All Event Listing for the 2021 Season
Double Booker prize winner Hilary Mantel delivers the inaugural Memorial Lecture in honour of our late patron, Dr David Cohen CBE, whose eponymous literary prize she won in 2013. Billed as the publishing event of the year, The Mirror and the Light brings to a close the trilogy which has brought Thomas Cromwell into our lives. Her brilliant portrayal of the 1530s has won acclaim from historians and reviewers and made us all experts on the ‘other’ Cromwell. She will be in conversation with Mark Lawson, journalist, broadcaster, author and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature.
This is a Free of Charge, On Line Only event. You can watch the event from 7.00pm on June 19th on the Proms website: https://www.promsatstjudes.org.uk/hilarymantelvideo
The Video will remain on the website at this address through out July.
DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Empireland explores the ways imperialism has shaped Britain and examines the culture wars making the headlines - from statue toppling to Rule Britannia at the BBC Proms. Acclaimed journalist Sathnam Sanghera argues that imperialism is everywhere although we often choose not to see it.
He is in conversation with Kavita Puri, journalist and author of Partition Voices.
House of Music is a story about a mother and her children – seven extraordinary musicians who have become national phenomena. Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason opens up for the first time about what it was like to raise a family in a Britain divided by class and race with everything stacked against them. She is in conversation with Bridget Galton, acclaimed Features Editor of the Ham & High and long-time Proms supporter.
A Holocaust mass murderer on the run, an international race to bring him to justice ... this is the compelling background to Philippe Sands' part memoir, part detective story The Ratline. Fugitive Brigadeführer Otto von Wächter, responsible for the murders of hundreds of thousands of Jews in Poland – including Sands’ grandfather and other family members – came tantalisingly close to evading retribution. He is in conversation with Claire Berliner, writer, editor and Programme Manager at The London Library, formerly Literature Programmer at JW3.
Jess Gillam Ensemble
Saxophonist Jess Gillam is joined by her ensemble, made up of incredible musician friends, to play an electrifying programme! Featuring music from her latest album TIME, the concert will include classic favourites, brand new works written especially for the ensemble and music by Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Piazzolla, Meredith Monk, Kurt Weill, Bjork, Luke Howard, Joby Talbot + more!
The BBC's technology correspondent reveals the inside story of how tech became personal ... and pernicious. In his latest book Always ON, Rory Cellan-Jones also looks ahead to the implications of self-driving cars, AI and the unforeseen impact of the digital revolution. In a personal epilogue, he considers his own struggles with Parkinson's, glaucoma and Covid and probes the technology being used to combat these ills. He is in conversation with Simon Lewis, Vice-Chair at FTI Consulting, and former director of communications at 10 Downing St and the Prime Minister's official spokesman.
In his book War Doctor, he tells the gripping story of life in the front line, carrying out life-saving operations in the most challenging conditions in the war-torn Middle East and Africa. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 and a film based on his life is in development. He is in conversation with Marie-Elsa Bragg, lecturer, a Priest in the Diocese of London , a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey and author of Sleeping Letters and Towards Mellbreak.
In The Lost Homestead, famed human rights lawyer, Marina Wheeler tells the dramatic story of her Sikh mother’s desperate escape from her home, never to return, during the 1947 Partition of India. As an Anglo-Indian – her father was the distinguished BBC journalist Charles Wheeler – Marina succeeds in making sense of her mother’s experience through accounts from her Indian family plus her own research and travels. She is in conversation with Dame Jenni Murray, journalist, author and broadcaster best known for presenting BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour from 1987 to 2020.
What happened to turn war hero, MP, media mogul and would-be English gentleman Robert Maxwell into a bloated, amoral wreck? In his gripping book, Fall, journalist John Preston delivers the definitive account of Maxwell's extraordinary rise and scandalous fall. His previous book A Very English Scandal became a BAFTA-winning BBC drama series. He is in conversation with David Aaronovitch, The Times journalist, radio presenter and author of books including Voodoo Histories: the Role of Conspiracy Theory in Modern History.
Head & Heart: Philanthropy in the City
Blue badge guide Tina Gwynne-Evans will lead this tour through the City of London exploring the deep and lasting contributions philanthropists have made and their impact on a wide range of social issues, from education, prison reform, health and housing to the arts.
