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Autumn 19/20

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Trustees Dr Nigel Brown OBE (Chairman) David Barrs Dr Pamela Davis Caroline Derbyshire Mark Hayes Professor Sir Barry Ife CBE Polly Lankester Geoffrey Lewis John Lodge Hugh Parnell Partners Cambridge Dining Co Cambridge Institute of Music Therapy Research, Anglia Ruskin University Essex Music Education Hub Fairycroft House Guildhall School of Music and Drama Mind in West Essex Orchestras Live Saffron Academy Trust Saffron Centre for Young Musicians Saffron Walden Dementia Action Alliance Saffron Walden Museum Saffron Walden Town Council and the Mayor of Saffron Walden Serious Steinway and Sons Uttlesford Dementia Action Alliance Uttlesford District Council Resident Orchestras Britten Sinfonia London Philharmonic Orchestra

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We are proud to acknowledge the following, who have all made major gifts in support of Saffron Hall Trust for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Season Essex County Council Foyle Foundation Uttlesford District Council Dr Nigel Brown OBE Adrian Frost Professor Sir Barry Ife CBE John Lebus John & Jo Padfield Jim & Hilary Potter Charles Rawlinson MBE Barry & Ann Scrutton Concert Sponsors for Autumn 19/20 Season Charles Rawlinson MBE David & Jane Richardson ETO Circle of Supporters Pasedena Roof Orchestra Circle of Supporters Supporters of LPO at Saffron Hall Saffron Hall Trust Registered Charity No. 1153685 Cover photo Alison Balsom Š Hugh Carswell

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Welcome Welcome to our 2019/20 Autumn programme. Last season we celebrated our fifth birthday and looked back on all we had achieved together since the Hall opened. Now we look forward with eager anticipation to the many possibilities and opportunities that lie before us. In an exciting development for orchestral music lovers, this season we welcome the London Philharmonic Orchestra who will join Britten Sinfonia as Resident Orchestra. Between these two world-class ensembles we will be delivering some of most interesting and superbly delivered orchestral programmes in the country. The London Philharmonic’s first concert as Resident will be under the baton of Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski and in their second we welcome back conductor Marin Alsop who will lead the orchestra and our own Saffron Walden Choral Society in a performance of Belshazzar’s Feast. Britten Sinfonia brings local piano hero Benjamin Grosvenor

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back to Saffron Hall and a fantastic new collaboration between two giants of contemporary culture, Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter. Other Autumn highlights include Gabriel, a dramatised concert featuring The English Concert and super-star trumpeter Alison Balsom along with a host of singers and actors, the return of Iestyn Davies and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Aurora with Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique – from memory! In the world of jazz, we welcome two legends, Courtney Pine and Jan Garbarek and if you love Christmas then do not miss our seasonal offering which includes the BBC Singers with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and The Sixteen performing Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. It is easy to engage with what we know. As we build up the range of events on offer at Saffron Hall, I would urge to try something different this Autumn - you may surprise yourself! Angela Dixon Chief Executive

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Aurora Orchestra © Nick Rutter

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Tue 10 September, 7.30pm Aurora Orchestra Symphonie Fantastique

Sun 15 September, 2.30pm Saffron Opera Group Tristan und Isolde

Nicholas Collon conductor Mathew Baynton actor

Saffron Opera Group Orchestra Saffron Opera Group Chorus Michael Thorne conductor

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (from memory)

Cast includes Jonathan Stoughton Tristan A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a Elaine McKrill Isolde riotous ball, a march to the scaffold Victoria Simmonds Brangäne and an unrequited passion make Nicholas Folwell Kurwenal up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie. A vivid fantasy Wagner Tristan und Isolde full of tragedy and passion, a work Saffron Opera Group’s acclaimed teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque. series of Wagner performances continues. Conductor Michael Performed from memory in a Thorne leads a cast of exciting specially devised production incorporating elements of design, young talents and established lighting and choreography, Berlioz’s international stars, including Saffron Hall favourite Elaine explosive music is brought to life; McKrill as the adulterous Isolde a musical phantasmagoria from and amazing young Heldentenor the depths of the Romantic Jonathan Stoughton as Tristan. imagination.

