A team of SAE Oxford Audio students are set to volunteer at the annual Folk Weekend: Oxford

27 Mar 2018

Running from 20 to the 22 April, will be the seventh Folk Weekend: Oxford, deemed as “...one of the county’s best weekends of music…” by the Oxford Times. The festival has been running in the city for the last fifteen years now, and is a well-established event in the calendar that marks the celebration of folk music in the local area.

Six first-year SAE Audio students will be helping out over the three days at two venues: the Wesley Memorial Church and the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre. Using our own PA and live sound equipment, they will be making sure that equipment for every act is set up accordingly by liaising with the festival logistics team and using the skills they’ve already learnt on the Audio Production degree course.

At the moment, the students, alongside Audio tutors Keith Hennigan and Mike Hill, are finalising their schedule for the weekend and creating a technical equipment spec in order to ensure that they are fully equipped for the festival.

Cameron Blue is one of the students that will be helping out during the weekend. He tells us his thoughts:

“I feel like any experience in the live sound industry is a good experience to have because although we have all the equipment here at the campus there’s not a lot of opportunities to use them in this kind of environment. It’s good to be part of something as big as the Folk Weekend:Oxford.”

SAE Oxford helped out at the event last year and it proved to be a great experience for students as well as a chance for our staff to get involved in the local music scene.

Keith Hennigan, Audio Programme Coordinator commented:

“There’s no learning experience like actually going out and being involved with real musicians, especially for a great event like this. It’s also important to us to get involved in the local music scene in Oxford and give something back.”

Erica Saracino, Fundraising Manager, Folk Weekend:Oxford commented: "Folk Weekend: Oxford is a a community festival, run exclusively by volunteers; the support of SAE by providing us with equipment and technicians is invaluable to us and it is the kind of help that makes the festival possible. As a community-focused festival we are also delighted to be able to provide ‘live’ experience for SAE’s students."

Folk Weekend: Oxford starts on Friday 20 April and runs until Sunday 22 April, taking place at various locations across the city.

To find out more and to book your tickets, visit the website.