Keeping Your Garden (Suburb) Green
Simon Henderson, Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Chief Executive, and Lauren March, Assistant Estate Manager, will explore the Trust-managed green environment of the Suburb, as an essential and irreplaceable component of this unique place. They will bring fresh perspectives to public spaces such as Central Square, as well as visiting the hidden green corners of the Suburb, its twitters and allotments.
The Suburb's Architects
Described by Pevsner as "most nearly perfect", Hampstead Garden Suburb owes much to the architects who planned its layout and housing. James Phillips, Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Assistant Architectural Adviser, will look at some different architectural approaches to housing on the Suburb before and after WW1, in particular blocks of flats and the new ways of living that these offered.
Kenwood - Repton and Landscapes
A gentle walk led by Tamara Rabin, English Heritage volunteer guide, who is passionate about Kenwood. We will examine Humphrey Repton's influence on the acclaimed landscape, as well as looking at some of the paintings inside the house.
The peak of the "Votes for Women" campaign coincided with the Suburb's earliest days and there were residents of all shades of opinion. Kate Webster, Heritage Walks Coordinator, uncovers suffragists and suffragettes, as well as talked of imprisonment, arson and more, featuring feisty women of the Suburb.
The Suburb in Wartime
The Suburb was inevitably affected by the events of both World Wars. Paul Capewell, the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust's Information & Communications Assistant, will lead a tour of the Artisans' Quarter talking about the impact of the war.
The Barnetts in Whitechapel
Prior to founding Hampstead Garden Suburb, Henrietta Barnett and husband Canon Samuel Barnett were active in one of London's most impoverished areas. Kate Webster, Heritage Walks Coordinator, explores the Barnetts' work in the East End from the 1880s, including visits to Toynbee Hall and Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Stand Up in the Suburb 'It's comedy yes, but a bit funny'
Led by accredited guide and lecturer Lester Hillman, we will uncover comedy's historic links in the Suburb. The walk features colourful characters from Joseph Grimaldi to giants from living memory, and ranges across a wealth of media - music, film, radio, TV, drama, events, landscape, cartoons and literature.
Braimah (violin) & Konya (piano) Kanneh-Mason
Siblings Braimah and Konya Kanneh-Mason will perform a programme including Beethoven's Violin Sonata No7 in C minor Op 30, Elgar's Sospiri Op 70 and Grieg's Violin Sonata No3 in C minor Op 45. This was the most popular of Grieg's violin sonatas and was his favourite, built on Norwegian folk melodies.
Join acclaimed City of London and Westminster guide, Ian Fagelson (ranked #1 London tour guide on TripAdvisor) on a journey back to "Shakespeare's London". Ian will lead us through the streets of the city, tracing Shakespeare's rise from obscurity to superstar, visiting places where he lived and worked, whilst sharing stories of his life and times.
The Heath Extension and its Western Edge
Thomas Radice, Heath and Hampstead Society Trustee, will explore the importance of the Heath Extension to Raymond Unwin's master plan for the Suburb. As well as the Heath Extension, we will see architectural gems by Lutyens, Parker & Unwin, Baillie Scott and others.
VOCES8: Sing Joyfully
The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors, composers and soloists.
This evening's performance will include a broad variety of musical pieces ranging from Byrd, Mendelsson and Rachmaninov to Nat 'King' Cole, Irving Berlin, Van Morrison and many others.
"The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word "ensemble" with meticulous timing and tuning". Gramophone
The Alleys and Lanes of Hampstead
Marilyn Greene, professional guide and former curator of Hampstead Museum will lead us through the attractive and intricate network of alleys and lanes in the heart of old Hampstead and discover how the village developed from a fashionable spa in the 18th century to a thriving village with social amenities in the 19th century.
Please note this walk involves steep roads and steps.
HGO - Hampstead Garden Opera
Brush up on your Shakespeare with arias, duets and ensembles by Verdi, Bellini, Gounod and others. Performed by emerging talents, soprano Anna Cavaliero, mezzo soprano Joanna Harries, baritone Peter Edge and tenor Jack Roberts. The concerts is introduced by David Conway and Hannah Quinn directs.