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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.

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 and 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 third 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

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Friday, 8th March 2024 - Friday, 8th March 2024

Foyer Jazz: Dan Forshaw QuartetMulti-award winning saxophonist Dan studied in both London and New York and is often found playing with his eclectic projects across the UK in jazz clubs, theatres and cathedrals. The Dan Forshaw Quartet is a popular ensemble at our 'Foyer Jazz' concert series that Dan has presented at Saffron Hall…
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Saturday, 9th March 2024 - Saturday, 9th March 2024

Aurora Orchestra & Allan ClaytonSchubert's epic pilgrimage of the soul conveyed through 24 exquisite songs with piano accompaniment is the pinnacle of the German Lieder tradition, but there's more than one way to scale this peak.
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Wednesday, 13th March 2024 - Wednesday, 13th March 2024

Philharmonia & Nicola BenedettiStar violinist Nicola Benedetti's bond with Saffron Hall remains as strong as ever. This season she is Featured Artist with the Philharmonia, who make their first-ever visit.
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Friday, 15th March 2024 - Friday, 15th March 2024

Foyer Folk: Christina Alden & Alex PattersonChristina Alden & Alex Patterson's music is rich with intertwining harmony, sensitive accomplished musicianship and a song-writing style that is both delicate and moving.
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Sunday, 17th March 2024 - Sunday, 17th March 2024

Joyce DiDonatoThe great American mezzo returns to Saffron Hall in a song recital with a twist.
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Saturday, 23rd March 2024 - Saturday, 23rd March 2024

John Martyn ProjectSix multi-talented musically diverse artists come together to celebrate the music of Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist John Martyn, one of the most prolific, gifted, original and enigmatic talents in British music.
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Sunday, 24th March 2024 - Sunday, 24th March 2024

OAE: Easter OratorioBach's 'Easter Oratorio', composed in 1725, displays Bach's consummate skill as a storyteller.
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Friday, 5th April 2024 - Friday, 5th April 2024

Foyer Jazz: Katriona TaylorKatriona Taylor is British singer/songwriter who has performed with the likes of George Benson and The James Taylor Quartet, and at a variety of the top festivals and venues such as Ronnie Scott's and The Troxy.
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Friday, 12th April 2024 - Friday, 12th April 2024

Sean Shibe meets Dunedin ConsortAcclaimed Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe returns to Saffron Hall to head a folk-inspired programme from Edinburgh's ever-inventive baroque ensemble tracing the roots of the cultural bonds between Scotland and Canada.
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Saturday, 13th April 2024 - Saturday, 13th April 2024

London Philharmonic Orchestra: The PlanetsEveryone knows a bit of The Planets, Holst's century-old masterpiece, whether it's the relentless menace and war-like rhythms of Mars or that magisterial melody from Jupiter.
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Sunday, 14th April 2024 - Sunday, 14th April 2024

Anthony HorowitzThe prolific and high-profile writer juggles books, TV series, films, plays and journalism with huge popular success.
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Friday, 19th April 2024 - Friday, 19th April 2024

Joseph TawadrosFew instruments exert a hold on the imagination like the oud, the fretless stringed instrument from the Middle East.
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Saturday, 20th April 2024 - Saturday, 20th April 2024

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Sir András SchiffMendelssohn the trailblazer. Such is the vitality, mould-breaking invention and imagination of his orchestral music, it is easy to forget how forward-looking the music is.
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Saturday, 27th April 2024 - Saturday, 27th April 2024

FretworkStraddling the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages, the music of Orlando Gibbons encompasses a vast range of vocal and instrumental music, from Anglican church services to voluptuous madrigals, hymn tunes to music for viol consort. 
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Sunday, 28th April 2024 - Sunday, 28th April 2024

Samara JoyPraised by the New York Times as the 'silky-voiced rising star' of jazz, Samara Joy is a remarkable new talent.
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Thursday, 2nd May 2024 - Thursday, 2nd May 2024

Nikki Yeoh & NYJO: Speechmix X-PlorationThe ever-inventive jazz composer, pianist, teacher and presenter Nikki Yeoh is one of our most creative and groundbreaking musicians in any genre.
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Friday, 3rd May 2024 - Friday, 3rd May 2024

