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

Throughout the last 18 months we have got together in various ways, on Zoom and in the great outdoors (carols on Well Common). While the pandemic prevented us meeting in person, we broke new ground by recording ourselves separately at home with the help of our répétiteurs, Louisa Lam and Will Gardner. Louisa and Will then transformed the recordings into those which you can view on our Past concerts page.

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

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. The next term will begin on September 12th, 2021. Check out our Join page and contact the Choir Secretary to find out more.


Next concert

12 December 2021