About the choir

The St. John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus is a community choir which has been performing major choral works in Hackney since 1997.Performances have included works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Britten and Vivaldi; for a full list click on this link: Past Concerts. The choir has also taken part in opera concerts at the Hackney Empire, concerts in Glasgow and Paris, and a music festival in Paris. We rehearse and perform at St. John of Jerusalem Church and, although we are not a church choir, members have also sung in church events, including the annual carol service. For additional information see our “About” page.

Members also organize and take part in social and fund-raising events, most recently a quiz night and a Burns night supper. See our “Events” page for fuller information.

We are developing a social media presence. We have Facebook and Instagram accounts, @festivalchorushackney, and hope to add Twitter.

We are twinned with Chœurs Résonances Suresnes (Suresnes being twinned with Hackney) and have performed with them in London and Paris, most recently in Verdi’s Requiem. See our Past Concerts page.

Join us!

Your choir needs you!

We are always keen to attract new members. Our normal rehearsals are from 5.30-7 PM on Sundays at St. John of Jerusalem church, Lauriston Road, E9 7DL (suspended during the pandemic: see above). Check out our Join page and contact the Choir Secretary to find out more.


Covid-19 update

Although since March 2020 we have been unable to rehearse in person, we continued to have rehearsals on Zoom. It is not possible to sing together on Zoom due to a delay in sound, but with the help of our répétiteurs, Louisa Lam and Will Gardner, we also broke new ground by recording ourselves separately at home. Louisa and Will then transformed the recordings into those which you can view on our Past concerts page. We also recorded, together with members of our French twinned choir, the first movement of the Vivaldi Gloria RV 589 which we hope to perform in person in June (see below): to view it, click on the video on the left.

We were also lucky enough to be able to sing carols in the open air, in socially distanced groups, just before London went into Tier 4. It was wonderful to be able to sing together again and we managed to raise funds for Hackney Winter Night Shelter.

Our next term will begin on Sunday, 25th April, 2021 and will be held on Zoom until such time as we are allowed to meet in person again.

Our musical director, John Andrews, has produced a short history of opera which you can still find here: John Andrews’ videos.

Stay well and stay in touch. We look forward to seeing you again, especially when the distancing restrictions are fully lifted.

Future concerts

We hope to be able to perform a concert including the complete Vivaldi Gloria on June 27th. Details will be announced on our Concerts page as they become available.