Reflections

Susie Gregson, one of the founders of Proms at St Jude’s, reflects on the Festival's history:

In 1993, two separate orchestras had offered concerts in aid of the North London Hospice and our local church, St Jude-on-the-Hill, had just launched an organ appeal. We put the two together and the idea of Proms at St Jude’s was born.

That first year, we added an orchestral night, a jazz night, Finchley Children’s Music Group, an organ recital, a concert by the Chapel Choir of Highgate School and a night of Flower Arranging – yes, really!

Looking back, it is extraordinary how far we have come and what variety and fun have been had along the way.

Magic moments have included...

  • Richard Baker narrating Walton’s Façade
  • Sir Donald Sinden giving a tribute to Gwen Watford
  • A performance of Murder in the Cathedral
  • Dancing in the aisle to Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band
  • Hearing the London Community Gospel Choir and the German Latin jazz group Coparuba
  • The rousing Last Night singing
  • The Tenebrae winter concert
  • The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain and the Morris dancers
  • Learning that a six-figure donation was to be made to Toynbee Hall as a direct result of a speech at Proms
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