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Festival: St John's Holy Week Festival

St John's Holy Week Festival

CANCELLED: April 5 – 12 , 2020

Where is it?

The Holy Week Festival takes place at St John’s Smith Square and is curated in partnership with Tenebrae. Events aim to offer visitors a moment of stillness in the heart of London, to break away from the hustle and bustle of Westminster.

How to get there?

St John’s Smith Square is only a stone’s throw away from Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. The nearest tube stations, Westminster, St James’s Park are within walking distance, as is railway station Victoria, which is well connected with Heathrow Airport and operates the Gatwick Express.


Local accommodation

Regular booking terms for central London accommodation apply.

What can tourists visit nearby?

Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben are around the corner from SJSS, and Tate Britian is only a short walk away.

Why should someone come to your festival?

The festival offers a moment of stillness in the heart of a city, exploring a vast range of music in celebration of Holy Week.

What type of programmes do you have? [Do they feature soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras, choirs or a mixture? Does your festival focus on a particular period of music like contemporary or baroque? Do you feature established artists or focus on new, emerging talent?]

The Holy Week Festival is a week of workshops, lunchtime recitals, evening concerts, and free late-night liturgical events, exploring a vast range of sacred music in celebration of Holy Week. Headlining performers always include festival curators Tenebrae and Nigel Short, as well as other both established and emerging artists and ensembles amongst which Polyphony, The Tallis Scholars, Ex Cathedra, The Marian Consort, Siglo d’ Oro, The Gesualdo Six.

What are the venues like?

Based in Westminster, St John’s Smith Square is the go-to church venue for baroque splendour in the heart of London. Home to three annual festivals and hosting over 300 concerts and events every year, St John’s Smith Square offers a singular concert experience in a unique Grade 1 listed setting.

Dress code

No particular dress code.

Food & Drink

The crypt of St John’s Smith Square houses the Footstool restaurant, which makes a perfect combination to concert-going visitors.

Housed beneath the Hall under the vaulted ceiling of the crypt, this brick-walled space provides an elegant and cosy place in which to enjoy a range of snacks, light meals or more formal lunches and dinners. All the food is prepared freshly by the restaurant’s chefs from locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Footstool offers a range of fine teas and roasted coffees, as well as an extensive selection of wine and cold drinks. Reservations for lunchtime and evening service on the à la carte menu can be taken.

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