Tickets £14 - £35 Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets £20 - £40 Presented by Saffron Opera Group


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Julia Fischer © Felix Broede

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Sat 28 September, 7.30pm Sun 6 October, 3pm London Philharmonic Heroes & Villains Orchestra & Vladimir A Concert for Families Jurowski Vladimir Jurowski conductor Julia Fischer violin Knussen Scriabin Settings Britten Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 ‘Pathétique’

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra Richard Hull conductor James Mayhew narrator & illustrator Antonio Reche-Martinez illustrator

Programme to include Don’t be misled by the name Music from Rossini’s William Tell ‘Pathétique’. It means “full of Overture, Grieg’s Peer Gynt, and emotion”, and Tchaikovsky’s blazing, other treats including a special autobiographical final symphony performance of Bernard Hughes’ is one of music’s most thrilling setting of James Mayhew’s experiences. In their first concert The Knight Who Took All Day. as our new Resident Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and music Crossbows and apples, trolls, director Vladimir Jurowski will dragons, a knight who liked to bring their outstanding musicianship prepare properly, and other tales to Saffron Hall. With violinist Julia of derring-do (and derring-don’t) Fischer, they will explore one of have inspired some wonderfully British music’s most powerful stirring music. Listen and watch 20th-century masterpieces: as James and Antonio paint scenes Britten’s brooding Violin Concerto. from the stories live on stage. Tickets £24 - £55 Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets £14, under 18s £6 Age guidance 4+ Presented by Words in Walden


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Wed 9 October, 7.30pm An Evening with Lesley Garrett Thoughts & Talks

Fri 11 October, 7.30pm Courtney Pine Song (The Ballad Book)

Lesley Garrett soprano Anna Tillbrook piano

Courtney Pine bass clarinet Zoe Rahman piano

“If you’ve been around a while – which I have! – you have to keep reinventing yourself, like Madonna” says soprano Lesley Garrett. Her career has taken her from Mozart to The Sound of Music, from opera to television, and this evening of song, reminiscences and chat promises to be a delight.

Whenever Courtney Pine plays at Saffron Hall, audiences go wild. The legendary jazz hero strips everything back as he takes to the stage with his bass clarinet accompanied by Zoe Rahman, the Mercury nominated and MOBO award-winning pianist as they revisit standards from their album Song (The Ballad Book). The most intimate project yet in the career of this giant of contemporary music.

Tickets £10 - £25 Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets £15 - £30 Presented by Saffron Hall


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Courtney Pine © Roger King

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Sun 13 October, 3pm Paul Lewis Please note, this is a rescheduled concert from 24 February 2019

Paul Lewis piano Haydn Piano Sonata in E minor Hob XVI:34 Brahms Three Intermezzi Op.117 Beethoven Diabelli Variations Op.120

Wed 16 October, 7.30pm Music & Maths Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Marios Papadopoulos conductor Marcus du Sautoy presenter Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Stravinsky Symphony in C Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste

Few great composers strike as many sparks off each other as Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms, and Paul Lewis’ exploration of their piano music has been one of the highlights of recent seasons at Saffron Hall. Now, this “masterly” pianist (The Independent) reaches journey’s end with Haydn at his darkest, Brahms’ autumnal Op.117, and – to crown it all – the boundless invention and wit of Beethoven’s mighty Diabelli Variations.

Marcus du Sautoy knows how to make numbers dance, and as the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, he has a way with words too. Today he engages both head and heart, joining the Oxford Philharmonic to explore the numerical magic that lies beneath the gorgeous, glittering surfaces of music by Bartók, Debussy and Stravinsky. Hear three masterpieces, and discover infinite possibilities.

