18th May: 7.30pm – General Election Hustings

Once again there will be a hustings for the Peterborough constituency for the forthcoming general election in St John’s Church.

If you would like to submit a question please email the church office (office@peterborough-stjohns.org.uk) and we will select from those suggested to ensure fair balance. If your question is chosen we will contact you to ask if you would be prepared to ask it at the hustings. Please note that only the question should be asked, as scripted, and no additional statements or comments added.

Questions should be directed to all of the candidates without bias or favour. There are strict rules governing hustings to ensure fairness and avoid bias. We will be following these rules carefully.
This hustings is being organised by the church and everyone is welcome.

We expect all the following candidates to attend the hustings:

Stewart Jackson (Conservative)
Fiona Onasanya (Labour)
Fiona Radić (Green)
Beki Sellick (Liberal Democrat)

23rd May: Lunchtime Concert – Apollo Opera “Opera Gems”

Something a lot different this week at Tuesdays Till Two!

Ahead of its production next month of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’, Apollo Opera Principals present a selection of Operatic favourites. Come and hear a variety of fabulous music sung by some rising Operatic Stars!

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 £4.

4th April: King’s School Spring Concert at 7pm

Once again The King’s School is holding its Spring Concert in St John’s. With performances of J S Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto, Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto and Vivaldi’s Gloria, it’s a packed programme showcasing the depth and breadth of musical talent at the school.

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

4th April: Lunchtime Concert – Steve Bean (Classical Guitar)

facebook eventIn our last Tuesdays Till Two concert before Easter we’re delighted to welcome back Steve Bean, who launched our August 2016 concerts with his first performance in St John’s. We’re then taking a break until 25th April, when Jill Crossland begins a season that will run until mid June.

Steve’s playing style as a solo guitarist is predominantly Classical with a Flamenco influence. His work over the years has allowed him to absorb many genres into his unique performances, giving way to varied repertoire encompassing compositions by artists such as John Williams, Einaudi & Albeniz to more popular pieces by The Beatles & Queen (Check out this Youtube video, which has been viewed more than 4 million times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfZmMJKIBec)

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 £4.

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

28th March: Lunchtime Concert – Jonatan Bougt (Classical & Romantic Guitar)

facebook eventjonatan-bougtOur second concert Tuesdays Till Two concert of 2017 features Swedish guitarist Jonatan Bougt, who will be performing both on a classical guitar, and also a romantic guitar (the precursor of the modern classical guitar). Jonatan’s programme will feature pieces by composers such as Giuliani, Turina, and Mompou.

As ever St John’s will be open from noon for an hour before the concert begins at 1pm, with volunteers from The Green Backyard running a café offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 £4.

About Jonatan Bougt

Swedish guitarist and theorbist Jonatan Bougt currently studies guitar with Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell and theorbo with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music, London. A multiple prize winner in the UK and abroad, noteworthy awards include the Jörgen Rörby Prize (2014) of the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and 1st Prize in the Young Talents Competition of Uppsala International Guitar Festival (2013).

Jonatan has performed in venues such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall, Britten Theatre and the Southbank Centre in London; Stockholm Concert Hall and Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Concert Hall in Sweden and Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro. In April last year, Jonatan performed the UK première of Chaya Czernowin’s ‘White Wind Waiting’ with the RCM Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johannes Harneit. Another première was Gustav Alexandrie’s work Eyjaflallajökull with conductor Jan Risberg.

Jonatan also enjoys playing in various chamber groups as well as performing as a soloist. In 2012 his guitar duo Bougt & Bergek was given a scholarship by the Music Conservatoire of Espirito Santo (FAMES) which led to recitals in the XIX Winter Music Festival of Domingos Martins and Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro and performances on Brazilian TV-Gazeta. Other projects include work with singers such as Tobias Bennsten and Peter Ekberg Pelz, and most recently his duo with RCM pianist Irena Radić, with whom he creates new and innovative arrangements for guitar and piano. The guitar and piano duo recently won the second price in the chamber music competition at Twents Guitar Festival, Netherlands.

