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There is competition for the top billing at this year’s Proms at St Jude’s Festival in June. The Aurora Orchestra on the first night, Nevill Holt Opera performing The Marriage of Figaro and the spectacular Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio are all expected to sell out.
“We have an embarrassment of riches,” said Proms spokesman, Ron Finlay, “but so much the better for those who are able to get tickets".
One of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, Aurora Orchestra is committed to challenging expectations, and its Mozart evening can be counted on to inspire, whatever your background.
Nevill Holt has become a regular favourite at Proms with its semi-staged productions and celebrated soloists: American bass-baritone Lawson Anderson plays the title role, with British baritone James Newby as Count Almaviva and soprano Aoife Miskelly as Susanna.
The remarkable young cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, has seen his star soar since becoming BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, and leads his talented brother and sister on piano and violin respectively. Their Proms programme will include trios by Beethoven and Brahms.
The renowned Academy of Ancient Music, with a programme including Vivaldi and Handel, and the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, with award-winning, local mezzo-soprano, Grace Durham, complete the complement of superb classical musicians at the Festival.
But there’s more!
The fantastic Charles Court Opera is bringing Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. Jacqui Dankworth and Counterpoise present a jazz-infused evening of Great American Songbook hits. The Septura Brass Septet – representing a new generation of British brass musicians – will give refreshing interpretations of music by Prokofiev, Handel and Stravinsky.
And there’s a celebration of Nobel laureate Bob Dylan for the baby boomers among us.
Not only is Proms at St Jude’s a wonderful community event providing first-class entertainment, but it’s nice to know too that it’s run almost entirely by volunteers, with all surplus going to charity.
There are a free lunchtime concerts too and some special events for children and families. The festival also offers Heritage Walks and a two-day Literary Festival.
Proms runs from 23 June to 1 July, at St Jude’s church in the centre of Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11. Tickets go on sale from April, but you can get by priority booking earlier by becoming a Friend. More details at www.promsatstjudes.org.uk.
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Ron Finlay, email@example.com 07779 013093