Tickets £14 - £26 Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets £18 - £45 Presented by Saffron Hall


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Sat 19 October, 7.30pm Gabriel An Entertainment with Trumpet Samuel Adamson text Alison Balsom trumpet The English Concert Harry Bicket music director Dominic Dromgoole director Singers & actors to be announced With music by Purcell, Handel and their contemporaries, resplendent trumpeter Alison Balsom and the English Concert present Gabriel: an exuberant musical and theatrical evocation of late 17th-century London in all its colour, its clamour and its glorious chaos. First seen at Shakespeare’s Globe, this reimagining gives heart and soul to a teeming, joyous entertainment that (according to the Daily Telegraph) “leaves you giddy with pleasure and fully smitten”. Alison Balsom © Hugh Carswell

Tickets £20 - £50 Presented by Saffron Hall


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Sun 20 October, 3pm Jamal Aliyev Young Artist Coffee Concert

Wed 23 October, 7.30pm An Evening with John Humphrys Thoughts & Talks

Jamal Aliyev cello

Since he joined BBC Radio 4’s flagship current affairs breakfast Martinu Variations on a theme of programme in 1987, John Humphrys’ Rossini name has become a byword for Schumann 3 Fantasiestücke Op.73 combative interviewing. He has Rachmaninov Vocalise developed an enviable reputation Schumann 3 Romanzen Op.94 as the journalist politicians fear Chopin Polonaise Brilliante in C Op.3 to face. Best known for his work Paganini Moses Variations on The Today Programme and as presenter of the BBC’s Mastermind, The young Azerbaijani cellist Jamal Humphrys discusses his life and Aliyev is fast becoming one of the career as part of Saffron Hall’s real stars of his generation, with Thoughts & Talks programme. Gramophone Magazine praising the “countless little touches of imaginative colour” and “balletic grace” that make his playing so utterly distinctive. He makes his Saffron Hall debut with a superb programme, which includes works by Schumann, Rachmaninov and Chopin.

Tickets £10, under 18s free Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets £10 - £20 Presented by Saffron Hall


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Thu 24 October, 7.30pm Britten Sinfonia Steve Reich / Gerhard Richter

Sat 26 October, 7.30pm The Unthanks The Emily Brontë Song Cycle

Colin Currie conductor

The Unthanks invite us into the darkly passionate world of Emily Brontë, with a song cycle bearing all the quiet beauty they are known and loved for. Commissioned to mark Brontë’s 200th birthday, Unthanks composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of Brontë’s poems into song, performed with bandmates Rachel and Becky Unthank. A unique collaboration between a literary great and one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands working today. The Bookshop Band will play an opening set that compliments The Unthanks’ performance.

Reich Pulse Reich Runner Reich/Richter (European premiere tour) Film by Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz, music by Steve Reich Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter – two giants of contemporary culture – come together in a major collaboration with Britten Sinfonia, a cinematic exploration of Richter’s intense, abstract painting 946-3. The new work, combining original music and digital visuals, and performed alongside two of Reich’s most iconic minimalist masterpieces, is set to be one of the most significant moments in contemporary art this year. Tickets £10 - £35 Presented by Britten Sinfonia

Tickets £10 - £25 Presented by Saffron Hall


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The Unthanks

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Fri 1 November, 7.30pm English Touring Opera The Silver Lake A Winter’s Tale

Sat 2 November, 7.30pm English Touring Opera The Seraglio

James Conway director James Holmes conductor

Stephen Medcalf director John Andrews conductor

Weill The Silver Lake A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee)

Mozart The Seraglio

Supported by a circle of local donors

Belmonte’s sweetheart Konstanze By the Silver Lake, a desperate has been kidnapped by the powerful man steals a pineapple, and Pasha Selim. But when East meets triggers a chain of events that blur West, matters are rarely as the boundaries between rich and straightforward as they appear – poor, forgiveness and revenge, and in this whip-smart comedy of fantasy and all-too-recognisable love, lust and clashing cultures, the reality. Banned by the Nazis, Kurt only real enemy is prejudice itself. Weill’s “play with music” is filled Mozart tells the story in some of with all the melody, wit and satire his fizziest, funniest music, in this you would expect from the sparkling new production from creator of The Threepenny Opera; English Touring Opera. in English Touring Opera’s new production it becomes a fairytale for our own time.

