Proms at St Jude’s column: Pick of the gems in this year’s festival line-up

10:04 07 May 2014

Ron Finlay, trustee of the Proms at St Jude

Ron Finlay, trustee of the Proms at St Jude's


Ron Finlay, trustee of the Proms at St Jude’s, picks out some of the gems of this year’s festival held in Hampstead Garden Suburb, in the first of a regular series of columns

The Proms at St Jude’s Music and Literary Festival, sponsored by the Ham&High, is a fantastic way of seeing top-class performances on your doorstep and all in aid of charity. Running from June 21-19 in Hampstead Garden Suburb, there’s something for everyone.

At the Literary Festival on the first weekend, June 21-22, the chefs at Honey & Co will divulge the secrets that led to their winning Best Newcomer in the Observer Food Awards. The BBC’s Hugh Pym will talk about his book on the Banking Crisis. And historian Richard van Emden presents his insights into the experiences of the average ‘Tommy’ in the First World War.

For high quality chamber music, choose from acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little playing Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, which topped the Classic FM poll this year; or local cellist Robert Max with the Barbican Piano Trio playing Schubert and Schumann; or the renowned Endellion String Quartet with a programme including Mozart and Haydn.

For jazz lovers, Keith Ball and his Jazzmen play a tribute to Kenny Ball. And the award-winning Maria Friedman will entertain with songs from Bernstein and Sondheim musicals.

For children and families, we have free lunchtime concerts each Saturday: Peter and the Wolf and other wild tales on June 21, and the Musical Mystery Tour on June 28. There’s also a guided walk around Hampstead Garden Suburb free for kids on the second Saturday morning.

We have guided heritage walks nearly every day and free recitals at lunchtime by rising musical stars. There’s a fantastic atmosphere as everyone mingles, tries the home-made cakes or just picnics on leafy Central Square.

Last year, we were able to donate £50,000 to the North London Hospice and Toynbee Hall. Come and help us increase that – and enjoy yourself at the same time!

For more details or to book tickets, visit or call 020 3322 8123.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Conker champions from left are Albert 5, Addison 7, Trey 4. Picture: Dieter Perry

Just a few short years ago, the annual Hampstead Heath annual Conker Championships broke the Guinness World Record for the biggest ever knock-out conker tournament, when 395 people turned up.

Yesterday, 17:47
Pubs and clubs in London could face having to contribute to the costs of policing and cleaning the streets

Venues which stay open past midnight in Camden may find themselves charged a levy to cover the costs of policing and cleaning the night-time economy.

Yesterday, 16:30
Theo Seddon-Deane, who has cerebral palsy, with mother Catharine Seddon

Theo Seddon-Deane was born at just 26 weeks, weighing less than a bag of potatoes, and needed a ventilator just to keep him breathing.

Yesterday, 15:34
Christopher Matt

Detectives are hunting a convicted sex attacker who has disappeared while on licence from jail.

Yesterday, 13:57
Tom Franklin, Camden Green Party

The chairman of Camden’s Green Party branch has denied sitting down in front of a tank on its way to an arms fair.

Yesterday, 12:57
Pauline Cafferkey as she was discharged from the Royal Free in January

A Scottish nurse being treated at the Royal Free Hospital for a late complication of the Ebola virus is in a “serious condition”, the team treating her has said.

Yesterday, 12:57
New Wetherspoon pub opening in Muswell Hill

A controversial Wetherspoon pub is opening next week on Muswell Hill Broadway.

Yesterday, 12:26
Breda Athan helped treat three Ebola patients at the Royal Free

A senior nurse who led on the treatment of three Ebola patients at the Royal Free Hospital has been honoured at the Nursing Times Leaders awards 2015.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Angharad Baa Stool in Rare Breed.

Great British Life is offering a sheepskin footstool worth £199 to a lucky reader

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder