St John’s, the church on the roundabout at Waterloo, is committed to being here for everyone, responding to need and providing hope and inspiration in the midst of this busy city.
There has been music at St John’s since we first opened in 1824. When we were rebuilt as the church of the Festival of Britain in 1951, the newly restored nave was adorned with murals by German Jewish refugee artist Hans Feibusch and a specially commissioned ? was performed at the service of rededication.
Today, we host a year-round programme of concerts and events. We run the annual Waterloo Festival of arts, heritage and community and are home to one of the best youth orchestras in the world, Southbank Sinfonia.
Increasingly, our focus is on bringing artists and arts organisations together with local people to co-produce projects that reflect our diverse neighbourhood. The creative process strengthens the bonds of our community and our beautiful historic church, our churchyard garden and this website serve as a platform for the rich and varied work that results.
Our Artistic Director is Euchar Gravina, a composer and music director from Malta based in London.
If you have ideas for creative collaborations or future cultural events at St John’s, please contact Euchar Gravina here.
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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