Arts and Events at St John's

Spring 2016 

The Spring Term calendar of events at St John’s showcases the exceptional talent of our singers and musicians with a number of concerts, recitals and musical competitions, as well as a visit from the renowned Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra. Explorer Levison Wood visits the School to give an illustrated talk on his latest expedition, and local schools are invited to show off their musical ability in an orchestral play day concert and Choral Evensong. We warmly welcome you to our spring programme of events, and invite you to experience the breadth of talent that St John’s pupils have to offer.


'Walking the Himalayas' - illustrated talk by explorer Levison Wood

Friday 15 January 2016, 7.30pm, Chapel

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On Friday 15 January 2016 renowned explorer and writer Levison Wood will give an illustrated talk at St John’s on his latest expedition, as he follows up his 2014 trek along the River Nile by attempting to walk the entire length of the Himalayas. His expedition will be followed by Channel 4 for a documentary series in 2016.
Beginning in Afghanistan and trekking 1,700 gruelling miles across the roof of the world, Levison will be travelling through some of the most remote, beautiful and perilous places on earth, teaming up with local guides and meeting soldiers, monks and nomadic tribes as he attempts the challenge.
Following the talk in the Chapel, there will be a drinks reception during which Levison will sign copies of his latest book, ‘Walking the Himalayas’, as well as his Sunday Times best seller, ‘Walking the Nile’.
The talk is in aid of The AMECA Trust, a charity committed to healthcare delivery, healthcare education and the training of healthcare professionals in sub-Saharan African countries. The Trust was founded by Ruth Markus in memory of her son Alex, an Old Johnian. Churchill House has chosen The AMECA Trust as its House Charity for the 2015-16 academic year, and proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the Trust’s continued efforts to make a difference through a number of sustainable initiatives.
Tickets for the event are £15 and include a complimentary glass of wine.

Tickets for St John's pupils are £5 and include a complimentary soft drink.

There will also be a cash bar available after the talk, and Levison’s books will be available to purchase for signing.



Inaugural Organ Recital

Friday 5 February, 7.00pm, Chapel

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International organ superstar David Briggs gives the inaugural recital on the new Hickson organ, now resplendent in the School’s Chapel. Designed and built by Kenneth Tickell Ltd, it is a very fine instrument indeed and the whole event promises to be quite unmissable. Therecital will include a spoken introduction to the organ, a demonstration, a silent movie, and the chance for audience members to submit their favourite tunes to David Briggs ahead ofan exciting improvisation finale at the recital’s close. Members of the local community are particularly invited to come and see what an exciting addition the organ is to the School.

Tickets £20

Concessions £12 (students and seniors)

Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink during the interval, which will beserved in the School’s Dining Hall.

This event is open to the public, please book your tickets in advance.