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Concerts & Events 2015–16

Saffron Hall Saffron Walden www.saffronhall.com

“An impressive new venue with equally impressive ambitions” BBC Music Magazine

“Splendid… pristine in appearance and acoustics” The Times

“Superb new concert hall”

Cover images: © Marco Borggreve ANGELA DIXON: © Paul Eccleston www.arthousedigital.com

The Telegraph

Welcome to our 2015–16 presentations at Saffron Hall, our second full season of world-class events. Saffron Hall’s famed acoustic is proving to be both intimate and powerful, and I have invited an unrivalled roster of artists and ensembles this season. It is difficult to pick out highlights, but I am particularly excited to welcome two international groups, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Bach Collegium Japan to the hall. Britten Sinfonia hits a blue note with their intriguing jazz collaboration with Eddie Gomez, and we will be working once again with Saffron Screen – this time on the classic Hitchcock film Psycho with live orchestra. We are currently experiencing a golden age of the violin with many virtuoso exponents worldwide. We celebrate this with a series of concerts that feature the artistry of Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Nicola Benedetti and Joshua Bell playing some of the finest repertoire written for their instrument. Saffron Hall is located within Saffron Walden County High School, which has a thriving performing arts culture. This season we celebrate young talent through many different participatory activities, including a packed day of masterclasses with Nicola Benedetti and an immersive residency with The Brodsky Quartet. Hundreds of primary school children will come together for Aldeburgh Music’s ‘Friday afternoons’ singing event, and we are especially excited to be working with over 200 children on a newly commissioned opera based on local legend The Glass Knight. If Saffron Hall is inspiring you to dust off your old clarinet or warm up your vocal chords, why not get involved? Be part of this brochure next season by joining one of our fabulous local groups, Saffron Walden Choral Society, Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra or Saffron Opera Group, who all continue to flourish in the hall. Become one of our volunteers helping at our concerts and learning & participation events, or simply come and enjoy the stunning artistry at Saffron Hall. I do hope you will join us for what promises to be a superb season. More events are still to be announced, so look out for the spring brochure later this year. We look forward to welcoming you. Angela Dixon Chief Executive, Saffron Hall


Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve

Sunday 13 September 2.30pm

Saffron Opera Group The Rake’s Progress

Saffron Opera Group Orchestra Saffron Opera Group Chorus Michael Thorne conductor Soloists include Adam Tunnicliffe, Hilary Summers and Mark Beesley

Friday 2 October 7.30pm

London Philharmonic Orchestra Vladimir Jurowski conductor Leonidas Kavakos violin

Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress

Oliver Knussen Scriabin Settings Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5

After the success of last year’s Die Meistersinger, the Saffron Opera Group presents an in-concert performance of Stravinsky’s witty tragi-comedy The Rake’s Progress. Mozartian melodies, spiky humour, and a delicious dash of devilry, all delivered by a stellar cast.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra and its Principal Conductor return for Saffron Hall’s first Tchaikovsky symphony, the stormy No.5. The mesmerising Greek virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos performs a work for which he is celebrated: the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

Tickets £16-£20

Tickets £16–£40

Presented by Saffron Opera Group

Presented by Saffron Hall


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Sunday 11 October 11am Thursday 8 October 7.30pm

Terry Waite

Words in Walden Festival The Voyage of the Golden Handshake

Terry Waite, diplomat, humanitarian and former hostage, has, to his own surprise, written a comic novel – though its origins lie in his darkest days in captivity. He offers his perspective on world affairs with his understanding of diverse cultures and belief in the necessity for humour. Tickets £12.50 Presented by Words in Walden

Jayson Gillham in Recital

Young Artist Coffee Concert Jayson Gillham piano Handel Suite HWV430 in E major ‘Harmonious Blacksmith’ Schubert Piano Sonata in A major D.664 Brahms Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel, Op.24

