About

Saffron Hall is an award-winning concert hall uniquely located on the campus of Saffron Walden County High School. Built with the generous support of the Yellow Car Charitable Trust, Saffron Hall has become a vibrant, pioneering model of community cultural provision and arts education since its opening in November 2013.

The Hall is a dual-use space, operating as both the school hall and as a world-class performance space, hosting some of the finest cultural experiences in the country, including both world-class and local soloists, folk and jazz ensembles, orchestras, dance and opera. Our critically acclaimed acoustic attracts world-renowned artists to the stage including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Kathryn Tickell, The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia, The Hallé, Nicola Benedetti and Jess Gillam, to name a few.

Our schools and community programme brings opportunities to experience and participate in the performing arts to people of all ages and backgrounds. Our work includes a programme of performances, open rehearsals, side-by-side workshops, and masterclasses for both primary and secondary school students, and pioneering community initiatives including Together in Sound, our music therapy project for people living with dementia and their companions and Come Together building an intergenerational creative community across Uttlesford and beyond.

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Saffron Walden County High School

Saffron Hall is built within the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School, a local comprehensive of exceptional quality.
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Resident Orchestras

Discover more about our Resident Orchestras Britten Sinfonia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Saffron Centre for Young Musicians

SCYM provides emerging musicians aged 5-18 in the East of England with unique opportunities for music tuition

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Graphic Scores explained

How do you play a picture? Find out more about graphic scores and how musicians interpret them when they play
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Autumn 2022 now on sale

Featuring Isata Kanneh-Mason, Jess Gillam, LPO, Britten Sinfonia, English Touring Opera and more

Les Arts Florissants to perform at Saffron Hall

Period instrument ensemble led by William Christie performs at Saffron Hall in March

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A close up of the entire Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra in concert.

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 4 December 2022, 3pm
Vaughan Williams’ pastoral picture and Shostakovich’s Revolutionary symphony frame Korngold’s lyrical masterpiece
Tenebrae in a church.

Tenebrae at Christmas

Saturday 10 December 2022, 7.30pm
Tenebrae’s festive concert at Saffron Hall will set the scene for Christmas in an uplifting and inspiring programme
The Glenn Miller Orchestra having fun performing on the Barbican Stage.

Glenn Miller Orchestra: In The Mood for Christmas

Sunday 11 December 2022, 4pm
Capturing the velvety sonority and lively dance rhythms of one of the most famous big bands in the world