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.

7th August: Lunchtime Concert – Alasdair Cameron (Piano)

The Tuesdays Till Two summer season continues with a concert by Scottish pianist Alasdair Cameron, making his first appearance at St John’s, and featuring music by Schubert, Chopin and Liszt.

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:

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – Two Impromptus:
  A flat,D 780/2
  E flat minor,D 946/1

Fryderyk Chopin (1810 – 1849) – Two Mazurkas:
  A minor,op.17/4
  B minor,op.33/4
Fryderyk Chopin (1810 – 1849) – Two Nocturnes:
  C sharp minor,op.27/1;
  G minor,op.37/1

Ferenc Liszt (1811 – 1886) “Les jeux d’eaux à la villa d’Este”, (Années de Pèlerinage)

About Alasdair Cameron:

Alasdair Cameron has been described as “ A master” (Edinburghguide.com) and “…one of Scotland’s foremost pianists” (Glasgow Cultural Enterprises). This echoes his success abroad where critics were equally impressed.
“…impressive (re)creative powers and virtuosity” (Priener Tagblatt).

A former student at the then Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he later studied with Louis Kentner and Joyce Hatto in London, where he made his debut in the Purcell Room. Later he moved abroad and spent many years in Rome,Frankfurt and Salzburg, where he became acclaimed as a pianist of considerable virtuosity and artistry, as shown by his subtle tone-colouring and profound interpretative insight into the composers’ intentions.

He revelled in the opportunity to play chamber music, instrumental and vocal, and became much sought after as a partner in song recitals, as coach ,and is the regular pianist for an annual summer school for singers near Florence.He led the “d.a.s. ensemble” and broadcast on German radio.

Now back in Scotland, he has appeared in many leading venues ( Queen’s Hall,Edinburgh,Glasgow’s City Halls’ Recital Room, the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, etc) and continues with Master Classes for singers in Italy and Germany

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.

12th June: Lunchtime Concert – The Dolce Flute Quartet

The last of our spring season of Tuesdays Till Two concerts features four up-and-coming flautists studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In a programme entitled “A Journey from Mower to Mendelssohn” they’ll take you through whirlpools, midsummer dreams and the beautiful French countryside.

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:

Mike Mower – “Fictions”
I – Whirlpool
Pierre-Max Dubois – Quator for Flutes
Jean-Michel Damase – Quatour de Flutes
I – Allegro Deciso
II – Andantino
IV – Allegro vivace
Claude Debussy – Arabesque no.1 arranged for Flute Quartet
Felix Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture transcribed by Kyril Magg

About the Performers:

The Dolce Flute Quartet formed at the RNCM in 2015 and has since been performing in and around the North West, including playing at the final of the Ken Griffith Flute Prize. In 2016 the quartet participated in a workshop with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. It has also received coaching from performing artists such as Rob Buckland, Melinda Maxwell, Laura Jellicoe, Petr Prause and Stephen Preston.

The members of the quartet are Hannah Clark, Grace Callaghan, Emily Revill and Cara Houghton.

Hannah Clark:

22 year old flautist Hannah Clark is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) with Laura Jellicoe. Prior to joining RNCM, Hannah studied at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she learnt with Lisa Nelsen.

In 2014, she was appointed principal flautist of the National Youth Wind Ensemble and played under the baton of Philip Scott and Cynthia Johnston Turner. In 2015 she joined the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and performed at Cadogan Hall in London.

At the RNCM, she regularly performs with the college’s most prestigious orchestras and ensembles including playing alongside Alexander Sitkovestky and Leonard Elsenbroich in Brahms’ double concerto for violin and cello and as principal flautist at the Bridgewater Hall under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. In only her second year she successfully auditioned for the final of RNCM’s Concerto Competition where she performed Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto.

This year Hannah has been playing alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the college’s professional engagement scheme. She recently played live on BBC Radio 3 with the orchestra as part of their studio concert series at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Grace Callaghan:

Grace is a third year undergraduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying with Laura Jellicoe. She has participated in masterclasses with the likes of James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Joshua Batty and Ian Clarke. Prior to joining RNCM, Grace studied privately with Carolyn Kelly whilst also playing in various ensembles at Bromley Youth Music Trust.
At age 17 Grace was appointed principal flautist of Bromley Youth Symphony orchestra and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra, performing at the Royal Festival Hall alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as her solo and orchestral playing, Grace is also a keen chamber musician, previously playing Mozart’s flute quartet with the Maggini quartet and established several chamber groups whilst at college. Since joining the RNCM, Grace has played in many ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band and Opera Orchestra.

Emily Revill:

Emily is currently studying under Laura Jellicoe at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. Originally from Derby, Emily has been involved in many orchestral projects across the East Midlands, playing with well established amateur ensembles such as the Nottingham Philharmonic and Derby Concert Orchestra, as well as with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Orchestra. In 2013, she toured Toyota City in Japan with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band, performing high profile concerts for the mayor and also appearing on local Japanese TV.

Now living and studying in Manchester, Emily has played in a variety of the RNCM’s ensembles, including the Wind Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Sinfonietta and most recently RNCM’s Symphony Orchestra. Emily has also participated in master classes with musicians such as Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Richard Davis and Ian Clarke

Cara Houghton:

Cara grew up in a musical family and tried her hand at many instruments before finding the flute when she was 12. Currently in her second year of studies at the RNCM, she is interested in broadening her musical direction- taking a keen interest in genres from contemporary to jazz. She enjoys playing with the Dolce quartet on a regular basis and is excited to see what the future brings with opportunities for the quartet. She has performed with the RNCM chamber orchestra, concert orchestra, Baroque ensemble and jazz collective, and is looking forward to more performances with Dolce Flutes.