Saffron Hall’s Learning and Participation programme announced

Saffron Hall's Learning and Participation programme will see Marin Alsop lead the LPO in a performance featuring Saffron Walden Choral Society © Grant Leighton

Saffron Hall‘s Autumn 2019 Learning and Participation programme has been announced.

Continuing its commitment to enabling as many people as possible to access and participate in the arts, the venue will deliver learning programmes for schools and communities, place local performers alongside visiting artists and present a wide-ranging public programme for audiences of all ages.

Masterclasses, family concerts and community outreach

The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) returns to Saffron Hall for its first season as Resident Orchestra alongside Britten Sinfonia. Marin Alsop leads the orchestra in a performance of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast featuring Saffron Walden Choral Society on 10 November 2019.

The orchestra returns later in the season with a FUNharmonics concert for families as well as bringing its LPO Soundworks project to Saffron Walden County High School. Along with other artists from the Hall’s programme, LPO musicians will give masterclasses to County High School students and coach young people at the Saffron Centre for Young Musicians, a specialist Saturday school offering musical training to students aged 4-18 through a partnership between the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Saffron Hall, Essex Music Education Hub and Saffron Walden County High School.

Other family events include Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra’s Heroes & Villains, a concert of classical music to accompany storytelling and illustrations from children’s author, James Mayhew, on 6 October 2019.

In addition, Saffron Hall will continue to deliver Together in Sound in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, offering music therapy group sessions for people living with dementia and their carers.

Finally, in a special Christmas celebration, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) will joins the BBC Singers for an evening of Songs & Festive Favourites with special guest, Clare Teal, on 15 December 2019.

‘Saffron Hall’s incredibly diverse and high-quality programming’

Angela Dixon, Chief Executive of Saffron Hall, said:

‘Following on from our hugely successful fifth birthday season, we are thrilled to be able to continue Saffron Hall’s incredibly diverse and high-quality programming for our 2019/20 season.

‘Seeing the amazing statistics from the last five years, we are eager to progress with the vital work of bringing incredible artists and artistic opportunities to the local community.

‘We truly believe this season offers something for everyone and hope that people try something new with such a vast array of wonderful events on offer.’

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