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

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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.

15th May: Lunchtime Concert – Irena Radić (Piano)

The Tuesdays Till Two spring lunchtime concert season continues with another thrilling piano recital, this time featuring Irena Radić, who will be playing two contrasting sonatas: Beethoven’s intricate and charming Pastorale Sonata, to be followed by Prokofiev’s wild and dramatic Sonata no.6 in a programme full of relentless energy, breathtaking beauty, technical virtuosity and musical fireworks.

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 Irena Radić:

British pianist Irena Radić is studying with Niel Immelman at the Royal College of Music, London. She has won many awards including the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize 2014, which led to a well-received recital at the Bolivar Hall. She performs regularly as both a soloist and chamber musician in a diverse range of repertoire – most recently with Martin James Bartlett in Mozart’s Sonata in D for 2 Pianos. Since 2015, she has performed in a duo with guitarist Jonatan Bougt, with whom she is creating new arrangements of works by Ravel and Shostakovich. The last year has also featured performances of Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and works for Piano and Percussion including a world premiere and Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion.

For more information please visit Irena’s website.

1st May: Lunchtime Concert – Antonio Oyarzabal (Piano) “Memorias de mi tierra”

For the first of five Tuesdays Till Two concerts in May we welcome back Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarazabal, who made his St John’s début last June. In a programme entitled “Memorias de mi tierra” (Memories of my country) he’ll present a musical journey through some of the most beautiful pieces of the piano repertoire by the greatest Spanish composers. Perhaps best known for their works written for the guitar, and for music which combines emotional intimacy and intensity with passionate musical fireworks, composers such as Albeniz, Falla, and Mompou also wrote wonderfully for the piano.

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:

Guridi – Danzas Viejas (Old dances)
  -Tamborcillo de Navidad (Little Christmas Drum)
  -Muérdago, Zortzico del dolor (Mistletoe, Dance of Pain)
  -La Carrasquilla (Buckthorn)

Granados – Valses Poéticos (Poetic Waltzes)

Mompou – Scènes d’enfants (Children Scenes)
  Cris dans la rue
  Jeux dans la plage
  Jeux II
  Jeux III
  Jeunes filles au jardin

Albéniz – Rondeña, from Iberia

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.

17th April: Lunchtime Concert – Alexander Ardakov (Piano)

The Tuesdays Till Two spring concert season begins with a concert by Russian pianist Alexander Ardakov.

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:

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757):

Sonata in D minor L413
Sonata in F minor K466
Sonata in E major L23
Sonata in C major K159

Jean-Filippe Rameau (1683 – 1764):  Tambourine
Louis-Claude Daquin (1694 – 1772): Le Coucou
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):

Sonata no 17 in D minor op 31 no 2 “Tempest”

Allegro
Adagio
Allegretto

Seven Variations on the Theme “God Save the King”
(To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 92nd Birthday)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Rondo Capriccioso op 14

About Alexander Ardakov:

A graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire and a prizewinner at the Viotti International competition in Italy, Alexander’s move to Britain and to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where he has taught since 1991, have helped him to develop as an international recitalist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Among his notable recordings are those for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Alexander’s audiences are swept up in the sensitivity, intensity and passion of his playing. He feels at home not only with the Russian classics but also with composers of the romantic period such as Chopin, Liszt and Schumann. His extensive discography includes Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson.

17th October: Lunchtime Concert – Richard Allum (Piano)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a piano concert by pianist and organist Richard Allum, his first solo concert with us since 2014.

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:

J S Bach – Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Dvorak – Poetic Tone Pictures: On the Road and Night; Jesting
Mozart – Sonata in G major, K 283
Grieg – Lyric Pieces: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen; Notturno; March of the Dwarfs

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.