What’s on

Between April and the end of October St George’s Church is open to visit on Saturdays 11-3 pm, and during exhibitions, events and workshops. The key is available for visits at other times. There are also four services during the year in this redundant but not deconsecrated church (please scroll to bottom of page for more details). 

Events 2012

Download 2012 Events Programme as a pdf


Winter Jazz

Jake Fryer & his quartet

Jake Fryer: alto Sax, Rodney Mendoza: piano, Richard Saddler: double bass, Jonathon Sargent: drums

Jake has performed at Ronnie Scott’s as part of the Brit Festival and, as well as being ‘the Four Tops’ lead alto sax, he has played with Malene Mortenson for the London Jazz Festival. He has performed at the Institute of Fine Arts at the Birmingham International Jazz Festival and headlined at the Duc des Lombards Jazz Club (Paris) and FCCJ Club (Tokyo).

This afternoon Jake and his quartet will cheer the wintry season with classic swinging standards from Cole Porter to Gershwin. Tea and cake provided!

“Fryer is a stellar saxophonist who has earned a reputation as a player to be watched” L.A.Jazz

Date: Sunday 26 February 

Time: 2.30pm

Ticket Price: £10.00

Box Office: 01372 464370 / 01372 465755

Refreshments available



Young Performers: Auditions for the first Music Matters concert

‘Music Matters’ is a new scheme, sponsored by Waitrose together with John Lewis Partnership, to give young instrumentalists and singers the experience of performing in front of an audience. This audition is open to children from Surrey, aged 5 – 16, and those chosen will take part in the first Music Matters concert on 20th May. All Western classically trained instrumentalists and singers can apply, and we also welcome classically trained musicians from other parts of the world.

Date: Sunday 4 March

Time: 2pm – 6pm

Audition Fee: £4.50 on the day

Details: Philippa Rose: 0208 941 7312/prosety@googlemail.com

Refreshments available


March – April

Dance Signatures Exhibition and residency by Richenda Court

This exciting project will follow our 2012 artist in residence Richenda Court as she explores the relationship between art and dance.

Richenda, who studied both fine art and dance at Brighton University, will be inviting dancers into St George’s Church, running workshops for local secondary schools, and using the residency to push her own work into a new dimension. Her studio will be open to the public each Friday, and here you are welcome to watch her work progressing, and even take part yourself.

Launch: Thursday 8 March

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm



Residency  Dates: Friday 9 March – Thursday 26th April

Open Studio Dates: Every Friday, except 6 April

Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm

Also: Saturdays 17 March and 21 April

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm


Closing Event: Thursday 26 April

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm


No booking required

Details: 07799 107108 / 01372 464881 or  st.georgesarts.esher@gmail.com                                                          __________________________________________________


Music Matters: Young Performers                     

A concert by the best of Surrey’s young instrumentalists and singers

A delightful afternoon of favourite light classical music and song, performed by children aged 5 –16. This is a family event, and children are welcome to attend.

Weather permitting, tea with plenty of cakes and biscuits will be served in the garden.

Date: Sunday 20 May

Time: 3pm – 5.30pm

Ticket Price: adults: £6.00, children: free

Box Office: Philippa Rose: 0208 941 7312/prosety@googlemail.com

Refreshments available


May – June

Modern Madonnas 

An exhibition celebrating the ‘mother and child’ relationship.

The Madonna theme seems an appropriate subject for a church, and this exhibition, by groundbreaking artists chosen from Surrey and the South East, will offer a fresh, contemporary interpretation of the mother and child theme. The exhibition will include painting, sculpture and installation art, and incorporates three related art workshops.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday May 26th – Sunday June 17th

Time: 11am – 3pm Monday – Saturday 

Launch: Thursday 31 May

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30 pm

Cost: FREE

Details: 01372 464881 or  st.georgesarts.esher@gmail.com

Modern Madonnas Workshops: 

Back-to-Art Mothers

A workshop for mothers, whose artistic practice has been interrupted by looking after a family. An opportunity to meet other slightly frustrated artist mothers, produce some work and share strategies for reintroducing your art into your life.

Date: Saturday 26 May

Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Cost: £8.00

Refreshments available

Booking essential: 01372 464881 or  st.georgesarts.esher@gmail.com


Parent and Child Art Workshop

A chance to work alongside your children and to create a collaborative artwork with them, inspired by work in the ‘Modern Madonna’s’ exhibition. All abilities welcome. 

Date: Friday 8 June

Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Cost: £8.00

Refreshments available

Booking essential: 01372 464881 or  st.georgesarts.esher@gmail.com


Modern Madonnas Art Workshop 

We will be looking at ‘mother and child’ depictions through the ages, as well as working on our own interpretations of this theme, using a variety of media, and drawing  a mother and baby from life. All abilities welcome. 

Date: Wednesday 13 June

Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Cost: £8.00

Refreshments available

Booking essential: 01372 464881 or  st.georgesarts.esher@gmail.com



Summer Music Tea Party for The Churches Conservation Trust

Join us for a Tea Party with musical entertainment and the last chance to view the ‘Modern Madonnas’ exhibition. All proceeds from the tea party will go to the Churches Conservation Trust to help with their valuable work protecting our built heritage.

St George’s Church is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust, the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. Buildings like St George’s are kept open and in use – living once again at the heart of their communities. Find out more about role of the CCT by visiting their website http://www.visitchurches.org.uk 

Date: Sunday 17 June

Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm

FREE Entry

Tea and cakes available

Details: 01372 464370/465755 or info@stgeorgesesher.org           



Music Matters: Piano Workshop with Eva Doroszkowska

Young Surrey pianists (aged 5 – 16) are invited to spend an enjoyable afternoon taking part in Eva’s inspiring Workshop.

