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Saturday 24 June

Proms at St Jude's - Family Concert - A Symphonic Safari

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
12.45pm Musicians from the Royal Albert Hall, with Kevin Hathway playing works specially for kids, including some of the best classical music related to animals. Dress up if you want. A performance for all the family, presented by Albert's Band. Admission free. Supported by the HGS Residents Association.

Proms at St Jude's - Opera Night with Nevill Holt - Tosca

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
7.45pm One of Giacomo Puccini's greatest operas,Tosca is a roller-coaster story of love, lust, murder and political intrigue. With its dramatic storyline and Puccini’s richly romantic score, it is one of the world’s best loved operas. This concert performance will be sung in Italian by Nevill Holt Opera, with its orchestra and chorus. The company’s previous productions at Proms in the last three years have all sold out. Under artistic director Nicholas Chalmers, who conducts tonight, Nevill Holt continues to reinforce its national reputation. Nicholas is conductor of Northern Ireland Opera and artistic director of Second Movement Opera Company. ‘The vitality of the playing under Nicholas Chalmers’ firm baton never faulted’ Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph. Tosca is played by Belfast-born soprano Giselle Allen, acknowledged as a singing actress of the first order, who has appeared at opera houses throughout the world. ‘It’s hard to praise Giselle Allen enough’ Opera Now. Spanish tenor Carlos Fidalgo plays Cavaradossi. Born in León, he studied in Europe before moving to London to study at the National Opera Studio. He has sung with UK companies including English National Opera and Scottish Opera, and across Europe. Welsh baritone Paul Carey Jones sings Scarpia. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. Joint winner of the 2013 Wagner Society Singing Competition, he sang with Scottish Opera and Northern Ireland Opera before making his Royal Opera debut last year. 'His unwaveringly steady, oaky baritone anchored the production' Opera Magazine. Supported by Investec. More about the Festival and book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Sunday 25 June

Proms at St Jude's - Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
7.45pm The Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, with Robert Max (director/cello), Sophie Lockett (violin) and Zoë Solomon (piano). One of Beethoven’s less well-known works, this amiable concerto, for piano, violin, cello and orchestra, is followed by Berlioz’s tale of an artist and his unrequited love. With its dramatic themes of longing and despair, this was, in 1830, a ground-breaking piece of programme music and orchestration. The Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra has long been part of the musical life of London, working with different conductors and artists at venues and festivals across the city and the South East. Robert Max, soloist, conductor and recording artist, is principal cellist of the London Chamber Orchestra and cellist of the acclaimed Barbican Piano Trio. Sophie Lockett appears regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Hallé. She has performed with artists including Frank Ocean, McFly, Alison Moyet and John Barrowman. Zoë Solomon’s qualities as a chamber musician and accompanist have made her in demand at concerts in both Europe and the USA. Supported by the Jacqueline and Michael Gee Charitable Trust. More about the Festival and book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Youth Music Centre assessment day

9am to 5pm See full details...
Venue: 111 Lichfield Grove, London N3 2J. Every child who wishes to be part of YMC’s orchestras, ensembles or choir needs to play a piece of their choice on their instrument. Voice/aural skills will also be assessed for possible placement in a voice/aural class or choir. You can book a time slot by phone or email. Admission free. Info 020 8450 9290

Horticultural Society - HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB GARDENS open in conjunction with the National Gardens Scheme

12pm to 5:30pm at Fellowship House. See full details...
This year, under the heading HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB GARDENS, nine of the Suburb's finest gardens and one allotment are opening on one day as a group featured in the National Gardens Scheme yellow 'Gardens to Visit' book, in which garden owners raise funds for nursing, cancer and other worthwhile national charities. Tickets with maps £8.50pp (children free) available from 86 Willifield Way and 1 Asmuns Hill on the day only. Refreshments at Fellowship House, where two well-known nurseries will be selling a fantastic selection of plants. Plants will also be available in some of the gardens. Children's Treasure Hunt, Raffle with amazing prizes. Full details are published on the Horticultural Society website (www.hortsoc.co.uk) and the NGS website and can also be found in the 2017 yellow 'Gardens to Visit' book published by the National Gardens Scheme. Some of the gardens are also open by appointment until September. Copies of the free 'London Gardens' booklet are also at Fellowship House and the HGS Community Library in the Market Place, etc., Info: Caroline Broome, 020 8444 2329 or carosgarden@virginmedia.com.

