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.

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Saffron Walden County High School

Saffron Hall is built within the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School, a local comprehensive of exceptional quality.
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Resident Orchestras

Discover more about our Resident Orchestras Britten Sinfonia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Saffron Centre for Young Musicians

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

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James McVinnie on Glassworks

Hear more about Philip Glass' mesmeric masterpiece Glassworks from James McVinnie
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National Youth Orchestra School's concerts

Register your interest now to attend a free NYO school's concert!
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Together in Sound Autumn 2022

Read about Together in Sound - music therapy groups for people living with dementia

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Around The World In 80 Days

Tuesday 31 January – Thursday 2 February 2023, multiple performance times
SWCHS students present 'Around The World In 80 Days'
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Foyer Folk: Granny's Attic

Friday 3 February 2023, 8pm
Enjoy a relaxed evening on the foyer with street food, a bar and live music
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Paul Simon’s Graceland reimagined by the London African Gospel Choir

Saturday 4 February 2023, 7.30pm
The London African Gospel Choir brings its glorious reinterpretation of Paul Simon’s Graceland to Saffron Hall