St Jude’s Proms raises £60,000 for charity

School Prom

School Prom - Credit: Archant

East London advice and education charity Toynbee Hall and the North London hospice benefitted from the annual literary and music festival in Hampstead Garden Suburb

Fenella Humphreys

Fenella Humphreys - Credit: Archant

The Proms at St Jude's music and literature festival has raised £60,000 this year for Toynbee Hall and the North London Hospice- a boost from £55,000 last year.

Highlights of the nine-day concert series this year included The Fantasia Orchestra, conducted by Tom Fetherstonhaugh and featuring pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.

The Julian Blilss Septet delivered the best of Gershwin and there was a rousing Last Night on Sunday with the North London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Suburb local Robert Max.

Mornington Crescent-based virtuoso violinist Fenella Humphreys played Max Richter's Four Seasons Recomposed to critical acclaim.

The Lit fest weekend was also a success, with sell-out audiences for Costa Book of the Year author Bart van Es, Suburb-based economist Vernon Bogdanor and former Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger and full houses for cricketer turned psychoanalyst Mike Brearley.

Michelle Mubiru, a GCSE student at Mount House School, won this year's Proms Fanfare Competition and heard her work played at the Last Night of the Proms.

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Proms spokesman Ron Finlay said Saturday's scorching weather "created a wonderful atmosphere for eating pizza on the Square, listening to Liza Pulman sing Barbra Streisand, and afterwards a feast of late-night stand-up comedy."