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

While the pandemic continues, like all choirs across the country, we have been forced to suspend our normal rehearsal and performance activities. But we are still here! Until the performance situation becomes safer, we are staying in touch and continuing some singing on-line through video meetings. These will be led by Louisa, one of our repetiteurs. (You can see her playing here.) If you would like to join us at these video meetings, 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.

In these locked down times, our Musical Director, John Andrews, has produced a set of six enjoyable videos giving you his short history of opera. You can find them at this link: 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.

The details of what was planned can still be found on our Concerts page. This also 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. If you would like to “try before you buy” feel free to come along to a rehearsal and try us out. We rehearse from 5.30-7 PM on Sundays at St. John of Jerusalem church, Lauriston Road, E9 7DL. Rehearsals for our next concert start on 12th January 2020. Check out our Join page and contact the Choir Secretary to find out more.