My St John's
Skip Navigation LinksHome > News and Events > Events > Arts and Events

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.


Junior Schools Orchestral Play Day Concert

Thursday 25 January 2018, 7pm in the Performing Arts Centre Auditorium


All are welcome to this annual event that will see a nearly-150 strong orchestra perform in the auditorium of the PAC. The children, assembled from scratch and made up of junior schools and Prep schools from around the local area, work throughout the afternoon to present an exciting evening recital of pieces ranging from Mozart to Musical Theatre. The concert is informal in nature, and lasts around 20 minutes, providing many children the opportunity to play repertoire they would not normally play. It is a delight, this year, to welcome local junior schools alongside their prep school counterparts.

- Free
- Interval Refreshments
- All welcome (booking required)

Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra Concert

Saturday 24 February 2018, 7.30pm in the Old Chapel


Nicholas Smith, our very own Director of Music, returns to the Old Chapel with the Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra for a sensational concert of Beethoven and Butterworth. This local orchestra, which now performs regularly at St John's, was founded in 1932 and is one of the very best in the area. Ursula Perks will be the soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no.4 in G, which is paired with his Symphony no.1 in C.

George Butterworth's arrangement of the folk song The Banks of Green Willow' will open the concert.

There will surely be something for everyone!

- £14 (£9 concessions)

The Forbes Senior Music Competition Recital

Tuesday 27 February 2018, 7pm in the Old Chapel


This competition has become an exciting addition to the St John's annual music calendar. The department hosts a full day-long music competition involving all pupil musicians across all years. Pupils are awarded prizes in three categories Uun io r; intermediate and senior) across all instruments taught at St John's. The winners of the senior categories in keyboard, woodwind, brass, strings and percussion perform at an evening recital in the Old Chapel, a panel of three senior judges, all experts in their respective musical fields, will announce a final winner.

It promises to be an excellent evening of sublime music making!

- Free
- Refreshments ahead of concert
- All welcome (booking required)

Junior Schools' Choral Evensong

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 6.30pm in the Old Chapel


Alongside the Orchestral Play Day, this Junior Schools' Choral Evensong  is the other annual opportunity at St John's for junior and prep school choirs to enjoy music making with a large ensemble, and perhaps tackling music which would not normally be available to them. The service is well attended by parents and staff of the respective schools, and it is another opportunity in the term to enjoy the cadences of the Book of Common Prayer, set to music by composers across many centuries.

- Free
- No refreshments provided
- All welcome (booking required)


St John's Sinfonia Concert

Tuesday 20 March 2018, 7.30pm in the Old Chapel


The School's now established premier string ensemble, the St John's Sinfonia, takes on the challenge of exciting new repertoire in a concert that will thrill from beginning to end.Nicholas Smith, Director of Music, conducts Beethoven's sixth symphony alongside other evergreen compositions. It will be the orchestra's largest event of the year, aside from its performance in Cadogan Hall in May, in the ambient acoustic of the Old  Chapel. Smaller string ensembles; most notably the string quartet will also have the opportunity to perform in this concert.

- Free
- Refreshments ahead of concert
- All welcome (booking required)


Middle School Play: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe


Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 March 2018, 7.30 - 10pm in the Performing Arts Centre


After stumbling upon an enchanted wardrobe, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy embark on a magical adventure to the  land of Narnia.

A cursed land; Narnia is forced to have an eternal winter, held under the spell of the White Witch. Can the four children aid the poor folk of Narnia and bring them spring again?

St John's Drama Department is pleased to announce this year's Middle School Play The Lion,The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis adapted for the stage by Glyn Robbins.

In the second major production of the year the Middle School Play is an opportunity for Fourth Form and Lower Fifth pupils to showcase their performance abilities.

- Free
- All welcome (booking required) 
Tickets will be available from the  beginning of March at