Piccolo – Listen to the Band

The City of Peterborough Concert Band in St John's
The City of Peterborough Concert Band in St John’s

facebook eventOn Thursday 1st December, we’ll be holding the last St John’s CIC organised event of the year, when we’ll be having a very special Piccolo concert featuring the City of Peterborough Concert Band. We’ve now been running Piccolo for well over a year, having held a Piccolo concert on the first Thursday of every month since September 2015 except January, when we took a break, and August, when instead of our usual Thursday date we held an outdoor Piccolo as part of the YMCA’s Celebration of Youth Day event.
At the moment we don’t have quite enough adults bringing children to Piccolo to make it sustainable in the long run. As we generally have more than one musician performing our costs are quite high, and the more people who bring children to Piccolo, the easier it will be for us to continue to run these concerts, and to invite a wide variety of performers to play for us. We know lots of you really value Piccolo, and it’s wonderful to see young children developing their appreciation of music, and enjoying the event with their grown-ups!
Piccolo PosterWe’ve made a poster/flyer with details of the next three Piccolo concerts, and we’ll be distributing these around the city very soon. You can also download the poster here. We’d love it if you could print a few copies off and display them in a window or on a notice-board somewhere.

A Thank You from Alun

During 2016 Tuesdays Till Two audiences have increased, as have the donations to cover costs. Managing so many events has been hard work, and I am looking forward to taking a bit of a rest before organising another season of Tuesdays Till Two to start in early spring 2017. It’s been a great privilege to be able to organise and run so many concerts and talks and I’m very grateful to everyone who has performed or spoken this year, and to the volunteers from The Green Backyard who have helped to run the café or who have helped me with the baking for it, especially to my wife Melanie. But, perhaps most of all, I’m grateful to those of you who have been Tuesdays Till Two regulars, and who have told me how much you’ve enjoyed the events, or spread the word about the events, and who have helped the café to raise more than £1000 for The Green Backyard.

Please do keep an eye on this website, or the Events At St John’s facebook page, as there may well be a number of one-off concerts or exhibitions before the next season of Tuesdays Till Two.

1st November: Lunchtime show – High Stakes

facebook eventFor the final “Tuesdays Till Two” in our autumn season we welcome back St John’s former Poet-in-Residence Pete Cox, in a performance of his latest one man show : ‘High Stakes: A “spooken” word show‘

A former Poet Laureate of Peterborough (2003); Poet-in-Residence of the Broadway Cemetery (2005 – 2008) and Poet-in-Residence at St. John’s (2012 – 2013), “Cardinal” Cox is currently Poet-In-Residence with The Dracula Society.

This current residency is the starting point for his “spooken” word show “High Stakes”; in it Peter looks at what might scare us all. Armed with only a bulb of garlic, a notebook and a leaky biro he explores the perils of back-street literary societies which celebrate unfashionable genres and near-forgotten authors, our own human frailty, and the dread prospect of failing to repay the mortgage! So come along, and join him on his journey into the darkest recesses of human existence…

The performance will start at 1pm, but the church café will be open from noon, staffed as ever by volunteers from The Green Backyard, so you can fortify yourself for the ordeal ahead with delicious home made cakes, scones, and quiche, or a cup of tea, or, if you’re so inclined, with some prayer and fasting!

Admission is free, but a donation of £3 to help cover our costs and fund our future programme will be much appreciated if you can afford it.

High Stakes has been developed with producer Mark Grist, director Ross Sutherland and assistance from Arts Council England, arts organisation Metal and the John Clare Cottage.
– See more on Pete’s blog about the show:

25th October: Lunchtime concert – Two flutes and piano in lively conversation

facebook eventIn the second lunchtime concert of our autumn season, we’ll be welcoming Kate Risdon and Patrick Williams on flute, with pianist Fergus Black as accompanist (and umpire!). Details of the programme can be found below.

The performance will start at 1pm, but the café will be open from noon, staffed as usual by volunteers from The Green Backyard. They’ll be selling a variety of hot and cold drinks, home made cakes, scones, quiche etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

Admission to the concert is free, but a donation is welcome to help cover our costs. The suggested donation is £4.


Deux Papillons – Emil Kronke
Watching The White Wheat – Kate Risdon (solo)
Minuet – Georges Bizet
Canon Sonata in D – Georg Philipp Telemann
Andante and Rondo – Franz Doppler

+ solo items TBC

19th October: Evening theatre – Dare devil rides to Jarama

fb_event_buttonDare-Devil-PosterPeterborough Trades Union Council  is proud to present Townsend Productions’ theatre performance of Dare Devil Rides to Jarama. This is a play about British Speedway star, Clem ‘Dare Devil’ Beckett and poet, critic and aeronautical expert Christopher Caudwell who were bought together fighting for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War’s Battle for Jarama, in early 1937.

The play was commissioned by the International Brigades Memorial Trust and is being performed in Peterborough as part of PTUC’s ‘Don’t let Brex-it Break Us’ campaign against racism and fascism. Ticket £10 / £8 concessions. Please contact peterboroughtuc@gmail.com for tickets.

Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm.

18th October: Lunchtime concert – “In sweet music is such art”

facebook eventIn the first of two lunchtime concerts for the autumn, tenor Jonathan Hanley and piano accompanist George Haynes will be bringing us a concert entitled “In sweet music is such art: Songs to Shakespeare”. The programme will feature settings of Shakespeare, and his contemporaries John Donne and Francis Quarles, by English composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, and Eric Coates. The concert will also feature the première of a song by George Haynes.

Admission to the concert is free, but if you are able to afford it, a donation will be much appreciated, and will help to fund future talks and concerts. The suggested donation is £4.

As usual the café will be open for an hour before the concert from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and will be serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, home made cakes, quiche, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

Jonathan is a lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral, and is also the current parish administrator for St John’s!