Make Music Day UK – always on June 21 – is part of a global grassroots music festival, celebrating all kinds of music in all kinds of spaces, performed by young and old, professional and amateur, beginners and experienced musicians.

Unique to this global celebration is that anyone can perform or take part, all events are free and, wherever possible, are in public spaces and streamed online. Started in 1982 as Fête de la Musique, there are now 19,000 events in France with two thirds of the population involved, and it has expanded to over 120 countries, from China to Argentina, Australia to Nigeria.


There are gigs, performances and musical celebrations confirmed right across the UK for the solstice, with events all over the county from Oxfordshire’s musicians and music folk.

What’s on:

  • Oxfordshire County Library has a live performance from Pete Watson, accordionist! Pete will perform near the self-service area on the first floor; everyone’s welcome.
  • Oxford Concerto Orchestra celebrates its 50th year with a performance at St Michael’s Church in Summertown from 7.30pm.
  • Abingdon will resound to the sound of its first community festival beginning with a drumming workshop at 2pm in Abingdon Library.
  • Song-writing, ukulele, fiddle playing, community singing, body music workshops in the Guildhall Rooms from 3pm, live music between 5-9pm in the Market Place.
  • Music throughout the evening in various venues across the town.

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