• St John's, Waterloo
  • St John's, Waterloo
  • Interior showing seats and concert platform (image credit: Wikipedia)
  • Church entrance (image credit: Wikipedia)

...Let there be Light!

St John's Waterloo


Project summary


The Southbank Sinfonia rehearse and perform regular concerts at this large 19th-century church opposite Waterloo Station, notably a popular series of free rush-hour concerts. The orchestra struggled for a decade with inadequate lighting, making it difficult to read music and to engage an audience through the gloom of minimal overhead lighting.


Without making any changes to lighting positions or compromising the church’s activities, Charcoalblue was able to sneak 24 powerful spotlights into the roof space, with LED sources for energy efficient daytime use and some additional tungsten sources for concerts. The existing control system was replaced with a new processor which allows direct control of the installed lighting from a temporary console, when necessary.



'We are delighted with the fresh lighting that Charcoalblue has designed for Southbank Sinfonia’s regular concerts at St John’s Waterloo. This has added a great sense of occasion to every performance and vitally illuminates the enthusiasm, energy and personality of our young orchestra which one could hear but never entirely see until now. The installation is easy to use, with some helpful presets, and also gives us the wherewithal to be creative and daring in the way we light live performance in future. We are grateful to the Foyle Foundation for enabling us to invest in this new technology and equally thankful to Charcoalblue for devising and delivering it with much care and professionalism.'

James Murphy, Managing Director, Southbank Sinfonia