Organist & Director of Music
Jack Stone has been the Organist & Director of Music since September, 2019.
Jack is an alumni of the Royal College of Music and has previously held organ scholarships at
St. Mary's, Bourne Street; Carlisle Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey.
The church is lucky to have a growing choir of committed adults who sing the main Sunday Eucharist every week along with major festivals and services throughout the year.
In addition to these services at St John's, the choir also sing as visitors elsewhere. In July 2016 the choir sang evensong at Bromley and Shepherds Colleges, in October 2016 they participated in a gala charity concert in St Luke's Church in Downham. The choir have enjoyed actively learning new repertoire and genres of music. Highlights have included performing UK and world premieres of various compositions by local and international composers. There are now plans for both domestic and foreign choir tours to showcase their work in providing music for the worship of the entire community. The choir rehearse weekly on Friday evenings.
There are currently only a few vaccines left in the choir. If you would like to audition to join please contact the Organist & Director of Music.
In October 2016, in collaboration with the adjoining church's school, St John's Church launched a chorister scheme. The choristers' first service was in November 2016 and at this Eucharist the Rector commissioned 23 new choristers. Since then, more choristers have joined the ranks (all taken from years 4, 5, and 6 at the school). In addition to their various weekly rehearsals and monthly services, the choristers are also making arrangements to join forces with other local churches and youth choirs as well as organising a tour. In February 2017 they sang at the formal opening of the new Harvey Media Suite in St John's School.
The organ at St John's is a classic example of the late 19th century. The organ was built in 1878 by Alfred Hunter and then rebuilt by Mander in 1948. The instrument was originally from the church of All Saints, South Lambeth and was installed in St John's by Martin Cross Organ Builders in 1982. Cross also built a new oak-panelled drawstop console in the North Transept with EP action throughout. The Swell and Great Mixtures were also revised and a new organ blower was fitted. The organ is now maintained by Harrison and Harrison Organ Builders of Durham.
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