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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8th May: Lunchtime Concert – The Berridge Consort (Vocal Ensemble)

Our Tuesdays Till Two season continues with a début: the first professional appearance by new vocal ensemble The Berridge Consort. In a programme entitled “Consort and Choral Music of Scotland” they’ll be performing music written by Scottish composers, from the court of James I of England through to contemporary composers such as James MacMillan.

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 Berridge Consort:

The group was formed last year during the members’ time in the prestigious ‘Genesis Sixteen’ programme run by the Sixteen to coach promising young singers. Throughout the year, they gave performances in masterclasses with The Sixteen’s founder Harry Christopher, associate conductor Eamonn Dougann and members of The Sixteen. This is their first outing as a professional group, which they hope will be the first of many as they embark on solo, consort-singing and choral careers.

The singers are:

Lottie Bowden & Ellie Partridge (Sopranos)
Becca Leggett (Alto)
Jonathan Hanley (Tenor)
Nathan Harrison (Bass)

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.

22nd May: Lunchtime Concert – Jonatan Bougt (Theorbo & Archlute)

Just over a year ago Jonatan Bougt played a programme of guitar music for us at a lunchtime concert in which he played both the classical guitar and its predecessor, the romantic guitar. In today’s concert Jonatan will play two different instruments from the lute family, the theorbo and the archlute, in a programme featuring music by Robert de Visée and Giovanni Zamboni, both extraordinary musicians of the 17th and early 18th centuries. De Visée was employed by Louis XIV, and in 1719 was appointed as guitar master to his ten year-old great-grandson Louis XV who had come to the French throne at the age of five.

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.

Main photo: ©Kathleen Holman

About Jonatan Bougt:

Swedish guitarist and theorbo player Jonatan Bougt is currently studying for his Master’s degree in Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music as a Musicians’ Company Scholar and is a recipient of a Thora Olsson Scholarship and a Helge Ax:son Johnson Scholarship and a Kempe-Carlgrenska Fonden Scholarship. Having recently graduated from the Bachelor of Music course with a First Class Honours degree, he is the winner of the RCM Guitar Competition 2017. Other noteworthy awards include the 1st Prize in the Jörgen Rörby Competition (2014) of the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and the 1st Prize in the Young Talents Competition of Uppsala International Guitar Festival (2013).

Jonatan has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen’s Gallery, Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall, Britten Theatre, Snape Maltings Concert Hall (UK), Stockholm Concert Hall and Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Concert Hall (Sweden), Große Universitätsaula (Salzburg, Austria) and Centro Cultural Justicia Federal (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship by the City of Stockholm and the Music Conservatoire of Espirito Santo (FAMES) to give recitals with Bougt & Bergek Duo during the XIX Winter Music Festival of Domingos Martins and in Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro. It also led to live performances on Brazilian TVGazeta. Jonatan regularly works as a chamber musician and in 2016, his guitar and piano duo with Irena Radić won 2nd Prize in the Chamber Music Competition at the Twents Guitar Festival, Netherlands.

Prior to coming to London, Jonatan studied with Bo Hansson at Södra Latin Gymnasium’s Professional Musician Programme. His studies there were supported by the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden, the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and the Grisslehamn’s Guitar Prize.

For more information visit Jonatan’s website.

 

29th May: Lunchtime Concert – Shiona Cormack and Kate Wishart (Soprano & Piano)

For this Tuesdays Till Two concert we welcome back two performers from last summer: coloratura soprano Shiona Cormack and pianist Kate Wishart. In a programme titled “Let the Bright Seraphim” they’ll be performing for us arias from oratorios, including music by Handel, Mozart, and Michael Tippett.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. 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 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.

5th June: Lunchtime Concert – Ellen Porter and Alec Hone (Cello & Piano)

For the last but one of our Spring lunchtime concerts we are delighted to welcome back cellist Ellen Porter and her accompanist Alec Hone, after their very well received Tuesdays Till Two début two years ago. Ellen will be playing two of her favourite cello works: the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano (Op. 40)). Remarkably, the Haydn concerto was for many years thought to be lost, but was rediscovered in 1961 when copy of the score was found in the National Museum in Prague. It has since become a staple of the cello repertoire. Like the Shostakovich sonata, composed some 170 years later and during a turbulent period in Shostakovich’s personal life, it is a work full of both expressive melody and virtuoso passages to take your breath away.

