About Islington Proms
Welcome to the Islington Proms.
If this is your first introduction to the Proms, a word of explanation. The Islington Proms grew from the idea of a member of the congregation at St James’ Church to hold a ‘Year of Music’. We are now in our 7th year and this year will see a format change where the Proms will be held from the 9th to the 17th of June.
So what makes the Islington Prom concert series such a success? First, St James’ is an amazing venue with a very fine acoustic – and it is right on our doorstep. Second, the Proms are organised on a not-for-profit basis; ticket prices are kept as low as possible and all the proceeds are re-invested into the Proms. Third, we are supported by a voluntary committee of local music-lovers and talented music-makers who generously offer their time to contribute all the elements necessary to stage the series.
Key to the Proms has been the acquisition of an 1894 Bechstein grand piano. Discovered in a private house by Anthony Hill, then organist at St James’, the piano was paid for by donations and loans – an example of the way the Proms has benefitted from the growing sense of community spirit in N1. Sadly Anthony died in July 2016 and the piano recital this July by the young Korean piano virtuoso, Yoon Chung, is a tribute to the huge contribution Anthony made to musical education.
The 2017 Proms programme was more varied than ever from the widely acclaimed Hermitage Ensemble from St Petersburg to the concert in September features one of Ireland’s best loved contemporary folk-singers, Eleanor McEvoy. Our support for local music making is also a feature of the Proms, with a concert by our local chamber choir, Cantallini.
As part of the mix we are always keen to provide an opportunity for the very best of our local school students to perform: the Youth Prom will feature again in 2018. The Anthony Hill Memorial recital will continue as well as chamber music and operatic favourites in the ever-popular Pocket Prom in the Vicarage gardens to kick start the 2018 Islington Proms.
We do hope that you will accept our invitation to enjoy ‘music in our neighbourhood’.
Fr John Burniston
Founder of the Islington Proms