Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”


It is with much regret that we must announce the cancellation of the concert by Schola Baptista "MUSIC FOR SAINT JOHN" which was planned for the Saturday 26th February.

This decision has been made at the instruction of Lord Guthrie, Chairman of the Hospital, to permit the completion of the current Hospice building works which are running well behind programme, and which have been rescheduled at times that is least disruptive to the Hospital and Hospice patients, working at evenings at weekends.

The Hospital has advised us that the completion works involve a large number of workmen, materials and significant noise on Saturday evening.  It is clearly imperative that the work remaining is completed within the revised times, to satisfy Department of Health grant requirements, and it has not now been possible to  accommodate the concert without putting this at risk.  In addition, the Hospital explains that it would not be in anybody’s interests to attend a concert that would be constantly interrupted by loud drilling noise.

We extend the sincere apologies of the Order of Malta to all our generous supporters of Saint John's Hospice, with our thanks for your support in the past, and should be very grateful if you would tell anyone whom you think might be coming of this cancellation.

We very much hope that the next concert, on 23rd March, will continue as normal.