Fete de la Musique 2018 – Saffron Walden – 24 June

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The 2018 Saffron Walden Fete de la Musique includes 77 music acts and over 500 musicians performing a huge range of musical genres from rock, pop, and jazz to folk, world, and light classical. 

Musicians performing at the festival come from a wide area including Saffron Walden, Cambridge, and Dunmow.

This is a free event running from 12:00 to 20:30. The last event of the day is a boogie in the Market Square with the Reavey Bros. band.

(As we now have a fantastic and full  line-up of musicians we regret we can longer accept new applications.)

A Few Too ManyAbbi & Jess MasonAlan GreenAlice WalkerAlleycatsAsbestos

Band Friday –  Ben LittlewoodBen Richardson

Cambridge Groove OrchestraCambridge Jazz Festival ChoirCara WinterClarinet CapriceColor Sudaka

DJ Roly PolyDjuology+Dunmow Wind Band

Elliot PorterEva’s Dream

Fete Pop-up ChoirFlorence Wilson-ToyFlorence, Louisa and MegFreak Barn Accident

 

Garance & the Cambridge Jazz TheoremGreen Dolphin  

Harmonia African DrummersHarmonia SingersHarmonia Youth Singers  

James WhiteJeweliaJoanna EdenJoanna Eden’s Thursday Night SingersJoanna Eden’s Pop Choir

Joe RichardsonJules & MarthaJunkyard Dolls  

Ketteridge KonnectionKevin and Dave  

Lee WattsLuhan & Hannah

Maeve HalliganMawson Road Community Orchestra –  Mike Moylan & Kevin SporleMoonshine Coyote

Mr Coverman

Newton Sax QuartetNightingale Trio

ParksidePaul Henshaw  

Quendon Recorder Consort

RcubedReavey Bros Boogie Band –  Rebel without a ChordRev 2Richard Allen

Saffron Building Soc. Community ChoirSaffron Dance BandSaffron Music School Concert BandSaffron Recorder ConsortSaffron Walden Rock ChoirSaffron Walden Town BandSaffron Walden Salvation Army Community BandSaffron Walden U3A Ukulele BandSawston Steel BandSCYM Brass Quintet

SCYM ChoirSCYM Jazz TrioSheri Kershaw Band –  Sorry Not Sorry – Spare Head 3Spud Monkeys

St Mary’s BrassStephanie WardSW Rock Choir – SWCHS Jazz Band

Ted JevansTennessee TwinTwisted Funk

Ukelele WorkshopWalden EnsembleWoodwind of Dunmow

 

More details of musicians to come….

Venues:

Apart from the music to feast your ears there will be food stalls providing delicious food and drink

Fairycroft House

Giggly Pig will be serving delicious burgers and hot dogs.

Museum grounds

Honeybee Kitchen – wonderful homemade food.
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Award winning ice cream from the renowned Saffron Ice Cream.

Market Square

Nigel Sault Master Coffee and an assortment of other delicious drinks at an affordable price.

Guerilla Kitchen

King Street

The Giggly Pig Hog Roast

Tea Amo

Jubilee Gardens

The Garden Room Cafe,  So come along relax and feast along the way.

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A Few Too Many

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Abbi & Jess Mason

Abigail and Jessica have always enjoyed singing and whilst still at primary school were invited to act and sing in several short films by Paul Bellany.

Then came the opportunity to be mentored by Tim and Alfie at Fairycroft with subsequent singing slots at fundraising events for Young Carers and recently at the Cricket Club annual dinner dance.

One of their favourite songs is Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
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Alan Green

Alan Green

I have been playing guitar since I was 14, performing since I was 16, and played punk and metal in my early career.

I’ve also played with the Essex Guitar Orchestra and the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra as well as working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on two projects in 2012 and 2013. In addition, I’ve been in the band pit at seven musicals for local Schools, including Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray and High School Musical.

Today, I specialise as a soloist playing at weddings, parties, restaurants and Corporate Events. My ensemble work is as the lead guitarist for the Essential Sounds Big Band.


Alice Walker

Alice Walker


Alleycats

Alleycats

The Alleycats was formed in 2016 initially to take a band to perform at the Children’s Hospice in Milton. The children there loved the Disney tunes we played, so the project expanded further. We are now a seven piece modern jazz band playing fun and fresh arrangements of tunes from Disney classics to songs from children’s films.
We have performed in and around Cambridge at family events, the Cambridge Jazz Festival,
WillowFest, and twice at the children’s hospice for the annual in house music festival EACHFEST. We are looking forward to the forthcoming summer playing at Saffron Hall music festival, and Brass in the parks in September.
The band is led by Vicki Kenny who is a music therapist, as well as a jazz musician, and has worked for many years with children teaching jazz and improvisation.
This makes this project extra special as she gets to combine both her passions, of jazz and bringing live music to a younger audience. And hopefully it’s fun for the adults too, as many of the songs are very nostalgic of our own childhood. Our aim is to makes the gigs accessible for all ages and provide a fun and uplifting experience for everyone.
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Asbestos

Asbestos

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Band Friday

Band Friday is a 17 piece Glenn Miller style band of young musicians up to age 18.

It started a Junior Jazz Band at SWCHS directed by Jason Meyrick. It then met on a Friday after school – hence its name. it went from strength to strength.

It now meets on Mondays at Fairycroft House and welcomes new members.

Ben Littlewood

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Ben Richardson

I’m 13 and I’ve been playing guitar since I was 6 so 7-8 years. I’m a grade 5 in guitar.

I have taught myself many other instruments like drums and bass from a young age.

I like Indie music and that’s the majority of what I play. I love going to live gigs amd festivals. I went to my first music festival (Reading) when I was 8.


Cambridge Groove Orchestra

Cambridge Groove Orchestra

Founded in 2017, the Cambridge Groove Orchestra is a community group which aims to give musicians and audiences alike the chance to experience the thrill of a 17 piece big band at full tilt.

We are a group from a variety of musical backgrounds, tastes and experiences, united in the pursuit of the best performance we can give and having as much fun as we can in the process! Directed by the supremely talented Mike Denman, we have no auditions but rehearse regularly in Cambridge, the emphasis is on getting the chance to play.

We had our first performance at the Cambridge Jazz Festival last year and are very excited to play at the Fete de la Musique !
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Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir

Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir

The Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir exists to carry on performing jazz, soul and groove music using the novel rehearsal methods we learnt at the inspirational Festival workshop run by Pete Churchill and the London Vocal Project in 2015.

We are a community group, made up of singers of all ages and abilities. We have no auditions, learn everything by ear, and count a few families amongst our members! Now under the directorship of the wonderful Andi Hopgood, herself a member of Pete Churchill’s LVP, we welcome new members at any time.
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Cara Winter

Cara Winter

Cara Winter, a singer/song-writer from Saffron Walden.

Her debut album ‘Butterfly’, recorded at 18 years old, was greatly recieved, with the title track ‘Butterfly’ being picked as a favourite by judges of a BBC Singer/Songwriter competition. PRS Magazine also hailed Cara Winter ‘An artist to watch out for’.

‘Peter And The Whale’, Cara’s sophomore album saw a more mature voice emerge which inspired this acclaim from Grammy winning Producer/Mixer Simon Gogerly,: “Cara’s music is haunting and elemental, evoking images of the sea and ghostly carnivals as her warm voice drifts over pulsating piano and strings.”

Cara’s most recent release, ‘Do You Have A Heart?’, is a collaborative album with cellist and string arranger, Nick Cooper. Songs ‘Butterfly’ and ‘She’ll Go’ were featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 Mixtape and Ollie Winiberg’s BBC Introducing.

Cara is currently working on new material, due to be released later on in 2018.

“Live, Cara weaves an intimate web around her audience skilfully weighting the pure musicality of performance with a natural and honest audience rapport.” Simon Gogerly, Producer
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Clarinet Caprice

Clarinet Caprice

We are a clarinet quartet who play a mix of jazz and classical music.

We perform at fetes, weddings and visit residential homes. We also enjoy a glass or two of red wine!

Color Sudaka

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DJ Roly Poly

DJ Roly Poly

Bristol based but originally hailing from Saffron Walden DJ Roly Poly plays other people’s music. Often to other people.
Influenced by his city’s diverse and inclusive music scene and using a laptop along with other gadgets he stitches together an assortment of styles, often ripping apart songs and putting them back together to create some sort of frankenstein’s party monster.
He tries to copy has been inspired by DJs such as Erol Alkan, James Zabiela, Teki Latex and Daedelus and tends to play in the vicinity of house/techno/disco/electro
His sets have been described as “suprisingly decent” and “couldn’t you play the original?”

Expect the familiar and the unfamiliar, possibly at the same time.
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Djuology+

Djuology was formed by guitarists Tony White and Dave Perrett. Dave first met Tony after his jazz set at Saffron Walden’s Fete de la Musique in 2015.

They debuted as Djuology playing in the hedge maze at The Maze Festival in 2016.

Joined by Robin Ireland on bass and Janet McCallum on violin Djuology+ bring a mixture of extensive jazz, blues and classical musicianship to their repertoire of classic numbers played in a swing and gypsy jazz style: ‘From the Duke to Django and Beyond’. Djuology+ have played fetes, festivals, and private parties along with Saffron Walden’s Busking Day in 2017.

Contact Tony 07725317702, Facebook Djuology. YouTube Djuology.
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Dunmow Wind Band

Dunmow Wind Band

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Elliot Porter

Elliot Porter

Elliot Porter is a singer songwriter based in Cambridge who has just finished recording a new album “Keep Going”

Inspired by songwriters including Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Neil Young, Elliot Porter self-produces, blending emotive and powerful chord arrangements with catchy tunes and strong vocals.

Elliot’s debut E.P Sleeping Under The Stars, November 2012, includes the track ‘She Only Goes’ which immediately went to number one spot on Cambridge 105FM’s unsigned chart where it held top position for 13 weeks.

Elliot was nominated for Best Male Solo Artist at The Cambridge NMG Awards and appeared on their charity Christmas single, which received Radio airplay from BBC Introducing.

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Eva's Dream

Eva’s Dream

Named after a short story by Anne Frank, Eva’s Dream have been entertaining listeners, near and far with their own unique brand of Poetic Pop for over 20 years. Always sounding fresh and up for re-invention, if ever there was a band to open minds and bridge the generation gap it’s Eva’s Dream.

Joni Mitchell once said that a good song should have something for the Head, something for the Heart and something for the Feet. Well if that’s the case then it’s a recipe Eva’s Dream has been cooking up for a while now.

Tune in to the Eva’s Dream vibe Ladies and Gentleman, you’ll love it 🙂
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Fete Pop-up Choir

The Choir was formed by Jack Woolley and Joanna Eden in 2011 for people who like singing in the shower but want to take it up a notch and fully clothed!

We meet every other week at Katherine Semar School and sing pop songs in harmony, and eat cake.

We are now obout 30 strong with a waiting list. The success of the choir have inspired Joanna to start up pop-up choirs with the help of Rachel Hill.

There will be a pop-up at the Fete on the day in the Town Hall. Everybody welcome!


Florence Wilson-Toy

Florence Wilson-Toy

Florence is aged 13 and currently in Year 8 at SW County High; she has successfully auditioned and been offered a place at Chetham’s Music School starting this September.
She has been learning the Cornet since the age of 7, having chosen this instrument at the age of 3. She has weekly lessons with a local teacher, and also recently, a teacher from the Junior Royal Academy of Music. This term Florence will be taking her Grade 8.
Since 2016, she has been a member of the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, and this year will be auditioning for the National Youth Brass Band.
She also plays for a number of bands at school and local bands: Hadstock Silver Band, Haverhill Silver Band and Haverhill Youth and Community Band, where she plays principal cornet.
Florence has competed in a number of local music contests, regularly winning trophies and medals. She also plays piano and sings.

Florence, Louisa and Meg

After attending different primary schools, the girls met at County High where they are all in Year 8.

They all sing in the band, and each of them has an instrument to play: Meg on drums, Louisa on
ukulele and Florence on piano. They play a range of different music, including their own versions of
numbers by Bruno Mars and Camila Cabello.

They practise every week at school and performed in the Variety Show last Christmas. Recently they
gave a lunchtime concert in the SWCHS Foyer, where they have been lucky to receive the
encouragement and support of the Music department.
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Freak Barn Accident


Garance & the Cambridge Jazz Theorem

Garance & the Cambridge Jazz Theorem

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Green Dolphin

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Harmonia African Drummers

Harmonia African Drummers

Harmonia Singers

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James White

James White

James’s debut EP, The Lost & Forgotten, extraordinarily sold out of the first run of physical copies on the day before its official release. Donating all royalties made from his music to mental health (MIND) and refugee related causes (War Child, Help Refugees as well as personally delivering supplies and helping out around refugee camps), James is currently working on new ways of raising awareness and funds for causes close to his heart through his musical escapades.

His work has seen him interviewed and playing live on the BBC, as well as various interviews on national, regional and community radio stations as well as in newspapers and online articles before making the Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent long list for 2017 as well as playing shows in France, Italy, Belgium as well as across the United Kingdom.

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Glastonbury Festival 2017 Emerging Talent Nominee
NMG Awards 2017 Best Male Solo Act Nominee


Jewelia

Jewelia

Jewelia is the moniker of Cambridge-based singer-songwriter and producer Iulia Tache. Her music is a mixture of piano-driven art pop, new age and electronica, centred around emotional vocals and poignant lyrics and melodies.

Iulia had a keen interest in songwriting from an early age – writing ‘poems’ since the age of five and recording her first original songs at a local studio when she was 13. In 2005 she was admitted at ‘Dinu Lipatti’ Music College in Bucharest, where she studied music and drama.

She continued her musical studies at the National Conservatoire of Bucharest until 2012. During this period her band Ender had an appearance on the national television in Romania and made it to the finals of the Stufstock Newcomers festival. ‘Help me out’, a song born from another collaboration was played on a major indie radio station in Romania, Radio Guerilla.

In 2012 Iulia moved to the UK to study Creative Music Technology at University of Surrey, where she met Andy Denyer, who has since joined the project. In 2014 Jewelia self-released an EP entitled ‘Monsters’, a combination of art pop, alternative, neo-classical and electronica, which was recorded at University at Surrey and produced in collaboration with Andy Denyer.

2015 brought a 2nd EP, ‘Beyond The Glass Sky’. In 2015, “Aquarium” was selected as the official soundtrack of a crowdfunded award-winning mini series on Romanian TV and gained a large following the UK. The soundtrack was played on major Romanian stations (National FM and Europa FM).
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Joanna Eden

Joanna Eden

James’s debut EP, The Lost & Forgotten, extraordinarily sold out of the first run of physical copies on the day before it’s official release. Donating all royalties made from his music to mental health (MIND) and refugee related causes (War Child, Help Refugees as well as personally delivering supplies and helping out around refugee camps), James is currently working on new ways of raising awareness and funds for causes close to his heart through his musical escapades.

His work has seen him interviewed and playing live on the BBC, as well as various interviews on national, regional and community radio stations as well as in newspapers and online articles before making the Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent long list for 2017 as well as playing shows in France, Italy, Belgium as well as across the United Kingdom.”

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Joanna Eden's Thursday Night Singers

Joanna Eden’s Thursday Night Singers

Joanna Eden’s solo singers have been meeting for over 10 years and are now based at Fairycroft House.

This group is for people who are keen to sing solo in front of a supportive and friendly audience. We sing mainly pop, folk and musical theatre.

They meet weekly at Fairycroft House and perform regular termly concerts. “It has built my confidence both in speaking and singing in public”


Joe Richardson

Joe Richardson

I’m Joe Richardson, a 19 year old musician from Saffron Walden. I’m a guitarist at heart, with influences ranging from emo, pop punk and punk music, though I play many other instruments (including drums in punk band ASBESTØS, also playing on the day).
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Jules & Martha


Junkyard Dolls

Junkyard Dolls

Ketteridge Konnection

Kevin and Dave

Kevin Sporle and Dave Kenny first met at Joanna Eden’s Thursday night singing group, and began to work on a few songs together, initially with two female vocalists from the same group and the four of them went on to perform at local open mic sessions and also at the last Fete de la Musique day in 2015.

More recently, they have performed as a duo, also at open mic nights and the occasional private function. Last year they were on stage in front of an audience of some 400 at the Cambridge Folk Festival . . . by accident . . . it’s an amusing story!

‘Their set this time will include a mixture of Americana, folk, and 60’s classics from the Beatles, Kinks and Van Morrison with guitars, banjo and a fiddle!”

Lee Watts


Luhan & Hannah

Luhan & Hannah


Maeve Halligan

Maeve Halligan


Mawson Road Community Orchestra

Mawson Road Community Orchestra

The orchestra was formed by international flautist and ‘Classic Busker’ Michael Copley to play in the Jubilee celebrations in 2012 – in Mawson Road – Michael’s home street. Such was the success of the initial concert (filmed by the BBC) and the fun that everyone had doing it, the group stayed together and have since grown to over 30-strong and performed at many events including the opening of Cambridge Summer Music Festival.

The orchestra plays many kinds of music – a lot of Balkan, but also Baroque, Renaissance, Brazilian, Romanian, Peruvian – all in its own inimitable style. The Orchestra consists of children and adults who play, amongst others, all the string instruments, Trumpet, Percussion, Accordion, Melodica, Clarinets, Bassoon, Double Bass, Ukulele, Flutes, Auto Harp, and Guitar.

Michael Copley – Musical Director and Conductor
After studying music at Cambridge, Michael Copley formed a duo The Cambridge Buskers (later the Classic Buskers) which still tours the world playing funny versions of the classics; rather like Victor Borge but faster.

Mark Tinkler – Conductor
Mark plays piano accordion with MRCO and sometimes conducts the orchestra – usually when Michael is off on one of his many international tours with the Classic Buskers. His full-time job is with English Pocket Opera Company (EPOC) – a music charity that he founded in 1993.

Mike Moylan & Kevin Sporle

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Mr Coverman

Mr Coverman

Newton Sax Quartet


Nightingale Trio

Nightingale Trio

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Paul Henshaw

Paul Henshaw

Paul Henshaw is a RIOT FOLK singer songwriter living on the North Wales coast who pretty much spends his life thumping lumps out of his guitar and singing about life, hangovers and anything else he’s passionate about

Paul and his band (THE SCIENTIFIC SIMPLETONS) have shared festival stages with the likes of THE LEVELLERS, THE FEELING, UB40, FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS HUEY MORGAN, FEROCIOUS DOG, THE ORB, NICK PARKER and NEWTON FAULKNER and solo has played festivals and venues in the USA, China, Taiwan, Germany, Poland, France and CZ Republic

Written by Paul and released with the band, May 2017’s album FISHING FOR OWLS reached NUMBER 1 in The Amazon Album download charts and the singles “STONES” and “FAY’S SONG” Reached #1 and #3 respectively

Paul is currently finalizing a run of shows in Europe, The USA and Canada for the 2nd half of 2018

With the band, May 2018 will see the release of the bands first fully LIVE album, a collection of the bands last 3 albums. Entitled “COMPLETUM EST” it was recorded late in 2017 in the bands home town

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Rcubed

Rcubed

Rcubed are a vocal led 5-piece band offering an engaging kaleidoscopic style, fusing jazz, blues, soul and a dose of funk. Featuring the amazing and dynamic vocals of Roslin Russell and Phil Stevenson on guitar (Phil Stevenson Trio, Myles Sanko, Fofoulah), expect tunes from Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Estelle, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea and Gil Scott-Heron.

“What a fantastic night we had with Rcubed’s amazing Roslin Russell. What an unbelievable voice!” – Ashtead Jazz Club
“Breathing life into jazz with funky, tight arrangements and real energy, Rcubed deliver emotional, honest, great jazz” – Local Secrets
“Stevenson knows how to pay his respects and then add something new.” – London Jazz News
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Reavey Bros Boogie Band

Reavey Bros Boogie Band

Rebel without a Chord


Rev 2

Rev 2

Rev2 are an exciting, dynamic and versatile 5 piece function and party band, playing a mix of outstanding hits from the past few decades.

Consisting of 5 highly experienced musicians, Rev2 is fronted by fantastic, powerful, female vocals, and features guitar, bass, drums and sax/keys in their line up.

Rev2 are available to book for parties, functions, pubs, clubs, festivals and are also supportive of charity events.

Richard Allen


Saffron Building Soc. Community Choir

Saffron Building Soc. Community Choir

The Choir was started six years ago as a way of bringing the Building Society members and staff closer to the organisation, and it has blossomed into a choral tour de force of some 40 + members, with people of all ages and abilities. We run no auditions – all we ask is that you enjoy yourself when you are with us.

We perform several times a year in venues ranging from care homes and churches to Saffron Walden Market Square at Christmas and up to larger venues such as the prestigious West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge. We also had a singing day at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016.

We perform music ranging from classical through contemporary choral music to folk, jazz and pop. We’ve even sung a song by a popular combo called Take That!

We are a non-profit group and any money we raise from our performances goes to local charities either directly or through the Society’s community fund. Last year the fund gave away over £18,000 to local causes such as Support 4 Sight and South East Advocacy for Older People.
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Saffron Dance Band

Recreating the sounds and look of the fabulous era of the great British dance bands of the 1930s 40s and 50s the Saffron Dance Band is a traditional line-up of saxophone, brass and rhythm sections, playing the greatest music from the most popular shows and films of the early years of the 20th century.

