St John’s Choral Scholars are an ensemble of 8 trained singers, students and graduates of London’s major conservatoires and universities.
The scholars are appointed by the church to sing at the regular Sunday services, Festivals and Holy Days throughout the academic year.
They explore a wide range of repertoire, performing the works of the great composers of the classical, romantic, and modern age, as well as medieval songs, and Gregorian Chant.
The quality of their sound, and their operatic flair make them unique on the London church scene.
In 2020 and 2021, right in the middle of the second national lockdown, the scholars were able to rehearse and perform regularly thanks to the support of St John's clergy and PCC; during that time, they mastered a great deal of repertoire, live-streaming and recording music by Warlock, Howells, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Bruckner, Rheinberger, Rossini, and Poulenc on a weekly basis.
The Scholars have sung at a number of prestigious venues (Westminster Cathedral Hall, London; Mercers Hall, London; St Lawrence Jewry, London), and they are in high demand for private parties and receptions (Harry’s Bar Mayfair; George Club, Mayfair) both as an ensleble and opera soloists.
They also regularly take part in charitable events, local festivals, and workshops.
The Robert Presley Scholarship Programme
On Robert Presley's death, a scholarship was set up at St John's in his name, as a living memorial. Every year the Robert Presley Scholarships are awarded to our best-auditioning choral scholars.
For more information about our current Choral Scholars, our scholarships programme, or to listen to the choir, please click on the links below.
The Children Choir is formed of young people aged 6-13 years, founded both to provide a breadth of singing voices in worship, and in line with the church’s commitment to support the development of music in the community.
The children’s choir provides solid musical training for young people.
Together, the children learn the fundamentals of singing, reading music and singing in harmony.
They also gain the experience of singing alongside our professionally trained Choral Scholars.
Singing in a choir enables young people to strengthen key life-skills: building confidence, commitment, team working, and self-discipline.
Life in the choir is thus challenging, rewarding, and exciting.
The choir is led by the choir master and singing teacher, and currently takes part in one Parish Mass a term, also joining the Choral Scholars for Christmas and Easter Services, as well as in Summer concerts.
If you love singing, and you would like to join the choir, click on the link below.