Praised by Sir Mark Elder for his ‘glowing’ performances, the prize-winning Australian-British pianist performs Handel’s most popular keyboard suite and a crowdpleasing masterpiece by Brahms. Tickets £12/Under 18s free (TICKET REQUIRED)

Saturday 10 October 7pm

Hitchcock’s Psycho Film Screening

Britten Sinfonia Marcus Barcham-Stevens violin/director Anthony Gabriele conductor

Presented by Saffron Hall

Masterclass @SWCHS 1.30pm Watch Jayson as he gives

a masterclass to the school’s Music Academy students. Free event

Strauss Metamorphosen Hitchcock/Hermann Psycho

As well as those justly famous nervejabbing chords in the shower scene, Bernard Hermann’s brilliant score for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho offers fabulous musical riches – as you’ll hear with a live performance by Britten Sinfonia accompanying the iconic film. Tickets £10–£25 Age guidance: 15 certificate Presented by Saffron hall in partnership with Saffron Screen

Psycho © Alfred Hitchcock Psycho


Paddington Bear

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Sunday 1 November 1.30pm and 4pm

Paddington Bear’s First Concert

City of London Sinfonia Hugh Brunt conductor Narrator to be confirmed Sunday 18 October 3pm

Words in Walden Festival Children’s Concert

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra James Mayhew illustrator/narrator Mussorgsky arr. Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

Children playing, chicks hatching, gnomes running - just some of the images which inspired Mussorgsky. Here James Mayhew introduces each ‘musical picture’ and paints while the SWSO plays. Paintings raffled for Home-Start Uttlesford. Tickets £10/£5 Children Age guidance: 6+ years Presented by Words in Walden

Story by Michael Bond, original score by Herbert Chappell with music by Schubert, Haydn, Rossini and Piazzolla

The world’s most famous bear visits the magnificent Royal Albert Hall for his very first concert in this charming musical story. Pre-concert activities available an hour before each show. Tickets £8–£20 (Under 18s half price) Age guidance: 4-9 years Presented by Saffron Hall

Saturday 7 November 7.30pm

Saffron Walden Choral Society Chameleon Arts Orchestra Janet Wheeler conductor Gillian Keith soprano Ross Ramgobin baritone

Monday 19 – Friday 23 October

Programme to include Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony


An immersive, cross-arts week of album making with The Brodsky Quartet and SWCHS students. Final session on the Friday afternoon will be open to the public.

By turns stormy, sublime and tranquil, Vaughan Williams’ visionary and rapturous A Sea Symphony depicts the waters of the earth in all their majesty – a monumental and exhilarating work for chorus and large orchestra.

further details to be announced

Tickets £16-£20, £10 Students, £2 under 18s

Presented by Saffron Hall

Presented by Saffron Walden Choral Society

The Brodsky Quartet


James Farm © Jimmy Katz

Saturday 14 November 7.30pm Sunday 8 November 11am and 2pm

Musical Rumpus

Zoë Palmer director/librettist Sam Glazer music director/cellist Soosan Lolavar composer

Spitalfields Music’s award-winning, interactive musical adventure for babies comes to Saffron Hall. A delight for children and adults alike. For ages 0 to 2 ½. Tickets £10/£5 babies (special booking conditions apply – see website) Presented by Saffron Hall

James Farm

Joshua Redman saxophone Aaron Parks piano Matt Penman bass Eric Harland drums

Fluent contemporary bop, folk-music mutations and compelling improvisations on pop-like tunes from the American jazz supergroup featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman. Tickets £10–£25 Presented by Saffron Hall


Nicola Benedetti © Simon Fowler

Sunday 15 November 7.30pm

Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Nicola Benedetti violin Leonard Elschenbroich cello Alexei Grynyuk piano Schubert Adagio in G major D.178 Schubert Piano Trio in B flat D.898 Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor Op.50

After her sensational debut concerts last season, we welcome Nicola Benedetti back in a more intimate setting with her acclaimed chamber trio. The evening includes their ‘signature’ work – the brooding, unforgettable Trio by Tchaikovsky.

