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Arts and Events at St John’s

St John’s School presents a varied calendar of exciting events throughout the academic year. Our talented musicians and actors perform in a range of concerts and plays during the Summer term, the majority of which are open to the public.

Alongside these, we host a number of exhibitions, chapel services and fundraising events in association with local charities and community groups. We warmly welcome you to our Autumn programme of events, and invite you to experience the talent and variety that St John’s has to offer.

To keep up to date with updates to events at St John’s please follow @STJSchoolEvents on Twitter.

Concerto Competition

Thursday 21 September 2017,  7.00pm in the Old Chapel



Following its successful 2016 inauguration, the Concerto Competition is the first of three annual competitions to take place at St John’s providing pupils with the chance to display technical ability and performance flair in front of a professional orchestra and an appreciative audience. Each entrant must learn one movement from a larger work for their chosen instrument and competitors will compete for the highly prized concerto cup trophy. Instruments featured include the bassoon, piano, violin and flute in an evening of dazzling virtuosity.

- Free
- Refreshments
- All welcome (booking required)

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Fundraising Recital

Thursday 28 September 2017, 7.30pm in the Old Chapel



St John’s is delighted to welcome members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for a concert to raise greatly-needed funds for this most electric of ensembles.

The National Youth Orchestra exists to provide breakthrough experiences to teenage orchestral musicians. The NYO has launched NYO Inspire, providing dedicated young musicians who lack opportunities to advance. 

The evening will offer the audience the chance to witness exceptional musicians. As our very own Alex Semple, Violin 2 string leader of the NYO, says: “Classical music can show us all a lot about  ourselves and each other ... it has a profound connection to us all”.
The NYO relies almost entirely on donor  support to fund the annual £1.5 million needed to fund the Orchestras endeavours. All funds raised will be used to preserve, maintain and grow this wonderful  musical institution..

- Retiring collection
- Refreshments
- All welcome (booking required)

A Celebration of St John's Sport

Saturday 30 September 2017, 7.00pm in the Dining Hall



St John’s has proved its sporting prowess in 2017. Our teams and individual athletes have prevailed against competitors from the top sporting schools. We are raising funds to continue to promote and develop sporting excellence in the school. 
We would be delighted to welcome you to an evening celebrating sport at St John’s with acclaimed sporting personalities as special guests.
Your ticket price includes a welcome drink and three-course dinner, followed by a Q&A session, an auction and dancing.

- Tickets £60
- All welcome (booking required)
- Dress code: black tie

Leatherhead Art Club Autumn Exhibition

Saturday 21 October to Sunday 29 October 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm in the Old Chapel



Leatherhead Art Club will again be holding its Autumn exhibition in the Old Chapel at St John’s in association with the annual Mole Valley Arts Alive programme.  
The exhibition will feature paintings from members of the club in range of styles and mediums, both traditional and contemporary. All paintings and greetings cards will be for sale and admission is free.


Private viewings with refreshments,  
Friday 20th October: 4.00pm – 6.00pm for St John’s staff, pupils and parents; 
6.00pm – 8.00pm for Leatherhead Art Club invitees.

 - Free

- All welcome (no booking is required)

Tenebrae Concert

Friday 10 November 2017, 7.00pm in the Chapel


Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, are back!
One of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, Tenebrae is renowned for passion and precision. In 2013 the choir’s recording of Fauré’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Gramophone Awards, having been described as “the very best Fauré Requiem on disc”. Tenebrae’s ever-increasing discography has brought about collaborations with Signum, Decca Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics,  LSO Live and Warner Classics.
Ahead of the concert on Friday, Tenebrae will undertake a residency and intensive rehearsals with our young singers.  
The concert will include a piece performed by Tenebrae and the Chapel Choir.
This promises to be one of the greatest ever musical events at St John’s!

- Tickets £15 (£12 Concessions)

- Refreshments

- All welcome (booking required)

Leatherhead Choral Society Concert

Saturday 18 November 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Old Chapel


Leatherhead Choral Society presents “Northern Lights”, an evening of soul warming music from the chilly Baltic.
Originating from the Baltic Sea countries – including Scandinavia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania- the concert will fuse elements of the national traditions with a unique modern style. 
Leatherhead Choral Society will perform in the charming surroundings of St John’s Old Chapel joined by soprano Rachel Ambrose Evans. It will be a stunning evening of music not to be missed!

