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.

28th April: Evening Concert – Gildenburgh Choir Spring Concert – Mozart’s Requiem

The Gildenburgh Choir perform Mozart’s Requiem and other choral music with guest organist Elizabeth Arkell, and soloists Glen Page, Anne McDonald, Leslie Crowson and Simon Nurser.

Tickets £10 (concessions for accompanied children and students only). Available on the door or in advance from David Perkins (Tel 01778 343158) or email to choir@gildenburghchoir.uk

The Gildenburgh Choir is a long established choir with about 50 members drawn from the city of Peterborough and the surrounding areas, who meet once a week (Mondays) during term-times to rehearse for concerts.


Ave Verum – Mozart
The Lord is my Shepherd – Schubert
Verleih uns Frieden – Mendelssohn
Zadok the Priest – Handel
Locus Iste – Bruckner
Beatus Vir – Monteverdi
[soloists from choir: Lynda Thomas (S), Jessica
Johns (S), Jenny Sheldrake (A), Alex MacAdam (T),
Jeremy Letts (T), Mark Harris (B)]


Mozart’s Requiem
        Dies Irae
        Tuba Mirum
        Rex Tremendae
        Confutatis Maledictis
        Domine Jesu
        Lux Aeterna

22nd March at 8pm: Acoustic Night with Austin Gold

St John’s is well known as a classical music venue, but on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm it’ll be hosting rising stars of the rock scene Austin Gold. Formed in 2013 this Peterborough based rock band is rapidly building a nationwide reputation and has a devoted live following. The night in St John’s is a rare chance to see them perform as an acoustic line up, and the evening will feature performances of acoustic hits from their recent album Before Dark Clouds.

Tickets, which are selling fast, are available from We Got Tickets.

20th March at 7pm: The King’s School Spring Concert

Once again The King’s School is holding its Spring Concert in St John’s Church. The programme features performances of Schubert’s 9th symphony and Haydn’s Missa Brevis in F

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 which have not been sold in advance will be available on the door.

22nd December: 7.30pm Evening Concert – Christmas Treasures

Join professional soprano, Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues and Musical Director of Peterborough Opera, Kate Wishart for a delightfully festive evening of Christmas Music and Carol Singing, in aid of The Green Backyard.

Refreshments during the interval will be provided by the GBY pop-up café team, which runs the café before our Tuesdays Till Two concerts.

Doors will open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm. Up to two children under 14 will be admitted free with each adult ticket-holder.

Book now
Advance tickets at £8 will be available from the St John’s welcome counter from 15th November and at The Green Backyard Christmas Fair. Advance tickets are also available online at £8.50 from TicketSource.


I Wonder as I Wander
Bethlehem Down – Warlock
Mary, Did You Know?
O Holy Night
We’re Walking In The Air (Theme from “The Snowman”)
The Little Road to Bethlehem – Head
The Angel Gabriel (Gabriel’s Message)
Ave Maria – Schubert
Balulalow (Ceremony of Carols) – Benjamin Britten
Maria Wiegenlied, Op.76/52 (The Virgin’s Slumber Song) – Reger
Pie Jesu (Requiem) – Fauré
Come Sing & Dance (Old Carol) – Howells

Carols & Festive Songs for Audience Participation:

Once in Royal David’s City
Sleigh Ride (featuring a chorus of Gabriella’s students)
Coventry Carol
Angels We Have Heard on High
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Holly and The Ivy
I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In

Bumper Autumn Season

Autumn Tuesdays Till Two Season

The autumn season of Tuesdays Till Two begins on 26th September with the first of four classical concerts. We’ll then take a foray into the world of Jazz in our fifth concert, which will take place in the café area. Then a week later we’ll have our final Tuesdays Till Two event of the year when we welcome back local Poetry Collective Poetry United.

As always concerts will begin promptly at 1pm, and the café will be open from noon. Please try to arrive by 12.45pm if you intend to buy something from the café, as if too many people try to buy from the café at the last minute the concert may have to start while people are still queueing at the café. We generally open the café for a few minutes at the end of the performance as well, for the benefit of those who arrive late (or who want some cake to take home for later!).

The dates are as follows:

26th September: Zoltan Galyas (Piano)
3rd October: Estevão Devides (Guitar)
10th October: Harriet Mountford & Ben Horden (Soprano & Piano)
17th October: Richard Allum (Piano)
24th October: Sara Hawkes & Ivan Garford (Vocals & Piano)
31st October: “Harvest and Renewal” with Poets United

poster with all our autumn concerts (well almost all!) can be downloaded in PDF format, and there is also a two-sided flyer.

Other Concerts  in St John’s

But, in addition to our usual Tuesday lunchtime concerts, there is a whole host of other concerts and events taking place in St John’s this autumn. In particular there is an exciting season of five evening concerts, promoted by Peterborough Vocal Collective.

There is also a Wednesday lunchtime concert by Leeds based choir St Peter’s Singers on 25th October. And, if that weren’t enough for you we have now a Friday evening concert, Opera versus Jazz!, at 7.30pm on 20th October, following Christina Johnston’s Miracle of the Voice concert on 29th September.