Monday 16 November

The Benedetti Sessions @SWCHS

Tickets £12–£30

A special day of workshops and masterclasses for local children and their teachers. Details of open sessions to be announced.

Presented by Saffron Hall

Presented by Saffron Hall


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“Incredible” Classic FM on the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Friday 20 November

Friday Afternoons @SWCHS Saturday 21 November 7.30pm

Eddie Gomez & Steven Osborne with Britten Sinfonia Kristjan Järvi conductor Steven Osborne piano Eddie Gomez double bass

Aldeburgh Music’s award-winning Friday afternoon singing project comes to Saffron Hall. Dominic Peckham leads a hall-full of primary school children through new songs by Nico Muhly. further details to be announced Presented by Saffron Hall

Sunday 22 November 11am

Michael Petrov & Alexander Ullman in Recital

Stravinsky Tango Zappa arr. Cashian Igor’s Boogie Stravinsky Ragtime for 11 instruments Zappa Perfect Stranger Bill Evans arr. Claus Ogermann Symbiosis (Part II) Milhaud La Creation du Monde Simon Bainbridge New work (world premiere tour)

Bach Gamba Sonata No.1 in G major BWV.1027 Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor Op.19

Stravinsky, Milhaud, Zappa… the list of composers who were fascinated by jazz is a stellar one. Legendary jazz bassist Eddie Gomez and acclaimed pianist Steven Osborne take Britten Sinfonia on a musical journey from classical harmonies to the hotspots of Harlem.

Although only 25, Bulgarian cellist Michael Petrov has already attracted the highest praise: ‘dazzling flair’ (New York Times). With rising pianist Alexander Ullman, he plays two contrasting pieces – a lively dance-like work by Bach and Rachmaninov’s epic Sonata.

Young Artist Coffee Concert Michael Petrov cello Alexander Ullman piano

Tickets £10–£25

Tickets £12/Under 18s free (ticket required)

Presented by Saffron Hall

Presented by Saffron Hall


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Friday 27 November 7.30pm

Benjamin Grosvenor & Escher Quartet Benjamin Grosvenor piano Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor Op.34 Dvořák Piano Quintet in A major Op.81

Since winning the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician Competition aged just 11, Benjamin Grosvenor has developed into an international star of the piano. With the dynamic Escher Quartet, he performs Dvořák’s folk-like Piano Quintet and Brahms’s more majestic work for the same forces. Tickets £8–£20 Presented by Saffron Hall

Sunday 29 November 3pm

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Friday 4 December 7.30pm

Richard Hull conductor Sam Haywood piano

Flamenco Jazz

Borodin Polovtsian Dances Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 ‘Pathetique’

From Rachmaninov’s most famous work to the deep and often desperate emotional journey that is Tchaikovsky’s last symphony, this all-Russian programme brings together three masterpieces of the Romantic repertoire. Tickets £12/£10 CONCESSIONS, UNDER 16s FREE (ticket required) Presented by Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra


Chano Dominguez & Niño Josele Chano Dominguez piano Niño Josele guitar

The worlds of flamenco and jazz collide in a fascinating collaboration between the great jazz pianist Chano Dominguez and Nuevo Flamenco guitarist Niño Josele. From their shared artistry to interpretations of songs by Brazilian composers, this is music that communicates with passion and flair. Tickets £10-£25 Presented by Saffron Hall

Alison Balsom © Hugh Carswell – Warner Classics

“An astonishing virtuosa” The Times on Alison Balsom

Sunday 6 December 3pm

Alison Balsom Alison Balsom trumpet/director London Chamber Orchestra Programme to include Tartini Trumpet Concerto in D major D.53 Bach Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV.1068 Albinoni Oboe Concerto in B flat major Op.7 No.3 (arr. for trumpet) Vivaldi Concerto in F major RV.551 (arr. for trumpets) Handel Overture to The Occasional Oratorio

Combining brilliant technique with a luminous stage-presence, award-winning trumpeter Alison Balsom explores the grandeur of Baroque music. Tickets £12–£30 Presented by Saffron Hall


