1st August: Lunchtime Concert – Christina McMaster (Piano)

For our second Tuesdays Till Two summer concert we are delighted to welcome back pianist Christina McMaster, who last played for us in 2015. Christina will play music by Schumann and Debussy.

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:

Schumann – Symphonic Études Op.13
Debussy – Études pour les cinq doigts, pour les octaves, pour les huit doigts

Schumann’s Symphonic Études are variations on a theme by an amateur composer, Schumann’s innovation using this material both looks to the past of composers such as Bach, whom he adored, and to the future – creating a new unique sound world.. Debussy’s études, written towards the end of his life, were clearly influenced by Erik Satie; they are innovative, witty and challenging in a gymnastic like style.

About Christina:

Christina McMaster, hailed as ‘One to watch’ by International piano Magazine, is a highly innovative pianist and curator with a growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances of uniquely crafted programmes. She was St John’s Smith Square Young artist in residence 2016-17 and recently appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Christina has performed extensively in major venues including at the Southbank Centre, Cheltenham Festival, Dartington International Summer School, a European tour with EUYO, Aldeburgh Festival, Symphony Space in New York along with broadcasts and live performances on BBC Radio and Classic FM. She has won numerous prizes including the Jacob Barnes Award, The Royal Academy Christian Carpenter Prize, The CAVATINA Chamber music prize and audience prize in the Jacques Samuels Intercollegiate Competition.

She has collaborated with a diverse mix of genres and arts, recently working with string players Kristine and Margarita Balanas, the Ligeti Quartet, cellist/singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Opera Director Daisy Evans. Christina is also a dedicated performer, commissioner and discoverer of new music, working with established composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Tansy Davies and Stephen Montague as well as emerging composers – collaborating most recently with Freya Waley-Cohen and Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

In 2015 she launched her debut album Pinks & Blues on her own label to a sell-out audience at St James’ Theatre, the album is a fusion of jazz and blues influenced classical and contemporary music. She has also recorded a collection of Satie inspired works by Richard Fowles to mark the eccentric composer’s 150th anniversary.

Christina teaches Post-Graduates at the Royal Academy of Music and curates for its annual Piano Festival. She is a passionate educator and has given masterclasses and lectures at Cambridge University, Denison University,Ohio, runs a piano/yoga course in Umbria and in February 2017 hosted a study day at St John’s Smith Square comprising talks, composition, song-writing and yoga with live music. She regularly gives workshops for young people including a recent piano trio workshop at St Johns Smith Square supported by the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

She attended the Purcell School, Trinity Laban where she studied with Douglas Finch and the Royal Academy of Music with Joanna MacGregor. She has a particular interest in French music of the 20th Century and regularly has sessions with Maestro Bernard Flavigny (pupil of Alfred Cortot and Walter Gieseking)

Future performances at Wimbledon Festival, Sound Scotland Festival and at Kings College London as part of new collaboration with Neuroscientists.

15th August: Lunchtime Concert – Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto

At this Tuesdays Till Two summer concert we are delighted to welcome back three of our most popular performers: pianist Bruce Burbidge, harpist Rowena Bass, and flutist Deirdre Culloty. They’ll be playing music by Donizetti and Damase, but the highlight of the programme will be the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto, K299.

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:

Donizetti – Sonata for Flute and Piano
Damase – Sonatine pour deux harpes (2nd movement Andante)
Mozart – Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K299

About the musicians:

Deirdre Culloty, Bruce Burbidge, Rowena Bass

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. Today’s programme presents a typically varied selection.

6th June: Lunchtime Concert – “Waltz across time”

The penultimate concert and and final piano recital in this season of Tuesdays Till Two is a piano recital by a musician who will be making his début at St John’s, Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarzabal. Antonio will be playing music in waltzes and “ländler” – a folk dance in 3/4 time which is thought to have contributed to the evolution of the waltz.

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:

Schubert – 12 Ländler D.790
Granados – Valses Poéticos (Poetic Waltzes)
Ravel – Valses nobles et sentimentales

About Antonio:

Antonio Oyarzabal was born in Bilbao in 1989. He obtained his bachelor’s degree under the pianists Marta Zabaleta and Miguel Borges at Musikene in San Sebastian, where he also trained in contemporary piano repertoire with Ricardo Descalzo, and completed a harpsichord Diploma degree, training with Loreto F. Imaz. He receives lessons from pianist Denis Pascal and the Armenian master Anahit Simonian, with whom he works on piano improvisation.

Antonio is a Master Graduate as a piano soloist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he is now part of the exclusive Artist Diploma programme, studying with Caroline Palmer. Antonio is a versatile pianist who performs as a soloist, as an accompanist to singers, notably at “Promos on the Roof 2015” , in chamber ensembles (he is a founder member of the Trisquel Arts Ensemble), and he is also an experienced orchestral pianist.

