Proms at St Jude’s raises �50,000 for charity

A Hampstead Garden Suburb music and culture festival has raised �50,000 for charity.

This year’s Proms at St Jude’s, which returned for its 20th season last month, will donate the money to North London Hospice and Toynbee Hall, which was set up by Henrietta Barnett and works to bridge gaps between people of all social and financial backgrounds.

The festival attracted between 5,000 and 6,000 people.

Renowned for its lunchtime and evening concerts, it also hosted its first literary festival which featured chat show king Michael Parkinson and author and literary editor Diana Athill.

Festival patron and broadcaster Henry Kelly, who presented the opening concert and narrated Tubby the Tuba for children, said he was delighted with this year’s achievements.

He said: “I think it’s fantastic. Before we used to have classical music at Kenwood picnic concerts.

“Now people have the Proms at St Jude’s where they get the best orchestras they can think of and get access to some of the best people in the country. As far as I’m concerned, roll on next year!”

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St Jude’s spokesman Ron Finlay said: “The new literary festival was a great success. We had lots of positive feedback. We have ambitions to make the festival bigger and better.”