Sunday 13 December 2pm and 4pm

The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child Film screening

Southbank Sinfonia Terry Davies conductor Huw Davies guitar

Silly old fox, doesn’t he know? There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo! The Southbank Sinfonia accompanies a double-bill screening of the delightful films based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s enchanting stories. Tickets £8–£20 (Under 18s half price) Age guidance: 0-6 years Presented by Saffron Hall

Gruffalo © Courtesy of Magic Light Pictures Ltd


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“A modern classic” The Observer on The Gruffalo

Sunday 20 December 7.30pm Saturday 19 December 7.30pm

BBC Singers at Christmas

David Hill conductor Onyx Brass Narrator and actor to be announced Programme to include Ding Dong Merrily, The 12 Days of Christmas, Good King Wenceslas and Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Dylan Thomas A Child’s Christmas in Wales

The Sixteen

The Virgin Mother and Child Harry Christophers conductor Programme to include Plainsong Puer natus est nobis Tallis ‘Gloria’ from Puer natus est nobis Tavener The Lamb Traditional Rejoice and be merry Gabriel Jackson The Christ-child Byrd Ave Maria Howard Skempton Adam lay y-bounden Traditional A child is born in Bethlehem Alec Roth Song of the Shepherds

Dylan Thomas’s nostalgic prose-poem invokes the charm of Christmases past in witty, lilting phrases filled with innocence and humour. This festive production, packed with seasonal music, follows a sparkling first half performance of much-loved carols and readings.

In The Sixteen’s uplifting Christmas concert, the beauty of Renaissance choral music is complemented by new works rooted in the ethereal harmonies of sixteenth and seventeenth century polyphony.

Tickets £10-£25

Tickets £14–£35

Presented by Saffron HALL

Presented by Saffron Hall


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Sunday 17 January 2.30pm

Saffron Opera Group Das Rheingold

Saffron Opera Group Orchestra Michael Thorne conductor Jeremy White Wotan Nicholas Folwell Alberich Deborah Humble Erda Other cast members to be announced Wagner Das Rheingold

After the plaudits for its hugely ambitious Die Meistersinger in 2014, Saffron Opera Group continues its Wagnerian ascent with a new Ring Cycle. This in-concert performance sets the epic story in motion and includes a superb team of international soloists. Tickets £16-£20 Presented by Saffron Walden Opera Group

Saturday 23 January 7.30pm

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell director/violin Steven Isserlis cello Dvořák ‘Silent Woods’ from Bohemian Forest Beethoven Symphony No.8 Schumann arr. Britten Elegie for Orchestra Brahms Double Concerto

From Brahms’ sweeping Double Concerto to Beethoven’s penultimate symphony, expect stylish playing when two of the world’s most inspiring musicians join the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a truly unmissable programme. Tickets £14-£35 Presented by Saffron Hall


Joshua Bell © Bill Phelps

Saturday 30 January

Singing Day

with Eamonn Dougan & Saffron Walden Choral Society A rare opportunity to take part in a choral workshop with Eamonn Dougan, Associate Conductor of The Sixteen. Booking details to be announced Presented by Saffron Walden Choral Society

Sunday 31 January 3pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Lahav Shani conductor Nicola Benedetti violin

Haydn Symphony No.92 ‘Oxford’ Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.2 Dvořák Symphony No.9 ‘New World’

Nicola Benedetti returns for a sensational concert to play Szymanowski’s ravishing, folk-tune influenced second concerto. It’s paired here with Dvořák’s Symphony from the New World, inspired by the dynamism and energy of New York. Tickets £16–40 Presented by Saffron Hall


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Sunday 7 February 3pm

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra Richard Hull conductor Programme to include popular film scores

After last year’s sell-out success, this concert of film-score classics is back by popular demand. Blow away the winter blues with a sprinkle of Hollywood stardust. Tickets £12/£10 CONCESSIONS UNDER 16s FREE (ticket required) Presented by Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 20 February 7.30pm

