Waltham Forest Music Festival
Our annual Waltham Forest Music Festival took place in July 2022, and celebrated the magnificent musical achievements of children and young people from across Waltham Forest.
Back after a two-year break, the festival brought over 1,000 children together at seven concerts over four days to sing, to listen, to play musical instruments and to perform in front of appreciative and proud audiences.
The festival took place in venues across Waltham Forest, including Fellowship Square, Leyton Great Hall and the Church of St Peters and Paul in Chingford making each concert a unique experience for everyone involved.
The Festival programme included:
1. Primary School Showcase at the Community Hub in Walthamstow Village
Our Primary School Showcase brought primary school children together to raise the roof and enjoy singing in a massed choir. This concert also featured performances from school choirs and soloists. Choirs were accompanied by a live band who perform and demonstrated their instruments to the children.
2. Ukulele Jam Celebration at the Community Hub in Walthamstow Village
This ukulele concert brought together children who learn ukulele in their class in school as part of our First Access to Music programme. Directed by a band leader, pupils played their ukuleles with children from other schools to experience the joy and pleasure of a large massed instrumental group.
3. Soloist on Stage at the Parish Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Chingford E4 7EN
At this concert young instrumentalists and singers perform in the serene surroundings of St Peter and Paul Church in Chingford. The concert was open to any young musicians of any level from Beginner to Grade 8 who is learning an instrument.
4. & 5. Meadowsong Festival at Fellowship Square
Primary school children come together to perform the Meadowsong song cycle. Listeners were taken on a journey through the habitat of a wildflower meadow – from the deep, dark secrets of the soil to the vibrant colours, sounds and scents of a meadow buzzing with creatures. Meadowsong is a celebration of the power of the earth to sustain our wildlife, of habitats that give life to so many organisms, and of the interconnectedness of all living things.
6. Hillyfield’s Brass Celebration with Oompah Brass at Hillyfield at the Park
Children at Hillyfield Primary Academy will celebrated the brilliant brass playing skills they’ve learned in school this year. Led by the rock n’ roll band Oompah Brass young musicians took part in a workshop and massed performance, as well as seeing Oompah Brass perform some of their greatest hits.
7. Waltham Forest Music Service Celebration Showcase at Leyton Great Hall
The finale of the Summer Music Festival closes was a vibrant programme from Waltham Forest Music School. Featuring performances from a Music School groups, orchestras and bands, as well as massed pieces with Oompah Brass. This concert showcased the achievements of young musicians of all ages making music together and received rapturous applause from the audience.