Proms at St Jude’s is a 9-day community festival of music and culture taking place each June/July in Hampstead Garden Suburb – at St Jude’s church and The Henrietta Barnett School. Almost all the organisers are volunteers.
The music programme caters for a wide range of tastes, with a focus on classical and jazz. Lunchtime concerts are free. There’s a Literary Festival on the first weekend, and Heritage Walks spread throughout the nine days.
Founded by Susie Gregson MBE and others in 1993, not only has Proms provided entertainment for many thousands of people, but it has also raised over £850,000 for charity. Funds are distributed to Toynbee Hall (the charity established by Suburb founder Dame Henrietta Barnett and her husband) and the North London Hospice in the ratio of 3:1.
The Festival has grown to fill nine days at the end of June, with not only music but a LitFest, Heritage Walks and, for the first time in 2018, stand-up comedy.
The annual festival brings together all parts of the Suburb community and attracts many visitors from other parts of the country and overseas.