Maxim Vengerov in Recital Maxim Vengerov violin Roustem Saitkoulov piano Ravel Violin Sonata No.2 in G major Shostakovich Violin Sonata in G major Op.134 Enescu Violin Sonata No.3 in A minor Op.25 Ysaÿe Violin Sonata No.6 in E major Op.27 Ernst Introduction, Theme and Variations on the Irish Folksong ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ Paganini Cantabile for Violin and Piano in D major Op.17 Paganini arr. Kreisler I Palpiti Op.13

Saturday 27 February 7.30pm

The Sixteen

The Sixteen choir and orchestra Harry Christophers conductor Grace Davidson soprano Charlotte Mobbs soprano Katy Hill mezzo-soprano Jeremy Budd tenor Simon Berridge tenor Eamonn Dougan bass Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon Handel Chandos Anthem No.11 ‘Let God Arise’ Handel Coronation Anthem ‘Let thy Hand be Strengthened’ Handel Overture to Jephtha Handel Dixit Dominus

The superstar violinist and showman Maxim Vengerov returns for another brilliantly varied recital – including classical reworkings of jazz, tango and folk.

The Sixteen devote an entire evening to music by Handel, including the exuberant early work Dixit Dominus and two anthems from Handel’s period as a patriotic Englishman.

Tickets £20–£60

Tickets £14–£35

Presented by Saffron Hall

Presented by Saffron Hall


Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty

“In the premiere league of international orchestras” The Guardian on the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday 13 March 3pm

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra Wednesday 9 – Saturday 12 March

The Glass Knight (World Premiere) Philip Sunderland music Gareth Prior libretto

Vasily Petrenko conductor Simon Trpčeski piano Grieg Lyric Suite excerpts: Gangar, Notturno, Trolltog Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 Mahler Symphony No.5

A mysterious knight must save Saffron Walden from a terrible basilisk, but nothing is quite as it seems. Five centuries of local history collide in this spectacular opera with students from SWCHS and local primary schools.

Under its star music director, one of the world’s greatest orchestras performs Saffron Hall’s first Mahler symphony – the achingly beautiful No.5. In Rachmaninov, Vasily Petrenko and the globally acclaimed pianist Simon Trpčeski have already been hailed a ‘dream team’.

Booking information to be announced

Tickets £16–£40

Presented by Saffron Hall

Presented by Saffron Hall


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“The performers live and breathe Bach’s music” BBC Music on Bach Collegium Japan

Sunday 20 March 7.30pm Saturday 19 March 7.30pm

Saffron Walden Choral Society Chameleon Arts Orchestra Janet Wheeler conductor Soloists to be announced Puccini Messa di Gloria Rossini Stabat Mater

Full of youthful exuberance and irresistible melodies, Puccini’s miraculous Messa di Gloria was written when the composer was just 21. Paired here with Rossini’s equally seductive Stabat Mater, it is performed by one of the country’s top choral societies, with professional orchestra and soloists.

The English Concert Harry Bickett conductor Nadja Zwiener violin Katharina Spreckelsen oboe Anna Devin soprano Robin Blaze countertenor Scarlatti Sinfonia from I Dolori di Maria Vergine Vivaldi Violin Concerto in C major RV.581 Albinoni Oboe Concerto in D minor Op.9 No.2 Vivaldi Sinfonia in B minor RV.169 ‘Al Santo Sepolcro’ Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Four baroque works expressive of the sorrows of the Virgin Mary form the prelude to Pergolesi’s heartbreaking Stabat Mater, performed by a superb period ensemble and soloists.

