Star-studded line-up announced for Saffron Hall’s 2014/15 season

- 2 July 2014

Joy of the new: Saffron Hall Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

Joy of the new: Saffron Hall
Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

2014/15 season at a glance:

An international programme of world-class artists and ensembles including:

  • Distinguished soloists – violinists Maxim Vengerov, Nicola Benedetti, Chloë Hanslip, Pekka Kuusisto, pianists Maria João Pires, Paul Lewis, singers Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies, Barbara Hannigan, percussionist Colin Currie
  • Visiting orchestras and ensembles – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, The Sixteen, BBC Singers, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, The English Concert, Arcangelo
  • Conductors – Vladimir Jurowski, Jiří Bělohlávek, Thomas Adès, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket, Barbara Hannigan
  • Chamber music – The Brodsky Quartet, Calder Quartet, Abdullah Ibrahim with his new jazz trio
  • A programme of talks from writers including John McCarthy, James Mayhew and Baroness Shirley Williams presented by Words in Walden
  • Concerts for all the family including Michael Morpurgo narrating his children’s book The Mozart Question, Sanjeev Bhaskar narrating Peter and the Wolf, and Christmas favourite The Snowman
  • Sunday morning coffee concerts with rising British stars Philip Higham, Lara Melda, Peter Moore, Callum Smart
  • Community engagement at the heart of the programme, featuring masterclasses and workshops with international artists appearing throughout the season
  • Local amateur events key to the offering including Saffron Opera Group’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Saffron Waldon Choral Society (Carmina Burana, Eastertide’s St Matthew Passion) and Saffron Waldon Symphony Orchestra (from film music and Scheherazade to Panufnik’s Sinfonia Sacra)

On sale: 10am, Wednesday 2 July. Full listings and booking information:

Angela Dixon, Director, Saffron Hall Trust said:

“It is with immense pride and excitement that we announce Saffron Hall’s second season, my first since leaving my role as Head of Music at the Barbican, London. I have fallen in love with the superb acoustic of Saffron Hall and the incredible potential it represents for music lovers across the South and East of England; it gives me great pleasure to invite some of the world’s most exciting and prominent artists to showcase our award-winning new space.

“This hall will be a strong combination of world class artists, amateur music making and youth music.  I am delighted that the glittering international artists and ensembles will share the stage with the students and the local groups who continue to inspire me with their support and dedication. With this potent mix of outstanding music and performance provision we aim to be a catalyst for exceptional music-making, not just in Saffron Walden but across the whole region.”

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