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Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra (SWSO) is a community orchestra formed of both professional and amateur players based in and around Saffron Walden in the district of Uttlesford. The Saffron Walden Orchestral Society also oversees the Saffron Walden Children's Orchestra (SWCO).

For our next orchestral concert, we welcome back the ever-popular James Mayhew  for Legends of Land and Sea: a concert for families, presented by the Words in Walden Festival. James will be storytelling and painting scenes from myths and legends live to our musical soundtrack.

Knights, giants, minstrels and mermaids, oceans and rivers, castles and caves are the inspiration for music from Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana and others. James tells the stories and then he and Antonio Reche-Martinez will paint, capturing the mystery of the legends, while the orchestra plays.

At the end of the concert, James’ paintings will be raffled on stage, raising funds for the Saffron Centre for Young Musicians bursary set up in memory of Louise Turner, to give disadvantaged children a chance to learn to play a musical instrument and enjoy everything that music brings.

Age guidance: 4+

This afternoon of family fun always SELLS OUT, so make sure you get your tickets early! Join us at Saffron Hall on Sunday 30 September 2018 at 3:00pm.

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If you are interested in joining the orchestra, please do get in touch - we are always happy to hear from new players. Many of our members travel some distance to play with us; however we are of course particularly keen to hear from musicians living near Saffron Walden or in the district of Uttlesforde.