Tickets £16-£20, £10 STUDENTS, £2 UNDER 18s

Tickets £14–£35

Presented by Saffron Walden Choral Society

Presented by Saffron Hall


Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve

Sunday 10 April 7.30pm

Bach Collegium Japan Thursday 31 March 7.30pm

Sir András Schiff in Recital András Schiff piano Haydn Piano Sonata in C major HXVI:50 Beethoven Piano Sonata in E major Op.109 Mozart Piano Sonata in C major K.545 Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor D.958

Masaaki Suzuki conductor Hana Blažíková soprano Joanne Lunn soprano Robin Blaze countertenor Colin Balzer tenor Dominik Wörner bass

Bach Cantata BWV.21 ‘Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis’ Bach Cantata BWV.170 ‘Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust’ Bach Magnificat in D major BWV.243

Long revered for his elegant, honest, and emotionally direct accounts of the core Austro-German piano repertoire, Sir András Schiff has chosen a luminous programme of masterpieces for his Saffron Hall debut.

Under the direction of founder Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan has built a worldwide reputation in the music of Bach. In this rare visit to the region, the lauded Baroque ensemble present two highly dramatic cantatas and the gloriously celebratory Magnificat.

Tickets £12–£30

Tickets £14–£35

Presented by Saffron Hall

Presented by Saffron Hall


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“The superlative British Mezzo” San Francisco Chronicle on Alice Coote

Sunday 17 April 11am

Benjamin Baker in Recital

Young Artist Coffee Concert Benjamin Baker violin Pianist to be announced Britten Suite Op.6 for Violin and Piano Schubert arr. Ernst Der Erlkönig Op.26 Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor Op.82

The rising New Zealand violinist showcases his richly sonorous playing with Heinrich Ernst’s dazzling - and fiendishly difficult Grand Caprice on Schubert’s Der Erlkönig. Tickets £12/Under 18s free (ticket required) Presented by Saffron Hall

Masterclass @SWCHS 1.30pm Watch Benjamin as he

gives a masterclass to the school’s Music Academy students. Free event


Saturday 23 April 7.30pm

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra Richard Hull conductor Soloist to be announced Beethoven ‘Coriolan’ Overture Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

One of Beethoven’s most dramatic overtures ‘Coriolan’ and his great ‘Eroica’ Symphony frame Mendelssohn’s evergreen Violin Concerto. Tickets £12/£10 CONCESSIONS, UNDER 16s FREE (ticket required) Presented by Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Alice Coote

Sunday 8 May 11am

Anna Huntley & James Baillieu in Recital Young Artist Coffee Concert Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano James Baillieu piano

Sunday 15 May 3pm

Programme to include Schumann Frauenliebe und -leben Frank Bridge Love went a-riding Cole Porter The Tale of the Oyster

Alice Coote mezzo-soprano Mahan Esfahani harpsichord/director Jacqueline Shave violin/director

Mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley offers dramatic German Lieder, bittersweet English pastoral songs, and a jazzy taste of the ‘Great American Songbook’ in her fascinating recital.

Programme to include Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 Bach Keyboard Concerto in D minor BWV.1052 Britten Phaedra Op.93 And works by Purcell, Tippett and Handel

Tickets £12/Under 18s free (TICKET REQUIRED) Presented by Saffron Hall

Masterclass @SWCHS 1.30pm Watch Anna and James as

they give a masterclass to the school’s Music Academy students. Free event

Britten Sinfonia

Britten’s last great masterpiece – a taut, devastating work of great emotional power – is sung by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, acclaimed for her performances at the major opera houses of the world. Tickets £10–£25 Presented by Saffron Hall


Gautier Capuçon © Gregory Bartardon

Sunday 5 June 7.30pm

Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capuçon & Nikolai Lugansky

Saturday 18 June 7.30pm

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Leonidas Kavakos violin Gautier Capuçon cello Nikolai Lugansky piano

Richard Hull conductor Alex Redington violin John Myerscough cello Siu Chui Li piano

Brahms Piano Trio No.1 in B major Op.8 Brahms Piano Trio No.2 in C major Op.87 Brahms Piano Trio No.3 in C minor Op.101

Saint-Saëns Bacchanale Beethoven Triple Concerto Martinů Symphony No.3

Three renowned soloists come together for an inspirational concert of chamber music. Brahms’s piano trios travel from his turbulent early Op.8, through the joyous energy of Op.87, to the majestic storms of the late Op.101.

