Thank you to all Performers in 2018!



Southbank Sinfonia

World premiere of composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s piano concerto, ‘Between the Skies, the River and the Hills’. Also on the programme: Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in D Major and Sibelius’s ‘Suite from Belshazzar’s Feast’. 

Thursday, June 7th, 6pm

St John's Waterloo



Pimlico Academy Steel Band

Supported by Aures London

A breath-taking mash-up of traditional calypso, jazz, soul and funk from the young performers who aim to 'take steel bands to different levels'.

Friday, June 8th, 1.05pm


St John's Waterloo



An evening of new and old protest songs


Supported by Aures London

Jazz-inflected evening of grassroots protest music, hosted by celebrated music journalist Paul Morley. Written and performed by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. 


Wednesday, June 13th, 8pm

Aures London, 18 Leake St,

London SE1 7NN. 

Tickets: £5 online, £7 on the door

15 / J U N E


Transformation: The Flute Speaks

A concert, performed by Gavin Stewart, which reflects on the radical transformation of the flute over the past centuries, from Baroque masterpieces to contemporary works which incorporate electronics.

Georg Philipp Telemann’s Fantasia for Transverse Flute without Bass No. 6 in D minor, performed on Alto flute (1732-33); Benjamin Tassie - Clutch, for Alto flute and Electronics (2016); Elizabeth Brown - Antarctica, for Alto flute and Electronics (2005); Toshio Hosokawa - Vertical song, for Solo Flute (1995) and Wissam Boustany - Broken Child, For Flute and Piano (2014).

Friday, June 15th, 1.05pm

St John's Waterloo.



play Wayne Shorter's 'Speak no evil'


The acclaimed jazz ensemble returns to St John's Waterloo for what will be another legendary night of free sounds and expression. Local poets Southwark Stanza open the evening with 'Off the Scale', a collage of poems exploring the transformative nature of music.

Tickets include supper. 

Friday, June 15th, 7pm

St John's Waterloo.

Tickets: £12 concert only or £20 to include poetry & supper. 



Garden Percussion

Percussionists Elaine So and Jordan Murray from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama perform percussion in the open air of St John's beautiful garden. Audience engagement for those who are keen!

Monday, June 18th, 1.05pm

St John's Waterloo

21/ J U N E


Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Southbank Sinfonia, with Epiphoni Consort and Soloists

Conducted by James Hendry

Supported by HB Reavis

Anthem of hope, unity and (since 1972) Europe, Beethoven’s final symphony propels a transformation from solitude to inclusivity, and silence to glorious harmony.  His was a vision of how humanity together could overcome adversity. From the most unnerving of silences erupts a symphony of personal turmoil, until music summons a chorus and with it a multitude of voices to sing in unity, stronger as one.

At 7pm, before the start of the concert, artist Venetia Nevill will honour the Summer Solstice with a mandala ritual in the churchyard, accompanied by live music and a poetry reading. 

Read our interview with conductor James Hendry.

Thursday, June 21st, 8pm (arrive at 7pm to watch mandala ritual)

St John's Waterloo

Tickets: £12/£8 concessions.


Berakah Arts & Friends


For the first time, Berakah Arts bring their unique blend of world music sounds, performed in the spirit of interfaith understanding, to St John's Waterloo for a concert of songs and music in the memory of Ruth Richman, a survivor of Nazi Germany.

Saturday, June 23rd, 7.30pm

St John's Waterloo.

Tickets: £20/£15 concessions

23 / J U N E

22 / J U N E



Harpsichord Recital

People and emotions frequently form the core of artistic expression. This programme paints a diverse portrait of humanity, taking inspiration from François Couperin’s catalogue of human traits, Les Folies Françoises ou Les Dominos, and through the eyes of his contemporaries. 

Friday, June 22nd, 7pm

The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, SE1 8TJ

Tickets: £15 (includes light refreshment after the recital).



A Summer Evening of Readings and Music

Masahiro Yamaguchi

The Japanese pianist Masahiro Yamaguchi performs Debussy's famous piano suite Suite Bergamesque (which include Clair de Lune) three Debussy preludes and Ravel's fantastical Gaspard de La Nuit. A series of surprise literary readings will be scattered throughout the performance. Take your seat!

Saturday, June 16th at 7.30pm

St John's Waterloo

Tickets: £12 / £8 concessions. 


with Southbank Sinfonia

At the start of every musician’s story, a fuse is lit and simply no other calling can compare. We invite you to witness this for yourselves as the young musicians In Harmony Lambeth join forces with Southbank Sinfonia for an evening of fun and fearlessness, giving you a feel-good factor that will set you up for the weekend!


Friday, June 22nd, 7pm

St John's Waterloo

22 / J U N E

15 / J U N E



Baroque music experts Passacaglia intoduce and explore works by some of the era's most colourful personalities. Beauty, opulence and character abound in this programme from 18th-century Paris, celebrating Francois Couperin's 350th anniversary.

Featuring Annabel Knight (recorders), Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba) and Robin Bigwood (harpsichord).

Friday June 15th, 7pm

The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Rd SE1 8TJ.

Tickets: £15 (includes light refreshments after recital).


The Waterloo Festival is an annual summer festival of arts and inspiration, held in and around St John's Waterloo. It celebrates arts, music, ideas and new talent in a beautiful setting in the beating artistic heart of London.


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