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Suburb Proms equal their record

      “Stand by for ecstasy in Hampstead
      Garden Suburb!” These were the
      words of BBC Radio 3 presenter,                                                                                                                                SYLVIA COURY
      Georgia Mann, as she prepared                                                                            MICHAEL ELEFTHERIADES
      listeners for the broadcast of a
      Proms at St Jude’s concert in
      June. And how right she was!
         That  particular  concert,
      featuring Jack Liebeck on violin
      and Katya Apekisheva on piano,
      was reviewed by the Evening
      Standard as “passionate, pensive
      and atmospheric”. But the
      audiences  each  day  had  good
      reason to be ecstatic about
      other events too.
         At the opening LitFest week-
      end, many talks played to full
      houses. Political commentator
      Steve Richards wowed the   Orchestra conducted by Suburb   given them a chance to practise   School Prom   Teeny Prom
      audience not only with his   resident Robert Max, and the   in various workshops. It was
      trenchant  analysis  of  the  state   opening concert performance   wonderful  to  watch  such
      of British politics, but also with   of Così fan Tutte performed by   enthusiastic performances.                                                               DAVID WHITE
      his brilliant impressions of Tony   Nevill Holt Opera and Royal   Winner of Proms Fanfare
      Blair, David Cameron and Boris   Northern Sinfonia, supported by   Competition for students was
      Johnson, to name but three.   principal sponsor Argent Related.  Michelle Mubiru of Mount
      Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger   The sun shone brightly on   House School, who heard her
      pulled a big crowd, and so too did   the last Saturday, bringing a real   winning piece played on Proms’
      Bart van Es, talking movingly   festive atmosphere as the audience   Last Night. Judges said she had
      about the experiences of the   came to eat pizza on Central   truly captured the character
      eponymous  star  of  his  Costa   Square, washed down with   and essence of a fanfare.
      prize winning memoir, The Cut   Pimm’s. Liza Pulman followed   Thanks to the support of
      Out Girl. Suburb born Simon   in concert with her tribute to   the HGS Residents Association,
      Lewis  again  displayed  his   Barbra Streisand, and hardy   Proms was able to put on a great
      talents as an interviewer, this   festival goers then went  on to   series of free lunchtime concerts.
      year quizzing his former Oxford   hear the late-night stand-up.  Violinist Sophie Rosa and pianist
      tutor, Vernon Bogdanor, on his   Athena Kugblenu, a local from   Sholto  Kynoch  particularly
      book Beyond Brexit.        East Finchley, won much applause,  impressed with their programme
         The young star pianist,   as did Scottish newcomer,  of Spanish music, as did prize-
      Isata Kanneh-Mason, generated   Eleanor Morton.       winning pianist Chiyan Wong
      another ‘wow’ as soloist for   Part of Proms’ mission is to   playing Liszt.
      Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No   bring  live  classical  music  to   Lovers of fresh air and
      3 with the Fantasia Orchestra,   younger audiences. At the   exercise are never disappointed   Charles Paget Wade walk led by Paul Capewell of the HGS Trust
      masterfully conducted by Tom   youngest end of the scale, the   with Proms Heritage Walks, and
      Fetherstonhaugh.           two Teeny Prom events for   virtually all were sold out. Paul
         Proms’ ability to attract top   babies and toddlers, supported   Capewell of the HGS Trust was                                                              SYLVIA COURY
      talent shone throughout the   by the DaCapo Music Foundation,  especially informative about
      week. One fan on Twitter   were  highly  successful,  with   the Wonderful World of Charles
      described hearing Arvo Pärt’s   under-fives singing and playing   Paget Wade as he took walkers
      Fratres by violinist Fenella   with  musical  instruments.  around the Suburb buildings
      Humphreys and the Covent   Slightly older children really   Wade had designed.
      Garden Sinfonia as, “something   enjoyed the  Junk Orchestra,   All  of  these  events  raised
      I’ll never forget – hairs still standing   giving them a chance to make   money for Proms’ two target
      on end tbh”. Charismatic guitarist   music from recycled products, and   charities, North London Hospice
      Miloš impressed with his charm   to attend the Journey through   and Toynbee Hall. Thanks to the
      as much as his repertoire. And   Space, presented by the BBC   support of ticket buyers, sponsors,
      the superb King’s Singers made   Elstree Band, conducted by   advertisers, donors and Friends,
      spines tingle as their work   Noah Max. On the final Sunday   Proms has managed to donate a
      resonated, thanks in part to St   afternoon, the Magnard Ensemble   whopping £60,000 this year, up
      Jude’s excellent acoustic.  was magnificent with its concert   from £55,000 in 2018.
         The   Gershwin  evening,  bringing music to life for every-  The festival will back  in
      presented by the Julian Bliss   one from five years old upwards.   2020, running from 27 June to
      Septet, was fully sold out, as   Proms also brought 11 local   5 July. Put the dates in your
      was the Last Night with the   schools together for a big school   diary now!    Suburb born Simon Lewis (left)
                                                                                      interviews Vernon Bogdanor, on his
      North   London  Symphony   concert  one  afternoon,  having           RON FINLAY  book Beyond Brexit
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      Hardly  have the  last  chords  of   HGS Residents Association, the   are delighted that the pianist
      the Proms at St Jude’s died away,  John S Cohen Foundation and   Clare Hammond has found
      then the Suburb is on to its next   the HGS Trust – seat prices will   time in her increasingly hectic
      musical event. The intimate bijou   remain  at  an  attractive  £11.  schedule to visit us. The musical
      Autumn Concert Series will again   This includes free drinks after   programme too encompasses
      take place at Fellowship House,  the concerts and a chance to   both the reassuringly familiar
      opposite  Willifield  Green,  this   mingle and chat with the   (Beethoven’s ‘Archduke’ Piano
      year.  They  are  at  3pm  on  six   musicians. Buy tickets for four   Trio, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov
      consecutive Sunday afternoons   or more concerts and you’ll   and much more) and the carefully
      from October 20 to November 24.  enjoy a 10% discount.  selected lesser-known repertoire
         This tenth anniversary of the   Most important of all, the   that audiences have enjoyed   Clare Hammond
      Series marks a change, which we   talented  Artistic  Directorial  exploring in previous years. The   For details contact Andrew
      hope to make seamless. Peter   team  of  Deborah  Calland  and   popular local composer David   Botterill on 07973 186729, or at
      Falk who originated, inspired   Barry Millington remain in place.  Matthews and Rhian Samuel will
      and managed the concerts so   This year they present another   both be present to talk about   If you want to come, don’t               Do you know
      well  over  many  years  has   glittering roster with artists   their music.    delay – tickets go like hot cakes!
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