18th February: Lunchtime Concert : Lantivet Duo (Violin & Piano)

Our Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts are back! Our first season of seven concerts features performers who are all new to Tuesdays Till Two. Setting the ball rolling is the Lantivet Duo, whose members are violinist Anna Brigham and pianist Brendan Musk. These versatile players enjoy exploring music from different traditions, as well as mainstream violin and piano repertoire. Their programme is inspired by jazz and folk music from around the world, from India to the deep south of the USA, and features Ravel’s Violin Sonata as its centrepiece.

Our popular pop-up café will also return, so as ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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:

Selections from Porgy and Bess – Gershwin, arr. Heifetz
Aalap and Tarana – Kala Ramnath
Cornish and Scottish Folk Medley
Violin Sonata in G – Ravel
Romanian Dances – Bartok

About the Lantivet Duo:

The Lantivet Duo first played together in the basement of a piano shop in west London. Over a feast of Lebanese mezze, they decided that they should do it again in some more exotic venues.

Anna Brigham is a Cornish violinist and violist who is in demand as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and loves finding new ways to interact with audiences. She is a member of the Florian quartet, and the Fortescue Duo. Recent projects she has curated include the ‘Close Quarters’ tour of Londoners’ living rooms, helping new people access classical music and meet their neighbours at the same time, and innovative school workshops teaching children how to listen to music by creating their own stories in response to string quartets. She enjoys exploring different genres of music, and has started learning folk and trad fiddle. She can be heard on the soundtracks to the Smurfs, the Mummy, and Attenborough documentary, “Our Planet”.

Brendan was a winner at the Moray International Piano Competition, and went on to study music at Cambridge, where he held an Instrumental Award for Chamber Music. Brendan loves accompanying and coaching students, as well as being a committed teacher. When not playing piano for the Lantivet duo, Brendan plays the trumpet and specialises in baroque trumpet as well as folk, funk and crossover music. This has taken him to an eclectic mix of venues, from the Wigmore Hall to Pizza Express!

Anna and Brendan are both members of the Multi-Story Orchestra, which appeared last summer at its 3rd BBC Prom, and does concerts and outreach projects in car parks with the aim of making music enjoyable for as many people as possible. Inspired by this, the Lantivet duo try to promote an atmosphere of inclusiveness and creativity in their performances.

Tuesdays Till Two will return on 18th February

Tuesdays Till Two will return on 18th February with the first in a season of seven concerts all featuring performers who are making their Tuesdays Till Two début.

The poster on the left is available to download in PDF format

Here is the line up for what we are dubbing our “Tuesdays Till New” concert season :

18th February: Lantivet Duo (Violin & Piano)
25th February: Adam Parrish (Piano)
3rd March: Lizzy Humphries, Robert Medina + Jo Ramadan (Soprano, Baritone & Piano)
10th March: Gus Orchard (Organ)
17th March: Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones and Elizbeth Mucha (Violin & Piano)
24th March: Valentin Schiedermair (Piano)
31st March: Dana Morgan and Charles Matthews (Flute & Piano)

Following the Easter break concerts will resume on 21st April with a solo piano concert by Irena Radić. Other dates already confirmed are:

28th April: Angharad Rowlands (Soprano)
5th May: Stephen Raine (Piano)
19th May: Antonio Oyarzabal (Piano)
26th May: Katharine Parsons and Fergus Black (Viola/viola d’amore & organ)
9th June: Alexander Ardakov (Piano)
16th June: Kramer-Durcan Duo (Violin & Piano)

25th February: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Adam Parrish

Our second Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concert is also our first solo piano concert of the year and features pianist Adam Parrish, who is playing his first concert here. Adam’s programme will include pieces from a range of genres: from composers who have influenced him and also people he has worked with, and there will be some original material as well as some stories and anecdotes about his life ‘on the road’. Works will include a movement from Beethoven’s “Sonata in D minor Op 31 no 2” and also a classically reworked version of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. We could tell you more, but Adam has asked us to keep the rest of his programme as a surprise – and we can promise you that it will be – though certainly a pleasant one.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 Adam Parrish:

Adam’s first musical memory was when he went to see keyboard player Rick Wakeman for his fifth Birthday. Whilst it was Rick who initiated his love for music, his other keyboard influences include Keith Emerson, Jon Lord and Don Airey. Adam is a classically trained pianist, organist, oboist, composer and musical director and has completed a BA Music degree at York St John University. He has held posts as Musical Director for numerous choirs and theatre companies. The venues that he has performed at have included the London Royal Albert Hall, Union Chapel and Blenheim Palace. He has recently worked with Adam Wakeman, Nikki French (Eurovision), John Rutter, West end star Lucy O’Byrne, Jonathan Ansell (from G4), Kate Rusby and Classical Chart topping “people’s soprano” Rebecca Newman. He frequently tours throughout the UK and Europe including as the backing keyboard player for the legendary guitarist Gordon Giltrap.

Adam is also a solo performer and composer in his own right, and in addition has been credited on no less than 15 albums which cover everything from Contemporary Classical to Electropop.

3rd March: Lunchtime Concert – Lizzy Humphries and Robert Medina (Soprano and Baritone)

Our Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts continue with the first appearance here of two singers, soprano Lizzy Humphries and baritone Robert Medina. Lizzy and Robert present a programme of both well known and less well known oratorio arias from throughout the ages. Starting with famous works by Bach and journeying through others by Handel and Haydn, they will finish with less well known pieces by composers such as Rheinberger. Lizzy and Robert are both young professional singers based in London who have performed operatically and chorally all over the UK. Their piano accompanist will be Jo Ramadan.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 Lizzy Humphries:

Lizzy is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and The University of Manchester. She has performed with ensembles such as The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia Voices and The Kings Consort and regularly records live services for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. As a soloist she is one of Making Music UK’s Selected Artists for 2019/20 allowing her to be booked by choral societies across the UK for solo and education work.

When she is not performing, Lizzy teaches singing in a secondary school in Tower Hamlets and volunteers caring for animals at Vauxhall City Farm, where her favourite animal is Daffodil the Sheep.

About Robert Medina:

Robert graduated from the University of York in 2016 and has since worked professionally as a singer across the UK. His most recent operatic role was Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro which was performed across various venues in Kent and East Sussex. He has also sung numerous times on BBC Radio 3 and 4, most notably on a live broadcast for Radio 3 at the Bridgewater Hall.

Away from music, Robert is an ardent fan of Manchester United, his parents’ kitten Merlin, and is an eager (but largely unsuccessful) home baker.

10th March: Lunchtime Organ Concert – Gus Orchard

Our Tuesdays Till Two season continues with our first organ concert of the year, which is given by organist Gus Orchard, who, like all the other performers this season, is playing his first lunchtime concert here. Gus writes “My choice of pieces for today’s programme has been an attempt to marry the serious with the slightly less so and to use the wonderful resources of the St John’s organ, which probably explains why most of the works are late 19th or 20th century in origin. I lived in Paris for a number of years and used to sing in the choir at Notre Dame and this has given me a great love of French music of all eras. Perhaps the fact that I enjoy playing music by people with French-sounding names explains the inclusion of the Choveaux and Lemare pieces, even though they were both English! One unifying factor in this concert is that the first and last pieces both begin and end in C major, Then, there are the Bach and Saint-Saëns pieces using the key of B as their focal point and the Lemare and Vierne are both in D flat, which seems to leave Nevin’s piece as the odd one out! I do like to unearth less familiar pieces and I doubt if many people have hear of Nicholas Choveaux, Gordon Balch Nevin, or Georgi Mushel, but I think they are worth being heard.”

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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:

Prelude-Improvisation – N Choveaux (1904-1995)
Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 544 – J S Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in B major Op 99 – C Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Madrigal – E Lemare (1865-1934)
Will o’ the wisp -G B Nevin (1892-1943)
Claire de Lune -L Vierne (1870-1937)
Toccata – G Mushel (1909-1989)

About Gus Orchard:

Gus has been playing the organ since the age of 13, but only obtained his ARCO diploma in 2019, having diligently followed his father’s strict instructions not to pursue a musical career but to do something more gainful like accountancy instead. After retiring from business a couple of years ago he started work on the ARCO syllabus with Richard Hobson, organist at the Grosvenor Chapel in London. Gus says he has Richard to thank for ironing out most of the bad playing habits he accumulated over his years as organist at churches in the UK (most recently St Clare’s Aylesbury), France, and the USA. Gus has a repertoire embracing most styles of music, though he still can’t get his head round Messaien. He has recently moved to Worcestershire, where he is currently preparing the FRCO syllabus and repertoire, some of which he will be playing at this concert.

