St John’s Waterloo: Home of Southbank Sinfonia
When it was first conceived in 2002, Southbank Sinfonia needed a home that would allow us to rehearse intensively each week and share our music with the public.
Since the very outset St John’s Waterloo has been a fantastic base, perfectly located to enable our players to get out and collaborate with nearby arts organisations including the National Theatre, Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre, while also being right at the heart of a London borough where many children value the creative inspiration that our players can offer.
Our Free Rush Hour Concerts at St John’s welcome many people to discover live orchestral music for the first time. The combination of our exciting young musicians and world-class collaborators makes our home a hub of musical discovery, open to all. Find out about our upcoming performances here.
The church’s crypt provides us with office space and further room to rehearse, run workshops and explore music together. We are delighted to play our part in the annual Waterloo Festival which takes place at St John’s, and work alongside other partners based in the crypt and around the community to help fulfil the church’s aims of unlocking potential and inspiring the community.