Past events

2011 Past Events


Sunday 13 February: Penelope Cave and Helena Brown in: Sense and Sensibilities a St Valentine’s Tea-time Recital: Date: Sunday 13th February 2011 at 2.30pm


Damascus Road Mary Branson

Artist Mary Branson explores the contemporary understanding of the term ‘Road to Damascus, as a vivid point or event that provokes a sudden change in our lives. From recorded conversations with members of the community, Mary will be building an audio journey of fragmented personal stories: this will accompany a light installation that will transform this beautiful Tudor church into an intimate space of discovery.

Launch: Thursday 17 March 7.00 – 9.00pm

Open: Friday 18 – Wednesday 23 March

Times: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Closing Event and Artist’s Talk : Thursday 24 March 7.00 – 9.00pm

Mary Branson discusses the inspiration behind ‘Damascus Road’

An Exhibition Celebrating 400 Years of the King James’ Bible

Local artist Margaret Wiltshire will exhibit vivid images in the form of stitched pictures. These beautiful pictures reflect on her own spiritual journey and will be placed alongside an overview of translations of the Bible, in this the 400thanniversary of the King James’ version.

Exhibition open: Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 April and on Saturday 23 April

Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm


No booking required



Time to Listen – Readings on Silence and Solitude Roz Cran    POSTPONED

This event offers a quiet time to sit and listen to artist Roz Cran reading from a range of authors on silence, solitude and creativity. Finding time to stop, to sit quietly is increasingly difficult in our busy crowded lives and the pleasure of being read to is rare. Roz will read from writers such as Jeanette Winterson, Kathleen Jamie and Sara Maitland.

Date: Wednesday 11 May

Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Cost: £3.00

Readings will last approximately 30 minutes with the opportunity to browse the books afterwards. Refreshments available.



Time to Be – A Retreat Day for Artists Roz Cran

Artist Roz Cran invites artists and creative people to a day of space, time and quiet reflection and solitude both in the calm of St George’s Church and outside. There will be time to stand and stare: to stroll and look, to sit quietly with a puzzle or impasse from your practice and to consider the place of calmness in your work. Roz will start each part of the day with a reading on silence or solitude.

Date: Wednesday 18 May

Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

Cost: £8.00

Booking essential: 01372 467720 or email:

Please be aware of the weather on the day, as we will be walking outside as part of the activities. Bring suitable footwear and clothing if wet. Simple lunchtime refreshments are provided but please bring food to share.


May – July

The Colour of Music Rebecca Price

Artist Rebecca Price combines art and music in the unique setting of St George’s. Rebecca builds on recent work based on musical instruments and their players by inviting local musical ensembles and individuals to come in and rehearse, by arrangement, while she draws them. To find out how musicians can take part please contact 01372 467770 or 01372 464881.

During the residency Rebecca will be running a series of painting workshops for adults interested in learning about colour, line and expression in relation to music.

Launch event and exhibition: Thursday 5 May

Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm



Painting workshops for adults with Rebecca Price

Dates: Tuesday 17 May postponed until June

Wednesday 25 May

Wednesday 8 June

Tuesday 28 June

Time: 9.30am -1.30pm

Cost: £8 per workshop

Booking essential: 01372 467720 or email:

Tea and coffee available


Open Studio to meet the artist, Rebecca Price and to see work in progress


Fridays 6, 13, 20 and 27 May

Fridays 3, 10, 17 and 24 June

Fridays 1 and 8 July

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm



Closing Exhibition

Date: Friday 15 July

Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm




Walk Historic Esher

St George’s Church is one of the main focal points in any story that tells the amazing history of Esher. This walk- and- talk around the conservation area, given by the Esher District Local History Society will start and end at the church.

Date: Thursday 9 June

Time: 6.30pm doors open. Walk commences 7.00pm

Cost: Members of Esher Local History Society FREE

Non-members £2.00

Tea and Coffee will be available on completion of the walk

For more information please visit


Exhibition and Tea Party for The Churches Conservation Trust

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

Join us for a Tea Party with musical entertainment and also view the exhibition of ourartist in Residence, Rebecca Price. All proceeds from the tea party will go to the Churches Conservation Trust to help with their valuable work protecting our built heritage.

Date: Sunday 19 June

Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm


Music for a Summer Evening Eva Doroszkowska

As part of the Esher Music Festival, international pianist Eva Doroszkowska makes a welcome return to St George’s Church presenting works by Mozart, Liszt and Debussy. Eva was winner of the Young Pianist of the Year Award at the age of nine, gaining a scholarship to The Royal Northern College of Music followed by studying in Poland, Denmark and Holland.