Monday 26 June

Proms at St Jude's - Flute Recital - Marie Sato with pianist Tony Ingham

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
12.45pm Programme to include C.P.E. Bach’s Sonata in A minor, Fauré’s Fantasie and works by Bozza, Debussy, Bourne and Vivek Haria. Aged 17, Marie Sato is joint principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra. Since 2009 she has been a student at the Royal College of Music. Last year she won the Gordon Turner Memorial Competition. Tony Ingham works regularly as accompanist at the Royal College of Music and as teacher at Westminster Cathedral Choir School. Admission free. Supported by the HGS Residents Association

Proms at St Jude's - Bookends - A Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel, featuring Leos Strings

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
7.45pm Dan Haynes and Pete Richards perform an unforgettable show, celebrating the music of Simon & Garfunkel. Naming their group Bookends after the folk-rock duo’s album title, Dan and Pete recreate their ever-fresh songs. They are backed by Leos Strings, which was founded in 2008 by cellist Rachel Shakespeare at the Royal Northern College of Music. Bookends tour extensively at prestigious venues, including the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and The Lowry, and enjoyed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The concert features classics such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water and such lesser-known gems as Sparrow and Bleecker Street, plus music from Simon and Garfunkel’s solo careers. ‘One of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world’ Stuart Cameron, BBC and ITV Broadcaster. ‘Closing your eyes, that could really be Simon & Garfunkel’ BBC Radio. Supported by Godfrey & Barr. More about the Festival and book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - The Babbling Brook in the Next Valley

10:30am See full details...
The Babbling Brook in the Next Valley traces the buried Fleet River to Kentish Town City Farm in Gospel Oak. Plunging down hidden farm lanes, it will take in the newly reconfigured ponds and reveal famous people and colourful dramas. Led by Lester Hillman, an urban planner, lecturer and accredited guide. Meet Pond Square, Highgate Village N6 6BA nr Bus Terminus, South Grove. More about walks & book tickets at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - The Babbling Brook in the Next Valley

10:30am See full details...
The Babbling Brook in the Next Valley traces the buried Fleet River to Kentish Town City Farm in Gospel Oak. Plunging down hidden farm lanes, it will take in the newly reconfigured ponds and reveal famous people and colourful dramas. Led by Lester Hillman, an urban planner, lecturer and accredited guide. Meet Pond Square,Highgate Village N6 6BA nr Bus Terminus, South Grove. More about walks & book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Tuesday 27 June

Proms at St Jude's - The Purcell School

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
12.45pm Students carefully chosen through pupil auditions from The Purcell School, one of the UK’s leading specialist music schools, perform an eclectic programme of chamber music. The School holds the UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of its contribution to international culture. Purcell alumni include Oliver Knussen CBE, Catrin Finch, and BBC Young Musician of the Year winners Nicholas Daniel, Lara Melda and Martin James Bartlett. Admission free. Supported by the HGS Residents Association

