Waterloo Festival 2021: Respair | May & June

 

Respair, the return of hope after a period of despair, is a word that fell out of use many centuries ago but we’re reviving it as we celebrate the brighter future that vaccines will bring and the rebirth of real-life creativity and shared experience.

We’re also celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, a “return of hope”, for which St John’s, badly damaged by a war-time bomb, was restored and made the official Festival Church. Now, as then, out of a period of crisis and loss comes a fresh determination to make the world a better place. We’ll be championing the renewed focus on equality, inclusion and climate change that has emerged during the pandemic.

At the end of the Festival, St John’s will close for a major restoration, its first since 1951. Before it disappears under cladding, we’re inviting creative partners from across London to use our much-loved London landmark, its crypt and churchyard, as their canvas to celebrate respair and to anticipate the re-opening of St John’s in 2022, restored to its Festival of Britain glory, fit to serve the community, and a beacon of hope for the century to come.

  • Blind Spot I [ONLINE]
    Online Event
    08 May, 19:00 – 20:00
    Online Event
    Join Baluji Shrivastav OBE and members of the Inner Vision Orchestra for a special series of Blind Spot musical events. Free. Supporter by Arts Council England.
  • Blind Spot II [ONLINE]
    Online Event
    14 May, 12:30 – 13:30
    Online Event
    Join Baluji Shrivastav OBE and members of the Inner Vision Orchestra for a special series of Blind Spot musical events. Free. Supporter by Arts Council England.
  • Respair (exhibition)
    Churchyard, St John's Waterloo
    16 May, 10:00 – 06 Jun, 18:00
    Churchyard, St John's Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    An installation project organised by local artists Chris Clarke, Joao Simoes-Brown and poet Kate Miller following a call for postcards of 'Respair'. Free.
  • Into The Light (exhibition)
    Old Crypt, St John's Waterloo
    17 May, 10:00 – 06 Jun, 18:00
    Old Crypt, St John's Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    Responding to 'Respair', artists at Morley College have made work that reflects personal and wider cultural responses to the events of the past year. Free.
  • Angela Hewitt (Spotlight Chamber Concerts)
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    27 May, 21:00 – 22:05
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    The world’s finest classical musicians come to the safely socially-distanced interior of St John's Waterloo, in partnership with Spotlight Chamber Concerts. F. Couperin, Ordre dix-huitième de clavecin (1722) Brahms, Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
  • Jazz & Grooves
    Churchyard, St John's Waterloo
    30 May, 13:00 – 17:00
    Churchyard, St John's Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    An afternoon of jazz, blues and grooves presented by the Unity Music Arts Team and featuring students from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama (led by Harry Toulson) and Trinity (led by Joel Rocca). Free. Join us!
  • Doric Quartet (Spotlight Chamber Concerts)
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    02 Jun, 21:00 – 22:05
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    The world’s finest classical musicians come to the safely socially-distanced interior of St John's Waterloo, in partnership with Spotlight Chamber Concerts. Schubert, Quartettsatz, D. 703 Bartók, String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85 Mozart, Quartet in F, K 590
  • Solem Quartet & Friends (Spotlight Chamber Concerts)
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    04 Jun, 21:00 – 22:05
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    The world's finest classical musicians come to the safely socially-distanced interior of St John's Waterloo, in partnership with Spotlight Chamber Concerts. Schubert, Octet in F, D. 803 Solem Quartet + Anthony Friend, Catriona McDermid, Stephen Craigen, and Marianne Schofield.
  • Britain ’21: Coming up for Air (exhibition)
    Churchyard, St John's Waterloo
    09 Jun, 10:00 – 26 Jun, 18:00
    Churchyard, St John's Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    The London Group returns to Waterloo Festival with an outdoor sculpture exhibition responding responding to the theme of “Britain ‘21 – Coming up for Air” in acknowledgement of the circumstances that we all find ourselves in, and the 70th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. Free.
  • Penny Lecture: Healing the Nation - the Festival of Britain after 70 years
    Morley College London (Waterloo Campus)
    10 Jun, 18:00 – 19:00
    Morley College London (Waterloo Campus), 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7HT, UK
    Some see the 1951 Festival of Britain as an assertion of traditional patriotic values, but Alan Powers will argue that it attempted a difficult task of looking to the past and future, and showing British people a better version of themselves in line with post-war hopes.
  • Blind Spot III
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    11 Jun, 12:30 – 13:30
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    Join Baluji Shrivastav OBE and members of the Inner Vision Orchestra for a special series of Blind Spot musical events. Free. Supporter by Arts Council England. In collaboration with Coin Street.
  • Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy (Spotlight Chamber Concerts)
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    11 Jun, 21:00 – 22:05
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    The world's finest classical musicians come to the socially-distanced interior of St John's Waterloo, in partnership with Spotlight Chamber Concerts. Bach/Kurtag, Chorales Preludes Brahms, Variations on a theme by Schumann, Op. 23 Beethoven, Variations, WoO 67 Schubert, Fantasie in F minor, D. 940
  • ERSO Unpacked – Exploring Beethoven’s 8th Symphony
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    13 Jun, 14:00 – 15:00
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    An introduction to one of the most enigmatic pieces by one of the world’s most celebrated composers. The Ernest Read Symphony will unpack the twists and turns of this joyful but confusing piece!
  • A Jewish Jesus: Art and Faith in the Shadow of World War II
    St John’s Church, Waterloo
    16 Jun, 09:30 – 20:30 BST
    St John’s Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    St John’s Waterloo, home to two magnificent murals by Hans Feibusch, is hosting a one-day conference to address these issues on Wednesday 16th June, 2021, 9.30am- 5.30pm followed by a reception and chat. The conference is held in association with Art+Christianity and Insiders/Outsiders.
  • Hans Feibusch: Marc Allum and Paul Werth
    St John’s Church, Waterloo
    16 Jun, 18:00 – 20:30 BST
    St John’s Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    Antiques expert and Feibusch collector Marc Allum in conversation with Hans Feibusch’s grandson Paul Werth - part of "A Jewish Jesus: Art and Faith in the Shadow of WWII".
  • The Morley Chamber Orchestra: Hommage à Saint-Saëns
    Morley College London (Waterloo Campus)
    17 Jun, 19:30 – 20:30
    Morley College London (Waterloo Campus), 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, South Bank, London SE1 7HT, UK
    The Morley Chamber Orchestra commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of this French composer (1835–1921) with a concert featuring his Suite for orchestra op. 49 and the Piano Concerto no 2 op. 22. Piano: Petros Moschos
  • Consone Quartet (Spotlight Chamber Concerts)
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    17 Jun, 21:00 – 22:05
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    The world's finest classical musicians come to the safely socially-distanced interior of St John's Waterloo, in partnership with Spotlight Chamber Concerts. Haydn, Quartet in B-flat, Op. 33, No. 4 Schumann, Quartet in A minor, Op. 41
  • Folk Music of the World - The Inner Vision Orchestra
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    18 Jun, 19:00 – 20:15
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    The Inner Vision Orchestra, the world's only professional ensemble of blind musicians, brings music from across the globe to St John's.
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Drawing of the garden at St John's Waterloo by David Bassadone

Featuring La La Land by Peter Avery as it appeared in Nothing Endures But Change:

An outdoors sculpture exhibition curated by Susan Haire, Waterloo Festival 2018