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.

A fisheye photo of the Saffron Hall auditorium

Our partners

Exterior of Saffron Walden County High School

Saffron Walden County High School

Saffron Hall is built within the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School, a local comprehensive of exceptional quality.
Three smiling Britten Sinfonia players chat mid-rehearsal holding their instruments

Resident Orchestras

Discover more about our Resident Orchestras Britten Sinfonia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Teenagers holding sheet music smiling

Saffron Centre for Young Musicians

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

Latest news

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Thomas Gould playing violin with overlaid text 'The Four Seasons Recomposed' that looks like a neon sign.

Q&A with Thomas Gould

Hear more from Thomas Gould on what it's like to be playing and directing Max Richter's Four Seasons Recomposed 10 years after its premiere

Come Together: Unlocked Residency

Event Co-ordinator

We are looking to recruit a passionate and highly organised Event Co-ordinator to work as part of a growing team to deliver our world-class series of concerts and learning & participation events.

What's On

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Isata Kanneh-Mason

Friday 7 October 2022, 7.30pm
Including works by Schumann, Mendelssohn and Mozart

Hallé Orchestra

Saturday 8 October 2022, 4pm
With conductor Mark Elder and pianist Pavel Kolesnikov
Side view of the wooden-clad auditorium with the audience sat in tiers in front of a performance from school musicians

Members' Spring Season Preview

Tuesday 11 October 2022, 7pm
An informal preview of our Spring 23 season for Saffron Hall members