26th March: Lunchtime Concert – Eleanor Turner (Harp)

Tuesdays Till Two continues with a concert featuring harpist Eleanor Turner, who is a regular and popular performer at Piccolo, but this is her first appearance at Tuesdays Till Two since she opened our 2017 concert season two years ago.

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. All profits from the café will go towards funding our future programme of events.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but we do ask those who can afford it to make a donation to help cover our costs. The suggested donation is £5.

About Eleanor Turner:

Eleanor Turner is a passionate ambassador for the harp and its music. She made her concerto debut aged just fifteen, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Daniel Harding, broadcast live on Classic FM. Eleanor has performed everywhere from the Berlin Philharmonie to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She won Second Prize in the 2011 Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for contemporary music and in 2007 won the European Harp Competition. Eleanor studied with Daphne Boden and Alison Nicholls.

Ballet Wales gave Eleanor her first professional commission, so in 2007 she scored ‘The Bride of Flowers’ for harp and small ensemble. She’s collaborated with pop singer Angela Moyra and created original shows including ‘Elusive Symmetry’ with hip-hop dancer Lizzie Gough and guitarist-composer Alan Thomas. Eleanor creates Indian-western fusion music with tabla player Mendi Singh and tours with her band Ranagrí, often with pop legend Tony Christie. Eleanor has also been working with Music Interaction Designer Balandino Di Donato on their ‘HarpCI’ gesture-controlled electronic music project, including performances and workshops around the world. They have performed together in London, Birmingham and Shanghai.

Eleanor’s artistic development has been supported by awards the Tillett Trust, Ambache Charitable Trust, PRS Foundation for New Music, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Help Musicians UK, the Park Lane Group and a Wingate Scholarship. These have enabled Eleanor to commission harp music from composers such as Dai Fujikura, Nicola LeFanu and Savourna Stevenson and to push boundaries in her own composition.

A key influence in Eleanor’s life is the American jazz harpist, composer and conductor Deborah Henson-Conant. Since their first collaboration in 2010, generously supported by Camac Harps, Eleanor and Deborah have worked together in New Orleans (where Eleanor performed Deborah’s concerto Soñando en Español with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra), Sydney and Hong Kong.


19th March: Lunchtime concert – Estevão Devides (Guitar)

The spring Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a return appearance by Brazilian guitarist Estevão Devides, who last played for us in 2017.

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 towards funding our future programme of events.

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 Estevão:

Estevão began studying the guitar at the age of 9 and he has a wide repertoire. Born in Brazil he studied at the Conservatory of Tatuí in Brazil and graduated in a Licentiate of Music Degree from the Unimes- University of Santos.

In Brazil he has performed in schools, theatres and museums sponsored by companies in partnership with the Government of Culture. This financed his first recording of a CD in 2014 with 25,000 free copies that were distributed to students during his school performances.

He has participated in International Guitar Encounters, performing master classes with renowned guitarists such as: Berta Rojas (Paraguay); Jorge Caballero (Peru) and Duo Assad (Brazil).

In 2013, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture selected Estevão to be part of a Cultural Exchenge which included free concerts at Whitefriars Church School, Snettisham Primary School and Forward Day Centre in King’s Lynn/ Norfolk.

12th March: Lunchtime Concert – The Dolce Flute Quartet

We’re very pleased to welcome back to St John’s the Dolce Flute Quartet, to launch our 2019 “Tuesdays Till Two” concert programme. The quartet features four up-and-coming flautists studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and their first appearance for us was in June last year.

This time their concert is called LANDSCAPES and features music by Mike Mower, Eugène Bozza, The Danish String Quartet and Anže Rozman.

As usual our café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made quiche, cakes, scones etc. We’ll be welcoming several new members to the pop-up café team, and this year all profits from the café will go towards funding our programme of future events.

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:

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.

24th January: 12pm – Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration “Torn From Home”

Peterborough’s annual civic event to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day will be held on 24th January 2019, three days before the day is observed nationally. The memorial remembers the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and the millions involved in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo and Darfur. On 27th January 1945 Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by the USSR’s Red Army.

The commemoration, based on this year’s HMD theme of “Torn From Home”, will feature readings from many of the city’s communities and local schools. Readers/speakers will include Chuck Salamon of the Hebrew Congregation, Reverend Canon Ian Black (vicar of Peterborough), and the Mayor. A piece of music specially written for the commemoration by Leon King will be played by the composer. Further details of the event will be added nearer to the date.

Following the service, a wreath will be laid at the Holocaust Memorial stone in St John’s Square by the Mayor, Councillor John Fox, and prayers will said in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

Prior to the service there will be a procession from outside the Town Hall to the west door of St John’s beginning at 11.40am. Also at 11.40am, Year 9 drama students from St John Fisher School will be performing in Cathedral Square.

6th January: 6pm – Amahl and the Night Visitors

Peterborough Opera presents Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

The Three Kings are on their way to see the baby Jesus. As the sun sets, they decide to stop and rest, and knock on the door of a humble dwelling to ask for warmth, shelter and food. The mother and child who live there have nothing, but call on their shepherd friends to bring food and wood. The mother is desperate, and thinking of begging for the survival of herself and her son. She is tempted by the riches brought by the kings, and what follows is the result of her trying to take just a few coins, thinking the kings would never miss them.

Amahl is sung by a boy soprano, in this production played by James Turner. Liz Williams plays his mother, and the kings are sung by Mark Ellse, Martin Muir and Simon Sivadas Thompson, with Mark Lee as their page. The performance will be semi-staged, and accompanied on the piano.

Tickets price £7 (adults), or £5 (under 19s) will be available on the door, and are also available online.

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”.