29th September: Evening Concert at 7pm – The Miracle of the Voice

On 29th September St John’s will welcome opera singer Christina Johnston. Christina is coming to Peterborough as part of her ten concert tour of the East of England, which celebrates the launch of her début album “Blessing”, to be released on 22nd September. The concert will start at 7pm.

Christina, who will be performing with talented Russian pianist Inga Goldsmith, is originally from Framlingham in Suffolk (also home to contemporaries Ed Sheeran and Laura Wright), but has been living abroad making a name for herself since graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has made solo tours in Europe, Asia and South America, and has become very popular in the Czech Republic, appearing regularly in front of the Czech President, who has dubbed her “The Angel”.  She has sung at an EU summit in front of several other European presidents, and also for the Chinese president, who was so impressed by her performance, that he invited her to China to sing as part of events commemorating the anniversary of the ending of World War II. Christina also performs regularly for film scores – most recently for “Interlude in Prague”.

Christina is said by many in the music world to be one of a kind, with a vocal range and agility that few can dream of, and her concert will be an evening of spectacular coloratura arias, featuring the highest pieces ever written for the human voice. Mozart, Delibes, Rachmaninov, Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod, Handel, Grieg, Johann Strauss, and Canteloube all feature on “Blessing” and Christina can be heard singing in no fewer than nine different languages on her new album. Highlights include the notoriously difficult arias ‘Der Hölle Rache’ from Mozart’s Magic Flute and ‘Bell Song’ from Lakmé by Delibes, but every aria, whether popular or rarely heard, is perfectly suited to Christina’s high coloratura voice.

Tickets, price £15 will be available on the door. Advance tickets are available from TicketLine for only £9, including booking fee, if you supply this promotion code when purchasing your ticket: 45OFFALL

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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.

22nd August: Lunchtime Concert – Shiona Cormack & Kate Wishart (Coloratura Soprano & Piano)

Exultate Jubilate!

For this Tuesdays Till Two concert we welcome back two of the performers from May’s fantastic “Opera Gems”: coloratura soprano Shiona Cormack and pianist Kate Wishart. They’ll be bringing us a varied programme of music from Mozart, Richard Strauss, 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: ‘Exultate Jubilate’

Mozart – Exultate Jubiliate
R Strauss – Morgen
Standchen
Amor

Debussy – Beau Soir
Nuit d’étoiles
Mandolines

About the Performers

Kate Wishart went to the Guildhall School of Music and studied piano and percussion there before joining the Academy of the BBC orchestra as timpanist. After 10 years playing professionally she went to medical school and became a GP, whilst continuing to play music as an amateur. Since retiring, she has once again increased her musical activities and is developing a role as an accompanist.

Coloratura Soprano Shiona Cormack studied singing at the RSAMD and completed her postgraduate diploma in Vocal and Opera Studies at the RWCM. Shiona was one of the young artists on the English National Opera’s Opera Works training programme 2011-12.
Operatic experience includes: Zerbinetta/Ariadne auf Naxos, Norina/Don Pasquale, Fiordiligi/Cosi Fan Tutte, Susanna/The Marriage of Figaro , Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute . With ENO Opera Works: Mme Herz*/Der Schauspieldirektor, Sophie*/Der Rosenkavalier, Countess*/Le Comte Ory, and Controller*/Flight. Other roles include Rosalinda/Die Fledermaus, Juliette*/Romeo et Juliette and Tytania*/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. La Feé/ Cendrillon and Gretel*/ Hansel und Gretel (RWCMD) *scenes
Oratorio includes: Mozart Exultate Jubilate , Rossini Stabat Mater, Carl Orff Carmina Burana, Handel Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria.

25th July: Lunchtime Concert – Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues & Fergus Black (Soprano & Piano)

For the first of six Tuesdays Till Two concerts over the summer holiday period we welcome soprano Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues who’ll be accompanied on piano by Fergus Black. This will be Gabriella’s first lunchtime concert in St John’s, after she recently broke our all-time record for a Piccolo concert, attracting no fewer than 66 children!

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:

Handel  (Messiah) –  If God be for us, He shall feed his flock, I know that my redeemer liveth
Bach – Quia respexit
Schumann – Die Lotusblume, Widmung
Parry – My heart is like a singing bird
Head – Sweet chance that led my steps abroad
Quilter – Love’s Philosophy
Schubert – Fruhlingsglaube
Mozart – Batti batti, Vedrai Carino, Deh vieni