Antonio, who was awarded Audience Special Prize and Finalist Prize in Campillos International Competition 2015, has recently been named the pianist of London Philarmonic Orchestra, Foyle Future Firsts programme 2016/2017

30th May: Lunchtime Concert – Melanie White, Pippa Wilson (flutes) & Emily Smith (piano)

Our May half-term Tuesdays Till Two features one piano, two flutes, a trio of talented musicians, and 45 minutes of musical mystery tour! Melanie White and Pippa Wilson will be playing the flute, with Emily Smith providing the piano accompaniment. The programme will include music by Reinecke, Fauré, Dave Heath, Rhonda Larson, and Delibes, and with titles such as “Après un rêve”, “Be still” and “Out of the cool” it sounds as though there will be a relaxed holiday feel to proceedings.

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.

16th May: Lunchtime Concert – Irena Radić (Piano)

Our Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime concerts continue with our second solo pianist of the season, Irena Radić, who makes a welcome return to St John’s as a soloist after two duo appearances here last August. In a rich and varied programme, Irena will play works by Mozart, Liszt and Carl Vine.

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.

About Irena:

British pianist Irena Radić is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London with Niel Immelman. She began learning the piano with Jenny Macmillan and later studied with Lynette Stulting at the RCM’s Junior Department as a Tsukanov Scholar and recipient of the Wolfson Music Award.

She has won several awards and was chosen to perform at the Wigmore Hall as a prizewinner in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival 2012 & 2013. Other awards include the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize 2014, Young Musician of the Year 2013 at both Peterborough and Oundle Music Festivals, the Head of Junior Programmes Prize, and runner up in the Gordon Turner Memorial Competition. Irena has performed in venues such as the Venezuelan Embassy’s Bolivar Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and the Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall. She has also had the pleasure of performing in numerous public masterclasses across the UK, Jersey, and Greece with pianists including Cristina Ortiz, Norma Fisher, Charles Owen, Murray McLachlan and Vanessa Latarche.

Irena performs regularly as a chamber musician and last year founded a duo with Swedish guitarist Jonatan Bougt, with whom she enjoys creating new arrangements for their Piano and Guitar duo; upcoming performances feature their arrangement of Ravel’s Ma Mere l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite) and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes Op.34. Irena has worked in various ensembles, including performances of Piano Trios by Beethoven and Rebecca Clarke. This year will feature a premiere of Tantrum – a new work for Piano and Percussion by Nino Russell, and a performance of Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion.

In addition to her work as a chamber musician, Irena enjoys orchestral piano and celeste, and has performed with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Peter Stark, Richard Dickins and Tim Lines in venues including the Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Festival Hall. Recent performances include works such as Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Ravel’s Daphnis & Chloé, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, Shostakovich’s Symphony no.5, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances, Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Reich’s Three Movements for Orchestra, Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto no.1 and Walton’s Cello Concerto.

25th April: Lunchtime Concert – Jill Crossland (Piano)

Eleven months after she last played for us, pianist Jill Crossland returns to St John’s as our first musician in a season of eight Tuesdays Till Two concerts running between April 25th and 13th June. Jill is known for her interpretation of music by composers such as J S Bach, Mozart and Scarlatti, and Chopin. In this concert she will play sonatas by Scarlatti, nocturnes by Chopin, and the Bach Partita No 1 in B flat, BWV825.

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.

About Jill:

Jill Crossland pursues an active concert and recording career. Jill plays regularly on the South Bank and at the Wigmore Hall in London, and her recent appearances have also included Cadogan, Bridgewater and Fairfield Halls, St George’s Bristol, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Sage Gateshead. Jill’s recordings include the Bach Goldberg Variations on Warner Classics and works by Handel, Scarlatti, Mozart and Beethoven. Jill has featured in the Classic FM Hall of Fame and her release of the complete Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier has received high praise, described by the Penguin Guide as ‘a remarkable achievement, ranking with the finest’ Jill was a member of the Arts Council Musicians in residence scheme for Yorkshire. Jill has appeared on radio and TV, including live and recorded broadcasts on BBC Radios 3 and 4. More information about Jill can be found on www.jillcrossland.com and you can see her performances on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/JillCrosslandPiano

Jill has recently recorded CDs of the keyboard works of Rameau (the collections from 1706 and 1724) issued last year on Signum Classics, described by Gramophone as ‘intelligent, stylish, tasteful, tonally resourceful and beautifully recorded.’ and, in the same sessions, another of Mozart and Beethoven (the Moonlight sonata and the Bagatelles Op 126) described as having “thoughtfulness, liquidity” and “driven excitement” in International Record Review. Jill is just completing post-production of recordings of Bach, Mozart and Chopin and the first pre-production examples will be available for sale at the concert.