The wild Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila makes a thrilling overture to Beethoven’s delightful Triple Concerto, performed by Alex Redington and John Myerscough of the Doric String Quartet and pianist Siu Chui Li.

Tickets £12–£30

Tickets £12/£10 CONCESSIONS, UNDER 16s FREE

Presented by Saffron Hall

Presented by Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra


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Saffron Walden County High School presents Saffron Walden County High School has been at the heart of the community in Saffron Walden since 1950 and is now one of the top performing non-selective state schools in England. Saffron Hall is a magnificent addition to the facilities at the school and one that the students benefit from every day.

SWCHS presents Music

Over 2,500 people saw the school’s outstanding production of Oliver in March 2015 and termly school concerts showcase the work of the large number of SWCHS ensembles. The school launched a Sixth Form Music Academy in September 2014, providing incredible opportunities for talented musicians to improve their skills through an excellent teaching programme and connections with artists who appear at Saffron Hall.

SWCHS presents Theatre

For more information and on sale dates visit www.swchs.net Oliver

Each term SWCHS’s music ensembles – from string quartets to big bands – give outstanding student performances.

SWCHS joins forces with Saffron Hall to present The Glass Knight, a stunning new youth opera performed by SWCHS students and local primary schools.

SWCHS presents Dance SWCHS’s dance presentation is a galaxy of dance styles and genres involving students of all ages.

© Elliot Hingston

Thursday 25 – Saturday 28 February

Saffron Walden Music Festival Saffron Walden’s very own Young Musician Competition – see the community’s most talented young people compete for the Mullucks Wells Trophy.


About Saffron Hall

Saffron Hall is an award-winning 740-seat performance space built in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School. The hall’s critically acclaimed acoustic and state-of-the-art facilities surpass many of the world’s more established venues and since the hall opened in November 2013, artists including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Maxim Vengerov, Penguin Cafe, Nicola Benedetti, Courtney Pine and The Sixteen have performed on its stage. Close to Saffron Walden’s historic town centre, the £10-million venue is the result of a partnership between the School and Yellow Car Charitable Trust and is believed to be the largest gift of its kind to a state school. Thanks to on-going support from Yellow Car, Saffron Hall is becoming a vibrant cultural centre for the region, offering outstanding artistic encounters in an expanding programme that weaves international artists together with local performance groups and learning & participation activities. The hall’s location within the County High allows it to be deeply involved in the life of the school, and to work closely both with its students and children from the surrounding primary schools. In its second full season Saffron Hall continues to realise its aim – to be a trail-blazing model of state school and community music provision, producing outstanding events with world-class artists, inspiring through music and the arts. Registered Charity No.1153685. Chairman: Dr Nigel W Brown OBE.


Saffron Hall gratefully acknowledges generous support from the Yellow Car Charitable Trust. Founded in 2008, Yellow Car was set up to make grants to projects identified by the Trust as offering particular educational and social benefits. Based in Saffron Walden, it has a special interest in supporting initiatives that benefit the local community. The building of Saffron Hall was conceived and made possible as a result of substantial grants from the Trust.

Visiting us

Saffron Hall is just minutes from the centre of Saffron Walden, a picturesque medieval town in north-west Essex. Saffron Hall is situated in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School. Car


Saffron Hall is a 30-minute drive from Cambridge and Bishop’s Stortford and easily accessible from the M11. Directions are available on our website.

Saffron Hall operates a free minibus between Audley End Station and the Hall from 60 minutes before and until 60 minutes after most events. Please visit our website for more information.

Parking Ample free parking is available on-site. Our address is: Saffron Hall Audley End Road Saffron Walden CB11 4UH


Limited local services to Saffron Walden operate between Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge, Haverhill and Stansted Airport. Details are available on our website. Saffron Hall and the entire school grounds are smoke-free.










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The nearest station is Audley End Station, two miles away. Regular services operate between London Liverpool Street, Cambridge, Birmingham and Stansted Airport. Taxi information is available on our website.