17th March: Lunchtime Concert: Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones & Elizabeth Mucha (Violin & Piano)

Our season of lunchtime concerts featuring performers appearing here for the first time continues with our second concert to feature a violin and piano duo. Bulgarian violinist Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones is joined by Scottish-Polish pianist Elizabeth Mucha for a concert that will feature music by Beethoven, Clara Schumann, and Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s transcription for violin and piano of Paganini’s Caprice No 24, which is reputed to be one of the most difficult pieces ever written for solo violin.

Our popular pop-up café will also return, so as ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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:

The programme will include Beethoven’s Violin and Piano Sonata No 3, Clara Schumann’s Three Romances, and the Szymanowksi-Paganini Caprice No 24.

About Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones:

Krassimira was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is a gold-medal graduate of the State Academy of Music in Sofia, where she studied with Prof. Dora Ivanova, herself a continuer of the great Russian violin tradition of the Moscow Conservatoire.

After acquiring her Master’s degree she continued studying with different world renowned professors of violin. Among these she holds in particularly high esteem the knowledge she received from Franco Gulli, Igor Bezrodni, Karen Arutunyan, the latter himself a former assistant of the great Leonid Kogan.

She has performed extensively as an orchestral player, chamber musician and as a soloist, in numerous countries such as her native Bulgaria, Egypt, Russia, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Turkey, Japan, Poland, Hungary and Germany, working with world renowned conductors, Pavel Kogan, Yoel Levi and Marin Alsop among others.

She spent four years in Moscow (1996 – 2000), where she was appointed as a sub-leader (second concertmaster/principal) of the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2000 before moving to Belgium where, along with the membership in the first violin section of the Flemish Radio and Television Orchestra, she continued to perform widely as a soloist and was leader of a number of chamber orchestras.

Between 2003 and June 2008 Krassimira lived in Ankara, Turkey where besides active teaching she was regularly asked to perform in programmes of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra while continuing with solo recitals. She also contributed her talent to numerous community projects. Together with her Turkish partner-pianist, Prof. Yesim Alkaya, she made numerous recordings for Turkish Radio.

Between 2008 and 2012 she lived in Warsaw, Poland, where, along with her usual solo performing activities she led a string quartet. She made an important contribution to the Mendelssohn’s Festival that marked the bi-centenary of his birth, with highlights such as his famous Octet (at the leading position) and recording of his F Minor Violin Sonata.

Her next base was Berlin, Germany, where she continued with extensive performing, including on the Berliner Philharmonie stage, as a soloist as well as within a variety of chamber music formations.

Krassimira gave many recitals with several British pianists and particularly with London-based Elizabeth Mucha; their cooperation began while they were both living in Warsaw.

After many years of moving countries and following the return home of her British husband journalist, she moved to the UK in September 2015 where she settled. Since then she has been active as a versatile performer, giving recitals in Central London’s St. Martin in the Fields, Guildford, Wimbledon, Brighton, Cambridge and Berlin, and being increasingly involved in larger projects in Cambridge and London.

About Elizabeth Mucha:

Scottish-Polish pianist Elizabeth Mucha has performed throughout Europe, the Americas, and the Far East as a critically acclaimed song accompanist, chamber musician and solo pianist.

She has broadcast for the BBC in Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as other classical music stations in Holland, Brazil, Canada, and the Philippines. For the British Council, she toured the Philippines with soprano Miranda Keys and flautist Kirsten Spratt with whom she released five CDs of flute/piano repertoire. She has appeared at music festivals in Brazil, Slovenia and in Poland. In the UK she took part in the Hull City of Culture celebrations and, most recently, at Late Music in York.

While living in Holland she played for the prestigious “Friends of the Lied” organisation, co-founded the vocal group “Songcircle”, and was involved in a multi-media project to commemorate the life and works of the Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan.

In the UK, she worked at the Britten-Pears school and performed with the experimental music theatre group “Opera Circus”. In 2018 she celebrated a 10-year partnership with Bulgarian violinist Krassimira Jeliazkova with a series of concerts in and around London.

