Music at St John’s:

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Chamber concerts.

A 4-concert chamber music series in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, showcasing members of the orchestra in a smaller and more intimate setting.

Following sold-out performances of Gavin Bryars’s Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet in early 2023, St John’s is extending the partnership with London Philharmonic Orchestra. The repertoire of this series will include more contemporary works by living composers, as well as arrangements of the likes of Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder for surprising instrument combinations. Our partnership also includes joint Education and Community projects, including accessible participatory musical experiences with the local communities we both serve.


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Rush hour concerts.

Free, bite-sized early evening concerts in the heart of London featuring Southbank Sinfonia and an array of renowned guest artists.

Each year, Southbank Sinfonia welcomes 33 of the world’s most promising graduate musicians to embark on its renowned fellowship, providing a much-needed springboard into the profession. More than just an orchestra, it is a community in which young talents can find their own creative strengths, fulfil personal goals, make lasting contacts, and take their musicianship to new frontiers.


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Spotlight Chamber Concerts.

A series of chamber concerts at St John’s featuring the world’s finest classical musicians in a uniquely atmospheric, immersive seeting.

This winter’s Spotlight Chamber Concerts returns to the ‘beautifully restored church of St John’s Waterloo’ (Observer). Five world-class classical music concerts offer an intense, immersive experience of live music, with dramatic lighting centred only on the performers, and the audience in the dark and in the round.

“An unforgettable experience…a bright light in a dim world” – Audience feedback


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St John’s Waterloo, the church on the IMAX roundabout at Waterloo, is a historic Grade II* church that reopened in October 2022 after a major restoration by Eric Parry Architects.

There has been music at St John’s since we first opened in 1824. When we were rebuilt as the church of the Festival of Britain in 1951, the newly restored nave was adorned with murals by German Jewish refugee artist Hans Feibusch and served as host to many choirs who travelled from across the country to perform in the Festival.

Today, we host a year-round programme of concerts, exhibitions and events including the Waterloo Festival. Increasingly, our focus is on bringing artists and arts organisations together with local people to co-produce projects that reflect our diverse neighbourhood. The creative process strengthens the bonds of our community and our beautiful historic church and churchyard garden.

Artistic Director: Euchar Gravina

Outreach and Engagement Officer: Abigail Tripp

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