9th August: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Mariko Terashi

Leicester based Japanese pianist Mariko Terashi has kindly agreed at short notice to replace singing violist Katherine Clarke as our performer at this week’s lunchtime concert.

The programme will include music by Chopin, Scarlatti, and Seixas.

As ever the church 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.

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

Programme:
D. Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major Andante Comodo. K.380
C. Seixas. – Sonata in G minor N.50
F. Couperin. – Les Barricades Mystérieuses – (The Mysterious Barricades)
D. Scarlatti – Sonata in G Major Allegretto K.146
F. Chopin. –
    Nocturne N.2 Op.9 N.2
    Nocturne Op. Post.
    Scherzo N.2 Op. 31
    Polonaise Op.53 “Heroic”

About Mariko Terashi

Mariko Terashi pursued her musical training with Yvonne Lefébure in France, with debut appearances in public concerts after winning the György Cziffra Award in Senlis, France.

Since moving to England in 1995, she has regularly appeared on the concert platform as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in Spain, appearing on Spanish TV, and collaborates regularly with the Polish Orchestra Vita Activa.

26th July: Lunchtime Organ Concert – James Bowstead

The second lunchtime concert in our summer season of Tuesdays Till Two will see a return visit by James Bowstead, who was Chris Why’s piano accompanist here on 7th June. In this concert James, who is a former organ scholar at Peterborough Cathedral and currently Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, will be giving his first recital on the St John’s organ, which was used for his audition for Organ Scholar at the cathedral.

As ever the church 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.

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.

Please note that there is no concert on 2nd August, but Tuesdays Till Two will return with four more weekly concerts from 9th August.

Programme:

J L Krebs – Prelude and Fugue in C major

H Howells – from 6 Short Pieces for Organ:
Quasi Lento: Teneramente
Aria
Allegro Scherzando

C Franck – Cantabile

F Mendelssohn – Sonata No. 2 in C minor

About James Bowstead:

James Bowstead is Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, where he plays the organ or directs the choir for the daily services and contributes to the training and rehearsal of the boy and girl choristers. He was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he was the Senior Organ Scholar, responsible for directing the voluntary choir, with whom he toured to Cologne, Bratislava, Vienna, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Whilst at Oxford he studied organ with Steven Grahl and choral conducting with Paul Spicer. He graduated in 2015, following which he worked as Organist in Residence at Pangbourne College in Berkshire and Organ Scholar at All Saints Church, Fulham, home to one of the best amateur church choirs in the country, and then as Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral.

He gained his FRCO in Winter 2018 and has given recitals at Jesus and Exeter Colleges, Oxford, at the 2015 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, and as part of the inaugural recital series on the newly-restored organ at the Moot Hall in Colchester. He is also a composer and arranger, having had works recorded by the Choir of Jesus College, Oxford for Regent, published by Novello and performed in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales.

21st July: Lunchtime Concert – Angharad Rowlands and Joseph Cavalli-Price (Mezzo-Soprano & Piano)

Announcement: In view of the declaration of a National Emergency due to the extreme temperatures forecast for Monday and Tuesday, it is not possible for this concert to take place on Tuesday as originally planned. It is now happening on Thursday 21st July.

Welsh mezzo-soprano Angharad Rowlands and her duo partner, Joseph Cavalli-Price, both making their St John’s début, are the first performers in a new season of six summer lunchtime concerts. Their programme will include works by Frank Bridge, Joseph Canteloube, Henri Duparc, and Herbert Howells, amongst other composers.

As ever the church 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.

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 Angharad Rowlands

Described by Gramophone as “arresting”, Angharad Rowlands is a Welsh mezzo-soprano from North Wales. She has recently completed a Master of Arts in Performance with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) where she studied on scholarship under Raymond Connell and Iain Ledingham. She is the winner of the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award Song Prize 2022, an Oxford Lieder Young Artist 2022-23, a Leeds Lieder Young Artist 2022 (supported by the Josephine Baker Trust), a Nevill Holt Opera Associate Artist 2022, a member of the Academy Song Circle and a semi-finalist of the Hurn Court Opera Singer of the Year Competition 2020. From September 2022 Angharad will join Royal Academy Opera.

A native Welsh speaker, Angharad grew up singing in the Welsh folk tradition, competing regularly in the National Eisteddfod of Wales. In 2020 she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where she was the 2019/20 recipient of the Drapers’ de Turckheim Award. Prior to her performance studies, Angharad read Art History at the University of St Andrews.

