Events & Concerts

General Information

Welcome to our Events and Concerts area. Here, you can find out about what’s happening at St. John’s.

If you are looking for information on our worship, please visit our Worship Services area, where you can find our service times, styles, and locations. Any variations from the regular pattern appear on this page.

Other activities include our Welcome Centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 noon to 3 pm (run jointly with Our Lady & St Thomas RC Church), and on Fridays from 12 noon to 2 pm the church is open for private prayer.


St John’s Church has held fortnightly lunch-time concerts since 1975. Concerts are held on alternate Thursdays throughout most of the year with breaks at Christmas, Easter and the summer. Please check this calendar for the next few dates (and programmes, when available).

Light refreshments are available from 11.45am and the concert begins at 12.30pm. There is usually an interval and the concert finishes at around 1.45pm.

Admission is free but there is a collection on the way out to cover expenses. Please come and join us!

Concert: Valentin Schiedermair (piano)
Jan 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch time music with Valentin Schiedermair
‘Mozart’s 265th Birthday concert’
Mozart: Sonata in C major K. 330
Beethoven: Sonata in E major Op. 14 No. 1
Chopin: Waltz in A flat major Op. 42
Bach: Prélude from English Suite No. 3 in G minor BWV 808
Mozart: Sonata in A major K. 331
Chopin: Etude in F major Op. 25 No. 3
Prélude in F sharp minor Op. 28 No. 8
Prélude in E flat major Op. 28 No. 19
Prélude in D minor Op. 28 No. 24

Concert: Dominika Rosiek (violin) and Miho Sanou (piano)
Feb 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch time music with Dominika Rosiek (violin) and Miho Sanou (piano)
Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3
G.Bacewicz: Polish Caprice
Sarasate: Romanza Andaluza
E. Mlynarski: Romance
J. Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs
Simonetti: Madrigal
J. Achron: Hebrew Melody

Concert: An-Ting Chang (piano)
Feb 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch time music with An-Ting Chang (piano)

Claude Debussy: Poisson d’or (The Fish of Gold)
Enrique Granados: Quejas, ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor (The Maiden and the Nightingale)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee
Camille Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

Pieces by An-Ting Chang (1985-):
Songs from My Room; London Night; Plague Time; Ping Pong Dance; Last June; Hoxton Street; Past Tense; Purple Dream

Concert: Sarah Gait (cello) and Frederic Bager (piano)
Mar 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch time music with Sarah Gait (cello) and Frederic Bager (piano)
Janacek: Pohadka
Lili Boulanger (trans. Gait): Le Retour
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
Schumann: “Mein schöner Stern” Op. 101, No. 4 (transcribed by S. Gait).

Concert: Dominic John (piano)
Mar 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch time music with <a href=””>Dominic John</a> (piano)

[We regret that Warren Mailley-Smith is indisposed and are very grateful to Dominic for stepping in at short notice]

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 (Waldstein): first movement
Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Grieg: Three Lyric Pieces: Butterfly, Op. 43, No. 1; Gangar (Norwegian March), Op. 54, No. 2; Wedding-day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65, No. 6
Gershwin: Three Preludes
Ravel: Sonatine
Lizst: Sonetto No. 123 de Petrarca
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (The Dance in the Village Inn)

Concert: The Plaegan Piano Trio
Apr 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch time music with the Plaegan Piano Trio
Helen Sills (violin)
Bettina St.J Lawrence (cello)
Alan Brown (piano)
Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32

Stainer’s Crucifixion
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Stainer's Crucifixion

The Choir of St John’s, with other local singers, will perform The Crucifixion, by John Stainer, on Good Friday, 15 April, at 7 pm.
Leaving collection for the Choir Fund.

Soloists: Edward Hughes (tenor), Christopher Jacklin (bass)
Philip Rees (organ), John Barnard (conductor)
Singers welcome for the choir (rehearsal, 4.30 pm on the day): details here or from Simon Patrick, 020 8427 7993.
Those attending will be invited to join in the hymns but do not need to attend the rehearsal.
Download the handbill

Concert: Nicola Tait (cello) and Mina Miletic (piano)
Apr 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch time music with Nicola Tait (cello) and Mina Miletic (piano)
Schumann: 5 Volkstücke: No. 1 With Humour
Janacek: Pohadka 1st movement
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade: Tale of the Young Prince & Princess
Rachmaninov: Oriental Dance
Glazunov: Chant du Ménestrel
Beethoven: Rage over the lost penny
Piazolla: Oblivion
Weber: Adagio & Rondo
Popper: Wie Einst in Schöner’n Tagen
Franck: Sonata 4th movement
Casals: Song of the birds

Concert: Phillip Dyson (piano)
May 12 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch time music with Phillip Dyson (piano)
Scott Joplin: The Entertainer
Erik Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1
Scott Joplin: Bethena
Felix Arndt: Nola
Billy Mayerl: Marigold
Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Rachmaninov: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2
Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66
George Gershwin: Medley (arr. Dyson)

Concert: Diana Brekalo (piano)
May 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch time music with Diana Brekalo (piano)

Beethoven: Sonata No. 17, Op. 31 No. 2 in D minor (“Tempest”)
Sergei Prokofiev: Etude in E minor (No. 2 from Four Etudes Op. 2)
Johannes Brahms: Three Intermezzi (Op. 118): 3. Ballade Allegro energico; 4. Intermezzo Allegretto un’ poco agitato; 5. Romanze Andante
Hubertus Schwinge: Selection from Rhythmiana