Directors' Appeal 2021

Help us keep the music playing while we realign the Southbank Sinfonia fellowship programme with the concert year and carry out key maintenance on our home at St John's Smith Square

2022 will be an exciting year for Southbank Sinfonia at St John's Smith Square as we make plans to celebrate the orchestra's 20th anniversary. In preparation for our next steps, we have decided to realign our Fellowship year with the concert hall schedule (Autumn to Summer), creating as much overlap as possible with visiting world-class artists at Smith Square.

This means that the Southbank Sinfonia fellowship programme will be restarting in October 2022, so will not be operating between February and September 2022. In addition to aligning our programmes, this shift will allow us to carry out some key maintenance on the hall at St John's, and to lay the groundwork for even greater ambitions - more to follow on these plans soon!

With this deferral you may well wonder what music will be made in the first half of next year. The answer is - lots! While we eagerly await the start of our 2022 Autumn Season and recruit our Southbank Sinfonia fellowship cohort, we are planning various musical treats for our friends and patrons with our vast network of musicians, both Southbank Sinfonia alumni and regular returning artists of St John's Smith Square, including:

  • A celebration of Vaughan Williams' 150th anniversary;
  • Cabaret-style performances in the Crypt of St John's Smith Square;
  • A continuation of our new Summer in the Square Festival;
  • A continuation of the St John's Holy Week Festival;
  • A continuation of the St John's London Festival of Baroque Music;
  • An extended Southbank Sinfonia Anghiari Festival, calling in at the islands of Ischia and Procida, and also mainland Sienna;
  • Growing our work with young and emerging artists, working across our local communities and planning concerts and creative education projects that will feedback into our home projects at St John's Smith Square for many years to come.

Such a prospect sits beyond our usual budget. So, we are launching our 2021 Directors' Appeal to populate the first half of next year with a feast of activity, including local community projects, workshops, Southbank Sinfonia alumni performances, St John's Smith Square lunchtime performances, and other collaborative performances from world-class visiting artists.

We would greatly appreciate anything you might be prepared to contribute towards keeping the music playing throughout the start of 2022 as we embark on this exciting next chapter as Southbank Sinfonia at St John's Smith Square. Thank you so much for your support.


Donations can also be made by bank transfer using the account below, or by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Southbank Sinfonia and posted to: Danielle Robson, Development Manager, St John's Smith Square, Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA.

Account name: Southbank Sinfonia
Account details: 90548170
Sort code: 20-94-48
IBAN: GB57BUKB20944890548170

All donations received in response to this appeal will be used to support the full charitable aims of Southbank Sinfonia and St John's Smith Square Charitable Trust

Please get in touch with Danielle at or 020 3957 4129 if you have any questions or queries.