Future engagements include Chorus in a revival of Barrie Kosky’s production of Handel’s Semele at Opéra de Lille under Emmanuelle Haïm and cover Mother Goose in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at Royal Academy Opera conducted by Trevor Pinnock.

Angharad is very grateful to the RAM, the Drapers’ de Turckheim, the Josephine Baker Trust, Split Infinitive Trust, and the patrons of Hurn Court Opera for their generous support.

About Joseph Cavalli-Price

Welsh-Italian pianist Joseph Cavalli-Price is a Collaborative Pianist and Tenor completing his Masters in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Michael Dussek, Joseph Middleton, Malcolm Martineau and Raymond Connell. In 2020, he graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Vocal and Opera Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music.

Joseph is an Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder Young Artist for 2022/23 and is the Winner of the 2022 Mozart Competition Pianist Prize, the Academy’s Jacob Barnes Award for Collaborative Piano, 3rd place in the Rex-Stephenes Schumann Prize and very-highly commended in the English Song Competition’s Major Van Someren-Godfrey Prize for Piano Accompaniment.

At the Academy, Joseph also plays for the prestigious Song Circle and Academy Voices, recently performing in a series of three “Transcending Borders” recitals, exploring Songs from Austria, France and England and a recital of Strauss.

He has accompanied Masterclasses with Angelika Kirschlagger, Hartmut Höll, Dame Sarah Connolly, Florian Boesch, Christian Gerhaher, Lucy Crowe, Malcolm Martineau, James Gilchrist, Simon Lepper and Roderick Williams.

A talented ensemble singer, Joseph was a member of Harry Christophers’ The Sixteen Young Artist Scheme “Genesis Sixteen” for 2019/2020 performing at Bridgewater Hall, Hampton Court Palace and Magdalen College, Oxford. During his undergraduate, he held Choral Scholarships with the choirs of Llandaff Cathedral, St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral, and the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

Joseph is grateful for the support of Help Musicians UK, the Ryan Davies Memorial Award and the James Pantyfedwen Foundation.

16th August: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Richard Allum

The Tuesdays Till Two summer season continues with a concert by pianist Richard Allum, returning for his first concert here since summer 2018.

As ever the church 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.

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.

Richard’s programme for this concert will include two piano suites, the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg and Claude Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, whose third movement ione of the most famous piani compositions of all time, “Claire de Lune”

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.

23rd August: Lunchtime Concert – Hacha Duo (Oboe / Cor Anglais & Clarinet / Bass Clarinet)

The Tuesdays Till Two summer season continues with a duo concert featuring woodwind duo Hacha Duo, whose members are bass clarinettist Hannah Shilvock and oboist Catherine Underhill, who are both appearing at St John’s for the first time.

As ever the church 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.

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:

Hot Spots (for clarinet and cor anglais) – Daniel Dorff
Lakme Flower Duet – for clarinet and oboe, arr. Hannah Shilvock
Duo for clarinet and oboe – William Sydeman
Oboe Tango – Carolyn Morris
6 studies for oboe, movement VI ‘Le Ballet Espagnol’ – Silverstrini
Prelude for bass clarinet solo – Ruth Gipps
A selection of Scottish Airs for clarinet and cor anglais – arr. Hannah Shilvock
Mad Swans (for oboe and bass clarinet) – Alun Cook

About Hacha Duo:

Hacha Duo is a contemporary woodwind duo, performing a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire for the clarinet and oboe and their auxiliary instruments. It regularly commissions new music for its performances across the UK and has performed a number of world and UK premières of repertoire by composers including Alastair Penman, Daniel Dorff and George Shrapnell. The duo met as scholars at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2018 and have performed together at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and Southwark Cathedral. In 2020, they released their first album ‘Parts and Poems of the Body’ which is available on all online platforms. Hacha Duo strives to be a leading ensemble for celebrating new music for woodwind instruments and will continue to focus on commissioning new work, particularly by female composers.

About Catherine Underhill:

Catherine Underhill is a British oboist and cor anglais player.

She completed her masters in Oboe Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music Dance as a Helen Roll Trust and Trinity Laban Scholar. During her studies, she reached the semi-final of the soloists competition and played with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on their mentorship scheme. In 2021, Catherine performed in the orchestra of the Berlin Opera Academy. She is a member of Hacha Duo and the Hartley Duo. Catherine is a woodwind doubler and is co-director of CollecTve31, UK Contemporary Music and Arts.

