Education Photo 1: Artist working with young children.
Education Photo 2: Artist working with a large group of young teens.

Education

Proms at St Jude’s offers a wide range of concerts and experiences for children from toddlers to teens and their families. Our annual Festival includes events aimed at increasing young people’s awareness and appreciation of the world of music and their involvement in it.  

We aim to increase arts education opportunities for children and young people in and around Hampstead Garden Suburb, in neighbouring boroughs and in East London through our link to Toynbee Hall.  We try to build strong relationships with local schools, organisations and individuals, supporting a network of providers who offer a range of top-quality music activities for young people.

We work in partnership with the DaCapo Music Foundation (www.dacapo.co.uk), a music charity which is based locally, sharing the responsibility for education and outreach work.  Together we plan workshops, performance projects as well as outreach work beyond the festival week. Specially commissioned pieces are an important part of this work, with content that has been planned and written for young voices and has an educational element over and above singing, learning words and simple vocal techniques.  

The 2020 Festival was disrupted by the Covid 19 epidemic, but we were able to provide online events for children and families. These included a Teeny Prom; Junk Orchestra Workshops; and a concert from the Magnard Ensemble.  We also produced material for primary and secondary schools and home learners. Many of these are still available on the Proms YouTube channel. The final primary compilation film ‘Celebration’ is here. (Insert link) . The song ‘Celebration’ was inspired by the Eden Project’s Big Lunch and was composed by John Ashton Thomas with words from Tracey Mathias. 

In 2021 we will have a great mix of in-person and recorded events. The popular Teeny Proms will be back, plus a live family concert with Magnard Ensemble. A socially distanced Schools Prom is impossible, but we are delighted to be offering a recorded performance of ‘In Time’. There will be a supporting Teacher’s Pack so that pupils can be prepared for the event. If you would like to be included, please contact education@promsatstjudes.org.uk. We hope to return to live schools’ events in 2022. Click here to see our short 2019 Schools’ Prom film which gives an example of the style and quality of the projects that we offer in normal times.

We are committed to encouraging younger members of our audience to attend our evening concerts and subsidised tickets for Under-25s will return in 2022. More than 2,500 young people have attended Proms concerts since 2011. Hundreds have joined in the thrill of participating in Proms as performers, or as crew and work experience volunteers – please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.

We are again running a “Fantastic Fanfares” composing competition in 2021 for young people aged 14-18.  We are delighted to have received support from Dorico composing software and the first 20 entrants will be offered a trial of the software and access to an online workshop. Details have been sent to schools in North London, but entries are very welcome from young people anywhere. Proms will help the winner/s with the final recording. The fanfares will be judged by leading members of Proms at St Jude’s, and we hope that the winning fanfare/s will be played during Proms 2021. Entry forms can be downloaded here. If you have additional questions, please email education@promsatstjudes.org.uk. This is also the email if you are a secondary music teacher and would like our new free 30 minute teaching video and printable resource pack to support Fanfare composition.