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Get ready for the two-day Waltham Forest Music Festival

Young people across the borough are gearing up to take part in the two-day Waltham Forest Music Festival.

Next month, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, in Forest Road, will host the annual festival – a celebration of musical achievement.

Organised by Waltham Forest Music Service, it features more than 1,000 children from local schools performing at four concerts over two days, starting on Tuesday 5 July and finishing on Wednesday 6 July. The young musicians have been working hard to perfect the pieces they will play – from samba to soul; they will be varied in style and pace.

The performances take place from 1pm to 2pm on the Tuesday and from 1pm to 2pm and from 7pm to 9pm on the Wednesday. Tickets are available on the door for a suggested donation of £3 per person or free for under 16s.

Nine-year-old Vincent Karthaus, a local violinist, said: “The festival is loads of fun because there are lots of orchestras and groups performing and there’s loads to listen to.”

Waltham Forest Music Service offers a wide variety of opportunities for young people to pick up and play a musical instrument – whether they’re just starting out or looking to hone their skills.

The service runs a Music School at the end of the normal school day, selected free beginner and foundation group classes, instrumental and vocal tuition and instrument hire at an affordable price – and more besides.

Many of the musicians benefitting from the service can choose to take part in public performances, should they wish. Recently groups from Waltham Forest have performed in concerts at the Barbican and Cadogan Hall in central London.

Any young person wanting to get involved with the music service can do so either by speaking to the Music Co-ordinator in their school or by contacting the Music School directly. The school runs on Monday to Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings during term time. It offers individual tuition, theory tuition and ensemble opportunities to children living in or in education in Waltham Forest.

Twelve-year-old local musician, Sofia Augsburger-Salmen, said: “I really enjoy the music service because I’ve made some great friends and I’ve had a lot of fun.”

Waltham Forest Music Service offers children and young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn an instrument, to learn to sing, to make music with others and to fulfil their potential in music.

Children have the opportunity to hear and perform with professional musicians and other young people through partnerships with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, the Barbican and others.

There is also a popular music-making session for babies and toddlers for which parents can register their interest.

To find out more about what’s on offer through the music service, visit or email

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