- Tickets £14 (Free for Under 16s)
- Refreshments available
- All welcome (booking required via LCS website:

Tracy Kennington Piano Recital

Wednesday 22 November 2017, 7.00pm in the Old Chapel



Our beloved piano teacher Tracy Kennington will give a recital of piano works in the Old Chapel. Tracy has lived and worked in Surrey and London for over 25 years and has built a reputation as an experienced performer and notable accompanist working with chamber and vocal ensembles. Tracy leads the keyboard department at St John’s who have enjoyed many successes under her leadership. 
A supremely articulate advocate of the piano, she continues to inspire new generations of young people to engage with and excel at the instrument.
In this concert, Tracy will present a diverse programme providing something for all!

- Free
- Refreshments
- All welcome (booking required)

Haydn The Creation by Candlelight

Sunday 26 November 2017, 7.00pm in the Old Chapel



Hundreds of candles will transform the Old Chapel for an atmospheric performance of The Creation, Haydn’s evergreen and beloved large-scale choral work. Inspired by his encounter with Handel’s oratorios, most notably through hearing the Messiah in Westminster  Abbey, that Haydn decided he must replicate such “musical grandeur”.  
His oratorio enjoys acclaim as one of  the loveliest and most enjoyed of all the major oratorios. An anonymous English libretto on the creation of the world,  citing Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost, provided the foundation for the composer’s musical efforts.
Three of the country’s finest young singers will complement the choral society as soloists, accompanied by Mole Valley Baroque. Anna Cavaliero performs as Gabriel, Ruairi Bowen as Uriel and  Michael Craddock as Raphael.

- Tickets £10 (£8 Concessions)
- Refreshments
- All welcome (booking required)

Michaelmas Concert

Friday 1 December 2017, 7.30pm in the Chapel followed by Old Chapel



The annual Michaelmas Concert is an opportunity to enjoy music from the School’s best ensembles. The swing band and jazz band will also perform and  include talent from the Lower School. 
The evening will highlight excellent work from our string groups including the quartets and Sinfonia and small ensembles including the wind quintet and vocal groups. This concert will showcase the extraordinarily diverse talents within the School’s musical network. 
The concert will open the School’s seasonal celebrations leading up to Christmas. We look forward to welcoming you to  the festivities.

- Free
- Refreshments
- All welcome (booking required)

SJPA Christmas Market

Saturday 2 December 2017, 10.30am – 3.00pm in the Dining Hall



Join us to celebrate Christmas with our magical St John’s Christmas market. Christmas cheer will be available including stylish door wreaths and candle table decorations, pink gin, champagne and luxury confectionery, plus a fantastic selection of gifts for all the family.
Stalls this year include interior furnishings, fashion and jewellery designers, and local artists. A Christmas café will serve warm food and beverages so you can enjoy a coffee or mulled wine while shopping up a Christmas storm. High-quality Christmas trees will also be available to order.

- Entry £1 (Under 18s free)
- All welcome (no booking required)

Senior School Play

Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 December 2017, 7.30pm – 9.45pm in the PAC 



The Senior School play is an opportunity for pupils in the Upper Fifth through  Upper Sixth to be a part of the most significant school drama production of the year.

Recent productions have included Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, The Trial by Steven Berkoff and The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol.

- Free
- Refreshments
- All welcome (booking required)

SJPA Christmas Ball

Saturday 9 December 2017, 7.00pm – late in the Dining Hall



The annual SJPA Christmas is an event  not to miss! This year promises to be better than ever before with delicious food and drink complimented by dancing and a live band. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

-  Ticket price TBC
- Booking required via SJPA website:

Christmas Rock Concert

Tuesday 12 December 2017, 5.30pm in the PAC auditorium


St John’s is privileged to have pupils in rock bands adding to the School’s diverse musical life. Take the opportunity to hear them play alongside other performers singing solos, some of which are their own works. Many of the peripatetic staff have careers in professional bands and may perform alongside pupils. 
As the concert falls close to the end of Autumn Term the concert will likely have a festive edge. Last year the audience enjoyed a Christmas favourite performed by the staff in Santa hats!

- Free
- Refreshments
- All welcome (booking required)