17th May: Mesh – A new evening event in St John’s

Next Wednesday at 6pm St John’s will be hosting a night of international poetry and music. With performers from as far afield as East Timor, Lithuania, Africa and Brazil it should be a night of surprises. If you’ve come to our Tuesdays Till Two concerts a lot will seem familiar – the chance to enjoy a slice of cake with a hot drink in our café area, followed at 7.15pm by some serious but (we hope) uplifting culture – but we hope that “Mesh”, as we’ve named our new event, will have a distinctive feel of its own. At Mesh we’ll be aiming to be multicultural in more ways than one – bringing together writers, musicians, photographers, and artists, and bringing together the many different communities that now make up our city, giving all of us a chance to share each other’s food, culture and company. Unlike at Tuesdays Till Two we’ll have live music while the café is running, so please don’t turn up just before 7.15pm, or you’ll find you’ve missed the chance to hear Brazilian guitarist Estevão Devides, and violinist Anthony Nottingham. The poetic part of the proceedings will be split into three sections, and we’ll have some more music while you have a chance to do some mid air refuelling from our café. We’re very grateful to the “Shepherd’s Inn” Lithuanian restaurant, which will be supplying some Lithuanian treats for you to enjoy from our café.

Future Mesh events will probably take place on Fridays, but this time around we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for you to hear from three prominent Lithuanian writers, who are visiting the city on 16th and 17th May. The day before they perform for us they will be reading from their work in Lithuanian at Chauffeurs Cottage, but on the 17th they will be reading their work in English translation, as will some of our other international performers. We’ll also be bringing you poetry from the African, Portuguese, and Latvian communities in Peterborough as well as a chance to hear from well known local poets like Viv Foster, and our former poet in residence Pete “Cardinal” Cox. Alun Williams, who will be familiar to many as the regular host of Tuesdays Till Two, runner-up to Charley Genever at the last Poet Laureate of Peterborough competition will host the evening, and also hopes to read some of his recent work. Charley Genever won’t be performing, but she will be on hand, with entry forms and information about the next Poet Laureate competition, which is scheduled to take place in September at the Key Theatre.

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9th May: Lunchtime concert – “First Violins”

“First 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 first violin sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.

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.

Roger and Fergus will play the Mozart sonata first, then the Haydn, and finally the Beethoven. This the order in which they were composed: Mozart composed his first violin sonata aged just eight, while Hadyn, born 24 years before Mozart, did not compose his first violin sonata, taken from a piano trio for which the cello part is possibly not authentic, until 1792, a year after Mozart’s death. Beethoven, born in 1770 composed his first violin sonata in 1798.

23rd August: Lunchtime Violin & Piano Concert – Music from France

fb_event_buttonReturning for her second lunchtime performance at St John’s this month, pianist Irena Radić is joined by violinist Freya Goldmark in a concert of some of the finest music for violin and piano written by French composers. The highlight will be a performance of Franck’s thrilling Sonata in A Major, but we’ll also hear works by composers such as Debussy and Lili Boulanger.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade 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 Freya:

imageFreya Goldmark has performed extensively in the UK, not least at Sandringham in front of Prince Charles, in Europe (including Russia, and live on Norwegian national radio), and in Asia in places as far afield as Bangkok, Hong Kong and Penang. She is the founder of the Uppingham International Music Festival, which will take place for the first time over three days in November this year.  You can read more about Freya here.

 

About Irena:

Irena RadićA former young musician of the year in both Peterborough and Oundle, Irena Radić is a frequent performer at St John’s. Her most recent appearance here was in a solo recital in April. You can read more about Irena here.

14th April: Early evening violin concert with Nathalie McEvoy

Nathalie Recitalfb_event_buttonNathalie McEvoy, an ‘A’-level music student at King’s School gives a free evening recital in St John’s this Thursday. Emily Smith accompanies her on piano.

Programme:

Beethoven – “Spring” Sonata 1st Movement
Fauré – Romance in B Flat
Albeniz – Asturias (Leyenda)
Bach – Sarabande and Giga from Partita No. 2
Kabalevsky – Violin Concerto in C 1st Movement.