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Booking information Buying tickets

Online: www.saffronhall.com By Phone: 0845 548 7650 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday inclusive (excluding Public Holidays) In person: Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, 1 Market Place, Saffron Walden 9.30am–5pm Monday to Saturday 10.30am–1pm Public Holidays (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) On the door: Saffron Hall box office will open for ticket sales and collection an hour before each performance begins. Booking fees

Saffron Hall charges a £1 fee per transaction for phone and in person bookings. A charge of £1 also applies if you would like your tickets posted. Refunds and exchanges

Tickets can only be refunded or exchanged if a performance is cancelled. Returns may be taken for sold-out events; please visit our website for more information. Concessions

For Saffron Hall presented events, children’s tickets are half price.


Saffron Hall is fully accessible. Patrons with access requirements can book their tickets by contacting the Box Office on 0845 548 7650 or visiting the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre. There are 6 wheelchair spaces and 10 level access seats reserved for patrons with very limited mobility (subject to availability). Assistant dogs are welcome. Parking for Blue Badge holders is available on a first-come, first served basis.

For Saffron Hall presented events, wheelchair patrons are eligible for a half-price ticket (excluding lowest price band) and one free ticket for their assisting companion. Registered disabled patrons who require full-time support to attend an event are also eligible for a free ticket for their assisting companion. For full details about our accessibility facilities and conditions of sale please visit www.saffronhall.com

All information is correct at time of going to print. Saffron Hall reserves the right to substitute artists and vary the programme if necessary.


Concert & Events 2015–16 september

Sunday 13 2.30pm

Saffron Opera Group


Friday 2 7.30pm Thursday 8 7.30pm Saturday 10 7.00pm Sunday 11 11am Sunday 18 3pm 19–23 October TBA

London Philharmonic Orchestra Words in Walden Festival Hitchcock’s Psycho Jayson Gillham in Recital Words in Walden Festival The Brodsky Quartet @SWCHS









Sunday 1 1.30pm & 4pm Paddington Bear’s First Concert Saturday 7 7.30pm Saffron Walden Choral Society Sunday 8 11am and 2pm Musical Rumpus Saturday 14 7.30pm James Farm Sunday 15 7.30pm Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio Monday 16 TBA The Benedetti Sessions @SWCHS Friday 20 TBA Friday Afternoons @SWCHS Saturday 21 7.30pm Eddie Gomez & Britten Sinfonia Sunday 22 11am Michael Petrov & Alexander Ullman in Recital Friday 27 7.30pm Benjamin Grosvenor & Escher Quartet Sunday 29 3pm Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra Friday 4 7.30pm Sunday 6 3pm Sunday 13 2pm & 4pm Saturday 19 7.30pm Sunday 20 7.30pm

Chano Dominguez & Niño Josele Alison Balsom The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child BBC Singers The Sixteen

Sunday 17 2.30pm Saturday 23 7.30pm Saturday 30 TBA Sunday 31 3pm

Saffron Opera Group Academy of St Martin in the Fields Singing Day with Eamonn Dougan City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 7 3pm Saturday 20 7.30pm Saturday 27 7.30pm

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra Maxim Vengerov in Recital The Sixteen

9–12 March TBA Sunday 13 3pm Saturday 19 7.30pm Sunday 20 7.30pm Thursday 31 7.30pm

The Glass Knight Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra Saffron Walden Choral Society The English Concert Sir András Schiff in Recital

Sunday 10 7.30pm Sunday 17 11am Saturday 23 7.30pm

Bach Collegium Japan Benjamin Baker in Recital Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 8 11am Sunday 15 3pm

Anna Huntley & James Baillieu in Recital Britten Sinfonia

Sunday 5 7.30pm Kavakos, Capuçon & Lugansky Saturday 18 7.30pm Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra


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Saffron Hall 2015-16 Concerts & Events brochure  

Saffron Hall 2015-16 Concerts & Events brochure