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