About Hannah Shilvock:

Hannah is a BG France and RATstands artist based in Brighton. Hannah’s aim is to pioneer the bass clarinet as a solo instrument, showcasing how beautiful and versatile the instrument can be. She completed a Masters in Bass Clarinet Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with distinction, where she was a scholar for the two years and was awarded the Wilfred Hambleton Chamber Music Prize. In 2019, Hannah was a finalist in the first ever Silverstein Global Clarinet Contest, and has been named one of their ‘artists of the next generation’. Hannah was a semi-finalist in the Trinity Laban Soloists competiton with Michele Mangani’s Bass Clarinet concerto in 2020 and has recently published her arrangement of Debussy’s Cello Sonata arr. for bass clarinet and piano, with Alea Publishing.

14th June: Lunchtime Concert – Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones and David Newland (Violin & Viola)

In a change to our previously advertised programme, our spring season of concerts concludes with a violin and viola duo concert. Bulgarian violinist Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones is joined by violist and former RPO member David Newland for a concert featuring music by Handel, Mozart and American violinist and composer Benedikt Brydern.

Krassimira’s Violin & Piano Duo concert with Elizabeth Mucha will now take place on 18th October, to allow time for Elizabeth to recover from a recent operation.

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.

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:

Handel (arranged Johan Halvorsen) – Sarabande

Mozart – Duo for violin and viola B flat Major:
1. Adagio. Allegro
2. Andante cantabile
3. Thema con variazioni. Andante grazioso

Benedikt Brydern – Bebop for Beagles:
1. Hoover’s Holiday
2. Roosevelt’s Sun Shower
3. Flea Control: Mission Impossible
4. Kitchen Blues
5. Bebop for Beagles

About Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones:

Violinist Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones received her MA in Music Performance in the National Music Academy in her native Sofia, Bulgaria. She then continued honing her skills with renowned violin professors such as Franco Gulli, Igor Bezrodni and K. Aroutounian in Brussels, Belgium and Moscow, Russia. She became a highly versatile musician, being involved in a wide range of activities, from orchestra membership, to leadership of a number of chamber orchestras, co-leadership of the world renowned Moscow Academic State Orchestra and extensive solo performances. Her professional career took her to a number of countries, such as Russia, France, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, Japan, Egypt, Spain, among others.

She moved to the UK in September 2015 and has since been involved in a number of solo, chamber music and orchestra performances in London’s St. Martin in the Fields, Brighton’s Open Borders Festival, Bishop Stortford, Cambridge, Bury St. Edmunds, Brentwood, among others. She lives and teaches in Essex, having performed the solo part in a few major violin concertos, such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

About David Newland:

David Newland comes from Stoke-on-Trent where he showed early promise as a violin student. He gained a music scholarship to Repton and went on to study music at the Royal Manchester College of Music under Endre Wolf and Paul Cropper. His first orchestral appointment was with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra where he became sub principal viola. After a spell as principal viola with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, he subsequently came to London as sub-principal with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and then co-principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has now retired from the RPO but still enjoys freelance work, chamber music, gardening, and following the activities of his grandchildren.

7th June: Lunchtime Concert – Chris Why and James Bowstead (Tenor & Piano)

Once again, Tuesdays Till Two is bringing two new performers to St John’s as we welcome tenor Chris Why and pianist and organist James Bowstead for a concert with a decidedly Anglo-Italian programme, featuring operatic and oratorio arias, Italian and Neapolitan popular song, and some classic traditional songs. With a song by Queen Victoria’s singing professor, Paolo Tosti, who was later knighted by Edward VII, as well as rousing patriotic song “The British Grenadiers” there’s also a respectful nod to the Platinum Jubilee.

As ever the church 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.

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.

James Bowstead will be returning to St John’s for a lunchtime organ concert on 26th July, as part of our summer season of lunchtime concerts.

Programme:

Comfort Ye & Ev’ry Valley (Messiah) – George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759)
Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (Die Zauberflöte) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Nessun Dorma (Turandot) – Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)

Marechiare (Canto Napoletano) – Paolo Tosti (1846 – 1916)
La Danza (Soirées musicales) – Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
Caro Mio Ben – Tommaso Giordani (1730 – 1806)

The British Grenadiers – trad
Salley Gardens – trad
Shenandoah – trad
Danny Boy – trad

About Chris Why:

Chris is a freelance tenor based in West Yorkshire and currently studies with
Paul Nilon. He began his musical training as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral and has served as a Lay Clerk at both Wakefield and Manchester Cathedrals. He has a First-class degree in music from the University of Sheffield. Subsequently, being awarded the Mrs Stewart Blake recital prize in his final year and the Young Singers Bursary with professional ensemble Stile Antico.
He currently performs nationally on the oratorio and recital stages. Recent
highlights include Schumann Dichterliebe, Bach Johannes-Passion (St Mary
Redcliffe), Verdi Requiem (Bath Bach Choir), Britten Saint Nicolas (East Riding
County Choir), Handel Messiah (Salford Choral Society), and singing for Leeds
Rhinos Rugby Club. Alongside this, Chris teaches singing privately and at
Gateways Independent School in Harewood, Leeds.

