Saffron Summerfield

Location: Norwich and Norfolk
About me...

I am a musician composer and bird song recordist. I have forty five years experience of presenting to audiences in UK ,Europe,USA and New Zealand. I have written songs for films, performed on many BBC radio and TV shows. I have recorded nine albums starting in the seventies on vinyl! I have been a sound artist in residence for several Wildlife and Nature Reserves in East Sussex,Norfolk and Milton Keynes blending bird song with my music. I love entertaining and chatting to audiences of all ages.

I’ve created two talks around my working life.I grew up in a tiny village in North Bucks now Milton Keynes, studied music in London and USA. Entertaining is key along with sharing my knowledge and experience with enthusiasm!. I can supply all the relevant technical equipment required but happy to use in-house equipment. My instruments are PAT tested. Both my Talks last around fifty minutes and I’m happy to take Q and A after presenting.

About my Talks...

For my musical talk all I need is a three pin socket to plug my PAT tested guitar amp into.  My Bird Song Talk is audio-visual digital and I can supply all the equipment but happy to use in-house equipment.
Talks last between 50 and 60 minutes and I am happy to answer questions at the end.


My basic live fee is £75 plus mileage from Norwich at 25 pence a mile. I am happy to discuss a lower fee for genuinely smaller groups in and around East Anglia. Zoom Fee is £55 inclusive.

My Contact Details:

07941 932543

Milton Keynes to Mississippi - My musical journey in showbiz

An entertaining and lively musical performance featuring different styles of guitar music – from Classical to Folk and Blues – songs and anecdotes from a long career in the music business. My life on the road and performing with artists like JOAN ARMATRADING, Long John Baldry, Rock Band FREE and recording at EMI Abbey Road Studios. My work with Blues musicians in Mississippi cotton fields!

Recent reviews…’ Kempston Probus group “ We all loved your Musical Talk Saffron, thank you so much”.
Upper Nene Villages U3A:thank you for such an interesting and entertaining presentation,
I enjoyed the whole performance as did everyone I spoke to. Chatteris U3A.

When Birds Sing

A digitally Illustrated Talk with Saffron’s own recordings of Bird Songs ,photos and BIRDSONG and music videos.
Accessible to everyone, whether you’re a bird watcher or just interested in the birds in your garden.
The how ,why and when a bird sings, with latest scientific research on the state of our British songbirds: ie, can feeding birds in our gardens make a difference to how they sing?
How can a tiny bird like our Wren sing 25 notes a second.
Do female birds sing (Yes!).
Birdsong and wellbeing.Why does the Dawn Chorus have such an emotional and calming effect on some Humans?
Bird song has inspired composers ; Beethoven ,Sibelius and Messiaen have all acknowledged the influence of birdsong. Mozart kept a pet starling and taught it tunes..

Recent reviews.Lesley Carter Hertford U3A:”I’ve just had even more comments about your BirdsongTalk, everyone loved it!”.
Daventry W I ‘All our members loved your talk, thank you Saffron!’
Jo Bromwich Abbots Langley Gardening Society : “Excellent talk last night, thank you”

Testimonials & Reviews

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for your lovely talk about birdsong, which you gave to the Diss U3A on Thursday, it was absolutely fascinating. I also loved your guitar music that was gently included into it. Your relaxed style of talking made it all the more enjoyable, thanks again”

Chrissie – Diss U3A – April 2022

Saffron Summerfield Contact Details:

07941 932543

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