In the exceptional setting of St John’s Smith Square, live performance, acoustics, atmosphere, and architecture come together to create a rich and unforgettable experience. St John’s was designed and built by Thomas Archer and has survived fire, lightning, bomb plots and the Blitz. The Baroque beauty of the building is matched by an exceptional acoustic and from its restoration as both church and concert hall in the late 1960s, St John’s has presented some of the finest classical talent, programming choirs, chamber orchestras, and period instrument groups.
“One of the very best amateur groups in the country”
Classical Music Magazine
“The most professional-sounding of non-professional orchestras”
The Sunday Telegraph
“KSO once again scores over most professional orchestras”
Formed in 1956, Kensington Symphony Orchestra (registered charity number 1069620) enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the finest non-professional orchestras in the UK. Its founding aim is to provide amateurs with an opportunity to perform concerts at the highest possible level