 16th and 17th May. The day before they perform for us they will be reading from their work in Lithuanian at Chauffeurs Cottage, but on the 17th they will be reading their work in English translation, as will some of our other international performers. We’ll also be bringing you poetry from the African, Portuguese, and Latvian communities in Peterborough as well as a chance to hear from well known local poets like Viv Foster, and our former poet in residence Pete “Cardinal” Cox. Alun Williams, who will be familiar to many as the regular host of Tuesdays Till Two, runner-up to Charley Genever at the last Poet Laureate of Peterborough competition will host the evening, and also hopes to read some of his recent work. Charley Genever won’t be performing, but she will be on hand, with entry forms and information about the next Poet Laureate competition, which is scheduled to take place in September at the Key Theatre.

7th April: Evening Concert – Arvo Pärt’s “Passio” performed by The Façade Ensemble

facebook eventSt John’s is pleased to welcome The Façade Ensemble, for a performance of Arvo Pärt’s 1982 composition “Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem”.

Tickets for this performance will cost £10 on the door. Advance Tickets price £9 will be available from the welcome counter in St John’s from Wednesday 8th March. Online tickets are available for £9 + booking fee.

Pärt’s compelling and profoundly beautiful setting of the St. John Passion (accompanied by organ, violin, oboe, ‘cello and bassoon) is the culmination of his popular ‘tintinnabuli’ style. Inspired by medieval music (and meaning ‘little bells’), this style of composition pares music down to its triadic simplicity. Echoing the earliest monophonic Passion settings, such music – like the narrative itself – is as powerfully dramatic to the modern ear as it has ever been.

The Façade Ensemble will also be performing Passio in Oxford, London, and at Ely Cathedral.

The Façade Ensemble conduced by Benedict Collins Rice
James Bartlett – Jesus
Will Searle – Pilate
Rosalind Dobson, Helen Charlston, Hiroshi Amako, Robbie Haylett – Evangelist Quartet
Alex Goodwin – Organ

4th April: King’s School Spring Concert at 7pm

Once again The King’s School is holding its Spring Concert in St John’s. With performances of J S Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto, Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto and Vivaldi’s Gloria, it’s a packed programme showcasing the depth and breadth of musical talent at the school.

Full price tickets will cost £5, with concessionary tickets available at £3. Tickets are available from The King’s School Finance Office: (01733) 751541 Extension 323. Tickets that have not been sold in advance will be available on the door.

19th October: Evening theatre – Dare devil rides to Jarama

fb_event_buttonDare-Devil-PosterPeterborough Trades Union Council  is proud to present Townsend Productions’ theatre performance of Dare Devil Rides to Jarama. This is a play about British Speedway star, Clem ‘Dare Devil’ Beckett and poet, critic and aeronautical expert Christopher Caudwell who were bought together fighting for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War’s Battle for Jarama, in early 1937.

The play was commissioned by the International Brigades Memorial Trust and is being performed in Peterborough as part of PTUC’s ‘Don’t let Brex-it Break Us’ campaign against racism and fascism. Ticket £10 / £8 concessions. Please contact peterboroughtuc@gmail.com for tickets.

Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm.