Autumn Café Concerts

For the four last Tuesdays Till Two concerts of 2018 we’ll be taking a break from our usual classical repertoire and  from our usual location at the front of the church and holding four café style concerts featuring jazz and country performers.  You can download the flyer in PDF format .

The lineup looks like this:

If you’re looking for classical music  there’s no need to despair, as there is a lunchtime performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto at 1pm on 25th October, and our Armistice Centenary concert, “A Ploughman’s Tale” at 7.30pm on 9th November. Further ahead, at 6.30pm on Friday 21st December, Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues and Kate Wishart return with another Christmas extravaganza following on from last year’s Christmas Treasures. This time around they’ll be joined by the City of Peterborough Concert Band and a choir of schoolchildren from Stilton for “A Christmas Garland”.

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20th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Latino Sound

For our final lunchtime concert of the year we welcome Latino Sound, which has been playing all things Latin since 2008, for their first appearance in St John’s. Their music ranges from Bossa Nova to Carlos Santana, an exciting mix of Latin-style jazz, fusion, funk and party music.

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. For this concert we’d like the audience to sit in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church. Some of you may even want to get up and shake a leg!

The music 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 Latino Sound:

Moises Sanchez from Bolivia and Florin Marcos from Romania have been performing together since 2010 in Latino Sound.
Their varied musical influences include: George Benson, Al Di Meola, Acoustic Alchemy, Carlos Santana, and more. Music styles are: Bossa Nova, Flamenco, Latin Jazz, World Music

Their talent has been showcased in festivals across the country and they are currently recording an album.

13th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Sara Hawkes and Peter Ravenhill (Vocals+Guitar)

Last year Sara Hawkes performed at our first ever Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime jazz session (with Ivan Garford on piano). This year she returns with guitarist Peter Ravenhill, who’s making his Tuesdays Till Two debut after performing at our “Not Quite the Royal Wedding” extravaganza with Sara in May. Sara will be performing well known jazz standards, including songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and more.

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. For this concert we’d like the audience to stay seated in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church.

The music 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 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.

6th November: Lunchtime Concert – Lexie Green (Americana)

Continuing our season of non-classical café style concerts we are delighted to welcome singer and song writer Lexie Green, whose award winning songwriting and crowd pleasing live sets with her band Indigo Blue have gained her an enviable reputation as a performer who gets audiences dancing and a loyal following amongst fans of blues, country rock and Americana. Playing acoustic guitar as well as singing Lexie will be supported on fiddle by Indigo Blue band member Kat Moore, returning to St John’s after performing with The Stringlers in our first summer concert.

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. For this concert we’d like the audience to stay (or at least start!) seated in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church.

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 Lexie Green:

Lexie Green is a songwriter, farmer and self confessed proud mum from the Fenlands in Cambridgeshire. Her influences are described as Vintage Blues, Americana & Country Rock ‘n’ Roll. Gaining a few tasty International song writing awards and multiple album releases over the last few years she performs around England with her band of friends ‘The Indigo Blue’. (Sam, Kat, John and Steve).

Personally chosen by Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Introducing team to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage, hosted by Bob Harris at The Long Road Festival 2018. Lexie and the band have built up a strong reputation for their live performances. Recognised and respected by venues, radio presenters and audiences as a crowd loving and excellent ‘live’ band, their fun filled and happy stage presence shines through, winning over venues and audiences alike. Loving nothing more than to perform great music together, bring a smile, raise an audience to their dancing feet and make you feel like you are a huge part of that moment.

“If you want country-pop, then you are not going to find it here. Lexie Green’s music holds a more authentic and traditional UK sound that true lovers of music will appreciate and love.”Building Our Own Nashville

30th October: Lunchtime Jazz – Kate Williams & Derek Scurll Jazz Quartet

We kick off a short season of jazz/folk lunchtime concerts with the Kate Williams & Derek Scurll Jazz Quartet, who’ll be bring us a blend of music from the Great American Songbook, and Latin jazz classics on voice and vibraphone.

Kate Williams studied classical singing at the Guildhall, and then ventured into work as a jazz vocalist alongside a successful teaching and therapy career. Derek Scurll studied music at Selwyn College,Cambridge and is now an in-demand orchestral percussionist and jazz drummer. His vibraphone playing is at the heart of this new project. Kate and Derek are joined by Fenland-based pianist Ivan Garford and Jose Canha on double bass.

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.

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.