Proms at St Jude's - Michael Collins & Friends, with Grace Davidson

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7.45pm One of the world’s finest clarinettists, Michael Collins is joined by fellow recording artist pianist Michael McHale and renowned soprano Grace Davidson in a programme comprising Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and Schubert’s Octet. The Shepherd on the Rock is a showpiece for clarinet, voice and piano, which conveys the shepherd’s longings for his absent sweetheart. This is followed by one of Mozart’s most sublime works, the Clarinet Quintet. We finish with Schubert’s Octet, an infectiously joyous piece of music that never fails to raise the spirit. Today, also highly regarded as a conductor, Michael Collins continues his distinguished soloist career as a clarinettist. Committed to expanding the repertoire of the instrument, he has premièred works by contemporary composers. Recent releases include a disc of British Clarinet Concertos as soloist and conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. ‘Michael Collins...brilliant playing in every sense’ Classic FM. Grace Davidson has carved an international career working with all the leading Baroque ensembles, including The Sixteen and Tenebrae. ‘Grace Davidson sings with gorgeous purity and warmth and hits some extraordinarily ethereal high notes’ Classic FM. Michael McHale’s international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician has taken him to venues from Japan to the USA and Germany. He released a CD of clarinet sonatas with Michael Collins in 2015. ‘The singing sensibility of McHale’s sensitive and polished pianism’ Gramophone. Supported by Pamela Fulton and Kate Munday. More about the Festival and book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - Hampstead's Heathland and Wetland Habitats

10:30am See full details...
Hampstead’s Heathland and Wetland Habitats, led by Richard Payne, Heath Conservation and Supervisor, focuses on the natural history of the Heath and takes a look behind the scenes at the construction process and benefits of the newly-completed ponds project. Walking shoes advisable. Meet at Golders Hill Park café NW3 7HD. More about walks & book tickets at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - Hampstead's Heathland and Wetland Habitats

10:30am See full details...
Richard Payne, Heath Conservation and Supervisor, focuses on the natural history of the Heath and takes a look behind the scenes at the construction process and benefits of the newly-completed ponds project. Walking shoes advisable. Meet at Golders Hill Park café NW3 7HD. More about walks & book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Family Concert - Teeny Prom

11am at St. Jude's Rooms. See full details...
12.45pm Know someone under three years old? Bring them to Tiddly Prom! They’ll love clapping, laughing, listening and singing along. PLUS Join the Teddy Bears’ Picnic outside immediately afterwards (indoors if wet).. Wandering musicians and musical activities galore for under-fives. Admission free. Supported by the Da Capo Music Foundation and by Bear Nibbles

Wednesday 28 June

Proms at St Jude's - Piano Recital by Daniel Lebhardt

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
12.45pm Prize-winning pianist Daniel Lebhardt plays Schubert’s Drei Klavierstücke, Mozart’s Rondo in A minor and Rachmaninov’s Sonata No 2 in B flat minor. Over the past two years, Hungarian-born Daniel has been recording solo piano works for Decca’s complete Bartók series and has given debut performances at major US and European venues. ‘Power, poetry and formidable technique’ New York Times. Admission free. Supported by the HGS Residents Association

Proms at St Jude's - Chilingirian String Quartet

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
7.45pm The renowned Chilingirian Quartet, with pianist Andrew Brownell, perform Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor, one of the masterpieces of chamber music. They are then joined by mezzo-soprano Sarah Pring in the world première of the song cycle "Letters from Lony" by Ronald Corp, commissioned by Proms at St Jude’s. "Letters from Lony" is a voice from the Holocaust. Lony Rabl-Fraenkel sent the letters from Nazi-occupied Amsterdam to her new-born grandson in England before she perished in Auschwitz without ever seeing him. The Chilingirian Quartet, founded in 1971, is one of the world’s most celebrated and widely travelled ensembles and has built up an extensive and critically acclaimed discography of classical and romantic works. Composer and conductor Ronald Corp has composed many works, including cantatas, a symphony, piano concertos and more than 100 songs. Sarah Pring, a favourite at Glyndebourne, where she began her career, has sung at the Royal Opera House and with companies including English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. Andrew Brownell has won prizes at major European competitions and has been soloist with orchestras such as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Hermitage State. FREE tickets for under-25s, with thanks to Cavatina. Supported by the Rothenberg Family Charitable Trust. More about the Festival and book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - Kenwood’s Landscapes and Ladies

10:30am See full details...
Kenwood’s Landscapes and Ladies, led by Tamara Rabin, English Heritage volunteer guide, describes the genius of landscape gardener Humphrey Repton and the lovely grounds. Inside the House, she will talk about some of the ladies portrayed in the Music Room at Kenwood House. Meet in the Kenwood car park NW3 7JR More about walks & book tickets at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - Kenwood’s Landscapes and Ladies

