8th August: Lunchtime Concert – Elizabeth & John Arkell (Organ)

At this Tuesdays Till Two summer concert we are delighted to welcome the Organist and Director of Music at St John’s, Elizabeth Arkell, and her husband John, who is Organist and Head of Academic Music at Oundle School. They will be performing a programme of organ duets, on the newly rebuilt St John’s Organ, which is 100 years old this year.

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 £4.

The programme will include the following duets:

A Fancy for two to play (Thomas Tomkins)
Concerto in C major (J S Bach, after Ernst, arr. Machella)
Duet for Organ (Samuel Wesley)
Variations on an Easter Theme (O Filii et Filiae) (John Rutter)
Danse Macabre (Saint-Saens, arr. Cameron)

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13th June: Lunchtime Concert – David Lovell Brown (Organ)

The last in the current season of Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts will be an organ recital by David Lovell Brown, Organist to Stamford Endowed Schools. This will be the first organ concert at St John’s following the restoration of our organ, which was damaged by a fire in the blower motor in March last year. The damage caused meant that David’s concert planned for last May had to be cancelled, and we’re very happy that he is finally able to play for us. The programme consists of some of the most popular and well-known music ever written for the organ.

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 £4.

Programme:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor – Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach
“Wachet auf” – Johann Sebastian Bach
The Prince of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
Gymnopedie No. 1 – Erik Satie
Choral Song – Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Andante Tranquillo – Peter Warlock
Festal Offertorium – Percy Fletcher
“Rhosymedre” – Ralph Vaughan-Williams
Marche Triomphale – Sigfrid Karg-Elert

David Lovell Brown B.Mus., (Hons) Edin., A.R.C.O., L.R.A.M.

David at the organ of York Minster

David began his musical career with piano lessons from the age of seven. Soon after, he became a treble chorister in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court. When his voice broke, he started to learn the organ and soon took on his first post as a church organist. Later, while still at school, he moved to another church (St. Paul’s, East Molesey) where he was both organist and choirmaster.

He studied music at Edinburgh University and held the Hollins Organ scholarship for two years, leaving university with a B.Mus. degree, an A.R.C.O. diploma and an L.R.A.M. in choral conducting. After a year in Cambridge studying for a Cert.Ed., he was appointed to the post of Assistant Director of Music at Stamford School where he taught for 35 years. During that time he was made Director of Chapel Music and, latterly, Head of Music Technology.

He has also been Music Director of Stamford Opera club, Chairman of the Stamford Shakespeare company and is presently Chairman of Music at St Martins.

Although now retired from teaching, David is still the organist for Stamford Endowed Schools and often plays for other churches in the town. He is the regular accompanist for the Stamford Singers. He is also a tutor for the Stamford U3A, running a singing group through the year and giving courses in music appreciation at the annual U3A summer school at Harlaxton Manor.

In recent years he has accompanied the Stamford Singers when they sang services at the following cathedrals and churches:
Lincoln, Southwell Minster, Coventry, Lichfield, Derby, Norwich, Birmingham, Ely, Westminster Abbey, Peterborough, Wells, York Minster, Salisbury, Doncaster Minster,Winchester, St Asaph’s, etc.
(The event cover photo shows David at the organ of York Minster)

He has also accompanied the Lincoln Singers and the Romsey Singers at Coventry, Peterborough and Southwell Minster.

When Stamford Endowed Schools Choirs visited Washington DC, he accompanied their Choral Evensong in the National Cathedral.

Most recently, he has been Musical Director for the Stamford Shoestring Company production of ‘Cowardy Custard’.

Summer Lunchtime Recitals

Summer Lunchtime Recitals 2015-borderTuesdays Till Two returns on August 4th with a season of lunchtime recitals. As usual, recitals will begin at 1pm, with the café open from noon for the sale of light refreshments including a selection of home made cakes, scones, sausage rolls etc. Once again, profits from the refreshments will go to The Green Backyard. For this season of recitals the suggested donation will be £4 rather than the £3 requested for talks.

Information about the recitals can be found below. A PDF format poster is also available.

4th August: Christina McMaster, Piano

Christina McMasterfb_event_buttonFollowing her successful appearances here last year both as a soloist and with Ensemble WOW! pianist Christina McMaster returns to St John’s to launch our summer Lunchtime Recital season.

“I shall create trees of sound and colour” Writing from opposite sides of the Atlantic in the early 20th Century were two unique and revolutionary composers with a shared vision – Claude Debussy and Ruth Crawford-Seeger. Christina will be presenting a concert of Preludes by both composers, juxtaposing their shared and contrasting sound worlds.

11th August: Four Flutes and Friends

fb_event_button Flutists Patrick Williams, Kate Risdon, Deirdre Culloty and Pippa Wilson are delighted to be joined this year by pianist Bruce Burbidge and harpist Rowena Bass.

Flute, piano and harp is a classic, much-loved combination and we are certain you will enjoy this varied programme: fifty minutes of pure pleasure to indulge both performers and audience, with several melodies that will be familiar to many.

Programme

  • Bizet : Gypsy Song from “Carmen”
  • Vaughan-Williams : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Ibert : Entr’acte
  • Bach : Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

18th August: Richard Allum & Gordon Curtis, Piano & Clarinet

photo of Richard Allum
Richard Allum

fb_event_buttonIn the third of our season of summer recitals, pianist Richard Allum and clarinettist Gordon Curtis will be playing for us.