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:

Haydn – Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1
Shostakovich – Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40

About Ellen Porter:

Ellen Porter is a British cellist and studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo. She previously studied with David Smith, and has attended masterclasses with Hannah Roberts, Guy Johnston, Gillian Thoday, Emma Ferrand and Miklos Perenyi. As a passionate orchestral cellist, she has been Principal Cellist of the CBSO Youth Orchestra and has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Jac Van Steen and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Ellen studies baroque cello with Susan Sheppard, and receives regular coaching from Roger Hamilton, Harvey Davies, Annette Isserlis and Pauline Nobes. Ellen plays in a string quartet at the RNCM, who have a busy summer planned with concerts in and around Manchester as well as at the Oundle International Festival. As a soloist, Ellen has performed locally as well as in Hertfordshire and frequently in Manchester. Having grown up in the area and taken part in local music making, Ellen is delighted to return to Peterborough to work once again with pianist Alec Hone. Ellen would like to thank The Edna Newill Charitable Trust for their continued support throughout her musical studies.

12th June: Lunchtime Concert – The Dolce Flute Quartet

The last of our spring season of Tuesdays Till Two concerts features four up-and-coming flautists studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In a programme entitled “A Journey from Mower to Mendelssohn” they’ll take you through whirlpools, midsummer dreams and the beautiful French countryside.

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:

Mike Mower – “Fictions”
I – Whirlpool
Pierre-Max Dubois – Quator for Flutes
Jean-Michel Damase – Quatour de Flutes
I – Allegro Deciso
II – Andantino
IV – Allegro vivace
Claude Debussy – Arabesque no.1 arranged for Flute Quartet
Felix Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture transcribed by Kyril Magg

About the Performers:

The Dolce Flute Quartet formed at the RNCM in 2015 and has since been performing in and around the North West, including playing at the final of the Ken Griffith Flute Prize. In 2016 the quartet participated in a workshop with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. It has also received coaching from performing artists such as Rob Buckland, Melinda Maxwell, Laura Jellicoe, Petr Prause and Stephen Preston.

The members of the quartet are Hannah Clark, Grace Callaghan, Emily Revill and Cara Houghton.

Hannah Clark:

22 year old flautist Hannah Clark is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) with Laura Jellicoe. Prior to joining RNCM, Hannah studied at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she learnt with Lisa Nelsen.

In 2014, she was appointed principal flautist of the National Youth Wind Ensemble and played under the baton of Philip Scott and Cynthia Johnston Turner. In 2015 she joined the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and performed at Cadogan Hall in London.

At the RNCM, she regularly performs with the college’s most prestigious orchestras and ensembles including playing alongside Alexander Sitkovestky and Leonard Elsenbroich in Brahms’ double concerto for violin and cello and as principal flautist at the Bridgewater Hall under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. In only her second year she successfully auditioned for the final of RNCM’s Concerto Competition where she performed Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto.

This year Hannah has been playing alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the college’s professional engagement scheme. She recently played live on BBC Radio 3 with the orchestra as part of their studio concert series at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Grace Callaghan:

Grace is a third year undergraduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying with Laura Jellicoe. She has participated in masterclasses with the likes of James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Joshua Batty and Ian Clarke. Prior to joining RNCM, Grace studied privately with Carolyn Kelly whilst also playing in various ensembles at Bromley Youth Music Trust.
At age 17 Grace was appointed principal flautist of Bromley Youth Symphony orchestra and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra, performing at the Royal Festival Hall alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as her solo and orchestral playing, Grace is also a keen chamber musician, previously playing Mozart’s flute quartet with the Maggini quartet and established several chamber groups whilst at college. Since joining the RNCM, Grace has played in many ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band and Opera Orchestra.

Emily Revill:

Emily is currently studying under Laura Jellicoe at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. Originally from Derby, Emily has been involved in many orchestral projects across the East Midlands, playing with well established amateur ensembles such as the Nottingham Philharmonic and Derby Concert Orchestra, as well as with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Orchestra. In 2013, she toured Toyota City in Japan with the Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band, performing high profile concerts for the mayor and also appearing on local Japanese TV.

Now living and studying in Manchester, Emily has played in a variety of the RNCM’s ensembles, including the Wind Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Sinfonietta and most recently RNCM’s Symphony Orchestra. Emily has also participated in master classes with musicians such as Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund-Davies, Richard Davis and Ian Clarke

Cara Houghton:

Cara grew up in a musical family and tried her hand at many instruments before finding the flute when she was 12. Currently in her second year of studies at the RNCM, she is interested in broadening her musical direction- taking a keen interest in genres from contemporary to jazz. She enjoys playing with the Dolce quartet on a regular basis and is excited to see what the future brings with opportunities for the quartet. She has performed with the RNCM chamber orchestra, concert orchestra, Baroque ensemble and jazz collective, and is looking forward to more performances with Dolce Flutes.