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.

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9th October: Lunchtime Concert – Winterreise (Part 1)

In this lunchtime concert Bass-Baritone Robert-John Edwards and pianist Gina Kruger will perform the first part of Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey) D911. This cycle of 24 songs was composed and published in two separate halves during 1827, and today’s concert is a performance of the first twelve songs as published in January 1828. Winterreise is the second of Schubert’s great song cycles based on the poems of Wilhelm Müller, following on from Die Schöne Müllerin, which Jonathan Hanley performed in St John’s earlier in the year.

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.

Robert-John Edwards will be returning to St John’s on 9th November, for an evening concert entitled “A Ploughman’s Tale”

About Robert-John Edwards:

Stamford-born Robert-John Edwards originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and he later trained as a singer, attending the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since winning the post-graduate course prize there, he has gone on to sing roles for Pavilion Opera, Heritage Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera Minima, Operamus,
Stanley Hall Opera, Opera Seria, Secret Opera, Saffron Opera Group, Hashtag Opera and Apollo Opera. He was a member of the professional chorus at Buxton for five years.

About Gina Kruger:

Gina Kruger is a truly international artiste. She holds degrees in piano from the United States and a post-graduate diploma from the Royal College of Music, London. During her studies at the Royal College of Music, she won the Fossat Award for Chamber Music which resulted in performances for the Queen of Denmark and a residency in France. She continues to appear as a recitalist locally and internationally.

16th October: Lunchtime Concert – Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues & Kate Wishart (Soprano & Piano)

Join professional opera singer Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues (Soprano) and Musical Director of Peterborough Opera Kate Wishart (Piano) for our last but one classical lunchtime concert of 2018. Full details of the programme are below.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made 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:

Silent noon – Vaughan Williams
Air champêtre – Poulenc
Ah love! But a day – Amy Beach
Frère voyez – Massenet (Werther)
Le secret – Fauré
Laudamus te – Mozart
Ganymed – Schubert
Ständchen – Strauss
O waly waly – Britten
Saper vorreste – Verdi (A Masked Ball)

About Gabriella:

Gabriella was a chorister in Peterborough Cathedral where she performed in regular live, televised broadcasts, sang for the Duchess of Gloucester and sang a solo Eucharist before gaining a full scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music.
In 2009. In her final year at Chetham’s Gabriella sang in the BBC proms performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in 2011. At the age of 17, Gabriella sang as a choral scholar in the Royal Naval Chapel Choir in Greenwich, here she sang for the Queen in 2012, performed a solo on BBC radio 3 Choral Evensong, a solo Eucharist, a performance with the renowned Kronos Quartet and sang in two episodes of Songs of Praise.
Alongside singing, Gabriella is also a very passionate teacher, from age 19 she has taught classes of children and regular one to one singing lessons. Gabriella has sung in major venues in the UK; The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and the Bridgewater Hall.
Gabriella was then awarded “The National Scholarship” to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama undertaking the BMus (Hons) Music degree under the tutelage of David Pollard. Gabriella continues a very busy schedule as a concert singer and recitalist. Gabriella’s opera credits include, Adele in Die Fledermaus (Chetham’s), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chethams), Mme Lidoine (2nd Prioress) in The Dialogues of the Carmelites (GSMD), Chorus in Le Donne Curiose (GSMD), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (GSMD), Alice Ford in Falstaff (AIMS) and 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute (British Youth Opera) Gabriella studies with the famous Coloratura Soprano Lillian Watson.

About Kate:

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 increased her musical activities and is developing a role as an accompanist. She is currently Musical Director of Peterborough Opera.

23rd October: Lunchtime Concert – Roger Stimson & Fergus Black (Violin & Piano) – “Second Violins!”

Second Violins!” features the talents not of an entire orchestral section but of just one (highly talented) violinist, Roger Stimson, and his piano accompanist, Fergus Black. In this lunchtime concert, Roger and Fergus will be playing the second violin sonatas of Vivaldi, Beethoven & Grieg.

