19th-21st April: Various times – Sponge


Roll, squeeze and pop yourself through the squishiest, squashiest show for babies, young children and their grown-ups!

Part of the latest season of PLATFORM8, Sponge is a soft, bouncy adventure through playtime and dreamtime set to a funky 1970s soundtrack, including disco favourites The Hustle and Car Wash. Follow a dad and daughter as they take you on a journey through springy environments, fascinating in shape, texture and touch. You also get to meet the leggy character Splegs, who needs a bit of help walking.

There are seven shows over three days between 19th and 21st April, each lasting forty minutes (plus a ten minute boogie!) Each child will get a chance to interact individually with one of the performers, so every show will be different.

Places are limited at each showing so early booking is advisable. For further information and to book your ticket visit the Eastern Angles website. Tickets are available here.


17th April: Lunchtime Concert – Alexander Ardakov (Piano)

The Tuesdays Till Two spring concert season begins with a concert by Russian pianist Alexander Ardakov.

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.


Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757):

Sonata in D minor L413
Sonata in F minor K466
Sonata in E major L23
Sonata in C major K159

Jean-Filippe Rameau (1683 – 1764):  Tambourine
Louis-Claude Daquin (1694 – 1772): Le Coucou
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):

Sonata no 17 in D minor op 31 no 2 “Tempest”


Seven Variations on the Theme “God Save the King”
(To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 92nd Birthday)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Rondo Capriccioso op 14

About Alexander Ardakov:

A graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire and a prizewinner at the Viotti International competition in Italy, Alexander’s move to Britain and to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where he has taught since 1991, have helped him to develop as an international recitalist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Among his notable recordings are those for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Alexander’s audiences are swept up in the sensitivity, intensity and passion of his playing. He feels at home not only with the Russian classics but also with composers of the romantic period such as Chopin, Liszt and Schumann. His extensive discography includes Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson.

15th April at 4pm: Concert performance of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet

Peterborough Opera presents a concertperformance (in English) of Charles Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet, based on Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, rivalry, and tragedy. The performance will be with piano accompaniment.

Tickets are £10 (adults) and £5 (under 19s)
Available from: Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle, PE8 4ED
Tel: 01832 274734
Tickets are also available online.

There is also a 7.30pm performance in  St Peter’s Church in Oundle on Saturday 14th April.


Tuesdays Till Two Spring Concerts

We’re pleased to announce a new season of nine Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts will begin on 17th April.  Information about each concert can be found in the links below, and posters and flyers will be available in St John’s and other locations in the city centre. The poster on the left is also available in PDF format.

There will also be a Saturday lunchtime concert on 19th May.

Tuesdays Till Two Spring Talks

After 2017’s run of twenty three lunchtime concerts and one session with Poets United it’s high time for our other Tuesdays Till Two strand, “The Church of Ideas” to make a reappearance.  We have four speakers  lined up, beginning with Fairtrade campaigner Beki Sellick on 27th February.  But, in the year Peterborough Cathedral celebrates its 900th year we thought we should run some talks with a historical theme, and there will be talks on the history of Peterborough’s many bridges (from Brian Keegan), on the work of the Red Cross in the city during the world wars (from Jane Hogg), and on Peterborough’s fascinating folklore from local expert Francis Young. As always volunteers from The Green Backyard will be providing a pop-up café from noon and the talks will begin at 1pm.

The full line up of speakers is as follows:

27th February: Beki Sellick – “Fairtrade – What difference does it really make?”
6th March: Francis Young – “Peterborough folklore”
13th March: Jane Hogg – “Good old Red Cross”
20th March: Brian Keegan – “History of Peterborough’s bridges”

You can download the flyer for the season here: Spring Lunchtime Talks
After Easter lunchtime concerts will resume. The first concert of the year, on 17th April, will feature noted Russian pianist Alexander Ardakov. There will be a concert every week until 12th June, with all the performers already confirmed, and we’re once again planning to run six concerts during the summer holiday period, with only one concert still to be confirmed.

Look out for further details here soon!

22nd March at 8pm: Acoustic Night with Austin Gold

St John’s is well known as a classical music venue, but on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm it’ll be hosting rising stars of the rock scene Austin Gold. Formed in 2013 this Peterborough based rock band is rapidly building a nationwide reputation and has a devoted live following. The night in St John’s is a rare chance to see them perform as an acoustic line up, and the evening will feature performances of acoustic hits from their recent album Before Dark Clouds.

Tickets, which are selling fast, are available from We Got Tickets.

20th March at 7pm: The King’s School Spring Concert

Once again The King’s School is holding its Spring Concert in St John’s Church. The programme features performances of Schubert’s 9th symphony and Haydn’s Missa Brevis in F

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 which have not been sold in advance will be available on the door.