Ana Carla MazaThe fast-rising Cuban star and her ensemble celebrate her Caribbean heritage in her new album Caribe.
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Saturday, 4th May 2024 - Saturday, 4th May 2024

BBC Concert Orchestra at the MoviesTake to the skies with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a trademark mix of film scores and popular classics inspired by flight.
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Sunday, 5th May 2024 - Sunday, 5th May 2024

Julian Bliss & Carducci QuartetThe rich and harmonious blend of clarinet and strings is alive to human joys and sadness and the clarinet's nimble agility and vocal qualities are nowhere better captured than in two of the Romantic era's best-loved works for that evergreen instrumental combination.
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Friday, 10th May 2024 - Friday, 10th May 2024

Foyer Jazz: Zoe GilbyZoe Gilby is a jazz vocalist and songwriter who tours internationally and throughout the UK, performing her original compositions, written with double bassist Andy Champion. Zoe is a creative, compelling songwriter and performer.
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Saturday, 11th May 2024 - Saturday, 11th May 2024

Cory BandWorld-class brass. Internationally recognised as one of our leading ensembles, a Cory concert features blockbusting and beautiful music performed with a freshness, vitality and dazzling technical brilliance.
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Friday, 17th May 2024 - Friday, 17th May 2024

Foyer Folk: TarrenTarren is an ambassador for new-folk, music that is fresh and dynamic, rooted in the English tradition.
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Saturday, 18th May 2024 - Saturday, 18th May 2024

Elena Urioste & Tom PosterSometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Starved of a live audience during lockdown, Elena and Tom connected with a blossoming online community by releasing a daily video, often featuring listeners' requests.
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Sunday, 19th May 2024 - Sunday, 19th May 2024

Music for Silent Movies: A Comedy Triple BillMusic has always been an essential element of the cinema-going experience. Before the advent of the 'Talkies', a pianist employed by the cinema would improvise a soundtrack to silent movies.
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Saturday, 25th May 2024 - Saturday, 25th May 2024

Fergus McCreadie Trio'The sound of the Fergus McCreadie Trio is the sound of joy' enthused All About Jazz recently. The line-up – McCreadie on piano, plus drums and bass – is conventional, but the music is anything but.
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Sunday, 26th May 2024 - Sunday, 26th May 2024

Ryan CorbettThe accordion on the concert platform is undergoing a renaissance and with scintillating performers like Ryan Corbett it is easy to see why.
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Sunday, 2nd June 2024 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

Glenn Miller OrchestraThe style, sound and songs of Glenn Miller seem as popular today as they were in the great American bandleader's 1940s heyday.
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Sunday, 30th June 2024 - Sunday, 30th June 2024

Adelphi QuartetPurcell was one of Britten's heroes and nowhere is this more evident than in the Second String Quartet (written for the Purcell 350th anniversary celebrations).
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Friday, 9th August 2024 - Friday, 9th August 2024

National Youth OrchestraThe National Youth Orchestra is a musical marvel that never gets old. Refreshed and replenished each year from a nationwide talent pool, their standards remain as high as their repertoire is wide.
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Saffron Hall is minutes from the centre of Saffron Walden and close to the M11.

If travelling northbound along the M11, exit at junction 8 and follow the signs to Hertford (A120) and then Saffron Walden (B1383). Soon after the turning to Audley End station on the left, turn right along Walden road/Wenden road. Once you reach the top of the hill, turn right at the t-junction and Saffron Hall is almost immediately on your right, on the site of Saffron Walden County High School.

If travelling southbound along the M11, exit at junction 10 and follow the signs to Saffron Walden via the A505, A1301, then B1383. Once you have driven past Audley end house and the Audley End estate turn left along Walden road/Wenden road. Once you reach the top of the hill turn right at the t-junction and Saffron Hall is almost immediately on your right, on the site of Saffron Walden County High School. Note that junction 9 of the M11 has restricted access.

Saffron Hall has ample free on-site parking, including parking for blue badge holders.

Accessible by Public Transport: Audley End station is 2 miles away.

Saffron Hall

Type:Concert Hall

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

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