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.


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 our Zoom rehearsals with Louisa Lam went very well, attended by most of our choir members as well as some welcome new recruits.

We will resume these rehearsals on 13th September at 5:30 p.m. This time we will be looking at pieces taken from the OUP Collection of European Sacred Music edited by John Rutter. The pieces we have selected are:

Bach: O Jesu Christ
Bruckner: Locus Iste
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
John IV: Crux Fidelis
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus
Palestrina: Sicut Cervus
Tchaikovsky: Dostoino Yest
Victoria: O Quam Gloriosum
Victoria: O Vos Omnes

They will be taken by our repetiteurs, Louisa Lam and Will Gardner. 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!
You can still find John Andrews’ short history of opera 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 regret that our intended Easter 2020 concert had to be cancelled in the interests of performers and audience, due to the pandemic. Our Concerts page gives dates and works to be performed at our next and subsequent concerts. We hope to be able to adhere to the 2021 schedule there. Information on whether the planned December 2020 concert, or some alternative event, will take place will be posted when the situation becomes clearer.


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.