Music in stunning surroundings at Peterborough Cathedral

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Peterborough Cathedral’s Summer Recitals programme is a series of free performances by distinguished professional musicians.

It takes place mainly on Wednesdays starting on July 15 with world-renowned countertenor James Bowman and pianist Andrew Plant.

For the first time this year, a few of the performances will take place outdoors in the newly opened Porticos of the West Front, thanks to the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The first outdoor recital on 22nd July is entitled “Peterborough Portico Jazz” and will be a tribute to Peterborough-born entrepreneur Peter Boizot and his contribution to the British jazz scene.

All performances are free of charge though donations are invited to help cover costs. The performances begin at 1pm and usually last around 45 minutes.

JUly 15

James Bowman has been one of the world’s leading countertenors for over 40 years. He will perform with pianist Andrew Plant, with whom he enjoys a long-standing and particularly fruitful recital partnership.

July 22

Introducing Peterborough Portico Jazz, a tribute to Peterborough-born Peter Boizot’s contribution to the British jazz scene. Steven Grahl, the Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral who has a keen interest in jazz, will play jazz piano.

July 29

Award-winning flautist Katherine Smith is a graduate of both Birmingham and Trinity Laban Conservatoires. She has performed at The Kings Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Southbank Centre. Her accompanist Panaretos Kyriatzidis is currently a Leverhulme Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

Outside in the Portico

August 5

Jill Crossland performs regularly at London’s Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall as well as internationally in Vienna and Leipzig. Her recording of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier for Signum Classics was described by the Penguin Guide as “a remarkable achievement, ranking with the finest”.

August 12

Nicola Hands studied oboe and cor anglais at the Royal Academy of Music after graduating in languages from Cambridge University. At the RAM she played principal oboe for Sir Colin Davis, Thierry Fischer and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Performing with Jonathan Pease on the piano

August 19

Lincoln-born soprano Chloe Saywell recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music. Her experience as a soloist includes opera and concert work in venues including the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Duomo in Florence. Fellow RNCM graduate Stephenie Leung is her accompanist. Both are musicians in residence for Yehudi Menuhin’s charity organisation Live Music Now.

August 26

In Nomine Domini is a newly-formed consort of professional singers who seek to convey the Christian message through their performance of sacred vocal music.

September 2

Chris Lloyd, piano, and Katy Ovens, flute

Australian pianist Chris Lloyd recently completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He previously graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide. Katy Ovens is a London-based flautist and piccolo player currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music.

Saturday September 12 (to coincide with Peterborough’s Italian Festival)

Italian Pietro Roffi studied classical accordion at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He started his concert career in 2011 as a soloist and chamber musician, playing baroque music written for organ and harpsichord, 19th and 20th century piano music and original music written especially for the accordion.