Free family fun at Proms at St Jude’s

Kids at Proms

Kids at Proms - Credit: Archant

This year’s Proms at St Jude’s Festival includes three top quality concerts for kids and families, and what’s more, they’re all free!

The opening event at 12.45pm on Saturday 22 June features some of the Pandemonium Drummers who were such a huge hit at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. They’ll be drumming out their joyful, ebullient – and loud – music on Central Square in the heart of Hampstead Garden Suburb, along with Vision Choir and The Games Maker Choir - all volunteers from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (If it’s wet, they’ll be in St Jude’s Church making the rafters roar.)

At 12.45pm on Thursday 27 June, you can bring your toddlers to join primary school groups and hear music for strings inspired by folk songs and dances from Britain and beyond. The fantastic Nonesuch Orchestra will be playing music by Holst, Warlock, Rutter and the Strauss family – and kids will be invited to join in.

Finally, on Saturday 29 June at 12.45pm, the BBC Elstree Concert Band, back by popular demand, will entertain young and old with music from some of the best-known films and West End shows. There will be front-row beanbags and cushions for the children and a ‘play along’ during some key pieces.

Proms at St Jude’s takes place at (or outside) St Jude’s Church, Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, from 22-30 June, and is sponsored by the Ham & High. For more details or to book tickets,