Concerts

Concerts at St Andrews

The main concert venue is St Andrew’s church, with seating capacity for 400 performers and audience. There is staging of 5 tiers which can be hired and erected in the chancel for a choir of approximately 120. There is an organ and a grand piano available. The hire of the church as a concert venue also includes the Glass room and kitchen for refreshments and the Blue room is available for changing and leaving personal belongings, and instrument cases.

We were extremely pleased with how everything went and loved holding our concert at St Andrew’s. So much so in fact that we’re returning next year

Kingston Grammar School concert, March 2016

Concerts at St Marks

St Mark’s church is available to hire for small chamber concerts, ensembles or piano recitals. The seating capacity of St Mark’s is 300 people, including performers and audience. There is a separate room for personal belongings and instrument cases, and access to the kitchen for refreshments.

I have used St Mark’s church for a concert for my piano pupils and will be organising my second concert this December as it has been such a great venue.

Olivia, piano teacher , August 2016

Concert hire rates and booking

To book the churches for a concert, in the first instance please contact the parish office to discuss dates and logistics. A concert time is not booked until a completed and signed booking form is returned with a non-refundable booking deposit of £50.

Hire rates for 2016 – 2017 for an afternoon rehearsal (from 1pm) and evening concert are:

Summer rate 2016 (May – Sept) £325    Winter rate 2017 (Oct –April) £375   

If staging is not required the cost of hire is:

Summer rate 2016 (May – Sept) £300    Winter rate 2017(Oct-April) £350   

For chamber groups, and afternoon concerts when rehearsals are not required, an hourly rate will be charged. Please speak to the parish office about current hire rates.

If tuning of the piano or organ is required please arrange with the parish office. This tuning will be arranged with the regular tuner, which the hirer will be invoiced for.

We ask all concert organisers to ensure that they make the correct returns and corresponding fees for all live performances at St Andrew or St Mark churches in regard to Performing Rights Society charges.  If selling alcohol a Temporary Events Licence (TEL) will need to be obtained by the concert organisers.