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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 Summer programme of events, and invite you to experience the talent and variety that St John’s has to offer.

You can view and download a copy of the Summer Term Arts and Events brochure.

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


In Memoriam

Wednesday 24 May 2017, 7.00pm in the Chapel

Join us for an evening of music and readings to remember the 12 members of the St John’s community who died in the First and Second World Wars and whose names have been newly inscribed on the Roll of Honour Boards in the Chapel.

We gather together in the Chapel on Wednesday 24 May for the dedication of the names of those whose deaths were unknown to the School until recently. No longer forgotten, Old Johnians from all the armed forces including Chaplains, a School Governor and a member of the support staff are among their number.

The names of those added to the School’s Roll of Honour Boards are:

  • Second Lieutenant Willingham Richard EKINS, East Yorkshire Regiment
  • Private Leslie William George James HAYWARD, Royal Army Medical Corps
  • Second Lieutenant Revd Arthur Starr JUKES, 10th Battalion, London Regiment
  • Temporary Chaplain Revd Thomas Erskine ROSS, RN, HMS Exmouth
  • Lieutenant William Lionel Charles WALROND, MP, Army Service Corps
  • Captain Willoughby Thornton WRIGLEY, MC, 5th Wiltshire Regiment
  • Flight Lieutenant Patrick John BOOTHMAN, DFC, RAF
  • Lieutenant Robert Harold Percy BROWNE, RN HMS Hood
  • Officer Cadet Peter Richmond Burnham BURGE, Royal Artillery
  • Flight Lieutenant Lindsay Northcote Beavis CANN, DFC, 156 (Pathfinder) Squadron, RAF
  • Paymaster Captain Basil Frederick HOOD, CBE DSO OBE, RN, HMS Victory
  • Flight Lieutenant John Llewellyn REES, RAF


This event is open to the public

Refreshments will be served on the Quad afterwards

Celebrity Organ Recital: Colin Walsh

Friday 9 June 2017, 7.00pm in the Chapel

Colin Walsh’s association with cathedral music goes back over forty years. He has served, in various capacities, at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Christ Church Oxford (where he took an honorary degree in music), Salisbury Cathedral and St Albans Cathedral. He has been Organist of Lincoln Cathedral for 25 years. As an organ recitalist he has played in all the major venues in the UK, most European countries, the USA, Australasia, Hong Kong and Russia.

His studies in Paris with the blind French organist and composer Jean Langlais inspired him to specialise in 19th- and 20th-century French organ music. In 1988 he played, at a public concert, the music of Olivier Messiaen in front of the composer. His recordings on CD and DVD as a choral conductor, accompanist and soloist number nearly forty over many years and various labels. More recently, he appeared as organ soloist in the BBC Radio 3 ‘Live in Concert’ series.

He describes the famous ‘Father’ Henry Willis organ of Lincoln Cathedral as ‘one of the best’. He teaches in Cambridge and London and his interests include travel, animals and good food.

Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)


This event is open to the public

Part of the St John’s Early Music Festival 2017

Middle School Play: Emil and the Detectives

Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 2017, 7.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre

If Ida Tischbein had known the dangers that lay ahead for her young son Emil, she would have never let him go. The devoted single mother waved Emil off as he boarded a train to Berlin with an envelope containing 140 marks to deliver to his grandmother.

Not long after boarding he encountered the mysterious Mr Snow, who drugged Emil with a poisoned apple, sending him into a deep sleep. When Emil awakened, he realised he had been robbed! Determined not to let his mother down Emil set out to track down the thief.

Come and join Emil and his team of detectives in a thrilling chase through 1920’s Berlin. This entertaining play will be performed by our middle school pupils from the Fourth and Lower Fifth Forms. This event is open to the public.

Tickets are available to book online.

Complimentary refreshments will be served during the interval.

Summer Rock Concert

Wednesday 21 June 2017, 6.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre

Rescheduled date and change of venue.

St John’s is privileged to have pupils in rock bands – just one more facet of the School’s diverse musical life. Many of the peripatetic staff who have careers in professional bands are involved in running these, and often perform alongside the pupils. Hear the bands go head to head on this exciting evening. Acoustic performances have become an increasingly important part of this event, so prepare yourself for a host of diverse performances!

Please note, this event will take place in the Old Chapel, and not the Performing Arts Centre.


Barbecue supper provided

This event is open to the public

Lower School ‘Play in a Day’ Performance

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 6.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre

Parents and families are welcome to come and watch a showcase of the L3 drama performance. The pupils have been studying Shakespeare’s works including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. This event will challenge them to produce a performance with only a day’s preparation.

Free tickets but online booking required.

This event is open to the public

Annual Art Exhibition

Date TBC, in the Henry Dawes Centre

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2017 art exhibition. The exhibition will showcase work from our A2 and GCSE pupils, and takes place in the Henry Dawes Centre. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Keep an eye out for dates in the Summer term.

Leavers' Ball 2017

Saturday 1 July 2017, 7pm to 1am, on the School Quad

Information and tickets for the Leavers' Ball are available on the Leavers' Ball page

Eagle Sports - St John's summer sports club

Weekdays from Monday 24 July to Friday 4 August 2017

St John’s summer holiday sports club offers boys and girls aged 8 to 11 a chance to play and perform in a variety of different sports and activities across all ability levels.

Hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: £55 per day

Places are limited. Further details and the booking form are available on the Summer Sports Club page.