Founded during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 following the 8pm “Clap for Carers”, the Wandsworth Street Concerts ("WSC") bring together local residents and musicians for an informal series of community concerts featuring Chamber and Baroque ensembles.
Now resident in St Anne’s, Churchyard* and under the artistic direction of Chris Jeanes, concerts take place every Wednesday at 8pm between the June half-term and the third week of July, with the finale taking on the Friday before St Anne's Church's patronal festival.
Our aims are threefold:
To make the WSC an annual world-class music series for Wandsworth, featuring young up-and-coming artists, many of whom locally;
To bring the music out of traditional venues, such as concert halls, to a new audience and all concerts are free (£10 suggested donation);
To introduce audiences to unfamiliar music and instruments – e.g. female composers, early music (pre-1750 and Chris' speciality) - in an informal setting
We hope you enjoy the concerts. Please bring a friend, a chair, and refreshments (if you ‘happen’ to forget, there will be some…).
* If raining, probable during Wimbledon, concerts will be held inside St Anne's Church, Wandsworth.
Conductor, baritone, keyboardist and Artistic Director of the Wandsworth Street Concerts, Chris Jeanes has a varied career and longs for the simpler life.
Chris founded the early music group, Zimmermann Band, in 2018 and has subsequently directed performances of Bach cantatas, Purcell songs, Italian oratorios, Tudor polyphony, Handel's Acis & Galatea and Messiah. ZB has also released a number of acclaimed videos, described on YouTube as “magnifique”, “bravo tutti”, and “kudos”.
In his spare time, Chris works as a VAT advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers and would like to be found more often in the Brewers.