The inaugural Umbrellafest took place on Thursday 6 August, 2015.

This incredible evening was the culmination of a wondrous week of workshops led by some exceptional practitioners and bustling with all kinds of musical experiences; much like our regular weekly sessions but on a much larger scale!

The finale, was attended by 300 people, and has been brilliantly captured by Wendy Grant.

A selection of her images below give you a taste of the spirit and joy of the evening, and more are available here.

Umbrellafest would not have been possible without the phenomenal support of so many. R Bensons, who gave us the cash to make it happen. Caroline and her wonderful family gave us a truly magical venue together with absolutely unwavering support in every way possible. William Botterill provided all the refreshments through Tesco other local suppliers, and the guys from ACS seamlessly ran the event and made sure everyone was well fed and watered. Amazing musicians supported our Electric Umbrella participants, each of whom just did us so proud and entertained us all so brilliantly all evening. We had some exceptional volunteers  – Amar you were just fab. And to the wonderful practitioners Tim, Carmen and Euan that brought the magic, it was a pleasure to work with you!

We are so grateful for everything everyone did to make the joy possible, and we are already getting excited for Umbrellafest 2016!

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And a few from the week of workshops…

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R Benson’s Golf Day

A special thank you to R Bensons for their continued support to Electric Umbrella, this time raising money for Umbrellafest at their recent golf day.

R Benson’s have supported us from the very beginning of our journey, and we feel extremely blessed to have their faith and trust in what we do, and ultimately making the joy of the past 9 months possible. THANK YOU!!

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TWO gigs in ONE afternoon!


“We’re not a community organisation, were a rock and roll band!! Two wonderful gigs, and two wonderful audiences. The first at Alban Street Festival, and the second at Lemon Fest, Sarratt. Thanks for having us, we loved it all! More pics here.

A special thank you to all those at Lemon Fest for their wonderful donation to Electric Umbrella. It is donations such as this, that make this joy possible. THANK YOU!!!


Thank you Waitrose, Berkhamsted!


A massive thank you to Waitrose Berkhamsted for supporting Electric Umbrella throughout March with their green token scheme! We were thrilled to collect a cheque today for just under £300. It’s donations like this that make the joy of Electric Umbrella possible. Great to meet you in store today Dee, and thank you for the delicious cookies!!!

Larry Neal and the Slingers: Debut Gig!


Monday night was the first gig for Larry Neal and the Slingers at The Horns in Watford. Thanks to a wonderful crowd and amazing venue. We had a blast.

Look out for more opportunities to see Larry Neal and the Slingers AND to be a part of the new arm of Electric Umbrella that gets people into bands and out gigging. Thanks to Luke And Jack for providing the rhythm section and to Oliver Bannister for the amazing guest appearance on guitar.

Photos by Oliver Warrack.

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Umbrellafest! The inaugural Electric Umbrella summer festival will take place in Rickmansworth from Monday 3rd – Thursday 6th August inclusive. This 4 day project will entail daily workshops from 10am – 4pm with a celebration on the Thursday evening for family and friends! This wondrous week will be bustling with all kinds of musical experiences, much like our regular weekly sessions but on a much larger scale!

Participants are invited to attend all 4 days, or just the ones that suit. Places will be limited, and open to everyone (over 18), not just those people currently participating in any of our weekly sessions – we advise you to book early if you wish to come! Cost: £20 per day, payable in advance to reserve your space. Please bring a packed lunch. To reserve your place please email