Autumn Lunchtime Concerts

Our Autumn lunchtime concert season will begin on 24th September with the first of four classical concerts.

The flyer on the left is also available in PDF format.

The first four concerts are as follows:
24th September: Steve Bean (Classical Guitar)
1st October: Sirius Chau & Irena Radić (Flute & Piano)
8th October: Emma Besselaar & Antonio Oyarzabal (Cello & Piano)
15th October: Robbie Haylett & Orlando Shamlou (Baritone & Piano)

They’ll be followed by a season of “jazz café” concerts, beginning with a return appearance by Latino Sound on 22nd October.

26th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Sara Hawkes and Stephen Hession

For our final jazz café, and our very last Tuesdays Till Two concert until 2020, we welcome back vocalist Sara Hawkes, who performed at our first ever Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime jazz session in 2017. This year she returns accompanied on piano by Stephen Hession, who made his Tuesdays Till Two debut only last week. Sara will be performing well known jazz and blues standards, but also some pop and maybe even one of her own compositions.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks. All profits from the café will go towards funding our future programme of events.

The music will start promptly at 1pm. 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 £5.

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.

19th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Diana Nash & Stephen Hession

Our jazz café season continues with two more performers making their St John’s debut. Diana Nash and Stephen Hession have worked together extensively, providing cocktail entertainment at corporate events, weddings, etc, and had a long-running weekly spot at Riva restaurant in Eye for several years. They’ll be giving us their unique take on some well-known songs from easy listening and musical theatre, sometimes with a gentle jazz influence.

Stephen Hession will be returning for the last of our jazz cafés as pianist for Sara Hawkes.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks. All profits from the café will go towards funding our future programme of events.

The music will start promptly at 1pm. 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 £5.

16th November: Gateway Film Festival – 6pm screening of “La Belle et la Bête”

This Gateway Film Festival screening will a fantastic and unusual afternoon for families with children aged 5-6 and above.

In the atmospheric setting of St John’s, join us for a screening of La Belle et la Bête (1946). You may be more familiar with the Disney animated version or the recent adaptation starring Emma Watson, but this offers the first filmic adaptation of the classic 1757 Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont fairytale. It is directed by French poet and film-maker Jean Cocteau. Starring Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais as the Beast.

Age Rating: PG
Time: 16/11/19, 18:00
Ticket Cost: £5 Book tickets

16th November: Gateway Film Festival – 2pm screening of “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”

This Gateway Film Festival screening will provide a fantastic and unusual afternoon for families with children aged 5-6 and above.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is a German animated fairytale film by film director and pioneer of silhouette animation Lotte Reiniger. It is the oldest surviving animated feature film, and follows the prince who rides his flying horse on a series of magical adventures, which include meeting a witch, seeing Aladdin, battling demons and even falling in love with a princess.

The screening will be followed by workshop of shadow-puppet making, where you can make your very own works inspired by Reiniger’s film and style.

Age Rating: PG (suggested age range 5-6 and older)
Ticket Information: £5 for 18+, £3 for under 18s including optional workshop (children must be accompanied by adults). Book tickets

12th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Hicks & Goulbourn

Our jazz café season continues with two performers who are best known on the folk/acoustic night scene, but whose repertoire and reputation stretch far beyond that, both of whom are making their St John’s debut. Fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Steve Hicks and singer songwriter Lynn Goulbourn met at a gig in 2007. With a mutual love of folk, jazz, roots and acoustic genres, their musical partnership has flourished and taken them to all corners of the UK, to Germany, France, The Netherlands and the USA.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks. All profits from the café will go towards funding our future programme of events.

The music will start promptly at 1pm. 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 £5.

5th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Tala Tarang – Mendi Singh and Eleanor Turner

Our jazz café season picks up where it left off last week, with a second appearance by harpist Eleanor Turner. This time she’ll be appearing with tabla player Mendi Singh, who together form “Tala Targang”. Mendi is one of the UK’s most celebrated tabla players. He has toured with Peter Gabriel, and Take That, and performed with numerous other musical luminaries.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks. All profits from the café will go towards funding our future programme of events.

The concert will start promptly at 1pm. 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 £5.

About Mendi Singh:

Mendi Mohinder Singh began learning tabla drums at the age 3 years old. He is one of UK’s most celebrated tabla specialists today, with his activity within a variety of ensembles and collaborations taking him on tours around the world.

Mendi has collaborated with artists diverse as Pandit Shalil Shankar, Peter Gabriel, Darius Brubeck, Anand Shankar, Akram Khan, Courtney pine, and Malkit Singh MBE.

In 2015 Mendi composed and performed the world’s first Tabla Trang Concerto with orchestra and percussion.

2017 Mendi played tabla and percussion on the ‘Take That: Wonderland’ tour. He performed to over 500,000 people at arenas and stadiums across the UK & Ireland.

About Eleanor Turner:

Eleanor Turner is a passionate ambassador for the harp and its music. She made her concerto debut aged just fifteen, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Daniel Harding, broadcast live on Classic FM. Eleanor has performed everywhere from the Berlin Philharmonie to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She won Second Prize in the 2011 Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for contemporary music and in 2007 won the European Harp Competition. Eleanor studied with Daphne Boden and Alison Nicholls.

Ballet Wales gave Eleanor her first professional commission, so in 2007 she scored ‘The Bride of Flowers’ for harp and small ensemble. She’s collaborated with pop singer Angela Moyra and created original shows including ‘Elusive Symmetry’ with hip-hop dancer Lizzie Gough and guitarist-composer Alan Thomas. Eleanor creates Indian-western fusion music with tabla player Mendi Singh and tours with her band Ranagrí, often with pop legend Tony Christie. Eleanor has also been working with Music Interaction Designer Balandino Di Donato on their ‘HarpCI’ gesture-controlled electronic music project, including performances and workshops around the world. They have performed together in London, Birmingham and Shanghai.

Eleanor’s artistic development has been supported by awards the Tillett Trust, Ambache Charitable Trust, PRS Foundation for New Music, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, Help Musicians UK, the Park Lane Group and a Wingate Scholarship. These have enabled Eleanor to commission harp music from composers such as Dai Fujikura, Nicola LeFanu and Savourna Stevenson and to push boundaries in her own composition.

A key influence in Eleanor’s life is the American jazz harpist, composer and conductor Deborah Henson-Conant. Since their first collaboration in 2010, generously supported by Camac Harps, Eleanor and Deborah have worked together in New Orleans (where Eleanor performed Deborah’s concerto Soñando en Español with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra), Sydney and Hong Kong.