Tickets £10 - £35 Presented by Saffron Hall in association with English Touring Opera

Tickets £20 - £55 Presented by Saffron Hall in association with English Touring Opera


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Foyer Talks Wed 2 October, 8pm Christopher Somerville Ships of Heaven: The Private Life of Britain’s Cathedrals

Wed 13 November, 8pm Rory Sutherland Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense

Christopher Somerville is the walking correspondent of The Times and one of Britain’s most respected and prolific travel writers. He talks about his latest book Ships of Heaven, which explores the private lives, through the ages, behind his favourite British cathedrals.

Rory Sutherland is the legendary Vice Chairman of global marketing agency Ogilvy. He discusses his first book Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense which blends cutting-edge behavioural science, jaw-dropping stories and a touch of branding magic.

Tickets £8 Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets £8 Presented by Saffron Hall

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Sat 9 November, 7.30pm Sun 10 November, 7.30pm The Life and Rhymes of London Philharmonic Benjamin Zephaniah Orchestra & Marin Alsop Thoughts & Talks He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band. Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but has become one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. In this compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life, while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems. Includes Q&A and post-show book signing.

Tickets £10 - £25 Presented by Saffron Hall

Marin Alsop conductor Roderick Williams baritone Saffron Walden Choral Society Butterworth A Shropshire Lad Elgar Enigma Variations Walton Belshazzar’s Feast The second concert with our new Resident Orchestra sees the return of legendary conductor Marin Alsop and much-loved baritone Roderick Williams. The very English programme combines Elgar’s emotive Enigma Variations, including the poignant ‘Nimrod’, with Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast – a performance that will feature our very own Saffron Walden Choral Society.

Tickets £24 - £55 Presented by Saffron Hall


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Marin Alsop © Adriane White

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Fri 15 November, 7.30pm Sat 16 November, 7.30pm Orchestra of the Age of Jan Garbarek Group Enlightenment Sponsored by Charles Rawlinson MBE

Iestyn Davies countertenor Katherine Watson soprano Programme to include Pergolesi Stabat Mater Vivaldi Gloria

Jan Garbarek saxophone Rainer Brüninghaus keyboard Yuri Daniel bass Trilok Gurtu percussion

In a career spanning more than 50 years, legendary Norwegian Gloria! On an autumn evening, saxophonist and composer Jan what could be more compelling Garbarek has been one of the than the sheer sonic majesty of defining and most influential Vivaldi’s best-loved choral musicians of European jazz. masterpiece? Saffron Hall From his groundbreaking ECM favourites the Orchestra of the Age recordings to a myriad touring of Enlightenment join Iestyn Davies, history, Garbarek is incessantly countertenor extraordinaire, for composing new music and still an evening of the Italian Baroque striving at age 72 for new musical in all its splendour. Pergolesi’s experiences. In his own words, his heart-rending Stabat Mater creative work is a “rolling thing”, begins the evening on a surge so together with his group of of pure emotion. awe-inspiring jazz artists, Jan will perform a 120 minute unbroken set of pure artistry.

Tickets £16 - £45 Presented by Saffron Hall

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Jan Garbarek

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Sun 17 November, 3pm Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Sun 24 November, 3pm Britten Sinfonia with Benjamin Grosvenor

Richard Hull conductor Alex Redington violin

Benjamin Grosvenor piano Thomas Gould violin/director

Holst Egdon Heath Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 Sibelius Symphony No.2

Bach Keyboard Concerto in F minor Robin Haigh New work Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 K.271 ‘Le Jeunehomme’ Holst’s atmospheric Egdon Heath Dobrinka Tabakova Fantasy opens this concert before violinist Homage to Schubert Alex Redington of the Doric String Schubert arr. Tabakova Fantasie Quartet joins the orchestra for a in F minor performance of Prokofiev’s lyrical concerto. The concert concludes Local piano hero Benjamin Grosvenor with Sibelius’ majestic joins Britten Sinfonia in a vividly Symphony No.2. contrasting programme directed from the violin by Britten Sinfonia leader Thomas Gould. Dobrinka Tabakova’s music conveys huge emotional depth with its tonal harmonies and sweeping lines and Robin Haigh is one of this country’s brightest young talents. An intriguing and vibrant programme from Saffron Hall’s Resident Orchestra. Tickets £15 - £18, under 18s £3 Presented by Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Tickets £10 - £35 Presented by Britten Sinfonia