About James Bowstead:

James Bowstead is Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, where he plays the organ or directs the choir for the daily services and contributes to the training and rehearsal of the boy and girl choristers. He was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he was the Senior Organ Scholar, responsible for directing the voluntary choir, with whom he toured to Cologne, Bratislava, Vienna, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Whilst at Oxford he studied organ with Steven Grahl and choral conducting with Paul Spicer. He graduated in 2015, following which he worked as Organist in Residence at Pangbourne College in Berkshire and Organ Scholar at All Saints Church, Fulham, home to one of the best amateur church choirs in the country, and then as Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral (after an audition on the St John’s organ!)

He gained his FRCO in Winter 2018 and has given recitals at Jesus and Exeter Colleges, Oxford, at the 2015 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, and as part of the inaugural recital series on the newly-restored organ at the Moot Hall in Colchester. He is also a composer and arranger, having had works recorded by the Choir of Jesus College, Oxford for Regent, published by Novello and performed in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales.

31st May: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Irena Radić

Our lunchtime concert season continues with our final solo piano concert of the season, given by Irena Radić, a former young musician of the year in both Peterborough and Oundle, now a graduate of the RCM in London and an award winning pianist.

As ever the church 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.

This will be an hour-long concert, but for those who need to be elsewhere by 2pm, there will be an opportunity to leave just after 1.45pm, before the final piece.

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.

Irena’s programme for this concert, which has been in preparation for many months, includes several works by Russian born composers, which some may find difficult at the current time. Irena writes:

“I wholeheartedly condemn the actions of Putin and anyone who supports him. The music has not in any way been chosen because of the composers’ nationalities. While Medtner, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin were born in Russia, they spent large portions of their lives living abroad – in the UK, US and Switzerland respectively. But first and foremost, these works were not in any way intended as political statements when written, so their music has been programmed simply because it is wonderful music. This programme includes pieces that are dear to me for many reasons – some of which have helped me through difficult times. They came from the hearts and minds of individual humans, yet they have the transcendental power to move and connect with anyone anywhere in the world, more than a century after they were written, through the pure and universal language that is music.”

Programme:

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
– Prelude in C# minor Op. 45 (1841)
– Prelude in Ab major Op. posth (1834)

Nikolai Medtner (1880 – 1951)
4 Fairy Tales Op.26 (1910 – 1912)
– No.1 in Eb major: Allegretto frescamente
– No.2 in Eb major: Molto vivace
– No.3 in F minor: Narrante a piacere
– No.4 in F# minor: Sostenuto

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
10 Preludes Op.23 (1901 – 1903)
– No.1 in F# minor: Largo
– No.2 in Bb major: Maestoso
– No.3 in D minor: Tempo di minuetto
– No.4 in D major: Andante cantabile
– No.5 in G minor: Alla marcia
– No.6 in Eb major: Andante
– No.7 in C minor: Allegro

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Alexander Scriabin (1872 – 1915)
Piano Sonata no.4 in F# Op.30 (1903 – 1904)
– i. Andante
– ii. Prestissimo volando

About Irena Radić:

An award-winning pianist and versatile chamber musician, Irena Radić is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Niel Immelman and Dina Parakhina as a Cotes-Burgan Scholar. She completed her Master of Performance degree with distinction in 2020, and holds a First Class Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree (2018). Prior to that she attended the RCM’s Junior Department where she studied with Lynette Stulting, supported by the Tsukanov Family Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Else and Leonard Cross Charitable Trust. As a recipient of the John Mortimer Award, Irena was selected as a Philharmonia MMSF Piano Fellow 2018-19, and was a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award Holder 2018. She is also grateful to have received support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Hilda Martindale Educational Trust and the St Marylebone Educational Foundation.