We play mainly in strict tempo for ballroom and Latin dancing, as well as some swing and party-pieces. Consisting of amateur musicians, we perform in Cambridgeshire and Essex at dances, weddings, parties and as background music.

Saffron Music School Concert Band

Saffron Music School Concert Band meets at Fairycroft House on Mondays and plays light pops.

It is directed by Jason Meyrick who has been running the Saffron Music School for over 15 years, first at SWCHS, then Friends’ School and currently at Fairycroft House.

Saffron Recorder Consort


Saffron Walden Rock Choir

Saffron Walden Rock Choir

Saffron Walden Salvation Army Community Band


Saffron Walden Town Band

Saffron Walden Town Band

Saffron Walden U3A Ukulele Band

Weare a new group and already we have 17 members and beginners with no experience are welcome.

Learning a new instrument has been proved to be an excellent way of stimulating the brain and making new neural pathways thus slowing its decline (we can but hope!!), increases concentration, improves memory and co ordination … And it’s great fun!

The ukulele is small, portable, cheap to buy, and relatively easy to play. We will learn basic chords together and sing along with the playing. It’s an accompaniment instrument not a solo virtuoso one!
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Sawston Steel Band

Sawston Steel Band

Sawston Steel is a steel pan band. We play a variety of music including well-known standards, pop classics and Caribbean favourites. The band’s music has all been arranged by Janet Macleod who is a great source of inspiration and encouragement.

Sawston Steel Band was formed ten years ago, beginning life as an evening class at Sawston Village College. Our authentic instruments have all been fashioned from 55 gallon oil drums and were made for us in Trinidad. Our pan maker visits us every year to ensure our instruments are kept in tune. Our music is a mix of Caribbean, classical and pop and we regularly perform at festivals, private parties and corporate events.

“…a fantastic evening at The Gogs on Saturday. The music was great, and well chosen. The band gave the whole event a happy, friendly atmosphere. I have never seen Gogs members looking so relaxed and even carefree enough to Conga around the patio”… “Everyone loved your music; it was so accomplished, musical and mellow…
You are just lovely people who make lovely music”.

SCYM Brass Quintet

The SCYM (Saffron Centre for Young Musicians) Brass Quintet have been playing together for a year, and rehearse every Saturday morning in term time. The members of the group come from different local schools and are as follows:
Owen Lee, Maddie Goatman, Charlotte Allen, Anna Middleton and James Marsh.

Since1970, The Centre for Young Musicians has provided musical training of the highest quality for thousands of students in Greater London for over 40 years. In 2013, the decision was taken to roll out the highly successful CYM model to other parts of the country, particularly to rural areas. The Saffron Centre for Young Musicians, based at Saffron Walden County High School, which houses the superb Saffron Hall with its internationally acclaimed acoustics, opened in October 2015.

SCYM provides emerging musicians aged 5-18 in the East of England with a unique opportunity to play in an ensemble, participate in workshops and have individual tuition for instruments including woodwind, brass, strings, piano, guitars as well as singing.

SCYM Choir

The SCYM (Saffron Walden Centre for Young Musicians) Choir performing at this year’s Fete la Musique is one of 3 choirs who rehearse and perform regularly at SCYM. This choir is made up of our younger singers.

Since1970, The Centre for Young Musicians has provided musical training of the highest quality for 1000s of students in Greater London for over 40 years. In 2013, the decision was taken to roll out the highly successful CYM model to other parts of the country, particularly to rural areas. The Saffron Centre for Young Musicians, based at Saffron Walden County High School, which houses the superb Saffron Hall with its internationally acclaimed acoustics, opened in October 2015.

SCYM provides emerging musicians aged 5-18 in the East of England with a unique opportunity to play in an ensemble, participate in workshops and have individual tuition for instruments including woodwind, brass, strings, piano, guitars as well as singing.

SCYM Jazz Trio

SCYM’s Jazz Trio now performs regularly in public and is made of three of the school’s most experienced jazz musicians who decided to get together to rehearse after their regular session on a saturday. They are:
Jesse Lawson (keys) Lewis Isaacs (drums) and Simon Herberholx (tenor sax).

