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.

  • Garden Party
    Garden Party
    Churchyard, St John's Waterloo
    27 Jun, 15:00 – 18:30
    Churchyard, St John's Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    Traditional garden party with afternoon tea, music, dance and children’s games. Featuring students from Morley College. Followed by Evensong with the choir in St John’s. Garden Party, 3pm. Evensong, 5.30pm. Free. Join us!
  • The Messengers
    The Messengers
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    26 Jun, 19:30 – 20:45
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    Join The Messengers - featuring musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and others with lived experience of homelessness.
  • Blind Spot IV
    Blind Spot IV
    Gabriel's Wharf - South Bank Promenade
    26 Jun, 12:30 – 13:30
    Gabriel's Wharf - South Bank Promenade, Gabriel's Wharf, London SE1, 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.
  • Happy We! - Katarzyna Kowalik & Pawel Siwczak
    Happy We! - Katarzyna Kowalik & Pawel Siwczak
    Holst Room, Morley College London
    25 Jun, 19:30 – 20:30
    Holst Room, Morley College London, 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7HT, UK
    “Happy We! What joys I feel!”, with these Handel’s words from Acis and Galatea, Katarzyna and Pawel reunite in a two-harpsichord recital featuring a light-hearted programme of Couperin, Handel, and Mozart.
  • Steven Isserlis & Sam Haywood (Spotlight Chamber Concerts) [SOME RETURNS LEFT]
    Steven Isserlis & Sam Haywood (Spotlight Chamber Concerts) [SOME RETURNS LEFT]
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    24 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. Bruch, Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 Strauss, Cello Sonata, Op. 6, TrV 115 Dvorak, Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 Le Beau, Cello Sonata in D, Op. 170
  • Anthony Marwood, Hélène Clément and Tim Posner (Spotlight Chamber Concerts)
    Anthony Marwood, Hélène Clément and Tim Posner (Spotlight Chamber Concerts)
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    23 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. Mozart, Divertimento in E-flat, K. 563 Schubert, Trio in B-flat, D. 471
  • Yfat Soul Zisso curates // Nonclassical
    Yfat Soul Zisso curates // Nonclassical
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    22 Jun, 19:30 – 20:30
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    An immersive concert experience curated and composed by Nonclassical Associate Composer Yfat Soul Zisso.
  • Heartwood
    Heartwood
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    21 Jun, 20:00 – 21:15
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    On Midsummer's Eve, Racontesse and Flux Soup Productions present an immersive storytelling experience. "For those who fail to respect the earth and her secrets, let this be a warning." Henry Scott, The Heart of a Heartless World.
  • ERSO: Beethoven & Vaughan Williams
    ERSO: Beethoven & Vaughan Williams
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    20 Jun, 18:30 – 19:45
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    The Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra present the winner of the ERSO Soloist of the Year, Grady Hassan, who will perform Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto. The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s compelling Eight Symphony.
  • In the Dark III BEING THERE (exhibition)
    In the Dark III BEING THERE (exhibition)
    Old Crypt, St John's Church, Waterloo
    19 Jun, 21:00 – 27 Jun, 18:00
    Old Crypt, St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    The London Group present a collaborative exhibition, a multi-sensory experiment part mobile kinetic sculpture and part audiovisual projection collage. Free.
  • Bach, Music and the Mind
    Bach, Music and the Mind
    St John's Church, Waterloo
    19 Jun, 19:30 – 20:45
    St John's Church, Waterloo, 73 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8TY, UK
    A selection of masterpieces by J.S. Bach. Horatio Clare | host/narrator Gabriella Noble | soprano John Warner | conductor Featuring extracts from: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut (BWV 199) Wir danken dir, Gott (BWV 29) Ich have genug (BWV 82) Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (BWV 202)
  • Folk Music of the World - The Inner Vision Orchestra
    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.
  • Consone Quartet (Spotlight Chamber Concerts)
    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
  • The Morley Chamber Orchestra: Hommage à Saint-Saëns
    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
  • Hans Feibusch: Marc Allum and Paul Werth
    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".
  • A Jewish Jesus: Art and Faith in the Shadow of World War II
    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.
  • ERSO Unpacked – Exploring Beethoven’s 8th Symphony
    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!
  • Alina Ibragimova & Samson Tsoy (Spotlight Chamber Concerts)
    Alina Ibragimova & 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. Beethoven, Violin Sonata in F, Op. 24, 'Spring' Beethoven, Violin Sonata in A, Op. 47, 'Kreutzer
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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