Waterloo Festival 2013
St John’s church is delighted to host The Third Annual Waterloo Festival entitled ‘War and Communities’
This year the festival will run from Thursday 27th June to Tuesday 2nd July 2013. To view the full brochure of events click Waterloo Festival Brochure
Now in its third year, the Festival celebrates Waterloo and its rich diversity past and present.
The inspiring programme includes World and European première performances of classical music, an exhibition of new art by Clare Abbatt, readings by National Theatre players, guided walks around Waterloo, a community fête, a tea dance and much more. Press Release 2013
Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters:
The Arts Council, the National Theatre, Braeburn Estates, the Elizabeth House Partnership, ITV and My London Home.
To buy tickets for any of the events go to http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2253961051
For the full programme read on….
|Thursday 27th June||7.30 pm||
Opening Night Concert: Southbank Sinfonia
Strauss – Metamorphosen. Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No.2. Poulenc – Sinfonietta
David Corkhill conductor. Zanete Uskane violin
St John’s resident orchestra opens the Waterloo Festival with a programme of three iconic works that capture three strikingly different moments surrounding the Second World War.
Composer of Romeo and Juliet, Sergei Prokofiev struggled against Stalin’s regime to write the music that he wanted. In his dazzling second Violin Concerto of 1935, he found his true voice: a simple, uplifting song of hope in a doomed society. Written in the final months of the war in 1945, Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings paints a heartbreaking portrait of a world transformed by war. Finally, Francis Poulenc’s Sinfonietta of 1947 casts aside a decade of torment and joyously welcomes a new era of peace and freedom.
|Friday 28th June||2pm- 4pm|| Tea DanceAll welcome Entertainment provided by Smooth C Entertainment – dancing to old favourites
Nightingale Singers – listen and singalong
Tea and cakes provided.Free!
|Friday 28th||11:00am||Guided walk – Waterloo and Lower MarshAn area of marshland successfully transformed by a bridge and one of the busiest railway stations in London. Post war the 1951 Exhibition swept away its industrial riverfront and now Waterloo is on the brink of a second makeover – find out how.£5|
|Friday 28th||7.00 pm||
Cabaret – We’ll Meet Again!
with Fever Pitch
If you’ve spent half the night in the Anderson shelter or down the tube, come and tuck into some cheese pudding and carrot fudge whilst celebrating with popular songs of WWII and jazz standards from the 1940s sung by Fever Pitch, to include: We’ll Meet Again, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, In the Mood, and White Cliffs of Dover.
Now the all clear’s been sounded, exchange the blackout for the White Cliffs of Dover, and remember: There’ll always be an England!
Fever Pitch is an a cappella group directed by Elinor Corp.
£12/£8 concessions including supper
|Saturday 29th||11:00 am||Guided walk -Stamford St and The CutExamines the area behind the Southbank – from the printers of Coin St, to the developments of the Roupell family, The Old Vic Theatre and The Cut market. Two hundred years of working class communities now being gentrified like so many riverside quarters.£5To book click here|
|Saturday 29th||2pm||Guided Walk – Blackfriars (starting at St John’s)A forgotten area of London? Developments sprung up along the Surrey Road as soon as Blackfriars Bridge was built – who moved in? But is Blackfriars north or south of the river? Who were the hatters of Hatfields and why have there been four Blackfriars Railway stations?£5|
|Saturday 29th||2-4pm||Art and Sculpture Workshop, with artist Clare Abbatt, assisted by this year’s Artist in Residence Dale Inglis
|Saturday 29th||7.30pm||Kreutzer Quartet, with Zubin Kanga (piano) and Linda Merrick (clarinet)Giacinto Scelsi - Arc-en-ciel (‘Rainbow’)Michael Hersch – Images from a Closed Ward (UK Premiere)David Gorton - Fosdyke Wash (World Premiere; Piano Quintet)John McCabe - La Donna (Clarinet Quintet)The Kreutzer Quartet brings a programme that explores beauty and revelation in extremis, whether found in the smallest gesture or material, the most oppressive environment, or the apparent emptiness of the flat horizon, which ‘mocks the steady running of the hour, and, if it grieves, grieves richlier than here’ (Wilfred Owen).£12/£8 concessions. To book click here|
|Sunday 30th||10.30am||Festival Eucharist with Guest Preacher Revd Georgie Heskins reflecting on conflict and communities
|Sunday 30th||2pm||Guided Walk -Stamford St and The CutExamines the area behind the Southbank – from the printers of Coin St, to the developments of the Roupell family, The Old Vic Theatre and The Cut market. Two hundred years of working class communities now being gentrified like so many riverside quarters.£5
To book click here
|Sunday 30th||2 – 5pm||Waterloo Festival Community Fete
Fun for all ages!
Bargain Books, Toys & Bric-a-brac, Homemade Cakes
Waterloo Bees & Plants
Tug of War & Bouncy Castle!
Great Prizes • Raffle Top Tombola • Splat the Rat and more….
Re-imagining the Music of Worship; Launch of Interfaith music resourceLaunch of a new resource and project to help church musicians and others see how world faith traditions can inform Christian liturgy and worship..Free!
|Monday 1st July||11am||Guided Walk – BlackfriarsA forgotten area of London? Developments sprung up along the Surrey Road as soon as Blackfriars Bridge was built – who moved in? But is Blackfriars north or south of the river? Who were the hatters of Hatfields and why have there been four Blackfriars Railway stations?£5
To book click here
|Monday 1st July||7.30pm|| Unknown Warriors; Readings of Diary Extracts by The National TheatreIn a programme of readings from poems, plays, letters and blogs, National Theatre actors reflect the new reality of warfare.
“The warring nations are engaged, not only soldiers, but men, women and children. The fronts are everywhere. The trenches are dug in the towns and streets. The front lines run through the factories.”When Churchill said this, in 1940, he was anticipating the unfamiliar horrors to come. Seventy years on, the community is often at the heart of a war zone, and the hallmarks of earlier conflicts – battlegrounds, massed lines of soldiers, even uniforms – are almost a thing of the past.Compiled and directed by Jonathan Humphreys£12/£8 concessions.
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|Tuesday 2nd July||6pm||Waterloo’s Got Talent, Film Score Competition & SE1 UNITED Earlier this year, the Waterloo Festival invited composers aged between 18 and 35 to submit a musical score to accompany a short film that was commissioned by the Festival and shot here inWaterloo. There were two categories – (1) clarinet quintet; and (2) electronic (where at least one instrument is synthesised).The top scores – including the winning entry from each category – will be performed live alongside the film with members of Southbank Sinfonia performing those in category (1).The evening will also see the FINAL of WATERLOO’S GOT TALENT!!Free|
During the Festival new work by Clare Abbatt about war and its effect on people, funded by Arts Council England, will be on display.
We have commissioned Dale Inglis to be our Artist in Residence for this year’s festival.
The exhibition The River, of paintings by Dale Inglis at the National Theatre (May 27th to July 14th), is part of the Waterloo Festival at St Johns. The paintings are about the Thames, perhaps the chief element in the identity of London and of Waterloo itself.
For details about our Film Score Competition including entry forms click