10:30am See full details...
Tamara Rabin, English Heritage volunteer guide, describes the genius of landscape gardener Humphrey Repton and the lovely grounds. Inside the House, she will talk about some of the ladies portrayed in the Music Room at Kenwood House. Meet in the Kenwood car park NW3 7JR. More about walks & book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - The Suburb and the Great War

2pm See full details...
The Suburb and the Great War, led by Charlotte Curtis, HGS Trust’s Planning Assistant. The walk looks at how the Great War affected the development of the Suburb. Charlotte will talk about the decline in building activity, supplies and labour and the establishment of hospitals for servicemen and accommodation for working women. Meet at St Jude’s car park NW11 7AH. More about walks & book tickets at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - The Suburb and the Great War

2pm See full details...
The Suburb and the Great War, led by Charlotte Curtis. HGS Trust’s Planning Assistant looks at how the Great War affected the development of the Suburb. Charlotte will talk about the decline in building activity, supplies and labour and the establishment of hospitals for servicemen and accommodation for working women. Meet at St Jude’s car park NW11 7AH. More about walks & book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Thursday 29 June

Proms at St Jude's - Family Concert - Schools Concert

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
12.45pm After practice with a cappella ensemble Apollo5, pupils from local schools, including Brooklands, Garden Suburb and Wessex Gardens Junior Schools, The Archer Academy, The Henrietta Barnett and Whitefield Schools, will showcase their ensemble singing. Apollo5 has won international praise for its retro jazz, pop and classical arrangements. Admission free. Supported by the HGS Residents Association

Proms at St Jude's - Charlie Chaplin Triple Bill

at St. Jude's Church . See full details...
7.45pm Charlie Chaplin Triple Bill. Supported by Bear Nibbles. Performing live to screenings of iconic films is a speciality of the Orchestra of St Paul’s. Tonight’s screenings feature Chaplin’s The Cure, Easy Street and The Immigrant on the centenary of their first release, with the OSP, conducted by artistic director Ben Palmer, playing Carl Davis’s hilarious and touching scores live to the screen. Ben Palmer has conducted, among others, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and the BBC Singers. Carl Davis’s vast output for film and TV includes acclaimed scores for The French Lieutenant’s Woman, BBC TV’s Pride and Prejudice and epic silent films such as Napoleon and Ben-Hur. More about the Festival and book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - The Evocative Highgate Cemetary

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11.15am Gordon Wolffe, volunteer guide, shows you the most impressive architectural features of the secluded and historic West Cemetery, with its sinuous winding paths and ivy clad monuments. Walking shoes advisable, as there are steep steps. Not suitable for children under 8 years old. Meet outside the West Gate N6 6PJ. More about walks & book tickets at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - The Evocative Highgate Cemetary

See full details...
11.15am Gordon Wolffe, volunteer guide, shows you the most impressive architectural features of the secluded and historic West Cemetery, with its sinuous winding paths and ivy clad monuments. Walking shoes advisable, as there are steep steps. Not suitable for children under 8 years old. Meet outside the West Gate N6 6PJ. More about walks & book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - 1967 and the Big Conservation Conversation

2pm See full details...
Marjorie Galbinski, HGS Trust’s Assistant Architectural Adviser, explores how a 1967 Parliamentary Act has protected and enhanced valued places, and how the Trust operates to maintain the distinctive character of the Suburb. Meet at St Jude’s car park NW11 7AH. More about walks & book tickets at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk

Proms at St Jude's - Proms Heritage Walks - 1967 and the Big Conservation Conversation

2pm See full details...
Marjorie Galbinski, HGS Trust’s Assistant Architectural Adviser, explores how a 1967 Parliamentary Act has protected and enhanced valued places, and how the Trust operates to maintain the distinctive character of the Suburb. Meet at St Jude’s car park NW11 7AH. More about walks & book tickets online at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk