Welcome to the Islington Proms 2019
The Islington Proms began its life in 2012 with the aim of providing the highest quality concerts to the local community.
This year, we have a ‘Festival of Music, Art, and Literature’ from the 14th May to the 15th June with a fantastic line up of concerts and events from Dame Emma Kirkby and her group, Dowland Works, to Nicolah Hogg, a young singer-songwriter who has already performed at Glastonbury. Furthermore, we have a book launch evening and an art lecture by Prof. Paul Hills from the Courtauld Institute.
St. James' is a hidden gem of a venue with a very fine acoustic. With the acquisition of a 1894 Bechstein grand piano, discovered in a private house by Anthony Hill (then organist of St. James') there is a continuing sense of the Proms' growth. Sadly, Anthony passed away but I was privileged to perform for the inaugural Anthony Hill Memorial Recital in 2017, in the presence of his wife, Professor Joan Havill. We will be continuing this tribute to Anthony with a performance given by the pianist Mihai Ritivoiu, a familiar musician to the Islington Proms audience, and his duo partner, Yoanna Prodanova, the Royal Academy of Music’s current Bicentenary Scholar.
We are fortunate to have Dame Emma Kirkby and her group, Dowland Works who will be performing a late night concert on the 2nd of June.
Yalda Davis, who will perform a solo cello recital for us on the 9th, has been on a performing tour of 440 medieval churches around Suffolk in memory of her parents, Ashraf ’Shamsi’ Naini and Sir Colin Davis, since 2017.
Pocket Sinfonia will return to the Islington Proms this year with a programme of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Grieg.
We will close this year’s Islington Proms with an evening of opera, Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, performed by Insieme.
Of course we cannot forget the impressive Youth Prom on the 14th, which provides a great platform for talented young musicians in Islington and the surrounding boroughs.
Our 2019 season of music starts with the ever popular Pocket Prom on the 1st of June, we do hope that you will join us in enjoying ‘music in our neighbourhood’.
Lastly, I would like to thank our main sponsor, Knight Frank, and all who have been instrumental in organising this year's Proms.
Artistic Director, Islington Proms
St. James' Church,
Home of the Islington Proms
The Church was built in 1875 to serve the new houses being constructed to the south of Essex Road following the opening of New North Road in 1812 and the Regent's Canal in 1820.
Located between the remodeled wharves of the Canal basin and the picturesque tree lined Colebrook row and only a stones throw from the trendy cafes and shops of Angel.
St James’ remains a spiritual oasis within this vibrant and ever-changing community.