7th April: Evening Concert – Arvo Pärt’s “Passio” performed by The Façade Ensemble

facebook eventSt John’s is pleased to welcome The Façade Ensemble, for a performance of Arvo Pärt’s 1982 composition “Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem”.

Tickets for this performance will cost £10 on the door. Advance Tickets price £9 will be available from the welcome counter in St John’s from Wednesday 8th March. Online tickets are available for £9 + booking fee.

Pärt’s compelling and profoundly beautiful setting of the St. John Passion (accompanied by organ, violin, oboe, ‘cello and bassoon) is the culmination of his popular ‘tintinnabuli’ style. Inspired by medieval music (and meaning ‘little bells’), this style of composition pares music down to its triadic simplicity. Echoing the earliest monophonic Passion settings, such music – like the narrative itself – is as powerfully dramatic to the modern ear as it has ever been.

The Façade Ensemble will also be performing Passio in Oxford, London, and at Ely Cathedral.

The Façade Ensemble conduced by Benedict Collins Rice
James Bartlett – Jesus
Will Searle – Pilate
Rosalind Dobson, Helen Charlston, Hiroshi Amako, Robbie Haylett – Evangelist Quartet
Alex Goodwin – Organ

4th April: King’s School Spring Concert at 7pm

Once again The King’s School is holding its Spring Concert in St John’s. With performances of J S Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto, Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto and Vivaldi’s Gloria, it’s a packed programme showcasing the depth and breadth of musical talent at the school.

Full price tickets will cost £5, with concessionary tickets available at £3. Tickets are available from The King’s School Finance Office: (01733) 751541 Extension 323. Tickets that have not been sold in advance will be available on the door.

19th October: Evening theatre – Dare devil rides to Jarama

fb_event_buttonDare-Devil-PosterPeterborough Trades Union Council  is proud to present Townsend Productions’ theatre performance of Dare Devil Rides to Jarama. This is a play about British Speedway star, Clem ‘Dare Devil’ Beckett and poet, critic and aeronautical expert Christopher Caudwell who were bought together fighting for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War’s Battle for Jarama, in early 1937.

The play was commissioned by the International Brigades Memorial Trust and is being performed in Peterborough as part of PTUC’s ‘Don’t let Brex-it Break Us’ campaign against racism and fascism. Ticket £10 / £8 concessions. Please contact peterboroughtuc@gmail.com for tickets.

Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm.

1st October: Autumn Concert in aid of St John’s Organ Fund

Autumn ConcertThe Gildenburgh Choir and The City of Peterborough Concert Band will be giving an Autumn Concert at 7.30pm on Saturday 1st October in aid of the St John’s Organ Fund. Tickets (£8) will be available from the church when it is open for other events, or on the door, or you can contact Barbara Pickering on 01733 750052
Our organ is currently out of action for a restoration that will probably be completed just before Christamas. All the money needed to repair the organ has been found, but around £13000 is still needed to pay for a number of planned enhancements to the organ, to bring it up to the specification originally planned when it was built in 1917. It is hoped to add an “Ophicleide” and a “3rk mixture” stop.

2nd September: Music for a summer evening

1003x1398The culmination of the Summer Course of the Peterborough Youth Orchestra, performing some of your Classical favourites with a proms finale in St John’s at 7.30pm

The concert will also feature award-winning musicians from the Peterborough Music Festival in the form of Lydia Cochrane, Flute (Second Place in the Peterborough Young Musician of the Year) and members of the Ken Stimpson Community School Choir (Winners of the School Choir Class)

Tickets are £5 each and available from Peterborough Visitor Centre, Bridge Street, Peterborough or on the door.

Children and Students receive Free Entry.

6th July – 6pm Concert: Winterreise

fb_event_buttonUPDATE: This concert has been postponed due to illness, and will now take place at 6pm on Wednesday 6th July.
In this free early evening concert Craig Torr (piano) and Gareth Jenkins (tenor), who are both members of the music department at The King’s School, perform Schubert’s “Winterreise” (Winter Journey) song cycle. There will be a retiring collection with the proceeds going to St John’s.

Winterreise is a ycle of 24 songs for male voice and piano composed in 1827 by Austrian composer Franz Schubert, with words by German poet Wilhelm Müller. Schubert was reviewing the publisher’s proofs of the cycle in the weeks before his death, shortly before his 32nd birthday. He had already performed the songs for a gathering of friends, but they had not yet reached the public.

The poetry is written in the voice of a young man who, upon seeing his beloved marry another, sets out on foot in the deepest winter to escape memories of her. His heart is broken, and his life is a torment of memories, dreams, and present pain. Schubert’s music perfectly captures that torrent of emotion with his exquisite control of the harmonies and melodic flow. The subject matter — a wanderer alone with his sorrows — was a popular theme of the Romantic era.

14th April: Early evening violin concert with Nathalie McEvoy

Nathalie Recitalfb_event_buttonNathalie McEvoy, an ‘A’-level music student at King’s School gives a free evening recital in St John’s this Thursday. Emily Smith accompanies her on piano.


Beethoven – “Spring” Sonata 1st Movement
Fauré – Romance in B Flat
Albeniz – Asturias (Leyenda)
Bach – Sarabande and Giga from Partita No. 2
Kabalevsky – Violin Concerto in C 1st Movement.