Events & Concerts

For details of our worship, including on-line services, please see our Worship Services page. We resumed our series of regular concerts in September 2021. There aren’t any other events taking place in the church at the moment, except that the Church is open from 12 noon to 3 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays for our Welcome Centre (run jointly with Our Lady and St Thomas RC Church) and on Fridays from 12 noon to 2 pm for private prayer.

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.


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!

(Please note that the Summer Concerts between Thursday 14 July and Thursday 15 September have been organised separately: (details here).)

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

Ash Wednesday sung Communion
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm

All are welcome to our Sung Eucharist at 8 pm for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. (There will also be the usual on-line service at 10.30 am.)

World Day of Prayer service
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

All are welcome to this annual event: this year the service in central Harrow is at St John’s, and will be on the theme “I know the plans I have for you”. The service has been devised by the Christian women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

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

Maundy Thursday Communion
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Maundy” comes from the Latin for “commandment” (like “mandate”). At the Last Supper (on the night before his crucifixion on Good Friday) Jesus told his followers to love each other, and seek to serve rather than to rule. He demonstrated this by washing his followers’ feet. We will not wash feet at this service, but we will do the other thing that Jesus did at the Last Supper by taking and sharing bread and wine as his body and blood as a reminder of him. Please join us for this solemn celebration.

Good Friday walk of witness
Apr 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Central Harrow church members walk with a large wooden cross from Harrow Baptist Church in College Road through the streets to St John’s, where we finish with a short service.