17th October: Lunchtime Concert – Richard Allum (Piano)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a piano concert by pianist and organist Richard Allum, his first solo concert with us since 2014.

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.


J S Bach – Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Dvorak – Poetic Tone Pictures: On the Road and Night; Jesting
Mozart – Sonata in G major, K 283
Grieg – Lyric Pieces: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen; Notturno; March of the Dwarfs

About Richard Allum:

Born in Peterborough, Richard Allum studied piano with Colin Molyneux before going up to read Music at Durham University where he was Senior Organ Scholar at University College. He studied piano with Barry Maleham and graduated in 2009 with one of the highest final recital marks in the department’s history. He has since been made a Licentiate of Trinity College London, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Schools of Music.

Richard was a double prize-winner at the 2005 Oundle International Festival, a Hesse Scholar at the 2006 Aldeburgh Festival, and a Finalist in the European Piano Teachers’ Association Piano Competition for three years running, winning first prize in 2008. This led to him being awarded a scholarship to study at the Birmingham International Piano Academy with John Lill and Peter Donohoe. In recent years, he has participated in master classes with Noriko Ogawa, Murray Maclachlan, Steven Osborne and Andràs Schiff, the latter for BBC Radio 3 at the Bridgewater Hall.

Much in demand as an accompanist, he enjoys a number of exciting partnerships with leading singers and instrumentalists, and is also a member of the Chichester-based Little London Trio. Recent engagements have taken him to venues in the UK, France, Italy, and Australia.

Richard combines concert work with his role as Assistant Director of Music at Westbourne House School in Chichester, West Sussex.


20th October: Evening Concert at 7.30pm – Opera versus Jazz!

We’re very excited to present a Peterborough first: Opera versus Jazz!

Scintillating operatic soprano, Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues and smooth jazz singer Kathryn Howells face-off in a musical match-up which is certain to please even the most discerning of music lovers.

Young leading Pianist, Dominic Degavino – BBC Young Musician Finalist, Royal Overseas League Winner to name but a few competition successes, will join forces with Gabriella in the festivities.

The evening will finish up with a few classic duets – we’re not telling you which duets but we’re sure you’ll love them!

Please clear your evening and join us! You won’t regret it.

Tickets are priced £8 if bought in advance £10 on the door. Advance Tickets are available from the welcome counter in St John’s when the café is open (Wed,Sat 10am-noon), or from Alun Williams at Tuesdays Till Two, or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/415968

24th October: Lunchtime Jazz – “American Songbook” with Sara Hawkes (vocals) & Ivan Garford (piano)

In something of a first for Tuesdays Till Two we’re going to attempt to give our lunchtime café an air of night time jazz sophistication with the help of singer Sara Hawkes and pianist Ivan Garford. Sara will be performing well known jazz standards from the American Songbook, including songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and more.

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. For this concert we’d like the audience to stay seated in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church.

The music 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.

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 Ivan Garford:

Ivan studied Music at Goldsmiths College and the Royal Academy of Music. He has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, musical director and teacher.

Ivan was the Musical Director at Wisbech and March Operatic Societies and for in-house productions at Wisbech’s Angles Theatre. He helped to produce over fifty shows between 1995 and 2007.

Ivan has developed a strong interest in jazz and has accompanied and promoted such visiting jazz artists as Don Rendell, Harry Beckett, Peter King, Tina May and Alan Barnes. He is a widely sought after performer by Orchestras and bands throughout the Eastern Region.

25th October: Lunchtime Concert – St Peter’s Singers 40th Anniversary Tour

St John’s is the final venue for Leeds based choir St Peter’s Singers on their 40th anniversary season tour of East Anglia. The programme combines music by composers for whom 2017 marks a significant anniversary year with other well-loved sacred choral favourites.

The concert will begin at 1pm. Free admission – There will be a retiring collection.


Mathias – Make a joyful noise unto the Lord
Anerio – Christus factus est pro nobis
Lotti – Crucifixus à 8
Rachmaninov – Bogoroditse Dyevo
Stanford – Beati quorum via
Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine
Organ solo by David Houlder
Gibbons – Hosanna to the Son of David
Jackson – Benedicite in G major

Dr Simon Lindley – director
David Houlder – organist


31st October: Lunchtime Poetry – “Harvest & Renewal” with Poets United

Poets United pictured at St John's
Poets United at St John’s for Magna Carta 800 in 2015

Local poetry collective Poets United return to St John’s for our final Tuesdays Till Two of 2017. Poets United supremo Viv Foster, a leading expert on cat herding, will corral some of Peterborough’s finest, for forty five minutes of poetic reflection and ribaldry on the autumnal theme of “Harvest and Renewal”

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche,cakes, scones etc will be on sale with all profits going to the GBY.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible,  to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £3.

Evening Concert Season: 30th Sep to 11th Nov at 7.30pm – Peterborough Vocal Collective

Peterborough Vocal Collective, is a new group of young professional singers and musicians, who are promising to bring performances of the highest standard to the city.

We are very pleased that St John’s is its chosen venue for its first concert series, a season of five evening concerts for the autumn. All take place on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. There will be an interval with refreshments available at each concert.

Tickets for each concert are available in advance for £8, or on the door for £10, but a season ticket for all five concerts is also available at the bargain price of £25 – £5 per concert. Concessionary tickets at a lower price are also available.

For further information on how to obtain tickets either call 07505 447328 or email pvocinfo@gmail.com

The concert dates are as follows:

30th September: Early English Song

At turns sultry, fiery, langourous, and exultant, these early examples of the song form provide an impassioned start to the PVoC season. The intimacy of the songs is intensified by a harpsichord accompaniment, evocative of the period of history in which the music was desgned.

Jonathan Hanley (tenor) and Ben Horden (harpsichord) will perform items by Dowland, Purcell, Blow and Morley, and will appear later in the season performing vocal quartets and duets with other seasoned professional performers.

7th October: Consort

The thrill that comes from a group of skilled solo singers working, variously, in dialogue, in opposition and in tandem, has long been used by composers to express fierce desire, tender pain, and religious fervour. In a programme that spans different centuries and kingdoms, this concert will show the unique hushed power of the Consort genre.

The Aragon Consort (consisting of professionals from Peterborough Cathedral Choir) will perform unaccompanied works by Tallis, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Byrd, Parsons, Morley, Farmer, and Janequin.

21st October: Choral

There are few things more arresting when heard in person than music made by a choir. The choral repertoire exploits the compelling force achieved through the gathering together of voices in unified expression, in order to convey extremes of emotion.

In a concert that features some of the absolute classics of the genre, the Willow Consort (directed by Danny Purtell) will perform works by composers including Sheppard, Tavener, Lotti, Byrd, Gibbons, Parry, and Rheinberger – a huge range of nationalities and time periods.

4th November: Art Song & Opera

A pairing of both singer and pianist, and music and poetry, the art song takes a simple form; however, it demands great skill and attention to raise it to something greater than the sum of its parts. Opera, an extroverted contrast to art song, is designed for onstage characters, and pushes the human voice to its limits in order to convey extremes of emotion.

Robbie Haylett (baritone) and Gavin Roberts (piano) will perform songs by Finzi, Gurney, Britten, and Mahler, and operatic arias by Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, and Mozart.

11th November: Quartets

Combining the subtlety of German art song with the spectacle of operatic ensembles, the vocal quartet form communicates poetic text through four distinct voices, with piano accompaniment providing another dimension of expression.

In the final concert of the PVoC series, Charlotte Bowden, Rosie Parker, Jonathan Hanley, and Nathan Harrison, accompanied by Ben Horden and Nicky Losseff, will perform a programme of Brahms, Schumann, and von Herzogenberg.

Ben and Jonathan can be heard at the start of the series, in the Early English Song concert; Rosie and Jonathan will be appearing as part of the Aragon Consort in the Consort concert.

Our biggest season yet

Joe Conway’s review in the Peterborough Telegraph of two recent concerts

Our season of six summer concerts has just ended with a first appearance at Tuesdays Till Two by cellist Helen Downham. Two of the concerts attracted audiences of well over 100 people, and three donations of over £400, which has gone a long way to ensuring that Tuesdays Till Two will be able to continue in 2018. All the concerts have been very well received. A special mention goes out to accompanist Kate Wishart, who has now appeared in three of this year’s concerts, after she replaced Helen’s scheduled accompanist with only four days notice!

Tuesdays Till Two is now taking a short break until 26th September. Look out for news about our programme for the remainder of year, which will be appearing on this site and on the Events at St John’s facebook page soon.

Thanks also to Joe Conway, who has reviewed a number of our recent concerts for the Peterborough Telegraph.