Berkhamsted children get sneak preview of BerkoFest

Promotion event for BerkoFest at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted - pictured is school band The Man's Machine
Promotion event for BerkoFest at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted - pictured is school band The Man's Machine
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SCHOOLS got an early taste of the kind of talent that will be on display in BerkoFest a few months from now.

The one-day music and comedy festival at Berkhamsted Cricket Club on Saturday, September 15, be include a performance by big-name folk star Seth Lakeman.

Promotion event for BerkoFest at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted - pictured is Jon Paul Palombo

Promotion event for BerkoFest at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted - pictured is Jon Paul Palombo

Youngsters at the town’s Ashlyns School and Berkhamsted School were given early tasters of what the event will be like when singer-songwriter JonPaul Palombo performed during their assemblies.

Festival marketing manager Helen Percy said: “It was amazing. I was staggered.

“He’s very charismatic and interacted very well with the children and got them singing some of the lines of the songs he will sing at Berkofest. They were very much involved in the assembly.

“The next day, we were doing some promotional filming in town and these little girls going by who’d been in one of the assemblies began waving madly at him.

“For me, it’s all about inspiring youngsters who may have had an inkling towards performing. This gives them the confidence and support to progress what they are doing more.”

Ashlyns School were also treated to a performance by school band The Man’s Machine, which will be the opening act at BerkoFest.

Helen said: “It will be the biggest audience they have ever played to, that’s for sure. We are hoping to have 3,500 people there.”

Several Berkofest acts including JonPaul and The Man’s Machine will perform at The Kings Arms in Berkhamsted High Street from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday.

Read all about it in next week’s Gazette.

Buy tickets for the event at www.berkofest.com