Among the churches in this part of Islington, St James' in Prebend Street is probably the one that could be most accurately described as “small but perfectly formed”. Built by the Clothworkers' Company in 1875 to serve the new houses to the south of Essex Road, it has many of the qualities of a country parish church, complete with a spire and ring of six bells.
Today the Church serves a parish of almost 10,000 in the area between the Angel, New North Road and the Regent’s Canal, offering contemporary styles of worship but within the catholic tradition of the Church of England (www.stjamesislington.org). In ensuring that its doors remain open to all, St James’ is exploring a number of community uses for the Church and is particularly keen to exploit the excellent acoustics which form part of the legacy of F D Porter, the Clothworkers' architect. Although the Church had been the venue for occasional concerts for many years, St James’ launched an experimental season of recitals in 2012 to see what would work best. These included an Irish ceilidh night, piano recitals, an early music ensemble, several choral concerts, an evening of chamber music and a Kids’ Prom. Such was the success of the first season that the Committee recently felt able to take out a loan to buy a fine Bechstein grand piano.
So it is with great pleasure that the Islington Proms Committee offers a second series of high quality concerts. We do hope you will spread the word and encourage others to come and share in our community music-making.
All at St James' Church, Prebend Street, Islington, London N1 8PF Most concerts start at 7.30pm (Youth Prom 6pm).