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Free festival of music in Saffron Walden to take place on summer’s longest day

PUBLISHED: 14:13 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 18 June 2018

There will be a free ukelele workshop at the Fete de la Musique

There will be a free ukelele workshop at the Fete de la Musique


There will be some 600 musicians playing at Saffron Walden’s Fete de la Musique on Sunday, June 24 with over 80 acts playing at 11 venues across the town in a free festival of music.

Cambridge Groove OrchestraCambridge Groove Orchestra

People can wander around the town and around every corner and on most of the green spaces, people will be playing music.

The 11 venues include Market Square, Jubilee Gardens, the town hall, Fairycroft House, Adnams, the Courtyard Tea Room, the museum and castle grounds, outside the dress shop Phase Eight, at the Cross Keys and Kings Arms pub and the newly refurbished Saffron Hotel.

Free maps will be available on the day and a programme of who is playing where is being compiled.

This is the second musical Fete for the town. The first, which attracted thousands of visitors, was in 2015, organised by three female musicians, Pat Lodge, Isabella Warren and music teacher Louise Turner, who died in February aged 58. This festival has been organised, led by Pat and Isabella in Louise’s memory. After the success of the first event, the three women said they hoped to repeat it in three year’s time.

Among this year’s musicians will be Louise’s nephew Jules Temple. Her father, Peter Temple, has made easels to stand outside the venues announcing the acts.

The music will include classical, jazz, folk, rock, Latin, indie, 30s and 40s dance music, punk, ska, American blues, swing, Gypsy, Palm Court and tango, and be played and sung by orchestras, soloists, bands and choirs.

Complete beginners can join a pop-up choir and also a free ukulele workshop.

Among the performers are Cambridge Groove Orchestra, Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir, Dunmow Wind Band, the Harmonia African Drummers, Singers and Youth Singers, the Mawson Road Community Orchestra, Saffron Dance Band, Saffron Walden Town Band, Saffron Music School Concert Band and Saffron Walden U3A Ukulele Band.

The festival runs from noon to 8.30pm.


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