2nd April: Lunchtime Concert – Adam Heron (Piano)

April brings our first new performer of the year to Tuesdays Till Two: Adam Heron, an award-winning pianist of Nigerian-Filipino descent and a category finalist of BBC Young Musician 2018. He will be playing a demanding programme of music by Bach and Schubert.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks. All profits from the café will go towards funding our future programme of events.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but we do ask those who can afford it to make a donation to help cover our costs. The suggested donation is £5.


Bach – French Suite No. 3 in B-minor BWV 814

1. Allemande
2. Courante
3. Sarabande
4. Menuet – Trio
5. Anglaise
6. Gigue

Schubert – Piano Sonata in A-minor D. 845

1. Moderato
2. Andante poco moto
3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio: Un poco più lento
4. Rondo: Allegro vivace

About Adam Heron:

Since winning the The Irish Heritage Music Award after a lauded performance at London’s Wigmore Hall Adam Heron has established himself as a leading young pianist. He appeared on BBC Four Television as a Keyboard Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2018, recorded in The Bradshaw Hall at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Subsequently he was invited to return to the BBC for a live performance on Radio 3 In Tune and received recording contract from the Spanish record label KNS Classical.

Born in Hong Kong in 1999 of Nigerian-Filipino descent, Adam was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral Choir under the directorship of the English conductor Adrian Partington. Later he was awarded a full scholarship courtesy of the UK Government’s Music and Dance Scheme to study with Hilary Coates at Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school. Whilst a student at Wells he unanimously won First Prize at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s prestigious Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition, and gained the titles of Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016 and Taunton Young Musician 2016. He is a laureate of The Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle, and most recently he won First Prize, First Nominated at The International Piano Competition HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, which was held in Rabat, Morocco.

Adam Heron performs both in the UK and abroad as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. Overseas engagements include a concert at the Residence of the British Ambassador in Kiev, Ukraine, a recital tour of his native Hong Kong with the acclaimed cellist Jamie Walton, and further concerts in Ireland, Spain, France, and Morocco. Within the UK he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and has given recitals at many high-profile music festivals, such as The Ryedale Festival, The Cheltenham Music Festival, and The Carducci Festival. He was invited to return to The Cheltenham Music Festival in 2017 for a concerto performance with the renowned Chineke! Orchestra, founded by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE. Further concerto collaborations include performances alongside David Curtis, Glyn Oxley, and the American conductor Jonathon Heyward.

In addition to classical music, Adam has a career which has led him to perform for popular contemporary figures such as Bryan Adams and Stormzy. He is an active composer and conductor in his own right, and during 2019 he will conduct his own ensemble in a series of concerts that will feature the complete Symphonies by William Boyce, in addition to several piano concertos by Mozart.
Adam has received masterclasses from many eminent pianists, including Stephen Hough, Anne Queffélec, John Lill, and Imogen Cooper. Currently he studies with Professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy in London, where he holds a full-fees scholarship.


2nd October: Lunchtime Concert – Jill Crossland (Piano)

Jill Crossland 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, a selection from Bach’s “Well-tempered Clavier” and a selection of Schubert “Moments Musicaux” and Impromptus.

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 Jill Crossland:

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 http://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.

28th September: 7.30pm Evening Concert: Emma Besselaar and Antonio Oyarzabal (Cello & Piano)

This duo recital by Dutch cellist Emma Besselaar and Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarzabal features music composed in times of war.

Book nowAdvance tickets will be available from the welcome counter in St John’s when the church is open at £8, or online for £8.50. Tickets will also be available on the door for £10. Doors open at 7pm. Interval refreshments will be provided by The Green Backyard pop-up café team.


Debussy – Cello Sonata (1915)
Janáček – Pohádka (1910-1923)
De Falla – Suite Populaire Espagnole (1914)
Martinu – Sonata No. 2 (1941)

About Emma Besselaar:

Emma Besselaar is currently a Guildhall Artist Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. In June 2017, she completed her Masters Degree at the same institution with Distinction, studying with Louise Hopkins. Previously, she studied with Quirine Viersen at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, graduating in June 2014 with ‘very good results’. During her studies, she followed regular lessons with Dmitri Ferschtman and studied baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. From the age of 15, Emma attended the Young Talent Class at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, where she took lessons with Maarten Mostert.

Emma attended masterclasses including with Raphael Wallfisch, Troels Svane, Adrian Brendel, Anner Bylsma and attended the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in April 2015, following masterclasses with Ralph Kirschbaum. She is a laureate of various competitions in the Netherlands and an active chamber musician – her piano trio was awarded the first prize in the St. James Chamber Competition and in July 2016 she performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Torroella Festival (Spain) with another of her chamber groups, the Idiomelo Ensemble. In May 2017 she performed chamber works by Mahler and Webern in the Barbican Hall, London. In the Netherlands she regularly gives concerts for Kunst in de Kamer and Live Music Now and is involved in the Dutch chamber music initiative Cugnon Project. As an orchestra musician, Emma has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Britten-Pears Orchestra (at Aldeburgh Festival) and the Dutch Youth String Orchestra, where she was the principal cellist.

Emma plays on a cello (Francesco Toto, Cremona, 2007) given on loan by the Dutch National Instrument Foundation. Her study in London is made possible by a scholarship from the Dutch Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

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.

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.

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.


Bach – English Suite in A minor
Beethoven – ‘Pathétique’ Sonata
Debussy – three movements from ‘Children’s Corner’

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.

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.


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

IAO Festival in St John’s

The IAO (Incorporated Association of Organists) is holding a three day festival in and around Peterborough over three days between 29th July and 2nd August. St John’s is the venue for several events happening as part of the festival, including three that are open to the public:

30th July: 11.30am Song Recital – Raphaela Papadakis & Sholto Kynoch
30th July: 2.30pm Talk  – Catherine of Aragon: her life and music
31st July: 9.30am Piano and Organ Recital: Libby Burgess & Richard Pinel

The talk is free, but tickets for the concerts are priced at £15. Online and advance booking of tickets seems to have closed already, but tickets should be available on the door.