In addition to her playing, Elizabeth has devised several programmes including scripts for the Verdi celebration concerts in 2001 for Singapore Lyric Opera; Music Travels (solo programme) and a multidisciplinary programme, “Art Sung – Alma Mahler”, which played to great acclaim at Wilton’s Music Hall in London, at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe and at the London Song Festival in 2018. Art Sung- Clara Schumann is her second production in the Art Sung series.

24th March: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Valentin Schiedermair

Our “new performer” lunchtime concert season continues with our second solo piano concert of the year, which is given by German pianist Valentin Schiedermair. In the year which marks Ludwig Van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Valentin’s programme is entitled “Beethoven and Beyond”. It includes Beethoven’s rarely performed Variations Op.34. Valentin will follow this with romantic piano music from post-Beethoven to the present day.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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:

Beethoven – Variations in F major Op.34
Rachmaninov – Prelude in E flat major Op.23 No.6
Rachmaninov – Prelude in E flat minor Op.23 No.9
Kreisler/Rachmanionov – Liebesleid
Schiedermair – Ocean Waves
Fanny Mendelssohn Henselt – I Saltarello Romano Op.6 No.4
Gottschalk – Souvenirs d’Andalousie

About Valentin Schiedermair:

A Valentin Schiedermair performance is more than just a concert: it is a musical event. This London-based German pianist engages with his audience and draws on all his exceptional background and experience to take them on a musical journey. His objective is simple – to share the joy and excitement of music with his audience.

Valentin Schiedermair’s solo tours of China, Taiwan and Singapore drew enthusiastic audiences in fifteen major cities. In Taipei alone he has already given six recitals and they usually finish only after five or six encores. The University of Shenzhen has awarded him a guest professorship in recognition of his contribution to the musical exchange between China and Germany. TimeOut magazine in Singapore made his recital No1 critics’ choice of the month. It was attended by the German Ambassador and he was invited to give the final concert of the first Singapore Beethoven Sonata Cycle. He also gave the opening concert of the Beethoven Piano Festival in Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn, Germany.

Schiedermair, who made his debut at a sold-out Berlin Philharmonic Hall, learned from some of the best and has been developing his unique blend of virtuosity and insight in concerts, recitals and orchestral performances world wide for more than 30 years. He comes from a family of scholars with musical roots going back to the 18th century and grew up playing chamber music with his father at the cello. His great-grandfather, himself a pianist and composer, was one of the leading musicologists of his day. He published the first complete edition of Mozart’s letters and founded the Beethoven Archive in Germany, the leading research centre for Beethoven.

Valentin Schiedermair received a classical education in Heidelberg where he studied at the music academy with Paul Dan and won first prize in a piano competition. Another prize in Lugano followed, and he took lessons with the Chopin prize-winner Halina Czerny-Stefanska and her Polish husband Ludwig Stefanski. Aged 20 he won a further prize in Barcelona and was chosen as one of two German students in the performing arts to continue his studies in New York with scholarships from the Annette Kade Foundation and the Fulbright Commission.

In New York Schiedermair found a stimulating mix of teachers. He heard Horowitz play in Carnegie Hall and took lessons with Gary Graffman, Horowitz’s favourite pupil, who taught him much of the core classical and Romantic repertoire. He continued his studies at the Vienna Music Academy under Hans Kann, then in London with Peter Wallfisch at the Royal College of Music. Master classes with virtuosos Shura Cherkassky, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and many others completed his studies. Not surprisingly, he is now in demand for master classes in Europe and Asia where he passes on the musical tradition he experienced first-hand. Master classes have taken place at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Shenzhen University in China, the National Chiayi University in Taiwan, the Chinese Culture University, Shih Chien University and Aletheia University in Taipei as well as the Mannheim Music Academy in Germany and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

Since his first radio recording aged 16 Schiedermair has developed a large repertoire and his concert career has taken him all over the world. He is a frequent guest at international festivals and has given live and recorded recitals for radio. His CDs have won him many friends in Asia, where he tours regularly.

Valentin Schiedermair also composes and teaches composition. He grew up in a family with a close affinity to the music of Mozart, Beethoven and the romantic composers. While his style is essentially intimate and lyrical, his playing conveys passion and drama in equal measure. He enjoys researching the historical and biographical background to the music he plays to get as close to it as possible – and to share this enjoyment with his audience.