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Sun 1 December, 3pm The Jubilee Quartet Young Artist Coffee Concert

Sun 8 December, 3pm Pasadena Roof Orchestra at Christmas

Mozart String Quartet K.589 Ravel String Quartet in F major

Take a break from the Christmas shopping, relax, and step back into the world of PG Wodehouse and Fred Astaire with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra – the world’s greatest inter-war dance band. There’ll be foxtrots, Broadway hits, festive fun and a few surprises, all delivered with that unmistakable PRO elegance and style. Join us – and let’s party like it’s 1929!

“An ideal mix of transparency, precision and buoyancy” was how one critic described the playing of the Jubilee Quartet – before adding “crucially, too, it made me smile”. This young British quartet conveys the joy of shared musicmaking in everything they play: with Mozart’s timeless grace balanced by the understated sensuality of Ravel’s exquisite String Quartet, this is a concert to light up a December afternoon.

Tickets £10, under 18s free Presented by Saffron Hall

Supported by a circle of local donors

Tickets £16 - £28 Presented by Saffron Hall


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NYJO © Carl Hyde

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Sun 15 December, 3pm Songs & Festive Favourites BBC Singers & NYJO

Fri 20 December, 7.30pm The Sixteen A Ceremony of Carols Sponsored by Charles Rawlinson MBE

Sponsored by David & Jane Richardson

BBC Singers Ben Palmer conductor Members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Alexander L’Estrange Jazz Trio Clare Teal special guest

The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra Harry Christophers conductor

Programme to include Britten A Ceremony of Carols Walton Make We Joy Now in This Fest Matthew Martin Adam Lay Ybounden Poston Jesus Christ the Apple Tree Warlock Corpus Christi Carol A special Christmas celebration with a swing! A concert of popular Cecilia McDowall Of a Rose festive favourites featuring songs made famous in the 40s and 50s “Wolcum alle and make good cheer!” by the likes of the Rat Pack, such Out of the air and water of his native Suffolk, Benjamin Britten crafted a as ‘The Christmas Song’ and ‘It’s musical Christmas celebration with the Most Wonderful Time of the a difference. His Ceremony of Carols Year’. The BBC Singers are also is the fresh sprig of holly on the joined by a special guest, the top of this seasonal concert from international jazz singer and Harry Christophers and his virtuoso presenter Clare Teal. chamber choir The Sixteen: the brightest link in a chain of festive music from across the centuries.

Tickets £18 - £45 Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets £15 - £45 Presented by Saffron Hall


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Nutcracker © Nigel Norrington

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21 December, 4pm Sat 4 January, 7.30pm 22 December, 11am & 2pm A New Year’s Celebration The Nutcracker and I BBC Concert Orchestra Family Event Alexandra Dariescu piano/producer Bramwell Tovey conductor Désirée Ballantyne ballerina Martin James Bartlett piano A Christmas party, an unexpected gift and a kingdom full of sweets… everyone knows the story of The Nutcracker. But you’ve never seen it like this. Pianist Alexandra Dariescu, a single ballerina, and Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music come together with state-of-the-art digital effects to retell this seasonal classic like it’s never been told before. The magic is real, and it’s never felt so fresh. A stunning Christmas treat for all ages.

Programme to include music by Strauss, Mozart and Rachmaninov

Tickets £16 - £21 Age Guidance 4+ Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets £18 - £45 Presented by Saffron Hall

Welcome in the New Year with a stunning selection of much-loved favourites. BBC Young Musician winner Martin James Bartlett makes his Saffron Hall debut in Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Paganini and the BBC Concert Orchestra conjure up the Viennese spirit with Strauss waltzes and Mozart’s A Little Night Music.


