What's On

Sunday 24 September 2023, 3pm

Once Upon a Tune: Stories from the Stage

Once Upon a Tune: Stories from the Stage

Presented by Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Hand drawn design decorated with musical notes and text 'Once upon a tune'

James Mayhew and Antonio Reche Martinez are joined once more by the Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra for another delightful concert for children.

Once upon a Tune: Stories from the Stage promises to be a magical tour of some of the most beautiful music ever written for the stage. James and Toto will tell the stories with words and paintings as the orchestra plays some of your favourite scores. As usual the paintings will be raffled off at the end of the concert with all profits going to charity. Come and be part of the magic!

Performance information

Running time

1 hour 15 minutes

Content warnings

Age Guidance 4+

This event is not recommended for children under 4 years old

Booking information

Seating style

This event has tiered stalls and balcony seating

Infants ticket policy

Children aged 24 months and under may sit on another guest’s lap and do not require their own ticket

Ten for £10

This event is part of our Ten for £10 scheme. We will release ten £10 tickets for sale at 10am on the morning of this performance.


Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus won't be running for this event

Programme and performers


  • Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Hull conductor
  • James Mayhew narrator & illustrator
  • Antonio Reche Martinez illustrator

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Information for your visit

Sunday 24 September 2023, 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.

When to arrive

2pm - 2.45pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts

This event will run through without an interval.

Show ends

4.15pm (approx)

Post-show book signing

James Mayhew will be doing a book signing in the foyer after the performance.

Content warnings

Age Guidance 4+

This event is not recommended for children under 4 years old


Saffron Hall

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH


Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus won't be running for this performance
More info

Additional information


For this event, you're welcome to bring drinks purchased from our bar into the event with you.


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.

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