Young musicians will showcase their talents the Saffron Walden Music Festival Finale Concert later this month.

The free concert will take place at 6pm on Sunday, November 19 in Saffron Hall, with performances from the brass, guitar, jazz, percussion, piano, voice and woodwind sections.

Musicians will perform highlights from the three-day festival, including the Saffron Walden Music Festival Jazz Trophy winner with a live trio, and performances from some of the Ellie Morrow Trophy winners.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Last year's overall winner Sakura FishLast year's overall winner Sakura Fish (Image: Rotary Club of Saffron Walden)

Adjudicators Oli King, director of music at St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden, and Daniella Ganeva, who helped launch the percussion section, will then see the winners of each section compete for the Festival Cup.

Cups, medals and awards will also be presented to performers from across the festival.

As in previous years, the highest placed instrumentalist and vocalist will gain automatic entry into the district finals of the national Rotary Young Musician Competition. 

In addition to their continued sponsorship of the festival, Rotary in Saffron Walden are also offering a further prize of £100 to the two young winners, to help them progress in their musical careers.


Hilary Curtis, one of the organisers of the festival, said: "Having attracted about two hundred young people of all standards, from pre-Grade 1 to post-Grade 8, we know from past experience that everyone, irrespective as to whether aspire to have careers in music, will just love playing or singing and we hope they will go on to have their lives enriched by music.

"The Saffron Walden Music Festival is essentially a celebration of musical performance.

"We would like to thank Rotary in Saffron Walden, The Essex Community Foundation Sebright Fund, Saffron Walden County High School and Saffron Hall for their support in making this event possible. Without this the Festival could not be held."

Last year's overall winner, violinist Sakura Fish, went on to win the Rotary district and regional finals to reach the national final, which was held at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.

Saffron Walden Music Festival is supported by Rotary in Saffron Walden, Essex Community Foundation, Saffron Walden County High School and Saffron Hall.