The 2021 Lunchtime Concert Series
Please keep checking this website for updates on concert progress.

Trio Exe invite you on a musical journey back to Russia in the 1890s. A period when Russian music was full of romantic melodies and gorgeous harmonies, with native composers respected and revered across Europe and a thriving cultural scene.
The main work in our programme is the Piano Trio No. 1 by Anton Arensky. Possibly not a name you have come across, and we are delighted to bring you this sumptuous music if it is your first introduction to the composer. Arensky specialised in composing chamber music and was devoted to the music of Tchaikovsky, even using some of Tchaikovsky’s melodies in his own works. This Trio is a whirlwind of contrasting moods, from the dramatic to the cheerful, both memorable and uplifting and guaranteed to brighten your day. They will also play some arrangements of pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

At every lunchtime concert the proceeds from the retiring colection are split between St. John's and another good cause. If you are unable to attend a particular concert, but would still like to contribute, please do so. If you click on the below 'Donate Now' link, or scan the QR code underneath, you will be taken to our Give A Little fundraising page. Here you will find the above concert listed alongside this season's previous concerts from which you can choose which to donate to.




Concert performances from 2021 that are still available online:



- 'Pipes & Reeds'. Jonathan Delbridge and Kevin Hurst performed music from the baroque

   and classical periods. Some of Jonathan's performace is available via this link:  



- 'A Virtual Musical Showcase'. With students from Taunton School under direction of Mark    

  Cracknell. Proceeds in aid of SSAFA and St. John's Church.

  Available via this link: https://youtu.be/8Qn7Pious00


- 'An Easter Recital of Organ and Vocal Music'.

   Featuring Sam Baker and Stephanie Berner. In aid of Taunton Foodbank and St. John's.

   Available via this link: https://youtu.be/lznI7AK2gdM


From our Benefice partner, St Mary Magdalene
A short organ recital and demonstration recorded in March 2021 by Miles Quick at St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton. 
Availalable to view online via this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oSVDIMcT1A&t=10s
Concert performances from 2020 that are still available online:

- Passions of Eastern European Music.

  With Elegance Duo (Yulia Northridge, violin and Kate Shetliffe, piano)

  Featuring selections from Tchaikovsky, Gliere, Bartok, and Rachmaninov.

  Available via this link: https://youtu.be/6tm5USqPN3U


- Organ Recital of English Music.

  With Jonathan Delbridge. Available via this link: http://youtube.com/JonathanDelbridge


- Magic and Passion from Eastern Europe.
  With Elegance Duo (Yulia Northridge, violin and Kate Shetliffe, piano)

  Available via this link:  https://youtu.be/3VHDa-03ViI


- 'Strings & Things', inn celebration of the 4Louis National Big Cake Day.

  With Queen's College students under the direction of Ed Jenkins Director of Music.  

  Available via this link:  https://youtu.be/uxnK-xj8LEA 


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The new kitchen and toilet facilities are at the West end of church, We are very grateful for the grant aid for this work from: National Lottery Awards for All; Diocese of Bath + Wells Fund for Church Growth; Garfield Weston Foundation; National Churches Trust; Allchurches Trust Limited - owners of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.