Proms at St Judes
Proms at St Jude’s is a fantastic annual festival in Hampstead Garden Suburb, North West London. It offers a wide range of concerts and experiences for children from toddlers to teens and their families. It includes events aimed at increasing young people’s awareness and appreciation of the world of music and their involvement in it.
DaCapo share the responsibility for education and outreach work. Together we plan workshops, performance projects and also outreach work away from the festival week. DaCapo’s especially commissioned pieces are an important part of this work. We aim to increase arts education opportunities for children and young people in Hampstead Garden Suburb, in neighbouring boroughs and in East London through our link to Toynbee Hall. We try to build strong relationships with local schools, organisations and individuals, supporting a network of providers who offer a range of top quality music activities for young people.
This year will see both a spring and a summer Schools' Prom; a Teeny Prom; a Junk Orchestra Workshop; and an eagerly awaited concert from the Magnard Ensemble - a Roald Dahl Music Extravaganza. In the autumn there will be workshops and a première performance of a new piece commissioned for Canon Barnett School in East London and Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, culminating in a performance at Toynbee Hall.
DaCapo are delighted to have agreed a new partnership with this fantastic young orchestra, to the benefit of both organisations and large numbers of children and schools over the next few years. Combining the exceptional playing skill of the orchestra members and their ambition to be cultural ambassadors for classical music in the 21st century with DaCapo’s expertise in delivering musical education programmes. We look forward to exciting times ahead. We are planning a concert for children in 2021 and Fantasia players will also play for school events, projects and visits and have an important role in the new DaCapo venture to take the DaCapo programme into classrooms across the country through a digital resource.
In 2017 DaCapo found a new home in Wren Academy; a beautiful office space and a school which is committed to giving children the best education including a respect for music. We have built a strong relationship with the school and are very happy here. The DaCapo Saturday Music Centre is now based here too.
Starting with the curriculum music in the primary school, we progressed to instrumental tuition and we are building towards the DaCapo Integrated Music Programme where each child who learns an instrument is supported by classroom music and an opportunity to play in an ensemble - Primary Orchestra and Reception Orchestra. Their is also a choir.
We were delighted to be invited to also teach teach instrumental lessons in the secondary school in 2019 and our Vice Principal, Neil Pardoe, runs the enrichment orchestra. Louis D’Heudieres looks after a small band on a Monday.
Violin, cello, double bass, clarinet, flute, recorder, guitar, trumpet, trombone, drums, percussion and piano are all taught in both primary and secondary and we now see 14 DaCapo teachers in school throughout the week. It is fantastic to be a part of such a great school; it gives us a true training ground, research base and an opportunity to work towards the very best in school music.