A finalist in the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition (2018), Irena won second prize in the RCM’s Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition (2018) and was a prizewinner at two international music festivals: Verão Classico Masterclasses (2017) (Portugal) and Alion Baltic International Music Festival (2017) (Estonia). Other awards include the Teresa Carreño Piano Prize (2014), Young Musician of the Year (2013) at both Peterborough and Oundle Music Festivals, the Head of Junior Programmes Prize (2013), and runner up in the Gordon Turner Memorial Competition (2013) receiving the May Edwards Memorial Prize. She was also chosen to perform at the Wigmore Hall as a prizewinner in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival (2012 & 2013). Irena has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, The Forge, Bolivar Hall, Routh Hall, West Road Concert Hall and the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. She has also performed in numerous masterclasses with pianists including Bruno Canino, Charles Owen, Cristina Ortiz, Eldar Nebolsin, Jura Margulis, Mikhail Voskresensky and Norma Fisher.

Most recently, performances have featured works such as Rachmaninoff’s 10 Preludes Op.23, Brahms’ Piano Trio no.1 in B major, Prokofiev’s Five Melodies Op.35 for Violin & Piano, Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute & Piano, Schumann’s Three Romances Op.94 for Oboe & Piano and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major Op.70 No.1 ‘Ghost’. Other recent performances have included Mozart’s Sonata in D for 2 Pianos, Schumann’s Humoreske Op.20, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio no.2 in E minor, a world première of Tantrum – a new work for Piano and Percussion by Nino Russell, and two performances of Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion. She regularly works with musicians including Martin James Bartlett (piano), Katherine Bryer (oboe), Sirius Chau (flute), and is a founding member Trio Tonada with David López Ibañez (violin) and Deni Teo (cello). With Swedish guitarist Jonatan Bougt, she creates new arrangements for their Guitar and Piano duo and their current programme includes Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes Op.34, which they have arranged with kind permission from Irina Shostakovich. In 2016 they won second prize at the Twents Guitar Festival in the Netherlands.

Alongside her career as a concert pianist, Irena is a dedicated and passionate teacher who has a wide range of students of all ages and abilities. When working with children, her teaching is inspired by the Suzuki method, having studied with Jenny Macmillan from an early age. Irena teaches privately and, since 2020, as a Visiting Music Teacher at St Catherine’s School in Bramley.

Irena also plays orchestral piano and celeste and has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, Diego Masson, Alexander Polishchuk, Peter Stark, Richard Dickins and Tim Lines in venues including Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Festival Hall. Recent performances include works such as Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Ravel’s Daphnis & Chloé, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, Shostakovich’s Symphonies nos. 1 & 5, Bernstein’s West Side Story – Symphonic Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Reich’s Three Movements for Orchestra and Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra.

24th May: Lunchtime Concert – Andy Harris & Fergus Black (Trumpet & Piano)

Our lunchtime concert season continues with trumpeter Andy Harris, Trumpet Leader for Sheffield Music Hub, who is performing here for the first time, together with pianist Fergus Black Together they will take us on a Trumpet Journey through Europe, from Padre Martini in 18th century Bologna, via France, Spain, and the Steppes in Carl Höhne’s Slavic Fantasy, to the gypsies of Hungary in Monti’s famous Czardas.

As ever the church 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.

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:

Toccata in D – Martini
Slavishe Fantasie – Carl Höhne
There is a path (from Folk Melodies) – Witold Lutoslawski
Paths for solo trumpet- Toru Takemitsu
Farewell to Stromness – Peter Maxwell Davies
Posthorn Galop – Hermann Koenig
Catalonia (second movement) – Richard Peaslee
Trumpet Concerto (third movement) – Johann Nepomuk Hummel
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Gabriel’s Oboe – Ennio Morricone

About Andy Harris:

Andy is a trumpeter who spent his school days in Uppingham and gained a place with the orchestras and bands in the Leicestershire Arts Music Service, culminating in principal trumpet with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. He then trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he won the ‘Alfred Corfield’ trumpet prize in his final year and was awarded a BMus Honours Degree.

He began teaching with Derbyshire Music Partnership and also found himself in a UB40 tribute band touring Europe for 10 years. Andy has been involved in many commercial music events, shows and festivals. He is very interested in the Baroque period and loves playing the music from this golden age of trumpet. He has played in almost every genre of music from orchestral to Asian wedding bands. Currently he is involved in a trio of trumpet, soprano and organ called “Sounds of Splendour” which not only play the baroque repertoire but have been pushing the boundaries with their own versions of artists like Beyoncé.

