Proms News Archive

Survey Findings
2020

Survey Findings

December 20th, 2020

Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent survey – over 300 people replied. The main findings are:

Hilary Mantel Interview
2021

Hilary Mantel Interview

May 2021

Dame Hilary Mantel, famous for her prize-winning Wolf Hall trilogy, will be in conversation with broadcaster and journalist Mark Lawson as an exclusive curtain-raiser for this year’s Proms LitFest. This represents the inaugural Memorial Interview in honour of Proms’ late patron, Dr David Cohen CBE, whose eponymous literary prize she won in 2013. The recorded interview will be accessible online free of charge from 19.00 on Saturday 19 June.

We've raised £1 million
2020

We've raised £1 million

Saturday 14 November, 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have raised over £1 million for charity since Proms was founded in 1993! Bringing us over the line was a donation of £30,000 this year. That we were...

Treasure Hunt winner
2020

Treasure Hunt winner

Tuesday, 7 July, 2020

Sebastian Eames, aged 5, is the winner of this year's Children's Treasure Hunt. He scored full marks and his winning slogan to advertise Central Square to a first-time visitor was: "Ra...

2019 launch
2019

2019 launch

Monday, 25 March, 2019

Our 2019 launch took place on Sunday 24 March, with a recital by classical guitarist, Fabio Fernandes, at a reception attended by 100 guests at The Henrietta Barnett School. “We’ve rais...

Steve Richards
2019

Steve Richards

Wednesday, 17 April, 2019

Steve Richards will talk about his book, THE RISE OF THE OUTSIDERS, at 12:30 on Saturday, 22 June. This slot replaces the formerly advertised time of 17:00....

Change of line-up
2019

Change of line-up

Thursday, 13 June, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Scottish comedian extraordinaire, Eleanor Morton, will be taking the place of Zahra Barri, who is indisposed, at our Late Night Stand Up on 29 June. Eleanor has writt...

Treasure Hunt winner
2019

Treasure Hunt winner

Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

Congratulations to the winner of this year's Treasure Hunt (self-guided walk), Sam Lambert of Golders Green. Sam wins a meal for four and a bottle of wine at the Spaniards Inn....

Fanfare winner 2019
2019

Fanfare winner 2019

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

Congratulations to Michelle Mubiru, GCSE student at Mount House School, who has won the Proms Fanfare Competition 2019. The judges chose Michelle’s fanfare because she had given careful thoug...

Word Search winner
2019

Word Search winner

Saturday, 13 July, 2019

Congratulations to Karel Vrbik of Birmingham, winner of the Proms 2019 Wordsearch competition. The names hidden in the grid were: Beatles; Bach; Beethoven; Chopin; Coates; Faure; Gershwin; Kurtag; ...

£60,000 donation
2019

£60,000 donation

Friday, 29 November, 2019

Pictured: Valentine Thomas, daughter of Ambrose Appelbe who was a lifelong supporter of Toynbee, presents Proms' cheque to Toynbee Hall chief executive, Jim Minton Proms has raised £60,00...

Fanfare competition
2018

Fanfare competition

Saturday, 3 March, 2018

BE A COMPOSER: Calling all “Budding Beethovens” and “Creative Coplands” We are running a “Fantastic Fanfares” composing competition for young people aged 1...

Who's the cellist?
2018

Who's the cellist?

Monday, 26 March, 2018

Joely Koos royally entertained Proms Friends, sponsors, advertisers, supporters and distinguished guests at our launch on 25 March. Joely is Professor of Cello at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Her inve...

Camac Harp competition winner
2018

Camac Harp competition winner

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Congratulations to Milo Harper for winning the 2018 Camac Harp competition. Currently in his third year of undergraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, he has also won prizes at international ha...

Fanfare competition winner
2018

Fanfare competition winner

Monday, 2 July, 2018

Theo Gill, 17, has won the Proms 2018 fanfare competition, open to students aged 14-18. His winning entry was played twice at the Last Night of the Proms on 1 July. "It's an honour to receive...

Investec competition winners
2018

Investec competition winners

Monday, 2 July, 2018

Nicole Barrios, Henoc Lingomba and Volkan O’Grady were chosen by a panel of judges from Investec, Toynbee Hall and Proms at St Jude’s as winners of this year’s spoken word competi...


