About the Festival
Like all great ideas, Sarratt Festival of Music came about simply: we wanted to create a series of events to showcase our village and the neighbouring communities to their best effect; we believed and still do, in bringing people together of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy live music of professional quality – our conviction in an all-inclusive community spirit runs through everything we do.
Founded in 2000, the Festival has been created and managed by a committee of volunteers from various professional backgrounds, each of whom gives their time to ensure that all events run smoothly. Each year we grow our audience by offering concession tickets for young people for all concerts, and in normal times we also provide a children’s workshop or concert for pupils at the local primary school – we want our young people to be inspired to become the next generation of performers!
Extensively re-designed and renovated in 2000, concerts take place in Sarratt Village Hall, the central hub of the village, which has proved to be an ideal space for performers and audience alike: it has a multi-functional stage, professional theatre lighting and even a Green Room. We always hire a grand piano from a major supplier for piano and chamber concerts, as we aim to replicate the experience of the best concert halls. In normal times, Sarratt Village Hall seats 200 comfortably, each with a good view of the stage. Also in normal times we have a Foyer Bar open before each performance from 7 pm, and we continue our tradition of offering a complimentary drink of wine or orange juice in the interval at the classical concerts. At our jazz concerts we have a real ale bar serving beer from a local brewery. However sadly not this year in the aftermath of Covid.
Sarratt Festival of Music is a not-for-profit organisation; we have been very grateful for the support received over the years through grants from:
· “Awards for All”
· Arts Council England
· Hertfordshire County Councillor Chris Hayward’s Locality Budget
· Lawton Trust
· Sarratt Parish Council
· Three Rivers District Council
We also wish to offer our heartfelt thanks for their support to:
Adams Nurseries of Sarratt (plants and floral decorations)
William Lawrence Advertising
Sarratt Post Office Stores
Debenhams Ottaway - the trusted law firm
John Roberts Estate Agents
Tower Hill Garage Kia Cars of Chipperfield
Sarratt Village Hall