St John's Smith Square

St John's Smith Square
Westminster, London, SW1P 3HA
  • Telephone 020 7222 1061
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–5pm; 8am–late on performance days.
  • Box office times Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; Mon–Fri 10am–6pm on performance days.
  • Email
  • Website www.sjss.org.uk

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St John's Smith Square

Credit: Matthew Andrews

St John's Smith Square was designed by Thomas Archer and completed in 1728. One of the masterpieces of English Baroque architecture, the building inspires great affection partly for its sturdy elegance and partly for its sheer persistence, having survived fires, lightning strikes, subsidence and a direct hit from an incendiary during WWII. It was thoroughly restored in the 1960s and is now one of the most respected concert halls in London, with a versatile acoustic and a wide-ranging programme.

The nearest Tube stations are Westminster and St James' Park, with Victoria and Waterloo offering rail access. The 3 and 87 buses stop on adjacent Millbank to the east; the C10 and 507 on Horseferry Road to the south, and the 88 on Marsham Street to the west. Since 2010, the venue has been wheelchair accessible by means of a platform lift.

  • Provides: Wheelchair access
  • Open since: 1969

Event times

There are 16 events at this location

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Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Alexander Gavrylyuk, winner of the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition, makes his debut in the International Piano Series.

Wed 3 May

Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Alisa Weilerstein performs a complete cycle of Bach's cello suites. The first virtuosic pieces ever written for solo cello, the suites balance mathematical precision with human passion.

Wed 8 Feb

Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Alisa Weilerstein performs a complete cycle of Bach's cello suites. The first virtuosic pieces ever written for solo cello, the suites balance mathematical precision with human passion.

Wed 8 Feb

Brahms from Memory: Aurora Orchestra

Hear Aurora Orchestra perform Brahms' First Symphony entirely from memory. Aurora is currently the only orchestra worldwide playing full symphonies from memory – a performance style which conveys an electrifying sense of adventure, intimacy and heightened communication.

Sat 3 Jun

The Brandenburgs

Hear all of the Brandenburg Concertos – six Baroque masterpieces that need no introduction – at this concert. Each concerto has its own unique structure and personality, but all are technically impressive and emotionally raw.

Tue 2 May

£10–£60 / 020 7222 1061

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Great Composers

Join the English Baroque Choir for a feast of choral gems, perfectly suited to the marvellous acoustics of St John’s Smith Square.

Sat 25 Mar

£17–£25 (£10) / 020 7222 1061

Ian Bostridge

Classical tenor.

Wed 5 Apr

£14–£35 / 020 7222 1061

Joining the period instrumentalists and singers of Armonico Consort to bring Bach’s St Matthew Passion to life.

Nordic Nights / discovering Scandinavia's hidden colours

The London Sinfonietta perform a programme of music by Nordic composers. Once the preserve of melancholic films and bare tonal landscapes, in recent years Scandinavian artists have revealed another side to their vibrant heritage – one that is rich in life and colour.

OAE: Méhul: The First Romantic

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment celebrate the work of the great French composer Étienne Méhul. The French Romantics are often eclipsed by their bigger name Germanic cousins but Méhul opened the door to the romantic period in a distinctly French way.

Fri 10 Feb

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Bach goes to Paris

Hear a concert of works by Bach and his contemporaries Rameau, JCF Fischer and Campra.

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Pavel Haas Quartet & Denis Kozhukhin

Young Russian star Denis Kozhukhin joins the Pavel Haas Quartet for timeless chamber classics.

Fri 2 Jun

Philip Sawyers: Birth of a Symphony

The world premiere of Philip Sawyers' Symphony No 3.

Tue 28 Feb

Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Tamara Stefanovich

Hear Stefanovich and Aimard perform deeply reflective music written for two pianos. The ‘masterly’ Aimard and ‘staggeringly brilliant’ Stefanovich (New York Times) present Messiaen’s mystical evocation of the cosmos alongside Brahms’ richly sublime Sonata for two pianos.

St Albans International Organ Festival

Three young finalists in the St Albans International Organ Festival battle it out as they compete in the concerto round of the 2017 competition.

A Tree of Song: Kodály Celebration Concert

A charity music concert marking the 50th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály's death.

Mon 6 Mar

Yulianna Avdeeva, piano

Since winning first prize in the 2010 International Chopin Competition, Yulianna Avdeeva has delighted audiences worldwide. 'This Russian pianist is a revelation. She plays brilliantly with emotion and a magical touch. Her audience are caught under her spell.' (Le Journal du Médoc).

Wed 29 Mar

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