Date: Thursday 23 June

Time: 8.00pm

Ticket Price: £10.00

Box Office: 01372 464370 / 465755

Refreshments available.

Part of Esher Music Festival 22nd– 25th June



An Evening with ‘The Best of John Betjeman’

Betjeman was a conservationist, television personality and best-selling poet. Actor Lance Pierson tells the story of Betjeman’s life through his poems. This performance will include his most popular and significant poems, all told in the unique setting of St George’s Church.

Date: Wednesday 13 July

Time: 8.00pm

Ticket Price: £10.00

Box Office: 01372 464370 or 01372 465755

Refreshments available

For more information please visit or telephone 01372 464370


Festival of British Archaeology

A Study of Esher Parish in Maps 1005 – 1846

St George’s Church is proud to be part of this year’s Archaeology Festival. Under the heading ‘Archaeology for All’ the Village Studies Group of the Esher District Local History Society will present a display of facsimile maps from the time of the Eynsham cartulary to the Tithe apportionment. The group’s additional maps, showing salient detail with illustrations, will also form part of this exhibition.

Date: Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 July

Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm


Tea and Coffee available



Heritage Open Weekend

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. We are also delighted to present an exhibition by the Epsom Contemporary Artist’s Network at the beginning of their week of events at St George’s Church. See below.

Date: Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 September

Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm


Tea and Coffee available


Thresholds Epsom Contemporary Artists Network


The Epsom Contemporary Artists Network invites you to join them in St George’s Church during a week of events celebrating its historic setting. These events will include visual art, performance art and so much more. Interacting with’ drop in’ visitors to the church, or those of you wishing to spend a day or more with the artists, the week’s events will culminate in a showcase of work for all.

Launch Exhibition: Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 September

Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm


Daily Workshops: Monday 12 – Friday 16 September

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm No need to book, just drop in

Showcase Weekend: Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 September

Time: 10.00am– 3.00pm




  • ‘Fabricate’, a woven response to place,  7 January – 30 January 2010
    final  Exhibition Louise Nason’s 2009 Residency


  • Sunday, 14 February 3 pm, St Valentine’s Afternoon with Eva Doroszkowska

Wednesday 24 March: Launch Event for our 2010 residency Meet Helen Scalway our artist in residence for this year 4 pm – 6 pm all welcome, light refreshments


  • 9 April Easter school holidays family workshops 10 am – 12 noon art / craft workshop: £5 per child, parents go free. Booking essential 01372 467720 or email:
  • Thursday 22 April Pattern and Patina FREE Workshops for Adults with Helen Scalway 11 am – 1 pm and 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm. A stimulating workshop for adults of all abilities, with the emphasis on making. In this workshop we shall start by looking at the rich pattern and ornament in St George’s and then go on to freely develop our own exciting  ornamental motifs in response. We shall assume there is no ‘correct’ approach – just your own ways of seeing.
    Materials such as charcoal, basic paint and paper will be supplied but please bring your own scissors. You may also  wish to bring your own sketchbooks and drawing implements if you have them. For more information and to book please phone 01372 467720 or email:


  • 20 May: Visual Rhyme and Repetition 11 am – 1 pm, 2.30 – 4.30 FREEworkshop for adults with Helen Scalway at St George’s. For more information and to book please phone 01372 467720 or


10 – 20 June Open Studio Exhibitions with Surrey Artists Open Studios

Workshops Saturday 12 June

  • 10 – 12 FREE Drawing Workshop with St George’s Artist in Residence:Helen Scalway
  • One day workshop 10 – 3 with break for lunch: experimental papermaking with Jane Ponsford £40

To book a place on a workshop please phone: 01372 467720 leaving your name and contact number or email on:


17, 24, 31 July: Archaeology Saturdays 11.30, 13.30, 1.30, 2.30 pm.

2010 Festival of British Archaeology: Find out about the fascinating history of St George’s Church, Short walks and tales connected with the church

July / August

  • school holidays family art / craft workshops: More details: 01372 467720 contact Jane Ponsford, visual arts organizer


  • 11, 12 September: Heritage Weekend
  • Exhibition of Artist in Residence


  • 2 October THE BIG DRAW  10 – 3 pm

Free Drawing activities for all ages, no need to book, all welcome. 10 – 12 noon and 1 – 3 pm. Our artist-in-residence will be leading drawing activities and taking a closer look at the spaces around us. Phone: 01372 467720 contact Jane Ponsford, visual arts organizer



Sunday, February 15th

3 pm St Valentine’s Afternoon Piano Recital with Catherine Leonard.

