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Sunday 25 September 2022, 3pm

  • Multiple locations
  • Good availability

Once Upon a Tune: Spooky Stories

Once Upon a Tune: Spooky Stories

Presented by Words in Walden

A illustration of a wizard casting a spell, and a child who is tossed about in a fearsome sea

Come and enjoy some of the best-loved and spookiest musical treats in an extravaganza of music, painting, and stories for families, with children’s author-illustrator James Mayhew, Antonio Reche-Martinez, and Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra.

The programme includes Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre, Humperdinck’s Witch’s Ride, Wagner’s Flying Dutchman and more.

James tells the stories and then he and Antonio paint live on stage, capturing the spine-chilling scenes, while the Orchestra plays.

Their paintings will be raffled at the end of the Concert, and all profits go to Refugease, a charity supporting refugees all around the world.

Performance information

Running time

1 hour 30 minutes

Booking information


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Ten for £10

This event is not part of our Ten for £10 scheme.

Programme and performers


  • Paul Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Camille Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
  • Jean Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela
  • Engelbert Humperdinck 'The Witch's Ride' from Hansel & Gretel
  • Richard Wagner Overture to The Flying Dutchman


  • Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Hull conductor
  • James Mayhew & Antonio Reche-Martinez narration & illustration

Information for your visit

Sunday 25 September 2022, 3pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Additional information


For this event, drinks are not allowed in the auditorium.


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

Booster seats not available

Buggy parking not available

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