24th July: Lunchtime Concert – The Stringlers

In the first of a new season of Tuesdays Till Two concerts for the summer holiday period we welcome Peterborough’s “The Stringlers” for their first concert in St John’s. Playing an eclectic mix of classical music and pop, rock and jazz covers this all female string quartet gives classical makeovers to everything from jazz and new wave to soul and disco!

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 £5.

The Stringlers are Di Llewelyn, Helen Britton, Kat Moore & Emily Smith.

We’re grateful to Vivacity for providing additional funding to enable this concert to take place.

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31st July: Lunchtime Concert – Apollo Opera – “More Opera Gems”

For the second concert in our summer season of Tuesdays Till Two we’re delighted to welcome back Apollo Opera, for another concert of operatic treats.

The singers will be Shiona Cormack (Soprano), Jessica Lawrence-Hares (Mezzo-Soprano), Franco Kong (Baritone), and once again Kate Wishart will be providing the piano accompaniment.

They will be performing operatic arias, duets and trios including the beautiful ‘Presentation of the Rose’ From Richard Strauss’s ‘Rosenkavalier’, duets from Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ and Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’ and selections from ‘Carmen’.

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 £5.

10th August: 7.30pm Evening Concert – Summer Winds (Wind Quintet)

Join wind quintet Summer Winds for an evening of exciting and varied programme of music from the 1700s to the present day including works by Nielsen, Malcolm Arnold, Ligeti, Ibert, and Danzi.

Summer Winds is a wind quintet from the Royal Academy of Music in London consisting of Sally Jane Palmer (Flute), Emily Stephens (Oboe), Elliott Howley (Horn), Olivia Palmer-Baker (Bassoon) and Sam Gillespie (Clarinet).

Doors open at 19.00 with music beginning at 19.30, there will be an interval and two halves of about 40 minutes each. Refreshments will be available both before the concert and during the interval.

Tickets (£7.50 each or £20 for two adults and two children) are available in advance by emailing summer.winds.uk@gmail.com or by phoning 01572 787856.Summer Winds will also be playing at ChristChurch Grantham the previous evening and outdoors at Wymondham Windmill, Leicestershire the following evening, when a barbecue and tearoom tea/cakes will be available from around 6pm.

14th August: Lunchtime Concert – Leon King (Viola) – “The Composer as Craftsman”

Our summer season of concerts continues with a solo concert by viola player Leon King. Entitled “The Composer as Craftsman” and featuring works by Hindemith, Bach, and Leon King himself, the concert will explore the limits of harmony and dissonance.

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 £5.

Programme:

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) – Sonata for Solo Viola Op. 25 No. 1 (1922)
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) – Suite no.1 in G major
Leon King – Suite for solo viola (2017)

About Leon King:

Leon King studied viola with Rudolph Botta in Manchester and Roger Best of the Alberni Quartet in London before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he continued his studies with Stephen Shingles, the principal violist of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. At the RAM he also studied chamber music under the renowned quartet leader Sidney Griller and composition with Paul Patterson and Edward Gregson. Leon has worked as a freelance player with many British orchestras including the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields, BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia and RPO. He also studied baroque viola with Jan Schlapp and is an experienced specialist in period performance practice having worked with a number of period instrument orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Leon has a special interest in the viola d’amore and has edited editions of a number of eighteenth century pieces for viola d’amore, some never published before, including an Urtext edition of Vivaldi’s complete works for viola d’amore.

21st August: Lunchtime Concert – Richard Allum (Piano)

The Tuesdays Till Two summer season continues with a concert by pianist Richard Allum. The centrepiece will be a performance of Bach’s English Suite No. 2 in A Minor.

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 £5.

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.

28th August: Lunchtime Concert – Music for Flute, Harp and Piano

In the last of our Tuesdays Till Two summer concerts we are delighted to welcome back three of our most popular performers: pianist Bruce Burbidge, harpist Rowena Bass, and flutist Deirdre Culloty, who last year attracted our biggest ever audience for a lunchtime concert, when more than 150 people heard them perform Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto. This year their programme is entitled “The Last Rose of Summer” and features well known works by Poulenc, Beethoven, Debussy and Schubert.

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 £5.

About the musicians:

Deirdre, Bruce, & Rowena.

Bruce Burbidge began his study of the piano in Canada with Rick Pritchard and continued in England with Rowan Otaki. He now performs mostly as an accompanist, alongside teaching philosophy and playing the organ.

Rowena Bass trained as a harpist at the Royal College of Music and is skilfully able to combine a professional orchestral and chamber music career with her role as a Church of England vicar.

Deirdre Culloty studied the flute at the Royal Northern College of Music in her home city of Manchester with Trevor Wye, and with Clare Southworth. She is involved now in local music, particularly with the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.

Bruce, Rowena and Deirdre have been playing together for several years and enjoy exploring the possibilities offered by their combination of instruments.

Tuesdays Till Two Summer Concerts

Our next season of Tuesdays Till Two concerts begins on 24th July at 1pm. The lineup looks like this:

24th July: The Stringlers
31st July: Apollo Opera
7th August: Alasdair Cameron (Piano)
14th August: Leon King (Viola)
21st August: Richard Allum (Piano)
28th August: Deirde Culloty, Rowena Bass & Bruce Burbidge (Flute, Harp & Piano)

You can download the Summer 2018 Tuesdays Till Two Concerts Poster in PDF format.

After that Tuesdays Till Two will be taking a break until it returns on 25th September with the first of five more classical concerts, to be followed by four concerts featuring jazz and folk musicians.

As usual The Green Backyard pop-up café team will be providing home made cakes, scones and quiche before the concerts from noon.