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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.