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endar 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.

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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 £70

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)