5th-16th June: Peterborough Art Society Annual Exhibition

The Peterborough Art Society Annual Exhibition is in St John’s from 5th – 16th June, and can be visited between 10am and 4pm on Mondays to Saturdays. You can vote for (or buy!) your favourite work.  Several artists are exhibiting for the first time this year.

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29th May: Lunchtime Concert – Shiona Cormack and Kate Wishart (Soprano & Piano)

For this Tuesdays Till Two concert we welcome back two performers from last summer: coloratura soprano Shiona Cormack and pianist Kate Wishart. In a programme titled “Let the Bright Seraphim” they’ll be performing for us arias from oratorios, including music by Handel, Mozart, and Michael Tippett.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. 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.

About the performers:

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 once again increased her musical activities and is developing a role as an accompanist.

Coloratura Soprano Shiona Cormack studied singing at the RSAMD and completed her postgraduate diploma in Vocal and Opera Studies at the RWCM. Shiona was one of the young artists on the English National Opera’s Opera Works training programme 2011-12.
Operatic experience includes: Zerbinetta/Ariadne auf Naxos, Norina/Don Pasquale, Fiordiligi/Cosi Fan Tutte, Susanna/The Marriage of Figaro , Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute . With ENO Opera Works: Mme Herz*/Der Schauspieldirektor, Sophie*/Der Rosenkavalier, Countess*/Le Comte Ory, and Controller*/Flight. Other roles include Rosalinda/Die Fledermaus, Juliette*/Romeo et Juliette and Tytania*/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. La Feé/ Cendrillon and Gretel*/ Hansel und Gretel (RWCMD) *scenes
Oratorio includes: Mozart Exultate Jubilate , Rossini Stabat Mater, Carl Orff Carmina Burana, Handel Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria.

22nd May: Lunchtime Concert – Jonatan Bougt (Theorbo & Archlute)

Just over a year ago Jonatan Bougt played a programme of guitar music for us at a lunchtime concert in which he played both the classical guitar and its predecessor, the romantic guitar. In today’s concert Jonatan will play two different instruments from the lute family, the theorbo and the archlute, in a programme featuring music by Robert de Visée and Giovanni Zamboni, both extraordinary musicians of the 17th and early 18th centuries. De Visée was employed by Louis XIV, and in 1719 was appointed as guitar master to his ten year-old great-grandson Louis XV who had come to the French throne at the age of five.

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.

Main photo: ©Kathleen Holman

About Jonatan Bougt:

Swedish guitarist and theorbo player Jonatan Bougt is currently studying for his Master’s degree in Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music as a Musicians’ Company Scholar and is a recipient of a Thora Olsson Scholarship and a Helge Ax:son Johnson Scholarship and a Kempe-Carlgrenska Fonden Scholarship. Having recently graduated from the Bachelor of Music course with a First Class Honours degree, he is the winner of the RCM Guitar Competition 2017. Other noteworthy awards include the 1st Prize in the Jörgen Rörby Competition (2014) of the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and the 1st Prize in the Young Talents Competition of Uppsala International Guitar Festival (2013).

Jonatan has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen’s Gallery, Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall, Britten Theatre, Snape Maltings Concert Hall (UK), Stockholm Concert Hall and Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Concert Hall (Sweden), Große Universitätsaula (Salzburg, Austria) and Centro Cultural Justicia Federal (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship by the City of Stockholm and the Music Conservatoire of Espirito Santo (FAMES) to give recitals with Bougt & Bergek Duo during the XIX Winter Music Festival of Domingos Martins and in Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro. It also led to live performances on Brazilian TVGazeta. Jonatan regularly works as a chamber musician and in 2016, his guitar and piano duo with Irena Radić won 2nd Prize in the Chamber Music Competition at the Twents Guitar Festival, Netherlands.

Prior to coming to London, Jonatan studied with Bo Hansson at Södra Latin Gymnasium’s Professional Musician Programme. His studies there were supported by the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden, the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and the Grisslehamn’s Guitar Prize.

For more information visit Jonatan’s website.

 

19th May: Lunchtime Concert – “Die Schöne Müllerin”

In this 1pm Saturday lunchtime concert, Jonathan Hanley (tenor), accompanied by Nicky Losseff (piano) perform Schubert’s first major song cycle, ‘Die Schöne Müllerin’ in St John’s Church, Peterborough. Do please come and support them!

Admission is free, with a retiring collection towards the church.

Please note that there is no café before the concert, though the church’s regular Saturday morning café will be running from 10am until noon.

Johnathan Hanley is a lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral and the St John’s parish administrator.

18th May: 7.30pm Evening Concert – (Not Quite!) The Royal Wedding

Do you love a good wedding, but somehow or other the invitation you were expecting to Meghan and Harry’s big day didn’t get to you? Never mind! Come to St John’s on Friday 18th May and join our Jazz Queen vocalist Sara Hawkes, Guitar Prince Peter Ravenhill, and Duke of Saxophony Mark Wilkinson as they recreate the royal wedding party experience a modern royal family would give their butler’s right arm for!

With music by Queen and Prince, a right royal mix of jazz standards, golden oldies, and other musical gems that our musicians think will be on Meghan and Harry’s wedding disco playlist the following day , this is sure to be the most fun you can get from a royal wedding without actually going to Windsor on the day itself.

Refreshments during the interval will be provided by the GBY pop-up café team and will include cake and fizz. Expect bunting!

Book nowTickets are priced £8 if bought in advance or £10 on the door. Online tickets are £8.50 each. Doors open at 7pm and the wedding party will get started at 7.30pm.

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.

15th May: Lunchtime Concert – Irena Radić (Piano)

The Tuesdays Till Two spring lunchtime concert season continues with another thrilling piano recital, this time featuring Irena Radić, who will be playing two contrasting sonatas: Beethoven’s intricate and charming Pastorale Sonata, to be followed by Prokofiev’s wild and dramatic Sonata no.6 in a programme full of relentless energy, breathtaking beauty, technical virtuosity and musical fireworks.

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.

About Irena Radić:

British pianist Irena Radić is studying with Niel Immelman at the Royal College of Music, London. She has won many awards including the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize 2014, which led to a well-received recital at the Bolivar Hall. She performs regularly as both a soloist and chamber musician in a diverse range of repertoire – most recently with Martin James Bartlett in Mozart’s Sonata in D for 2 Pianos. Since 2015, she has performed in a duo with guitarist Jonatan Bougt, with whom she is creating new arrangements of works by Ravel and Shostakovich. The last year has also featured performances of Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and works for Piano and Percussion including a world premiere and Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion.

For more information please visit Irena’s website.

8th May: Lunchtime Concert – The Berridge Consort (Vocal Ensemble)

Our Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a début: the first professional appearance by new vocal ensemble The Berridge Consort. In a programme entitled “Consort and Choral Music of Scotland” they’ll be performing music written by Scottish composers, from the court of James I of England through to contemporary composers such as James MacMillan.

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.

About The Berridge Consort:

The group was formed last year during the members’ time in the prestigious ‘Genesis Sixteen’ programme run by the Sixteen to coach promising young singers. Throughout the year, they gave performances in masterclasses with The Sixteen’s founder Harry Christopher, associate conductor Eamonn Dougann and members of The Sixteen. This is their first outing as a professional group, which they hope will be the first of many as they embark on solo, consort-singing and choral careers.

The singers are:

Lottie Bowden & Ellie Partridge (Sopranos)
Becca Leggett (Alto)
Jonathan Hanley (Tenor)
Nathan Harrison (Bass)