Tickets £8, (students £4)  including tea and cakes. Box office: 01372 464370 or 01372 465755 or on the door

Catherine studied Music at King’s College London and piano with Aaron Shorr at the Royal Academy of Music, she was accepted onto the prestigious third year Advanced Performance Studies course after being awarded a first in piano performance. She also studied piano with Konrad Richter in Stuttgart and has performed throughout the UK and abroad. Catherine returned to Esher with a programme of Classical Music including music for St Valentine’s Day.


Saturday, April 25th

7.30 pm The Galliard Trio with a programme of music by

Antonin Dvorak, W. A. Mozart, Eugene Goossens, Jean Francaix, Francis Poulenc and Malcolm Arnold

Tickets £10 or £8 students

  • Opening / launch exhibition Louise Nason Artists Residency 29 April: 4.30 pm
  • Regular open day: Mondays 9.30-4.00

June: Surrey Artists Open Studios: talks, open studio days, workshops

  • June 12, 13, 14, 18 and 19 between 11-5 pm
  • open evening Thursday 11 June 6-8.30: meet the artist, refreshments available
  • afternoon reception Saturday 13 June 2-4.30 pm: meet the artist, refreshments available


  • 18 June 10-12 noon, Paper-making with Jane Ponsford
  • 19 June 10-12 noon, FREE textiles workshop with Louise Nason

To book a place on a workshop please phone: 01372 467720 leaving your name and contact number or email on:


  • Collaborative textiles day: 6 July Fully Booked
  • Textiles with Louise Nason as part of SHOUT holiday activities for children: Elmbridge Borough Council 01272 474634 (NB not at St George’s. There is a  charge for these activities)
  • Stories from the Stones, 2009 Festival of British Archaeology: find out about the fascinating history of St George’s Church, Short walks and tales connected with the church as told through the building materials:  18 & 25 July, 11.30, 13.30, 1.30, 2.30 pm.


  • Stories from the Stones, Short walks and tales connected with the church as told through the building materials. 1 August 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 pm.
  • Free Textiles / Papermaking workshops for Children and Teens with Louise Nason and Jane Ponsford: 26 August 10 – 12 noon: activities suitable for ages 7 and up. Children to be accompanied by an adult.  1 – 3 pm: ages 14 and up. Tel: 01372 467720 to book.
  • Textiles with Louise Nason as part of SHOUT holiday activities for children: Elmbridge Borough Council01272 474634 (NB not at St George’s. There is a charge for these activities)



  • IDMC Gospel Choir Saturday 3 October: Workshop and FREE Concert Workshop 2 – 5 pm, Concert 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Award winning choir director John Fisher will lead the world renowned IDMC Gospel to Surrey to present the vibrant sounds of gospel music. From traditional to contemporary, singing Gospel standards such as O’ Happy day, Something Inside so Strong, and Swing Low, to their own very popular compositions. John will be conducting one of his award winning gospel sing workshops during the afternoon with the participants of the workshop sharing the stage with IDMC later that evening.

Booking information: Workshop £10, Free concert. Contact 07888 689064

  • The Big Draw: 10 October: Free Drawing activities for all ages, no need to book, all welcome. 10 – 12 noon and 1 – 3 pm. Our theme this year : ‘From another point of view’, Louise Nason will be leading drawing activities taking a closer look at the spaces around us.
  • Work in Progress Exhibition: Monday 12 October – Monday 19 October 9.30 – 4 pm. Meet textiles artist Louise Nason or add your contribution to the collaborative weaving at St George’s Church.


  • Natural Dye workshops: with Louise Nason: Saturday 28 November,£10, one day workshops 10 – 3 pm,       break for lunch (not provided). Tel: 01372 467720 to book or for more details.

December: Tree Dressing Competition for schools: To take part please phone: 01372 467720

January 2010 Final  Exhibition of the Residency:

‘Fabricate’, A woven response to place, final exhibition from Louise Nason’s  residency


Private view: 6.30 pm Thursday 7January 2010

Meet the Artist: Saturday 9 January

Exhibition runs from 7 January – 30 January 2010