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Saturday 13 July 2024, 4pm

Cambridge Philharmonic presents Turandot

Cambridge Philharmonic presents Turandot

Presented by Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus and guest soloists

A princess with a heart of ice, a prince with passion in his soul and a servant overwhelmed with love for him. What could possibly go wrong? Add to that one of the most famous tenor arias ever, “Nessun dorma” and the stage is set for Turandot, Puccini’s last opera.

Turandot (the princess) challenges men to win her with three riddles. Failure to answer them leads to execution (many have died). The prince does not fail and sets a riddle of his own. The servant Liu withstands cruel torture to protect his secret. Who or what will triumph? “None shall sleep” (“Nessun dorma”) but the ravishing voices and music of this concert performance will delight and entrance.

Pre-concert event - school's performance

Cambridge Philharmonic have been working with young people from North Cambridge Academy as part of their quest to share classical music and singing to the wider community. Workshop leaders Suzi Zumpe (lead), John Barber, and Hazel Gould have engaged with the young people to develop a mini opera that will be performed at 3.15pm on Saturday 13 July in the main auditorium as a pre-Turnandot event (free to all ticket holders). The school group will also form the children’s chorus in the main opera performance.

The performance has been created in school workshops, influenced and inspired by the Turandot Opera. It will last approximately 15 minutes.

Cambridge Philharmonic would love as many of the audience members as possible to come and support them, so please do arrive early to enjoy this very special performance featuring our next generation of musicians and singers, if you are able.

This project has been kindly supported by The Pye Foundation and The Garfield Weston Foundation.

Performance information

Running time

2 hours 50 minutes

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old.

Booking information

Seating style

This event has tiered stalls and balcony seating

Ten for £10

This event is part of our Ten for £10 scheme. We will release ten £10 tickets for sale at 10am on the morning of this performance.


Shuttle bus

Pre-show shuttle bus will be operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance

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Programme and performers


  • Puccini Turandot 120 mins


  • Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus
  • Harry Sever conductor
  • Rachel Nicholls Turandot
  • Hye-Youn Lee Liù
  • Jihoon Kim Timur
  • Toki Hamano Ping/Mandarino
  • Adam Gilbert Calaf
  • Satriya Krisna Pang
  • John-Colyn Gyeantey Pong / Imperator

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Information for your visit

Saturday 13 July 2024, 4pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Pre-show shuttle bus

2.15pm - 4pm
Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.

When to arrive

3pm - 3.45pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Pre-concert event

3.15pm - 3.30pm
School's performance - free to ticket holders.

Auditorium opens

Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts



Interval (20 mins)

Show ends

6.50pm (approx)

Post-show shuttle bus

6.50pm – 7.50pm
Operating from Saffron Hall to Audley End Station

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old.


Saffron Hall

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH


Shuttle bus

Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.
More info

Additional information


For this event, you're welcome to bring drinks purchased from our bar into the event with you.


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

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