The choir

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 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 alongside). Check out our Join page and contact the Choir Secretary to find out more.


Covid-19 update

The pandemic continues and, until it becomes safe to meet and sing again, our face to face rehearsals and concerts have been suspended. We are, however, still active as a choir and, since September, have been meeting on Zoom, under the direction of our two répétiteurs, Louisa Lam and Will Gardner. Our programme has been a mixture of education in musicianship and learning short pieces from the OUP Collection of European Sacred Music edited by John Rutter. By Christmas we plan to post a recording on this website of one of these pieces, Mozart’s ‘Ave verum corpus’, as well as a recording of Peter Warlock’s carol ‘Bethlehem Down’. Our last rehearsal for this term is on Sunday, 13th December.

If you would like to join us at these video meetings, which will be one hour each, contact our secretary at, giving your e-mail address, or via our Contact Page, and we will send you link details so that you can join in. For the time being, we are not charging for these sessions so it will be a good opportunity for you to try us out!

This has been a very difficult time for choirs and musicians everywhere and we keep under regular review every possibility of making music together. Musicians everywhere are being super-creative in what they are producing on-line and our musical director, John Andrews, has produced a short history of opera which you can still find here: John Andrews’ videos.

However, the restrictions of lockdown don’t look like changing dramatically in the near future and we may have to take a long view on what we can do next year. So watch this space!

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

Future concerts
We regret that, due to the pandemic, our intended Easter 2020 concert had to be cancelled in the interests of performers and audience. Our Concerts page gives the dates of the concerts we had planned for 2021 but we cannot at present confirm those dates, nor the programme.

There will be no concert on December 13th 2020 and it is still unclear whether we will be able to perform carols in the open air, but if that situation changes we will publicise it through this website.’