22nd December: 7.30pm Evening Concert – Christmas Treasures

Join professional soprano, Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues and Musical Director of Peterborough Opera, Kate Wishart for a delightfully festive evening of Christmas Music and Carol Singing, in aid of The Green Backyard.

Refreshments during the interval will be provided by the GBY pop-up café team, which runs the café before our Tuesdays Till Two concerts.

Doors will open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm. Up to two children under 14 will be admitted free with each adult ticket-holder.

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Advance tickets at £8 will be available from the St John’s welcome counter from 15th November and at The Green Backyard Christmas Fair. Advance tickets are also available online at £8.50 from TicketSource.


I Wonder as I Wander
Bethlehem Down – Warlock
Mary, Did You Know?
O Holy Night
We’re Walking In The Air (Theme from “The Snowman”)
The Little Road to Bethlehem – Head
The Angel Gabriel (Gabriel’s Message)
Ave Maria – Schubert
Balulalow (Ceremony of Carols) – Benjamin Britten
Maria Wiegenlied, Op.76/52 (The Virgin’s Slumber Song) – Reger
Pie Jesu (Requiem) – Fauré
Come Sing & Dance (Old Carol) – Howells

Carols & Festive Songs for Audience Participation:

Once in Royal David’s City
Sleigh Ride (featuring a chorus of Gabriella’s students)
Coventry Carol
Angels We Have Heard on High
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Holly and The Ivy
I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In


Bumper Autumn Season

Autumn Tuesdays Till Two Season

The autumn season of Tuesdays Till Two begins on 26th September with the first of four classical concerts. We’ll then take a foray into the world of Jazz in our fifth concert, which will take place in the café area. Then a week later we’ll have our final Tuesdays Till Two event of the year when we welcome back local Poetry Collective Poetry United.

As always concerts will begin promptly at 1pm, and the café will be open from noon. Please try to arrive by 12.45pm if you intend to buy something from the café, as if too many people try to buy from the café at the last minute the concert may have to start while people are still queueing at the café. We generally open the café for a few minutes at the end of the performance as well, for the benefit of those who arrive late (or who want some cake to take home for later!).

The dates are as follows:

26th September: Zoltan Galyas (Piano)
3rd October: Estevão Devides (Guitar)
10th October: Harriet Mountford & Ben Horden (Soprano & Piano)
17th October: Richard Allum (Piano)
24th October: Sara Hawkes & Ivan Garford (Vocals & Piano)
31st October: “Harvest and Renewal” with Poets United

poster with all our autumn concerts (well almost all!) can be downloaded in PDF format, and there is also a two-sided flyer.

Other Concerts  in St John’s

But, in addition to our usual Tuesday lunchtime concerts, there is a whole host of other concerts and events taking place in St John’s this autumn. In particular there is an exciting season of five evening concerts, promoted by Peterborough Vocal Collective.

There is also a Wednesday lunchtime concert by Leeds based choir St Peter’s Singers on 25th October. And, if that weren’t enough for you we have now a Friday evening concert, Opera versus Jazz!, at 7.30pm on 20th October, following Christina Johnston’s Miracle of the Voice concert on 29th September.

29th September: Evening Concert at 7pm – 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. Advance tickets are available from TicketLine for only £9, including booking fee, if you supply this promotion code when purchasing your ticket: 45OFFALL

20th October: Evening Concert at 7.30pm – Opera versus Jazz!

We’re very excited to present a Peterborough first: Opera versus Jazz!

Scintillating operatic soprano, Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues and smooth jazz singer Kathryn Howells face-off in a musical match-up which is certain to please even the most discerning of music lovers.

Young leading Pianist, Dominic Degavino – BBC Young Musician Finalist, Royal Overseas League Winner to name but a few competition successes, will join forces with Gabriella in the festivities.

The evening will finish up with a few classic duets – we’re not telling you which duets but we’re sure you’ll love them!

Please clear your evening and join us! You won’t regret it.

Tickets are priced £8 if bought in advance £10 on the door. Advance Tickets are available from the welcome counter in St John’s when the café is open (Wed,Sat 10am-noon), or from Alun Williams at Tuesdays Till Two, or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/415968

Evening Concert Season: 30th Sep to 11th Nov at 7.30pm – Peterborough Vocal Collective

Peterborough Vocal Collective, is a new group of young professional singers and musicians, who are promising to bring performances of the highest standard to the city.

We are very pleased that St John’s is its chosen venue for its first concert series, a season of five evening concerts for the autumn. All take place on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. There will be an interval with refreshments available at each concert.

Tickets for each concert are available in advance for £8, or on the door for £10, but a season ticket for all five concerts is also available at the bargain price of £25 – £5 per concert. Concessionary tickets at a lower price are also available.

For further information on how to obtain tickets either call 07505 447328 or email pvocinfo@gmail.com

The concert dates are as follows:

30th September: Early English Song

At turns sultry, fiery, langourous, and exultant, these early examples of the song form provide an impassioned start to the PVoC season. The intimacy of the songs is intensified by a harpsichord accompaniment, evocative of the period of history in which the music was desgned.

Jonathan Hanley (tenor) and Ben Horden (harpsichord) will perform items by Dowland, Purcell, Blow and Morley, and will appear later in the season performing vocal quartets and duets with other seasoned professional performers.

7th October: Consort

The thrill that comes from a group of skilled solo singers working, variously, in dialogue, in opposition and in tandem, has long been used by composers to express fierce desire, tender pain, and religious fervour. In a programme that spans different centuries and kingdoms, this concert will show the unique hushed power of the Consort genre.

The Aragon Consort (consisting of professionals from Peterborough Cathedral Choir) will perform unaccompanied works by Tallis, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Byrd, Parsons, Morley, Farmer, and Janequin.

21st October: Choral

There are few things more arresting when heard in person than music made by a choir. The choral repertoire exploits the compelling force achieved through the gathering together of voices in unified expression, in order to convey extremes of emotion.

In a concert that features some of the absolute classics of the genre, the Willow Consort (directed by Danny Purtell) will perform works by composers including Sheppard, Tavener, Lotti, Byrd, Gibbons, Parry, and Rheinberger – a huge range of nationalities and time periods.

4th November: Art Song & Opera

A pairing of both singer and pianist, and music and poetry, the art song takes a simple form; however, it demands great skill and attention to raise it to something greater than the sum of its parts. Opera, an extroverted contrast to art song, is designed for onstage characters, and pushes the human voice to its limits in order to convey extremes of emotion.

Robbie Haylett (baritone) and Gavin Roberts (piano) will perform songs by Finzi, Gurney, Britten, and Mahler, and operatic arias by Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, and Mozart.

11th November: Quartets

Combining the subtlety of German art song with the spectacle of operatic ensembles, the vocal quartet form communicates poetic text through four distinct voices, with piano accompaniment providing another dimension of expression.

In the final concert of the PVoC series, Charlotte Bowden, Rosie Parker, Jonathan Hanley, and Nathan Harrison, accompanied by Ben Horden and Nicky Losseff, will perform a programme of Brahms, Schumann, and von Herzogenberg.

Ben and Jonathan can be heard at the start of the series, in the Early English Song concert; Rosie and Jonathan will be appearing as part of the Aragon Consort in the Consort concert.

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.