St. John’s Chapel, Chichester

St John the Evangelist’s Church is a redundant Anglican church. Built in 1812 to the design of James Elmes as a proprietary chapel, the octagonal white-brick ‘evangelical preaching house’ reflects the early 19th-century ideals of the Church of England’s evangelical wing before High Church movements such as the Cambridge Camden Society changed ideas on church design. The Diocese of Chichester declared it redundant in 1973. Although worship no longer takes place in the building, its theatre-like design has made it a popular venue for concerts and musical events. The church is a Grade I Listed building.

St John the Evangelist’s Church was designed according to an ‘extreme Low church plan’ in which an enormous central pulpit was the focus for the congregation and the altar was so insignificant that it ‘dwindled to a kind of kitchen table’. The height and prominence of the pulpit ensured that the preacher could see all worshippers, and they could see and hear him.

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June 30, 2024
A varied programme to include Fingal’s Cave by Mendelssohn, Petite Suite by Debussy, Capriol Suite by Warlock, an organ duet by Chichester composer John Marsh and an engaging suite for piano and organ by Denis Bedard. A retiring collection for...
June 29, 2024
The professional singers of Chichester-based consort, South Downs Soloists, return with their vibrant voices to the Festival. Celebrating the music of Renaissance masters Thomas Tallis and Robert White, extolled by Morley as “greatest glory of our muses”. Featuring the first...
June 28, 2024
Opening concert by international recitalist Margaret Phillips on the newly-restored pipe organ in St John’s Chapel, Chichester. Part of the design of the original building and built in 1822 by the renowned Georgian organ builder G P England, the organ...