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Sun 19 January, 3pm Absolute Beethoven? BBC Symphony Orchestra Joana Carneiro conductor Doric String Quartet

conductor Joana Carneiro. The ‘Eroica’ symphony blew classical music sky-high and the Grosse Beethoven Grosse Fuge Op.133 Fuge still sounds modern after John Adams Absolute Jest nearly 200 years. John Adams’ Beethoven Symphony No.3 Absolute Jest – starring the Doric Quartet – absorbs musical artifacts, Surely you jest? A Beethoven saluting Beethoven the way he inspired concert with a difference would have wanted: with one from the BBC Symphony Orchestra enormous musical joke. and Portuguese powerhouse

Tickets £18 - £45 Presented by Saffron Hall

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Joana Carneiro © Dr Dave Weiland

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Foyer Jazz: Friday 27 September, 8pm

1959 The Year Jazz Changed Foyer Folk: Saturday 5 October, 8pm

Honey & The Bear

Foyer Jazz: Friday 25th October, 8pm

Zoe Gilby Trio

Foyer Folk: Friday 8 November, 8pm

Artist to be announced... Foyer Jazz: Friday 22nd November, 8pm

Kevin Fitzsimmons: JAZZWURX Foyer Folk: Friday 10 January, 8pm

Artist to be announced...

Foyer Jazz: Friday 24th January, 8pm

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Foyer Club: Informal club nights with table seating, bar and street food.

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At the heart of our community

“At points we were really challenged, but with the motivation from Bruno, our teacher, we overcame these challenges which was very empowering.� A local student who took part in a 4-day dance workshop with hip hop dance troupe Boy Blue

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“It is the highlight of the week for my wife & myself”

Participant from Together in Sound, our music therapy and dementia project

“It helped me with my confidence and developed my creativity” A SWCHS student who took part in a 3-day creative project with Sō Percussion 29

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Our First 5 Years in Numbers As Saffron Hall celebrates its 5th Birthday, we wanted to share some of our achievements...



160,000 tickets sold

10% of tickets sold to under 18’s

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Food & Drink this Autumn Exciting dining options coming this season include:

Craft beer Hot bowl food Pop-up restaurants Street food Afternoon tea

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Saffron Walden County High School For full details of Saffron Walden County High School events visit 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. Over 2,000 people saw Saffron Hall and SWCHS’s outstanding joint production

of The Glass Knight in March 2016, and regular school concerts, drama productions and dance performances showcase the work of the large number of students involved in the Arts at SWCHS. The school’s Sixth Form Music Academy continues to flourish, providing incredible opportunities for talented musicians to improve their skills through

an excellent teaching programme, masterclasses and connections with artists who appear at Saffron Hall. SWCHS holds a ‘Platinum’ ArtsMark Award from Arts Council England, marking the school’s exceptional contribution to the Arts.


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Booking Accessibility Print at home tickets Saffron Hall is fully accessible. For your convenience print at home tickets are available Customers with access Online requirements can book their for most events. tickets by contacting the Box Office on 0845 548 7650 The option to collect or By Phone (7p per minute plus access receive tickets is also 0845 548 7650 charge) or by emailing available. A charge of £1 (7p per minute applies if you would like plus access charge) your tickets posted. 10am–5pm Monday to There are up to 6 wheelchair Saturday inclusive spaces and 14-level access Booking fee (excluding Public Holidays). seats (subject to availability). Saffron Hall charges a £2 fee For concessions and other per transaction for bookings In person made in person and via phone, access information please Saffron Walden Tourist see website. Parking for Blue and a £1 fee per transaction Information Centre, Badge holders is available on a 1 Market Place, Saffron Walden for web bookings. first come, first served basis. 9.30am–5pm Monday to Refunds and exchanges Saturday For full details about our 10.30am–1pm Public Holidays Tickets can only be refunded (closed Christmas Day, Boxing or exchanged if a performance facilities and conditions of sale please visit: is cancelled. Returns may be Day and New Year’s Day). taken for sold–out events; please visit our website for On the door If you have any questions more information. The Saffron Hall box office or queries please contact opens 1 hour before each Concessions performance begins. For most Saffron Hall-presented or 01799 588 545 events, under 18 tickets are half price (except Schools Concerts All information is correct at time of going to print. and Family Concerts). Saffron Hall reserves the right to substitute artists and vary the programme if necessary. Buying tickets


