Saffron Hall

Saffron Hall
Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH

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Anne Sofie von Otter & Brooklyn Rider

The New York-based string quartet Brooklyn Rider, famed for its iconoclastic and cutting-edge work, here teams up with Grammy Award-winning Swedish operatic mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter. From the touching power of Philip Glass's film music for Bent, via Janacek at his most searingly intimate, to the Kabuki-style…

BBC Concert Orchestra

Join Ben Gernon, the BBC Concert Orchestra and a host of local singers in a celebration of Christmas music, songs and carols including White Christmas, Silent Night and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

Thu 22 Dec

BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend: Christain Ihle Hadland And Friends

In a special partnership between Saffron Hall and the BBC, the exciting young Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland and friends will visit Saffron Hall for an intensive three-concert residency, with all performances recorded for deferred broadcast on Radio 3 the following week. The wide-ranging programme, which will be…

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic makes an eagerly-anticipated first UK tour with its new maestro (ex-ENO Music Director) Edward Gardner, in a partnership which marries their clean glowing sound with his charismatic passion and drive. The programme explores the roots of their musical relationship, and includes Elgar's iconic Cello…

Sun 15 Jan 2017

A Christmas Carol

Bah, humbug! Join the world's favourite skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the error of his ways, the pleasure of generosity, and the true meaning of Christmas. Dickens' timeless Yuletide classic is adapted for actors and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers by composer Neil Brand. The first half of the concert…

Sat 3 Dec


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The English Concert

Virtuosity and fiery dynamism are always on display whenever Europe's leading period-instrument orchestra takes to the stage. Their Saffron Hall concert with violinist/director Rachel Podger celebrates the tremendous achievements of the Bach family and its circle. There are favourite suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, an…

Fri 3 Feb 2017


English Touring Opera: La Calisto

Cavalli's irreverent take on the relations between gods, men and women.

Thu 3 Nov

English Touring Opera: St John Passion

Jonathan Peter Kenny conducts the company to perform Bach's St John Passion. Directed by John Conway, with music by Old Street Band.

English Touring Opera: Ulysses' Homecoming

James Conway directs Benedict Nelson and Carolyn Dobbin in a production of Monteverdi's masterpiece, recounting the delicate interplay between gods and men when, long after the end of the disastrous Trojan war, Ulysses is reunited with his wife Penelope. Sung in English with surtitles.

English Touring Opera: Xerxes

James Conway directs Handel's setting of a Venetian text relocated to the Battle of Britain, with the Persian king recast as a glamorous prince-turned-pilot jealous of his brother's stronger sex appeal. Sung in English with surtitles.

Fri 4 Nov

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Gabrieli - Easter Oratorio

'Come, hurry, and run!' The rising jubilation of the apostles on Easter Day find thrilling expression in the rushing semiquavers and trumpet fanfares of the joyous opening chorus of Bach's Easter Oratorio. Later, arias of bittersweet melancholy reflect doubts and loss: 'Wipe the tears of my suffering' sings St Peter to a…

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Gerald Finley And Sir Antonio Pappano

Baritone Gerald Finley is loved by audiences both as a superlatively nuanced musician and as an uninhibited, big-hearted entertainer. He has frequently collaborated with the Royal Opera's Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano, and now these two towering musicians join forces once again. This unmissable evening of song ranges…

Laura van der Heijden & Tom Poster

Just 19 years-old, the 2012 BBC Young Musician Competition winner (and Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts ambassador) has made a name for herself as a very special emerging talent. Her programme here includes Fitkin's kitsch and sensual work for cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and a set of variations by Martinu which…

Louis Schwizgebel

At 29, the Swiss-Chinese pianist (and former BBC New Generation artist) Louis Schwizgebel has already been hailed as one of the great masters of his instrument. First attracting global attention in 2012 when he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, he makes his Saffron Hall debut performing…

Sun 13 Nov

Madeleine Peyroux

The gloriously smoky vocals and straight-to-the-heart emotional delivery of American singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux have earned comparisons with the greatest jazz legends of the past. She comes with a pared-back trio setting to perform classic numbers from her new album Secular Hymns. Saffron Hall turns boite for the…

Wed 30 Nov


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Michael Morpurgo - The Best Of Times

The Best of Times is an uplifting Christmas story that plays on every last heart-string from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. When the Prince and the Princess marry, joy rings out across the land. But all too soon it fades away and a shadow hangs over the royal palace. As Christmas approaches…

Rachel Podger

In February, the internationally renowned baroque violinist Rachel Podger, who was leader of The English Concert from 1997-2002, embarks on a tour with the ensemble to Wigmore Hall, Saffron Hall, The Brewhouse in Taunton and De Singel in Antwerp. BACH Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C BWV 1066 TELEMANN Quintet in F minor TWV…

Fri 3 Feb 2017


Richard Uttley

Rising young star pianist Richard Uttley is hailed for his astonishing technical virtuosity and nuanced colouration. Alongside works by early masters of the keyboard, his programme includes two works of high romanticism: Scriabin's passionate two-movement Sonata No.4, which switches abruptly from shifting harmonies into…

Sun 21 May 2017

Robin Hood

Douglas Fairbanks's smash-hit swashbuckler Robin Hood, costing nearly a million dollars to make in 1922, set a new bar for extravagant Hollywood spectaculars. A brilliant new score, by master of live music-screenings Neil Brand, is performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. A film that changed the world of cinema is here…

Sat 25 Feb 2017


Sean Shibe

24 year-old Sean Shibe, the first ever guitarist admitted to the BBC New Generation Artists scheme, is one of the most exciting new performers on the concert scene. Regularly praised for his prodigious technical abilities and supremely expressive playing, Shibe here performs an all-English programme, including a major set…

Sun 23 Oct

Sir Andras Schiff

After his sold-out debut last season, Saffron Hall is thrilled to welcome back Sir Andras Schiff. He performs a varied and rich programme exploring the expressive possibilities of the keyboard to the utmost, from intricate polyphony, via song-like lyricism, to percussive brutality. Bach's early Capriccio, written as a…

Thu 4 May 2017


Sir Willard White & The Brodsky Quartet

Jamaican-born bass Sir Willard White is one of the great all-round musical entertainers of our era, as dazzling when performing Songbook standards as he is on the stages of the world's great opera houses. In his unmissable Saffron Hall debut, alongside the Brodsky Quartet, he pays tribute to the relationship between Frank…

Sat 1 Apr 2017

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The best of Russia comes to Saffron Hall. Legendary conductor Yuri Temirkanov leads the renowned St Petersburg Philharmonic through suites from two of the best-loved ballets in the repertoire, including Prokofiev's grand-canvas response to Shakespeare's tale of star-cross'd lovers. Towering Russian pianist Nikolai…

Fri 20 Jan 2017

Stephen Hough

A pianist who combines awe-inspiring technical brilliance with a spirit of profound emotional enquiry, Stephen Hough has devised a programme by three great pianist-composers whose spiritual preoccupations mirror his own. Their works all describe powerful journeys from darkness to light, and balance fiery pyrotechnics with…

Sun 30 Oct


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