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.

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.

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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.

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.

10th October: Lunchtime Concert – “A Lover’s Journey”, Harriet Mountford & Ben Horden (Soprano & Piano)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a concert by soprano Harriet Mountford, who is making her Tuesdays Till Two début. Harriet’s piano accompanist will be Ben Horden, who is making his second appearance at Tuesdays Till Two after accompanying Jonathan Hanley here earlier this year. This concert is entitled “A Lover’s Journey” and is a depiction of a young girl’s first journey of love and loss through Lieder, Song and Mélodie. Music by Schumann, Quilter, Ravel and more.

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 Harriet Mountford:

Harriet Mountford (Soprano) was born in 1990 and grew up in the hills of Herefordshire. On leaving school she moved to Dublin, where she sang in the choir of Christ Church Cathedral under the direction of Judy Martin, and with the Charles Wood Singers, directed by David Hill. Whilst in Dublin Harriet studied singing with Lynda Lee at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Subsequently, Harriet moved to Edinburgh where she continued her studies with Peter Wilson. She sang in many consorts including Sospiri Baroque, and performed at St Mary’s Cathedral as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

In 2010 Harriet commenced University studies, graduating from the University of York with First Class Honours in Music. As a First-Study Singer, Harriet specialised in performance and historically informed technique. She studied singing with both Yvonne Seymour and Rachel Nicholls, and worked regularly with Paul Farrington. Whilst at York Harriet had a busy performing career both as a soloist and consort singer with many ensembles, including University Chamber Choir, Spectrum Ensemble, and Incognito with whom she performed in the UK’s premiere concert for the European Day of Early Music 2013, under the direction of Robert Hollingworth.

Since graduating Harriet has moved to Berkshire, where for the past three years she has been studying singing and performance privately with Jane Highfield. She enjoys a varied career of oratorio, recital and consort singing, and continues to build on her opera performance opportunities. Further engagements this year include a performance of Requiem in C minor (Haydn) and Coronation Mass (Mozart) for Axminster Choral Society, and a recital of English Song back in her home county of Herefordshire.

About Ben Horden

Ben is an aspiring young artist pursuing a diverse career as an organist, keyboard player and conductor with a passion and affinity for seventeenth and eighteenth-century repertoires and, in particular, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Church music shaped much of Ben’s initial training and early career and he has previously held a number of distinguished positions. In January 2016, Ben graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of York with distinction (one of the highest ever awarded by the faculty). His studies with Professor Peter Seymour focused on Baroque performance practice and, more specifically, the ways in which the music of Johann Sebastian Bach was influenced by French, Italian and German cultures and practices and the work of those countries’ leading composers.

Ben often collaborates with singers, instrumentalists and ensembles as an accompanist and continuo player. He regularly accompanies many young aspiring singers in recitals of Baroque vocal music as well as art song and lieder. In his capacity as a solo artist, Ben’s career to date has taken him to some of England’s finest instruments and venues. Recent and forthcoming highlights include the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the London Handel Festival and La Madeleine, Paris.

26th September: Lunchtime Concert – Zoltan Galyas (Piano)

The autumn Tuesdays Till Two season begins with a concert by Slovak pianist Zoltan Galyas.

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:

Chopin – Ballade no.1 op.23
Chopin – Scherzo no.4 op.54
Chopin – Polonaise no.2 op.26
Rachmaninoff – Etude no.5 op.39
Rachmaninoff – Etude no.8 op.39
Liszt – Sonetto 104 del Petrarca no.5
Scriabin – Etude no.1 op.2
Schumann – Arabesque op.18

About Zoltan:

Slovak pianist Zoltan Galyas was born into a Hungarian musical family in 1992. He began to play piano at age of 10 under Valeria Hricovova at the Elemenyary art school of music (SVK). Two years later he gave his first piano recital and soon after he was a 1st prize winner at national competition of Dezider Kardos. At age of 13 Zoltan was offered a place at State Conservatory of music and Dance in Košice where he studied with professor Dravecka. In 2005 he and his family moves to England and four years later Zoltan was offered a place at the Voyager Academyin Peterborough, specialising in teaching, accompanying and coaching. Here he had a significant role in school productions of musicals such as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.
Zoltan is currently studying with Russian professor Alexander Ardakov at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where his mentors and teachers includes Gabrielle Baldocci, Penelope Roskell and Geza Hosszu Legocky.

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.