Friday Lunchtime Concert

Friday 20th October
Rachel Johnson (Flute) and Jemima Palfreyman (Piano)

Rachel Johnson and Jemima Palfreyman

Rachel Johnson and Jemima Palfreyman

Rachel and Jemima have been playing together as a Duo since March 2013, giving highly successful recitals in venues including St Martin-in- the-fields, Manchester Cathedral, Ripon Cathedral, Whitworth Art Gallery, the Bridgewater Introducing series, and award-winning performances in the Buxton Festival Fringe. The Duo has received coaching from musicians including Richard Davis and Stephen Preston and has a developing programme of outreach work with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Classical Kids and other organisations.

Rachel is an active orchestral musician and soloist, particularly in demand as a piccolo player, and teaches both in schools in the Derbyshire region and privately from home.  Rachel is also a part-time doctoral student at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by an AHRC Studentship, investigating music-making in early-Victorian Manchester. She holds a Masters in Flute Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, prior to that studying Music at the University of Manchester.  Rachel has studied flute with Richard Davis, Andrew Nicholson and Peter Lloyd, Piccolo with Nicola Dowton, and Baroque Flute with Katy Bircher.  Her studies have been supported by awards from the Solti Foundation, EMI Music Sound Foundation, Laura Ashley Foundation, South Square Trust and Women’s Careers Foundation.  

As an orchestral musician Rachel appears regularly with the Cheshire Sinfonia, Apollo Sinfonia, Stockport and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestras.  She has held the position of Principal Flute with the RWCMD Symphony and Opera Orchestras, been selected for a side-by- side wind project and concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and played Piccolo with the Amadeus Orchestra and in the orchestras of numerous music societies around the North West.  Rachel is also a Musician in the Army Reserve, playing with the Lancashire Artillery Band, providing musical support to the British Army everywhere from Bolton to the Falklands.

Jemima is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Jeremy Young. She has performed in venues with a variety of orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 2006 BBC Proms, Birmingham Symphony Hall (where she made her debut as a concerto soloist) and the Bridgewater Hall. Recent concerto repertoire includes Saint-Saen’s 2 nd piano concerto in G minor, Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue and Beethoven’s 3 rd piano concerto. In 2010, Jemima was also invited to perform at the Rome International Piano Competition by renowned concert pianist Marcela Crudeli, who was taught by Cortot. Over her time in Manchester, Jemima has played to and learned with pianists including Peter Donohoe, Joan Havill, Julius Drake, Leon McCawley, Philip Martin, Graham Scott and Helen Krizos. On top of being an active performer, accompanist and orchestra musician, Jemima enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge through teaching, and on top of her busy schedule of private students, has also worked freelance alongside the North West Music Trust and Aimhigher Greater Manchester to bring music workshops to disadvantaged schools in the Greater Manchester area, with upcoming workshops specifically for young offenders. Jemima also holds the dipABRSM for teaching and the ABRSM Certificate of Teaching. Recently, Jemima has also worked as a hand double on BBC’s “Doctors” and “Our Zoo”.

They will be performing pieces by Büsser, Roussel, Mouquet and Gaubert.

Our concerts usually begin at 12.30pm. Tickets for the concerts are £5* and are available on the door. 

We regret that we no longer offer a lunch before the concert. Here is a message from Elisabeth Sykes explaining why:

Due to the dwindling number of customers and the difficulty in finding volunteers we regret that the lunches prior to the Friday concerts will no longer be available.  We would like to thank our supporters past and present and I wish to thank those ladies who in the past and at the present time have given freely of their time in preparing the lunches, not to mention those who have set up and taken down the chairs and tables. Thank you everyone. We hope you will continue to support the concerts which resume on September 8th.

Elisabeth Sykes

The church and its shop/café (The House on The Rock) are also open all day, so you are welcome to browse amongst books, cards, gifts and CDs or enjoy light refreshments before or after the concert.




Forthcoming concerts:

  • 27th Oct. Ugnius Pualiukonis (Piano)

  • 3rd Nov. Thomas Congdon (Baritone)

  • 10th Nov. Kalliope Clarinets

  • 17th Nov. Meera Maharaj (Flute) & James Girling (Guitar)

  • 24th Nov. Marie-Louise Taylor (Piano)

  • 1st Dec. Salford University Band

  • 8th Dec. Radcliffe Male Voice Choir

  • 15th Dec. Anyssa Neumann (Piano)

  • 22nd Dec. BPC Choir



Many of our artists return each year to perform for us, however we are always interested in hearing from new talented musicians. 

If you would like the opportunity, please send a short CV and contact details (address, phone and email) to the Marc Murray, Director of Music

We are able to pay a modest fee to those who perform.


*Admission is normally £5.00, but occasionally this may be increased for a particular concert. Pay at the door and get a programme of the music, biographical details of the performers and advance notice of future concerts.