Monday 30 October 2023

Bridging the gap: built with the largest single private donation to a state school & receiving no public funding, Saffron Hall celebrates ten years of artistic achievement & community engagement

Saffron Hall's Weekend of celebratory events, 1 – 3 December 2023

Saffron Hall is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a weekend of celebratory events. The hall opened on 30 November 2013 with a season of just 12 concerts and from 1-3 December 2023 there is a whole range of celebratory events from jazz and soul, to Harry Bickett conducting the English Concert in Handel's Rodelinda, to Jess Gillam and the Britten Sinfonia, to sessions and workshops for children and families.

Located within the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School, the hall was built with the largest single private donation to a state school. Whilst the East of England region receives less arts funding compared to other parts of the UK, and Saffron Hall Trust receives no public funding, it has bridged the gap, offering performing arts and music to the local community and the entire region. Through broadening its programme, empowering and supporting amateur groups, establishing the region’s largest Saturday music school, reaching primary and secondary schools throughout the area and delivering flagship work for people living with dementia and their carers, Saffron Hall ensures that everyone has a chance to take part, engage, and experience arts and music that move, inspire, and connect.

From those initial 12 events, the hall now boasts a world-class music programme that includes two Resident Orchestras – London Philharmonic Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia – and presents around 125 events a year, spanning classical, fully staged opera, folk, big band, brass band, swing, jazz. As the only concert hall in Essex, it has seen exceptional audience growth and last year welcomed over 45,000 audience members, whilst over the past decade the hall has reached nearly 50,000 people through its education programmes.

Full details from the hall's website.

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