Angela Dixon has been named director of the Saffron Hall Trust Essex from March 2014. She moves from the Barbican Centre, where she has been head of music since October 2011.
She said: ‘I have been working at the Barbican Centre in various roles within the music department for 14 years and I am immensely proud of the work that my colleagues and I have achieved. The Barbican is a world-class arts centre with an exceptional music programme; we will shortly be announcing another excellent classical music season for 2014/15 and the contemporary music programme has never been stronger. I will be extremely sad to leave.
‘I am, however, very excited about my new role at the Saffron Hall Trust. Saffron Hall is a brand new state-of-the-art 800 seat concert hall built on the site of Saffron Walden County High School. Built in the heart of its community, the hall offers great opportunities for local, national and international work across art forms. I look forward to contributing to the development of this new organisation, helping to create a sector-leading centre for combined arts and learning.’
During Ms Dixon’s time at the Barbican it has presented five International Associate Residencies, the extensive Barbican Britten programme, and contributed three major projects to the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. In autumn 2012 she introduced the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia as two new associate ensembles.
Saffron Hall is a new state-of-the-art performance space which will play host to a year-round programme of music, theatre and other arts events. Situated in Saffron Walden, the hall is a highly flexible 730-seat auditorium with exceptional adjustable acoustics.