Prom at St Jude’s promises plenty of local talent

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

Ron Finlay, trustee of the Proms at St Jude's - Credit: Archant

Proms trustee Ron Finlay picks out some of the gems from this year’s music and literary festival

There’s a wealth of local talent on offer at the Proms at St Jude’s music and literary festival – artists of national and international repute who live in the area.

The ‘bawdy babe of Radio 3’, as The Daily Telegraph described Lucie Skeaping, will be bringing her interpretation of Songs and Dance Music from the Old Jewish World to Proms on Tuesday 25 June. Lucie lives in Kentish Town and was educated at The Henrietta Barnett School and King Alfred School.

On Saturday 29 June, Orchestra Nova will be offering the first London performance with orchestra of Romanza for Violin and Strings composed by Hampstead Garden Suburb resident, David Matthews. The conductor, George Vass, founder-director of Orchestra Nova, lives in Parliament Hill and is a former Artistic Director of the Hampstead and Highgate Festival.

One of the leading British pianists of his generation, John Lill, who, will be playing Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven in his recital on Monday 24 June, has an NW3 address.

There are two free lunchtime concerts featuring young performers who live locally. Trio Ischl on Monday 24 June has as its cellist Rebecca Herman, who graduated last year from the Royal Academy of Music. The Organ and Soprano Recital on Friday 28 June is given by James Sherlock, director of music at Hampstead Parish Church, and Lucy Roberts, who was educated at The Henrietta Barnett School and sang in the choir of St Jude-on-the-Hill, where Proms is held.

In the LitFest weekend, the star local author is Simon Garfield, who has written 13 acclaimed and diverse non-fiction books. His most recent, On the Map, examines cartography and shows how maps relate to and realign our history.

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Proms takes place in Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, from 22-30 June 2013 and is sponsored by the Ham & High. For more details or to book tickets,