News round-up

Tuesdays Till Two is taking a break over the Christmas period, but there are still plenty of events at St John’s in coming weeks.

First, on 15th December at 6.30pm is the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, to be followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

Then on 20th December, also at 6.30pm we have Christmas Heralds!

On Christmas Eve there will be a Crib Service at 3pm, and  the Midnight Eucharist of the Nativity at 11.30pm.

2019 has been a fairly quiet year for evening concerts at St John’s, but 2020 is already looking much busier:

Already confirmed dates are:

17th January at 8.30pm: Austin Gold Acoustic Night
6th March from 7pm: Howard Hewett Soul Night
28th March at 7.30pm: Anna Lapwood Organ Recital

Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts will return on 18th February with a season of concerts all featuring performers appearing for the first time.

17th January at 8.30pm: Austin Gold – Acoustic Night

Austin Gold return to St John’s to perform songs from their two albums, plus some of their favourite covers. All played acoustically in the beautiful settings of St John’s. You can watch video from their March 2018 concert here.

Tickets, price £7, are available from wegottickets (70p booking fee applies). Doors open at 8pm, the performance starts at 8.30pm and will end around 10pm.

20th December: 6.30pm Evening Concert: Christmas Heralds!

After the success of our “A Christmas Garland” concert last year with mezzo-soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues, St John’s CIC is proud to present “Christmas Heralds”, an evening of Christmas music and readings, songs and carols featuring the outstanding talents of Gabriella and accompanist Kate Wishart, the bold sound of Capital Horns (& friends!), the voices of a choir of Gabriella’s students from various schools around Peterborough, and unusual but very Christmassy interval refreshments from the Tuesdays Till Two pop-up café team.

Further details of the programme for the evening will be announced soon.

Book nowLast year A Christmas Garland was our biggest evening event of 2018, enjoyed by around 150 people, and raising over £250 for Safer off the Streets and we are expecting this year’s event to be just as popular. Advance tickets are available online for only £9, and a limited number of tickets are available at a special early-bird price of £8.50 until the end of November. Advance tickets will also be available from St John’s at £8. Any tickets remaining will be available on the door at £10.

6th March 7pm to 10:30pm: Howard Hewett – Soul at St John’s

We’re excited to bring Howard Hewett, lead singer of R&B group Shalamar, to our historic church.

One of the most gifted vocalists in the Post-Marvin Gaye era of popular R&B, his voice led the group to worldwide fame on feel-good dance favourites ‘The Second Time Around’ and ‘A Night to Remember,’ the baby-making classic ‘For the Lover in You,’ as well as a number of beautiful B-side ballads like ‘You Can Count On Me’ and ‘Somewhere There’s a Love’.

Howard has worked with legends such as jazz artists as Joe Sample, Brian Culbertson George Duke & musical greats such as Tina Marie Earth, Wind and Fire & Stevie Wonder,

Performing an intimate show in this historic church with a stripped back live band, this is a rare opportunity to see the star up close. He’ll be performing some of the most celebrated tracks from the Shalamar catalogue as well as his own extensive solo back catalogue such as the 1986 winner, ‘I’m For Real’ and the long standing soul boy classic ‘Heaven Sent’

Special guest for the show and making her debut in Peterborough will be award winning UK Soulstress Natasha Watts who has suported the likes of Soul II Soul, Gladys Knight, Alexander O’Neal and Shalamar in the past.

Advance tickets are on sale now at £27.50 from See Tickets (booking fee applies).

Autumn Jazz Cafés and Other Events

Our annual Cards for Good Causes stall will be opening for business on 16th October, which means that Tuesdays Till Two will be migrating to the café end of the church. There are six dates altogether:

22nd October: Latino Sound (Latin)
29th October: Caroline Trutz & Eleanor Turner (Vocals+Electro-Acoustic Harp)
5th November: Tala Tarang (Tablas + Electro-Acoustic Harp)
12th November: Hicks & Goulbourn (Guitars+Vocals Folk/Jazz)
19th November: Diana Nash & Stephen Hession (Easy Listening+Musical Theatre)
26th November: Sara Hawkes & Stephen Hession (Jazz and Blues Classic Songs)

St John’s will also be one of the venues for the Gateway Film Festival which takes place in various locations in Peterborough and Wisbech between 13th and 17th November. Two films will be screened in St John’s on 16th November. Between 2pm and 4pm there will be a screening of the oldest surviving animated feature film, Lotte Reiniger’s “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”. This will be followed by a shadow-puppet making workshop where you’ll be able to make your own Reiniger style shadow-puppets. Then at 6pm there will be a screening of Jean Cocteau’s “La Belle et la Bête” (Beauty & The Beast).

St John’s will also be the venue for a Vintage and Retro fair on Saturday 30th November. This free event will take place between 10am and 4pm. For more details please visit this facebook event.

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.