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

21st March: Lunchtime Concert – Eleanor Turner (Harp)

facebook eventeleanor-turner-bwTuesdays Till Two is back with a short season of concerts in the run up to Easter.

Our first concert features harpist Eleanor Turner, who has already performed at several of our Piccolo concerts in recent months.

Her wide ranging programme for St John’s includes two pieces composed by women, (one from the court of Louis XIV),  music composed for films, and some well loved classics.

As ever St John’s will be open from noon, for an hour before the concert begins at 1pm, with volunteers from The Green Backyard running a café offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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 £4.


Élisabeth-Claude de la Guerre (1664-1729) – Unmeasured Prelude (from ‘Suite No.3 in A Minor’)
Benjamin Rimmer (b.1993) – Miranda and Ferdinand
Yann Tiersen (b.1970) – Suite from the film ‘Amelie’ (arr. Turner)

  • La valse d’Amelie;
  • Le Banquet;
  • Comptine d’un autre été;
  • Sur le fil

Dario Marianelli (b.1963) – Dawn, Georgiana and Liz on top of the World from ‘Pride and Prejudice’
Ranagrí – The Hare
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) – Morning and Anitra’s Dance from Peer Gynt Suite
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) – Le Rossignol, No. 1 from Mélodies Russes 5
Russian Air by Alabieff, transcribed by H. Renié
Deborah Henson-Conant (b.1953) – Baroque Flamenco

About Eleanor Turner

Since her London concerto debut at the age of fifteen, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Daniel Harding, Eleanor Turner has earned a worldwide reputation for her recital, concerto and chamber music performances. Eleanor has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Musiekgeouw Aant Ij in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London and at international harp events in New Orleans (American Harp Society Conference), Vancouver, Sydney, Italy and Belgium. She is hugely looking forward to performing at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong this summer.

In the 2007 European Harp Competition in Cardiff, Eleanor won First Prize (a Salvi concert harp) and the William Mathias Prize. At the Dutch Harp Competition in 2010, Eleanor won Third Prize and the Peutz Audience Award and a year later, she won Second Prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam. Nowadays, Eleanor enjoys sharing her wealth of competition experience with her students and mentoring them through their own challenges. She is Head of Harp at Birmingham Conservatoire and enjoys teaching on Ruth Faber’s Teenage Harp Course every summer.

Eleanor studied with Daphne Boden at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, then later with Alison Nicholls; hugely inspiring preparation for a lifetime of music. Eleanor is constantly innovating with the harp, creating and commissioning new music for both the acoustic and electro-acoustic harps. Eleanor has been awarded funds by The Tillett Trust, the PRS Foundation for New Music, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Wingate Scholarship. Eleanor has composed for Ballet Wales, the legendary Lyre of Ur, radio plays and concerts. She loves collaborations and some of her most memorable have been with hip hop dancer Lizzie Gough in their ‘Elusive Symmetry’ show (Eleanor co-wrote the music with Alan Thomas), playing with acrobats in Amsterdam, improvising with Indian tabla drums and performing with the Irish fusion band Ranagrí.

Eleanor is thrilled to be working with Salvi Harps in their marketing of the brilliant new ‘Delta Harp’ and the electro-acoustic ‘Rainbow’.


Tuesdays Till Two returns on 21st March

Spring Concerts Poster
Lunchtime Concerts Flyer

A few weeks ago the Events At St John’s facebook page reported that Tuesdays Till Two would probably return in May. We’re delighted to announce that in fact it will be back before Easter, on 21st March to be precise, with a concert by harpist Eleanor Turner. That will be followed by two concerts featuring talented guitarists: on 28th March we’ll have Jonatan Bougt, and on 4th April we’ll welcome back Steve Bean, who got our concerts in August last year off to a flying start.

You can download the concert flyer as a PDF.

We also have an evening concert at 7.30pm on Friday 7th April, a performance of Arvo Pärt’s “Passio”.

After a break over Easter concerts will resume on 25th April.