Eva is an enthusiastic and inspiring musician with a vital energy, who is passionate about sharing her love of music. She is an international concert pianist, has over 20 years of experience working with young musicians and has taught piano at the Junior Royal Academy for over 10 years

‘We all learn from the experience of performing a piece. Having another set of ears to listen and to work actively in the friendly atmosphere of a master class or workshop can prove to be a valuable and rewarding exercise.’ (Suzuki)

Date: Sunday 1 July

Time: 3pm – 5.30pm

Cost: Adults: £6.00, children and participants: free

Booking essential       

Please send details of the piece you would like to perform to: Eva Doroszkowska: eva@evamaria.co.uk

Box Office: Philippa Rose: 0208 941 7312/ prosety@googlemail.com

Refreshments available


Festival of British Archaeology                          

‘Church Architecture and Heritage’ An Exhibition by the Royal Photographic Society

St George’s Church is proud to be, once again, part of the Archaeology Festival. This year, we will be displaying photographs depicting churches, including their architecture, archaeology and artefacts, from Saxon times to the C20th.

Photography fulfils an important role in archaeology by providing a detailed record should the originals need reconstruction after damage.

This exhibition by the Archaeology and Heritage Group of the Royal Photographic Society also offers an aesthetic response, capturing the unique atmosphere of our historical heritage.

Dates: Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 July

              Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July

             (weekdays by appointment)

Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm weekends

FREE: but donations to TCCT welcome

Details: 01372 464370/01372 465755 info@stgeorgesesher.org   



Heritage Open Day 

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to Heritage properties. This is an ideal opportunity to discover the hidden architectural treasures of St George’s Church, to discover its history and its place in the community.

Date: Saturday 8 September                      

Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm


Details: 01372 464370/01372 465755 info@stgeorgesesher.org



Music Matters: Have a Go!

An introduction to musical instruments for children

Come and try out a range of classical orchestral instruments, to see which one you would like to learn! Music teachers will be on hand to help children try out the instruments, demonstrate how to play them, and answer any questions.

Date: Sunday 7 October                      

Time: 11.30am – 1.00pm

Cost: £3.00 per child

Booking Essential:Please state which instruments you would like to try;                                 

                                        Philippa Rose: 0208 941 7312/prosety@googlemail.com

Refreshments available


The Big Draw

Family art workshop

The ‘Big Draw’ is an annual drawing project, which takes place, every October, at venues in twenty different countries worldwide. Artists will be encouraging everyone to draw using pencil, brush, pen and ink, with activities for all ages. Join us at St George’s to make your mark and rediscover what fun drawing can be!

Date: Saturday 13 October

Time: 1.00pm – 4.30pm

FREE: No need to book; all welcome

Refreshments available

Details: 01372 464881 or  st.georgesarts.esher@gmail.com  ________________________________________________________ 

Autumn Concert

The Acstede String Quartet

Claire Dillon: violin, Anne Warren: violin, Jane Swanson: viola, Cara Warren: cello

Acstede is the old name for Oxted in Surrey, where the quartet gave their first performance in 2004. Tonight they will be performing music with an English connection, ranging from the classical string repertoire, to lighter arrangements of popular tunes, spanning the C17th to modern times.

“We were entranced by the excellence of the playing, the breadth of repertoire and the atmosphere of enjoyment on the part of both artistes and audience.” (Friends of Bletchingley Centre)

Date: Sunday 14th October 

Time: 7.00pm

Ticket Price: £10.00

Box Office: 01372 464370 / 01372 465755

Refreshments available



Look:Hear Young Artists’ Exhibition 

An exhibition showcasing the best of Elmbridge’s young artists, as part of the  Elmbridge Youth Arts Festival. 

Dates: Friday 23 – Friday 30 November

Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm 

Launch event: Thursday 22 November

Time: 6 – 8pm                   


Details: 01372 464881 or  st.georgesarts.esher@gmail.com


At a Glance

Dates for your Diary:

Please refer to main event details for times and more information


Sunday 26                                    Winter Jazz: Jake Fryer



Sunday         4                                      Music matters: Auditions

Thursday      8                                      Dance Signatures; Launch

Fridays         9,16,23,30,                      Dance Signatures: Open Studio

Saturday     17                                      Dance Signatures: Open Studio


Fridays         13, 20                               Dance Signatures: Open Studio

Saturdays     21                                    Dance Signatures: Open Studio

Thursday      26                                    Dance Signatures: Closing Event


Sunday          20                                  Music Matters Concert

Saturday        26                                  Back-to-Art Mothers Workshop

Thursday      31                                  Modern Madonnas: Launch


Friday             8                                    Parent and Child Art Workshop

Wednesday   13            Modern Madonnas Art Workshop

Sunday          17                                    Summer Music:TTCT Tea Party


Sunday           1                                     Music Matters Piano Master Class

Sat/Sun           14/15                         Royal Photographic Society Exhibition, as part

and Sat/Sun   21/22                          of the Festival of British Archaeology:


Saturday         8                                   Heritage Open Day


Sunday           7                                  Music Matters: Introduction to Instruments

Saturday        13                                   The Big Draw

Sunday          14                                   Autumn Concert: The Acstede Quartet


Thursday         22                                Young Artists’ Exhibition: Launch

Sat – Fri          23 – 30                         Young Artists’ Exhibition:

Although St George’s Church is redundant, it is still consecrated and there are some services still celebrated here in this beautiful ancient church.

Dates for Services

5 February: Candlemas  6.00pm

22 April: Communion  8.00am

27 May: Choral Evensong  6.00pm

30 September: Choral Evensong 6.00pm

2 December: Advent Carols 6.00pm


To see events from 2009, 2010 and 2011 please visit Past Events


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