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:

Vivaldi Sonata in A major Op.2 No. 2 RV31:

Presto (with small adagios)
Corrente
Adagio
Giga

Beethoven Sonata Op. 12 No. 2 in A major:

Allegro vivace
Andante, piu tosto Allegretto
Allegro piacevole (meaning enjoyed)

Grieg Sonata Op. 13 no. 2 in G major:

Lento doloroso
Allegro Vivace
Allegretto tranquillo
Allegro animato

30th October: Lunchtime Jazz – Kate Williams & Derek Scurll Jazz Quartet

We kick off a short season of jazz/folk lunchtime concerts with the Kate Williams & Derek Scurll Jazz Quartet, who’ll be bring us a blend of music from the Great American Songbook, and Latin jazz classics on voice and vibraphone.

Kate Williams studied classical singing at the Guildhall, and then ventured into work as a jazz vocalist alongside a successful teaching and therapy career. Derek Scurll studied music at Selwyn College,Cambridge and is now an in-demand orchestral percussionist and jazz drummer. His vibraphone playing is at the heart of this new project. Kate and Derek are joined by Fenland-based pianist Ivan Garford and Jose Canha on double bass.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made 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.

6th November: Lunchtime Concert – Lexie Green (Americana)

Continuing our season of non-classical café style concerts we are delighted to welcome singer and song writer Lexie Green, whose award winning songwriting and crowd pleasing live sets with her band Indigo Blue have gained her an enviable reputation as a performer who gets audiences dancing and a loyal following amongst fans of blues, country rock and Americana. Playing acoustic guitar as well as singing Lexie will be supported on fiddle by Indigo Blue band member Kat Moore, returning to St John’s after performing with The Stringlers in our first summer concert.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard. For this concert we’d like the audience to stay (or at least start!) seated in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church.

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 Lexie Green:

Lexie Green is a songwriter, farmer and self confessed proud mum from the Fenlands in Cambridgeshire. Her influences are described as Vintage Blues, Americana & Country Rock ‘n’ Roll. Gaining a few tasty International song writing awards and multiple album releases over the last few years she performs around England with her band of friends ‘The Indigo Blue’. (Sam, Kat, John and Steve).

Personally chosen by Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Introducing team to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage, hosted by Bob Harris at The Long Road Festival 2018. Lexie and the band have built up a strong reputation for their live performances. Recognised and respected by venues, radio presenters and audiences as a crowd loving and excellent ‘live’ band, their fun filled and happy stage presence shines through, winning over venues and audiences alike. Loving nothing more than to perform great music together, bring a smile, raise an audience to their dancing feet and make you feel like you are a huge part of that moment.

“If you want country-pop, then you are not going to find it here. Lexie Green’s music holds a more authentic and traditional UK sound that true lovers of music will appreciate and love.”Building Our Own Nashville

13th November: Lunchtime Jazz – Sara Hawkes and Peter Ravenhill (Vocals+Guitar)

Last year Sara Hawkes performed at our first ever Tuesdays Till Two lunchtime jazz session (with Ivan Garford on piano). This year she returns with guitarist Peter Ravenhill, who’s making his Tuesdays Till Two debut after performing at our “Not Quite the Royal Wedding” extravaganza with Sara in May. Sara will be performing well known jazz standards, including songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and more.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and home-made quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard. For this concert we’d like the audience to stay seated in the café area rather than moving to the pews at the front of the church.

The music 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 Sara Hawkes:

Originally from Blackpool, Sara moved to Peterborough to bring up her two children before returning to performing as a singer, at first mostly performing at open mic and jazz jam sessions. Her growing reputation has led to invitations to perform at numerous venues and events, both locally (e.g. John Clare Cottage, Oundle Festival Fringe, Key Theatre, Stamford Music Festival) and in her home town of Blackpool, where she recently performed as part of the Blackpool Pride Festival. Sara used to perform classical repertoire such as Opera and Art Song, and continues to train with a teacher who is a senior tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music but also now trains with top jazz artists and teachers.

About Peter Ravenhill:

Peter Ravenhill was inspired to take up the guitar after listening to the Shadows and Hank Marvin. He hasn’t stopped playing since. He has been in several local bands and has a love of Jazz and Blues. He has performed with Sara Hawkes at the Cambridge Jazz Festival and several concerts around Peterborough and is well known on the local scene for his versatility, skill and his love of a kebab! He is currently playing with Rockabilly band the Outsiders and has a three piece rockabilly band the Broadcasters as well as accompanying Sara on Jazz gigs.