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Proms at St. Jude's 2014

Published: 14 Jul 2014


The 2014 week long music and literary festival, the Proms at St. Jude’s was a roaring success, raising £60,000 for good causes, including Toynbee Hall’s Aspire Project.

As a long term supporter of Toynbee Hall and especially Aspire, our youth project that helps young people become more engaged with school and be active members of their communities, the Proms was a mix of classical music, jazz, literature and heritage walks. A few highlights of the nine day spectacular included an evening of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim music, performed by Maria Freidman and Jason Car, eight guided heritage walks around Hampstead Garden Suburb and The City, and a lively closing concert featuring opera soprano Lesley Garret and the London International Orchestra.

Throughout the week the Proms at St Jude’s were well attended, with over 500 guests joining the performance of the “Last Night of Prom’s” concert alone. We would like to think though, that perhaps the most important guests to attend this year’s festival were three young Aspire graduates who spoke to the audience about what Aspire meant to them. All three speeches were incredibly moving and personal. You can watch a video of Tasnim, Zakir and Mahbubur speeches on YouTube.

On behalf of everyone at Toynbee Hall, the Aspire project team and Aspire young people, we would like to thank the Proms at St. Jude’s, the committee, the team of volunteers and their sponsors for raising funds for Toynbee Hall again this year. The monies raised will make a significant impact on a new group of young people when youth activities start again in September 2014.

Find out more about the Aspire project.