Andy has always been very keen to learn as much as possible about brass playing and the trumpet in particular. In 2011 he spent some time in America studying with Clint ‘Pops’ McLaughlin, one of the leading trumpet teachers in the world which completely transformed his playing and his teaching.

About Fergus Black:

Fergus Black was born in Scotland. After taking his degree at St. Andrews University, he studied music in the USA at the University of Pennsylvania and at UCLA, before returning to the UK. He works as a freelance musician: performing and teaching – both privately and in schools. He gives occasional piano recitals, and is often found as a duet partner for chamber music recitals with singers and instrumentalists. Recent recitals have been with violinist, violist, trumpeter and flautist. Some of his work with the trumpeter Andy Harris can be found on YouTube.

He lives in Peterborough with his wife, Helen, and his web site is at www.fergusblackmusic.uk

17th May: Lunchtime Piano Concert – Valentin Schiedermair

Our lunchtime concert season continues with our second solo piano concert of the season, given by German pianist Valentin Schiedermair, who is performing at St John’s for the first time.

As ever the church 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.

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:

Scarlatti – Sonatas in E major K.380 & 531
Soler – Sonatas in D minor and D major
Beethoven – Pathétique Sonata in C minor Op.13
Chopin – Waltz in A flat major Op.34 No.1
Rachmaninov – Etude-tableau in F sharp minor Op.39 No.3
Liszt – Tarantella di Napoli

About Valentin Schiedermair:

A Valentin Schiedermair performance is more than just a concert: it is a musical event. This London-based German pianist engages with his audience and draws on all his exceptional background and experience to take them on a musical journey. His objective is simple – to share the joy and excitement of music with his audience.

Valentin Schiedermair’s solo tours of China, Taiwan and Singapore drew enthusiastic audiences in fifteen major cities. In Taipei alone he has already given six recitals and they usually finish only after five or six encores. The University of Shenzhen has awarded him a guest professorship in recognition of his contribution to the musical exchange between China and Germany. TimeOut magazine in Singapore made his recital No1 critics’ choice of the month. It was attended by the German Ambassador and he was invited to give the final concert of the first Singapore Beethoven Sonata Cycle. He also gave the opening concert of the Beethoven Piano Festival in Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn, Germany.

Schiedermair, who made his debut at a sold-out Berlin Philharmonic Hall, learned from some of the best and has been developing his unique blend of virtuosity and insight in concerts, recitals and orchestral performances world wide for more than 30 years. He comes from a family of scholars with musical roots going back to the 18th century and grew up playing chamber music with his father at the cello. His great-grandfather, himself a pianist and composer, was one of the leading musicologists of his day. He published the first complete edition of Mozart’s letters and founded the Beethoven Archive in Germany, the leading research centre for Beethoven.

Valentin Schiedermair received a classical education in Heidelberg where he studied at the music academy with Paul Dan and won first prize in a piano competition. Another prize in Lugano followed, and he took lessons with the Chopin prize-winner Halina Czerny-Stefanska and her Polish husband Ludwig Stefanski. Aged 20 he won a further prize in Barcelona and was chosen as one of two German students in the performing arts to continue his studies in New York with scholarships from the Annette Kade Foundation and the Fulbright Commission.

In New York Schiedermair found a stimulating mix of teachers. He heard Horowitz play in Carnegie Hall and took lessons with Gary Graffman, Horowitz’s favourite pupil, who taught him much of the core classical and Romantic repertoire. He continued his studies at the Vienna Music Academy under Hans Kann, then in London with Peter Wallfisch at the Royal College of Music. Master classes with virtuosos Shura Cherkassky, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and many others completed his studies. Not surprisingly, he is now in demand for master classes in Europe and Asia where he passes on the musical tradition he experienced first-hand. Master classes have taken place at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Shenzhen University in China, the National Chiayi University in Taiwan, the Chinese Culture University, Shih Chien University and Aletheia University in Taipei as well as the Mannheim Music Academy in Germany and the Guildhall School of Music in London.

Since his first radio recording aged 16 Schiedermair has developed a large repertoire and his concert career has taken him all over the world. He is a frequent guest at international festivals and has given live and recorded recitals for radio. His CDs have won him many friends in Asia, where he tours regularly.

Valentin Schiedermair also composes and teaches composition. He grew up in a family with a close affinity to the music of Mozart, Beethoven and the romantic composers. While his style is essentially intimate and lyrical, his playing conveys passion and drama in equal measure. He enjoys researching the historical and biographical background to the music he plays to get as close to it as possible – and to share this enjoyment with his audience.