SOUNDS OF ESSEX: Youth Music & Wellbeing Festival


Join us on Saturday 30 June from 10am to 6pm in Central Park, Chelmsford, Essex and a concert in Chelmsford Cathedral from 7-8pm.

This event is a collaboration between Essex Music Education Hub, Essex Youth Service and Young Essex Assembly.

MUSIC – Showcasing and celebrating young music-making from around Essex including Orchestras, jazz, Choirs, world music, singer-songwriters and rock bands

ACTIVITIES – Free activities for all ages that have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing: rides, photobooths, caricature artists, climbing wall, graffiti sessions and much more.

FREE EVENING CONCERT in Chelmsford Cathedral at 7pm of Phil Toms oratorio, Island with Essex school choirs and our orchestras. Click here to hear more about Island’s premier performance in Ely Cathedral


#SoundsofEssex was launched in 2017 as a two-day festival organised by Essex Music Education Hub, to celebrate young people’s musical learning across Essex, and to mark the 60th year of the music services. Following the success of this festival, we decided to run is again in 2018, this time with the support of Essex Youth Service and Essex Young Assembly.

Sounds of Essex is open to all young people to engage with music, and will feature a range of performances and free workshops that anyone can participate in as well as fun free activities focused around positive mental-health and wellbeing. Click on the video below to view the show reel from last year’s festival which featured special commissions, our world record attempt and a host of young performers from across the county.


This page will update regularly, so do return to view the programme and variety of opportunities. If you would like to participate somehow within the festival, please contact Peter Lovell –

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