Volunteers needed for Saffron Walden’s free street festival - the Fete de la Musique on Sunday, June 24

PUBLISHED: 15:04 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:04 04 May 2018

Saffron Walden's first Fete de la Musique in June 2015, families enjoying the music in Jubilee Gardens

Saffron Walden's first Fete de la Musique in June 2015, families enjoying the music in Jubilee Gardens


Volunteers are needed to help with Saffron Walden’s Fete de la Musique, on midsummer day, Sunday, June 24.

Organisers of the free festival of music, to be held all over the town, will be needed before the day on June 9, 17 and 23 to distribute leaflets in the market, to attract an


Then, on the day, the plan will be to decorate the venues to make them festive. Gazebos will also need to be erected and this will happen in the morning between 10am and 11.30am. The festival will start at noon.

Stewards will be needed from 11.45am until 5.30pm to be at each venue to ensure the smooth running of each act.

Volunteers can stay at a venue for the whole afternoon or they can do a two-hour shift.

Over 500 musicians (more than 75 music acts of different genres including jazz, swing, Gypsy blues, classical and pop, soloists, bands and choirs) have signed up to play at 10 venues across the town.

These include the newly refurbished Saffron Hotel, The market square, the town hall, Jubilee Gardens, Saffron Walden Museum and its grounds, The Courtyard and outside Adnams, (both off the market square) The King’s Arms, Fairycroft Arts Centre and The Cross Keys.

The town’s first Fete de la Musique in 2015, drew thousands of people to the town.

This year’s is dedicated to the memory of one of the three women whose idea it was and who organised it. Louise Turner former secretary of Saffron Walden Arts Trust, died this year. The free event is inviting donations and 10 per cent of the money received will go to her bursary for pupils at the Saffron Centre for Young Musicians.

The Fete de la Musique is an international, free celebration of music, held in major cities around the world on summer’s longest day, June 21.

Saffron Walden is one of the smallest places ever to have staged this event and being a small, working town, has chosen to hold it on a Sunday.

The first all-day musical celebration on the day of the solstice was in Paris in 1982. Music Day later became celebrated in 120 countries around the world.

If would like to be part of this free day of music, contact Volunteer Uttlesford on 01799 510525 or volunteer@volunteeruttlesford.co.uk.


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