Since1970, The Centre for Young Musicians has provided musical training of the highest quality for 1000s of students in Greater London for over 40 years. In 2013, the decision was taken to roll out the highly successful CYM model to other parts of the country, particularly to rural areas. The Saffron Centre for Young Musicians, based at Saffron Walden County High School, which houses the superb Saffron Hall with its internationally acclaimed acoustics, opened in October 2015.

SCYM provides emerging musicians aged 5-18 in the East of England with a unique opportunity to play in an ensemble, participate in workshops and have individual tuition for instruments including woodwind, brass, strings, piano, guitars as well as singing.


Sheri Kershaw Band

Sheri Kershaw Band

Probably best known for her time as wife and fellow member of the Nik Kershaw band that toured extensively and achieved huge chart success, the inevitable association is unfair to Sheri, because it fails to recognise the prodigious talent this lady possesses in her own right.

Her recent work showcases her fantastic song writing and vocal skills and a typical set includes soulful ballads written straight from the heart, laced with numbers with almost a West Coast American feel, right through to more hard edged blues numbers, all delivered by three incredibly talented musicians, being Sheri herself (vocals and guitar), Martyn Hewitt (guitar) and Chris Brimley (guitar and bass).

For such a slight lady, Sheri’s vocals pack a real punch and she undoubtedly possesses one of the most natural and expressive singing voices on the current circuit.

Sorry Not Sorry


Spare Head 3

Spare Head 3

Spud Monkeys

St Mary’s Brass


Stephanie Ward

Stephanie Ward

SW Rock Choir


SWCHS Jazz Band

SWCHS Jazz Band

Saffron Walden County High Jazz Band are a 25-piece Big Band that play jazz, funk, swing, pop and rock.

In recent years the band have wowed audiences on tours across Europe including Venice, the Black Forest and Switzerland. Hear this amazing outfit before they take off to Barcelona this July


Ted Jevans

Ted Jevans

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Tennessee Twin

Tennessee Twin

Tennessee Twin is a highly experienced acoustic duo from Cambridge UK playing modern country, hits from the Nashville TV show and their own songs. Their perfect harmonies make for a sensational show that will wow fans and newcomers alike.

The duo’s original song ‘Wings of Red, White and Blue’ won the Nashville Music City/ British Airways song writing competition in March 2018 and the single is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and Google Play.

Featuring the two lead vocalists from country band Highway 65, Victoria and Geoff, Tennessee Twin offers all the emotion of modern country music. Their set features many songs by many popular artists, hits from the Nashville TV show soundtrack and some of their own songs too. Ideal for smaller venues and parties, Geoff and Victoria combine sublime vocal harmonies and silky guitar accompaniment.


Twisted Funk

Twisted Funk

Twisted Funk are a collective of five young musicians who share the same passion for music incorporating styles such as jazz, funk, ska and reggae.

The five met through Saffron Walden County High School, playing in a range of bands together, such as the SWCHS Jazz Band.

Jackson Priest – drums & percussion; Finbar Tilley – guitar; Hal Kearton – bass; James Marsh – trombone; Finnbar Leckey – trumpet


Ukelele Workshop

Ukelele Workshop

Ukulele ‘Hockets’ workshop

This relaxed and joyful workshop makes music out of social interaction and inclusion.
The Venda of the North Transvaal gift young people at transition to adulthood one
note reed pipes, to teach that cooperation is important in citizenship, as well as to make music.

In this workshop, participants of all ages will use ukuleles to play tunes and riffs as a group, based on the Venda’s ‘One person, one note’ philosophy.

No prior experience required. Ukuleles are provided, maximum 18 participants.

Michael Davidson is Head of Rock, Family and Community Music for Hertfordshire
Music Service, and is currently leading the research and development of MusicnetEast, a Youth Music funded musical inclusion project. The workshop has been developed as part of Michael’s PhD research at SOAS, London to demonstrate musical inclusion practice.


Walden Ensemble

Walden Ensemble


Woodwind of Dunmow

Woodwind of Dunmow

Woodwind of Dunmow is a group of musicians who came together in 2008 under the leadership of ex-military man and clarinettist Fred Payne.

The group is now led by Jerome Cacace and plays a range of tunes and styles, ranging from the original marches we did at the start to popular songs and theme tunes along with some ragtime jazzy numbers.
http://www.woodwindofdunmow.com/Gallery/WoD-video/wod-video.html