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Visit Car Saffron Hall is an awardwinning 740-seat performance Saffron Hall is easy to get to. We’re a half-hour drive space built in the grounds from Cambridge and Bishop’s of Saffron Walden County Stortford and easily accessible High School, just minutes from the M11. Directions are away from Saffron Walden’s historic town centre. The Hall’s available on our website. critically acclaimed acoustic Parking and state-of-the-art facilities Over 400 free car parking surpass many of the world’s spaces are available on site. more established venues. Air Train Saffron Hall is approximately The nearest station is Audley a 30 minute drive from End Station, two miles away. Stansted Airport. Regular services run from London Liverpool Street to Catering Cambridge. Saffron Hall’s bar is open for 1 hour prior to each Minibus We run a free minibus service performance and during the interval serving a selection between Audley End Station of drinks and snacks. and the Hall for most Saffron Hall-presented events. The service runs for one hour before Our address is and one hour after each event. Audley End Road Saffron Walden To check if this service is CB11 4UH running for the event you have booked, please visit our website. Design


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Autumn Diary September


Sunday 15, 2.30pm Saffron Opera Group

Sunday 13, 3pm Paul Lewis

Friday 27, 8pm Foyer Jazz

Wednesday 16, 7.30pm Music & Maths

Saturday 28, 7.30pm London Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday 19, 7.30pm Gabriel


Wednesday 23, 7.30pm An Evening with John Humphrys

Tuesday 10, 7.30pm Aurora Orchestra

Wednesday 2, 8pm Foyer Talk Saturday 5, 8pm Foyer Folk Sunday 6, 3pm Heroes & Villains Wednesday 9, 7.30pm An Evening with Lesley Garrett SeasonBroch_Autumn19/20_FULL_LAYOUT_18.indd 38


Friday 11, 7.30pm Courtney Pine

Sunday 20, 3pm Jamal Aliyev

Thursday 24, 7.30pm Britten Sinfonia Friday 25, 8pm Foyer Jazz Saturday 26, 7.30pm The Unthanks

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November Friday 1, 7.30pm English Touring Opera: The Silver Lake A Winter’s Tale Saturday 2, 7.30pm English Touring Opera: The Seraglio Friday 8, 8pm Foyer Folk Saturday 9, 7.30pm Benjamin Zephaniah Sunday 10, 7.30pm London Philharmonic Orchestra Wednesday 13, 8pm Foyer Talk Friday 15, 7.30pm Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Saturday 16, 7.30pm Jan Garbarek Group Sunday 17, 3pm Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

December Sunday 1, 3pm The Jubilee Quartet

Sunday 8, 3pm Pasedena Roof Orchestra Sunday 15, 3pm Songs & Festive Favourites Friday 20, 7.30pm The Sixteen Saturday 21, 4pm Sunday 22, 11am & 2pm The Nutcracker and I


Saturday 4, 7.30pm A New Year’s Celebration Friday 10, 8pm Foyer Folk Sunday 19, 3pm BBC Symphony Orchestra Friday 24, 8pm Foyer Jazz

Friday 22, 8pm Foyer Jazz Sunday 24, 3pm Britten Sinfonia & Benjamin Grosvenor SeasonBroch_Autumn19/20_FULL_LAYOUT_18.indd 39

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Saffron Hall Audley End Road Saffron Walden CB11 4UH United Kingdom

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Box office 0845 548 7650 (7p per minute + access charge)

Admin 01799 588 545

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Saffron Hall 2019/20 Autumn Season Brochure  

Saffron Hall 2019/20 Autumn Season Brochure