Programme

  • Gershwin – Three Preludes
  • Guastavino – Tonado and Cueca
  • Horowitz – Sonatina
  • Poulenc – Sonata

25th August: Joe Conway & Stephen Lawrence, Piano & Voice

fb_event_buttonFullLengthIn our final summer lunchtime recital pianist and composer Joe Conway appears with tenor Stephen Lawrence.

Their programme will include some stunning folk song arrangements by Percy Grainger and Benjamin Britten, and one of Joe Conway’s own works for tenor and piano. Stephen Lawrence will also sing songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov in Russian, a language he speaks fluently. Their aim is to explore a little of the music of these two great cultures but also to send people away with a smile on their faces.

Spring lunchtime piano and organ recitals

Spring Lunchtime Recitals 2015

Tuesdays Till Two returns on April 28th with a season of lunchtime recitals. As usual, recitals will begin at 1pm, with the café open from noon for the sale of light refreshments including a selection of home made cakes, scones, sausage rolls etc. Once again, profits from the refreshments will go to The Green Backyard. For this season of recitals the suggested donation will be £4 rather than the £3 requested for talks.

Information about the recitals can be found below. You can find out more about the musicians by clicking on their pictures. A PDF format poster is also available.

28th April: Jonathan Lilley, Piano

Jonathan Lilley
Jonathan Lilley, who is an organist by profession, a general keyboard accompanist by vocation, and an occasional solo pianist for recreation, will be performing for us on the city council’s Steinway grand piano, which is kept at St John’s unless required for a performance elsewhere. Jonathan relishes the eclectic: one of his more unusual performances in his time as Ely Cathedral’s Assistant Organist was a foray into silent film accompaniment: presenting The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The General in the cathedral, to wide acclaim, but his particular pleasure in the post-Romantic music of France and his fascination with the non-organ music of organist-composers both find expression in his programme for us.fb_event_button

Programme

  1. Two Intermezzi – Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
    1. no.1 in C
    2. no.2 in D flat
  2. Selection from 12 Préludes – Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)
    1. Prologue
    2. Tendresse
    3. Evocation d’un jour d’angoisse
    4. Suprème appel
    5. Sur une tombe
    6. Souvenir d’un jour de joie
  3. Two Arabesques – Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
    1. Andante con moto
    2. Allegretto scherzando
  4. L’isle joyeuse – Claude Debussy

5th May: Marc Murray, Organ

photo of Marc Murray

Originally from Cape Town, Marc Murray moved to the UK in 2010 to take up the post of Director of Music at St Botolph’s Boston (the picture shows him at the organ there). As well as in his native South Africa, Marc has given organ recitals in Germany, Sweden and the USA. UK locations where he has given solo organ recitals performed include Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.fb_event_button

Programme

  1. Concert Fantasia on Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ – Edwin H Lemare (1865 – 1934)
  2. Fantasia No. 3 in C, Op. 157 – Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)
  3. Larghetto in F♯ minor – Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810 – 1876)
  4. Maytime Gavotte : Alfred Hollins (1865 – 1942)
  5. Toccata on ‘All you need is love’ – Paul Ayres (b. 1970)

12th May: Jeremy Lloyd, Organ

Jeremy LloydNow Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral Jeremy Lloyd graduated in 2014 with first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music. We’re grateful to Jeremy for stepping in at fairly short notice to replace his namesake Jeremy Jepson, who is now unable to play for us.fb_event_button

Programme

  1. Fantasia from Sonata No. 2 – Josef Rheinberger (1839 – 1901)
  2. Claire de Lune & Pastorale – Joseph Bonnet (1884 – 1944)
  3. Recessional – William Mathias (1934 – 1992)
  4. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele – J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
  5. Toccata in G major – Théodore Dubois (1837 – 1924)

19th May: Nigel Stark, Organ

Now resident in Oakham (he plays trombone with the Rutland Big Band!), Nigel Stark has given many solo organ recitals in London and major churches and cathedrals both here and abroad.fb_event_button

Programme

  1. Fantasia and Fugue in c minor, BWV 537 — J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
  2. Sonata No. 4, — Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
    1. Allegro con brio
    2. Andante Religioso
    3. Allegretto
    4. Allegro Maestoso e Vivace
  3. Nocturne from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ — Mendelssohn
  4. Choral Song and Fugue — S S Wesley (1810 – 1876)
  5. Imperial March — Elgar (1867 – 1934)

26th May: John Arkell, Organ

John ArkellJohn Arkell, organist at Oundle School since 1997 is the fiancé of Elizabeth Barter, director of music at St John’s. John has played the organ at services in St John’s on a number of occasions recently and so it is fitting that he is the final performer of our spring season.fb_event_button

Programme

  1. Fantasia and Fugue in G minor – J S Bach (1685 – 1750)
  2. Pieces for a Musical Clock (Nos. 1,4,5 and 8) — F J Haydn (1732 – 1809)
  3. Choral no. 3 in A minor — César Franck (1822 – 1890)
  4. A Trumpet Minuet — Alfred Hollins (1865 – 1942)
  5. Carillon Sortie — Henri Mulet (1878 – 1967)

Alexendar Eadon Organ Recital

Alexander Eadon Flyer
This week our Tuesday Till Two recital is given by Alexander Eadon, choirmaster of Oundle school. The programme includes pieces by Simon Preston, J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Herbert Howells, and concludes with Suite Carmelite by Jean Françaix. Alexander was due to give a recital for us in May, but it had to be postponed due to a clash with this year’s Tour Series Cycle Race for which the start and finish line was directly outside the church!
Please note that unfortunately we are unable to provide any refreshments before the recital this week as our usual volunteers are not available. Refreshments will return for our final recital with Marc Murray next week.