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A hot year for Proms at St Jude’s

                                 of Figaro, and then the Suburb’s   Proms events for under 5-year   Other sessions by authors   INNOVATION
                                 own Grace Davidson singing   olds to get a taste of close-up   who were a little less well-known   Not letting the grass grow under
                                 Vivaldi and Handel with the   live music and participation; a   turned out, as often is the case,  its feet, Proms is always trying
                                 Academy of Ancient Music,  family concert for primary school   to be at least as fascinating.  something new. This year, there
                                 were all exhilarating to listen to,  children, where they could   Radio Three breakfast presenter   was pizza before the concert on
                                 with the clarity and purity of   dress up in animal face masks   Clemency Burton-Hill explained   the last Saturday and stand-up
                                 their renditions.          and listen to Carnival of the   how she had chosen the 366   comedy to follow. That it was
                                         VARIETY            Animals; a Fantastic Fanfares   pieces of music contained in   described as ‘late-night’ comedy
                                 Jacqui Dankworth and Counter-  competition for 14-18 year old   her  book  Year  of  Wonder,  and   was called into question by MC
                                 poise  entertained  with  a  great   budding composers; and a spoken   played some extracts from the   Jim Daly – but he accepted that
                                 evening of jazz, singing and   word competition, supported   complementary Spotify playlist.  finishing by 11.15pm was indeed
                                 playing arrangements by pianist   by Proms principal sponsor,  Former Times editor Simon   past  the  Ovaltine  hour  in  this
                                 Iain Farrington that were lively   Investec, open to young people   Jenkins used a slideshow to take   part of the world.
                                 and original. Charles Court Opera   from schools in East London   us on a whistle-stop tour around   CHARITY
                                 offered a well-produced HMS   working with one of Proms’  his 100 favourite railway stations,  Central to Proms is its raising of
                                 Pinafore, and the Septura Brass   target charities, Toynbee Hall.  and journalist Viv Groskop set   funds for good causes. Speakers
                                 Septet showed how well-known   Theo Gill, 17, won the fanfare   out how her surname had led to   for the two beneficiary charities,
                                 pieces could be successful when   prize, presented by Robert Max,  her fascination with Russia and   Toynbee Hall and the North
      Proms founder, Susie Gregson at the   scored for trumpet, trombone   and had the privilege of hearing   its literature. Lynne Truss shook   London Hospice, set out to
      Last Night of the Proms
                                 and tuba.                  his winning entry played –  off her reputation for grammatical   audiences over the course of the
      What an outstanding season! Not   As always, the Last Night   twice – by the Covent Garden   stringency and amused audiences   festival how their support would   evening, adding to the sums that
      only did the sun shine through-  went down a storm, with flag-  Chamber Orchestra on Proms’  with her comic detective novel   take effect – from instilling self-  Proms will be able to contribute.
      out the Proms at St Jude’s 2018   waving and hearty audience   Last Night.      set in Brighton in 1957.   esteem in previously withdrawn  “Our cautious Treasurer estimates
      festival, but  there  was  also a   participation singing Land of   Nicole  Barrios,  Henoc  All this took place around   teenagers to providing solace   that it will be at least £45,000 this
      spirit of success and enjoyment   Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia   Lingomba and Volkan O’Grady   the most congenial LitFest café   and  comfort  to  individuals  at   year,” said Proms founder Susie
      that was hard to beat.     and Jerusalem. Soloist Grace   were chosen by a panel of   stocked with homemade goodies   the end of their life and their   Gregson. “Our thanks go to our
            MEMORABLE            Durham – a former St Jude’s   judges from Investec, Toynbee   supplied  by Proms volunteers.  families and friends.   sponsors, advertisers, Friends and
      There were many memorable   chorister – ably led the revels   Hall and Proms at St Jude’s as   Sitting in the shade of the trees   On two occasions, generous   to you, the audience, for making
      moments. The Kanneh-Mason   alongside conductor Robert   winners  of  the  spoken word   in the Henrietta Barnett School   donors doubled the cash collected   this possible.”
