25th October at 6pm: Peter Pan – Lamphouse Theatre

A professional production of Peter Pan, inspired by J.M. Barrie’s novel, produced by Peterborough based theatre company Lamphouse Theatre.

The Darling family’s life is changed forever when Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, appears at their window one night. Wendy, John and Michael follow Peter to Neverland, meeting Lost Boys, mermaids and crocodiles along the way! But will their adventure be sabotaged by Captain Hook or can they outwit his nasty pirate crew and save Neverland?

Jam-packed with live music, humour, adventure and energy. The production will appeal to both boys and girls and discusses important morals; family, responsibility, friendship, bravery, trust and ambition.

Suitable for all ages 6+.

Tickets for the performance at St John’s are available from the Eastern Angles booking page. There are also two performances at The Undercroft.

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9th November: 7.30pm Evening Concert – A Ploughman’s Tale

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, a story of an everyman who fought in the trenches, told through songs by composers or with words by poets who lived through the time of The Great War.

Performed by Robert-John Edwards (Bass-Baritone) and Sara Wilander (Piano)

Book nowAdvance tickets will be available from the welcome counter in St John’s when the church is open at £8, or online for £8.50. Tickets will also be available on the door for £10. Doors open at 7pm. Interval refreshments will be provided by The Green Backyard pop-up café team.

Beginning with Ivor Gurney’s setting of “I Will Go With My Father A-Ploughing” and ending with the heart-breaking setting of Housman’s “Is My Team Ploughing?” by George Butterworth, himself killed in the trenches, twenty songs by a variety of composers tell the tale of a ploughboy, perhaps born around 1890. We start with him as a child, watching his father plough the fields and learning the farmer’s trade. The songs progress through his youth, where he becomes ambitious and then meets the girl of his dreams, woos her, marries her and has a child. He then joins the army, singing uplifting war songs before the horrors of the “Great” War begin to bite. He becomes home-sick, sees death up close and then, at his last hour, is desperate to go home.. The recital also includes a new original setting of McCrae’s “In Flanders’ Fields” composed by Robert-John Edwards.

Originally performed in 2014 as a 14 song recital “A Ploughman’s Tale” was expanded to a 17 song recital for BirminghamFest in 2015 and then again for an Armistice Day recital to its current 20 song format.

About Robert-John Edwards:

Stamford-born Robert-John Edwards originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and he later trained as a singer, attending the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since winning the post-graduate course prize there, he has gone on to sing roles for Pavilion Opera, Heritage Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera Minima, Operamus,
Stanley Hall Opera, Opera Seria, Secret Opera, Saffron Opera Group, Hashtag Opera and Apollo Opera. He was a member of the professional chorus at Buxton for five years.

About Sara Wilander:

Sara Wilander was born in Sweden and started playing the piano at the age of eight. At the age of 15, she made her debut as a soloist with the Sinfonia Classica of Brussels, Belgium.
After preparatory studies at the Conservatoire National de Région of Chalon sur Saône, France, she completed her education at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has participated successfully in Swedish, German, English and French competitions, as a soloist as well as an accompanist. She is an experienced performer and has appeared in both solo and chamber settings throughout Europe. She is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an accompanist.

15th November at 8.30pm: Austin Gold – Acoustic Night

Austin Gold return to St John’s to perform their favourite songs in a relaxed acoustic setting – you can watch video from their March concert in St John’s.

Tickets, price £5, are available from wegottickets (50p booking fee applies). Doors open at 8pm, the performance starts at 8.30pm and will end around 10pm.

28th September: 7.30pm Evening Concert: Emma Besselaar and Antonio Oyarzabal (Cello & Piano)

This duo recital by Dutch cellist Emma Besselaar and Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarzabal features music composed in times of war.

Book nowAdvance tickets will be available from the welcome counter in St John’s when the church is open at £8, or online for £8.50. Tickets will also be available on the door for £10. Doors open at 7pm. Interval refreshments will be provided by The Green Backyard pop-up café team.

Programme:

Debussy – Cello Sonata (1915)
Janáček – Pohádka (1910-1923)
De Falla – Suite Populaire Espagnole (1914)
Martinu – Sonata No. 2 (1941)

About Emma Besselaar:

Emma Besselaar is currently a Guildhall Artist Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. In June 2017, she completed her Masters Degree at the same institution with Distinction, studying with Louise Hopkins. Previously, she studied with Quirine Viersen at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, graduating in June 2014 with ‘very good results’. During her studies, she followed regular lessons with Dmitri Ferschtman and studied baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. From the age of 15, Emma attended the Young Talent Class at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, where she took lessons with Maarten Mostert.

Emma attended masterclasses including with Raphael Wallfisch, Troels Svane, Adrian Brendel, Anner Bylsma and attended the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in April 2015, following masterclasses with Ralph Kirschbaum. She is a laureate of various competitions in the Netherlands and an active chamber musician – her piano trio was awarded the first prize in the St. James Chamber Competition and in July 2016 she performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Torroella Festival (Spain) with another of her chamber groups, the Idiomelo Ensemble. In May 2017 she performed chamber works by Mahler and Webern in the Barbican Hall, London. In the Netherlands she regularly gives concerts for Kunst in de Kamer and Live Music Now and is involved in the Dutch chamber music initiative Cugnon Project. As an orchestra musician, Emma has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Britten-Pears Orchestra (at Aldeburgh Festival) and the Dutch Youth String Orchestra, where she was the principal cellist.

Emma plays on a cello (Francesco Toto, Cremona, 2007) given on loan by the Dutch National Instrument Foundation. Her study in London is made possible by a scholarship from the Dutch Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

About Antonio Oyarzabal:

Antonio Oyarzabal is a concert pianist born in Bilbao (Spain) in 1989. He studied in Musikene with Marta Zabaleta and Miguel Borges. Later he graduated in Masters as a piano soloist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he recently finished the Artist Diploma, studying with Caroline Palmer. Antonio combines solo piano and chamber music performances. As a chamber music pianist, Antonio has recently made his debut in Barbican Hall performing Webern piano quintet for a pre-LSO performance . He has also performed with clarinetist Andrew Marriner, and with the Allegri Quartet and Southbank Sinfonia. As a soloist with orchestra, he has played Mozart Piano Concerto nº23 with Aldwych Sinfonia, Mozart 9th Piano Concerto with JOL in Spain, Shostakovich Piano Concerto in F with London Euphonia Orchestra and Poulenc Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (Spain). Antonio has also performed Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with European Union Youth Orchestra in Grafenegg, Austria. In January this year he performed Ravel Piano Concerto in G with YMSO at St John Smith Square.

As a solo pianist, Antonio performs recitals around the UK, in Spain, and abroad; and has recently presented his CD The Inner Child around Spain, in St Martin in the Fields (London) and in many cities around UK. This debut CD was recorded with Orpheus Classical international record label and has very recently been awarded the Golden Melomano prize in prestigious Melomano magazine.

Antonio received the Audience Special Prize and Finalist Prize in Campillos International Competition 2015, and the 2nd prize at the “Concours International d’Ile de France” in Paris, 2008. Antonio was the pianist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra – Foyle Future Firsts Programme 16/17.

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.

9th June: 7.30pm Evening Concert – Peterborough MS Group 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Peterborough Multiple Sclerosis Group invite you to come and celebrate its 50th Anniversary and enjoy a concert by professional opera singer Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues who will be accompanied on piano by Kate Wishart – Musical Director for Peterborough Opera.

A reminder that St John’s is fully accessible, but that there is no parking there – there are public car parks close by. Local transport links include the Bus Station which is approximately 5mins walk away and Peterborough Railway Station, approx. 8-10mins away.

The doors open at 19:00, please arrive in plenty of time to be seated before the concert starts at 19:30. Refreshments will be served in the interval.

Advance tickets are available for £8 from the welcome counter in St John’s when the café is open or from the Visitor Information Centre or you can call the MS Society on 07724 549479 or email Peterborough@mssociety.org.uk . Tickets will also be available on the door for £10. Please enquire if you are a carer and would like a free ticket.

18th May: 7.30pm Evening Concert – (Not Quite!) The Royal Wedding

Do you love a good wedding, but somehow or other the invitation you were expecting to Meghan and Harry’s big day didn’t get to you? Never mind! Come to St John’s on Friday 18th May and join our Jazz Queen vocalist Sara Hawkes, Guitar Prince Peter Ravenhill, and Duke of Saxophony Mark Wilkinson as they recreate the royal wedding party experience a modern royal family would give their butler’s right arm for!

With music by Queen and Prince, a right royal mix of jazz standards, golden oldies, and other musical gems that our musicians think will be on Meghan and Harry’s wedding disco playlist the following day , this is sure to be the most fun you can get from a royal wedding without actually going to Windsor on the day itself.

Refreshments during the interval will be provided by the GBY pop-up café team and will include cake and fizz. Expect bunting!

Book nowTickets are priced £8 if bought in advance or £10 on the door. Online tickets are £8.50 each. Doors open at 7pm and the wedding party will get started at 7.30pm.

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 Peter Ravenhill:

Peter Ravenhill was inspired to take up the guitar after listening to the Shadows and Hank Marvin. He hasn’t stopped playing since. He has been in several local bands and has a love of Jazz and Blues. He has performed with Sara Hawkes at the Cambridge Jazz Festival and several concerts around Peterborough and is well known on the local scene for his versatility, skill and his love of a kebab! He is currently playing with Rockabilly band the Outsiders and has a three piece rockabilly band the Broadcasters as well as accompanying Sara on Jazz gigs.