Unlucky violinist launches 2017 festival
2017


Unlucky violinist launches 2017 festival

Monday, 27 March, 2017

Min Kym, the virtuoso violinist whose 1696 Stradivarius was stolen from Euston Station, launched our 25th season at a special event held at The Henrietta Barnett School on 26 March. She delig...

Programme changes
2017

Programme changes

Monday, 22 May, 2017

LitFest Crime Panel: Erin Kelly, author of He said, She said, has kindly agreed to speak on our Crime Panel at 2.00pm on Sunday, 25 June, in place of MJ Arlidge, who is unfortunately unavailable. C...

Letters from Lony
2017

Letters from Lony

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

Peter Lobbenberg talks about the moving story of his grandmother's letters, and how they have inspired this year's world première of Letters for Lony, to be performed on Wednesday, 28 J...

£50,000 donation
2017

£50,000 donation

Friday, 6 October, 2017

At a party on 2 October to celebrate a successful Silver Jubilee, we handed over a donation of £50,000 to Toynbee Hall and North London Hospice. “We had such fun in our Silver Jubilee y...

A special gift for North London Hospice
2016

A special gift for North London Hospice

Friday, 15 January, 2016

Staff and residents at the North London Hospice celebrate a very special Christmas gift as members of the Proms at St Jude’s committee hand over a £15,000 cheque. Hospice chief executiv...

Proms Launch 2016
2016

Proms Launch 2016

Sunday, 3 April, 2016

More than 80 Friends, sponsors and VIPs turned out for the launch of the 2016 festival at The Henrietta Barnett School in early April. Rising young stars the Mapesbury Quartet were on hand to enter...

Harp winner!
2016

Harp winner!

Tuesday, 17 May, 2016

Congratulations to Richard Allen on winning the 2016 Camac Harp Competition at the North London Festival of Music, Drama and Dance! As part of the prize, Richard will now be performing a...

Change of programme - lunchtime, 1 July
2016

Change of programme - lunchtime, 1 July

Friday, 1 July, 2016

Owing to unexpected personal circumstances, Dora Chatzigeorgiou is unable to perform at today’s recital. In place of the advertised programme by the Apollon Duo, we are most grateful to Alexande...

Digital marketing guru sought
2016

Digital marketing guru sought

Friday, 12 August, 2016

Do you enjoy getting into the nitty gritty of databases? Can you help others learn how to use IT systems effectively? Are you hot on Facebook, Google adwords and other digital media that will reach ou...

Open Meeting
2016

Open Meeting

Wednesday, 7 September, 2016

Would you like to know more about how Proms is run? Do you have views on how it could be improved? Would you like to get involved? If you’ve answered Yes to any of these, please come along to...

Message From The Chairman
2015

Message From The Chairman

Thursday, 19 February, 2015

This is the 23rd year of Proms at St Jude’s, a community festival that: • Brings top-quality musicians and authors to Hampstead Garden Suburb • Offers Heritage Walks from expert ...

Welcome To Proms At St Jude's
2015

Welcome To Proms At St Jude's

Thursday, 19 February, 2015

If you’ve attended the Festival before, you’ll be familiar with the wonderful programme. We hope to build on the fantastic £60,000 we raised with your help in 2014. If you’r...

LitFest News
2015

LitFest News

Wednesday, 25 March, 2015

Since our programme leaflet went to press, we have added three inspiring authors to our LitFest line-up. One-time spy and animal rights crusader Stanley Johnson - father of London Mayor Boris ...

Launch Event
2015

Launch Event

Wednesday, 25 March, 2015

The wonderful Opera Dinamica entertained over 100 Gold and Silver Friends, sponsors and other supporters at the launch event for our 2015 Festival on Sunday, 22 March. The ensemble are all students at...

Sergey Schepkin
2015

Sergey Schepkin

Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

Artists for the Proms are selected in many ways. Here committee stalwart David Crossley tells how we chose one of this year's star performers. 'I normally play Bach while working at the com...


Less than two weeks to go!
2015


Less than two weeks to go!

Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

Dear Friends and Supporters, Under a fortnight to go and the Proms has some truly unique treats lined up for you. Much-acclaimed vocal group The Cardinall’s Musick are sold out for their B...

The Rev Alan Walker steps in
2015

The Rev Alan Walker steps in

Saturday, 20 June, 2015

We are enormously grateful to the Reverend Alan Walker, Proms Hon. President, who has kindly stepped in to interview Yasmin Alibhai-Brown today, in place of the original interviewer who has become una...