      Trio – comprising the Royal   Max, whose son Noah had   competition, and read out their   yard, sipping a cup of tea and   in buckets at exits at the end of the   RON FINLAY
      Wedding performer Sheku on   taken the baton at the opening   winning entries in front of  a   nibbling a Florentine while
      cello, sister Isata on piano and   lunchtime  concert  of  the  Proms audience of  500 at  the   musing over the pages of the
      brother Braimah on violin –  festival a week earlier.  Kanneh-Mason Trio concert.  new paperback just purchased
      playing  not only  to a packed   LUNCHTIME              “Our  aim  was  to  offer   from West End Lane Books and                                               MICHAEL ELEFTHERIADES
      church but also to a picnicking   Something that makes Proms   something for each age group   signed by the author was indeed
      crowd of 250 on Central Square.  special is its running of free   and to ensure work of quality   a luxurious experience.
      Dame Henrietta Barnett would   lunchtime concerts – made   and character, hoping that the   EXERCISE
      surely have been delighted to   possible through the generous   children and young people’s   But Proms at St Jude’s is not all
      see the centrepiece of her   support of the Hampstead Garden   experiences could be something   about sitting down. Enthusiasts
      garden suburb creation used so   Suburb Residents Association.  lasting and meaningful,” said   were able to delight in as many
      productively and with so much   These provide a platform for   Michelle Groves, Proms Trustee.  as nine Heritage walks this year
      entertainment.             young, up-and-coming stars  “In an age when children see so  – all under sunny skies – led by
         The Aurora Orchestra, who   and wonderful entertainment   much of the world through a   individual volunteer guides, whose   Mike Freer MP and the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Reuben Thompstone
      played Mozart’s Symphony No.  for all ages.           small screen, we hope that a   commitment, awe-inspiring depth
      40 from memory, astonished the   Asagi  Nakata  gave  a  visit to Proms gave them ‘live’  of  knowledge  and enthusiasm
      audience by creating a magical   particularly  impressive  piano   inspiration and an insight into   were palpable.
      ‘surround-sound’ experience, when   recital, and Milo Harper lived   the world of musicians, music   Walkers trod the streets of
      they fanned out among the   up to his name with the recital   making and the delight of being   Belsize Park uncovering ‘intrigue                              MICHAEL ELEFTHERIADES
      aisles of the church to perform   that  he  had  been  awarded   an audience.”  and spies’; visited Toynbee Hall
      their encore.              through winning the 2018           LITFEST           to look at the work of philan-
         The Simply Dylan concert led   Camac Harp Competition.  The Proms Literary Festival took   thropists in the East End; and
      to dancing in the aisles – something   YOUNG PEOPLE   place with seven events across   surveyed the ‘revolutionary’
      seen  rarely in  St Jude’s, but  a   Proms is increasingly developing   the first weekend. The biggest   modernist homes of Hampstead.
      testament to the exuberance of   its education offering. This year,  audiences were for ITV political   The other walks all took place
      the music from John O’Connell   the schools concert, inspired by   editor, Robert Peston – interviewed   in and around the Suburb and
      and his band.              art from the Impressionists’  by former Prime Ministerial   Hampstead Heath, proving how
         Sopranos ruled supreme this   room  at  the  National  Gallery,  spokesman Simon Lewis – and   many hidden corners you can
      year. Sky Ingram as the Countess   involved about 300 children   former National Theatre Director,  discover in your own area
      and Aoife Miskelly as Susanna   from 10 local schools. Alongside   Nick Hytner, interviewed by   however long you may have
      in Nevill Holt Opera’s Marriage   this, Proms ran two Teeny   journalist Nicolette Jones.   lived here.    The sun sets on another successful Proms – cheers!

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