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Sunday 3 December 2023, 7pm

Saffron Hall 10th Birthday: Jess Gillam & Britten Sinfonia

Saffron Hall 10th Birthday: Jess Gillam & Britten Sinfonia

Presented by Saffron Hall

Part of 10th Birthday Celebrations

Tickets from £21

Price includes a commission of £1.00

Jess Gillam stood against a colour wall, holding her saxophone and laughing

No stranger to our concert platform or our Schools & Community programme, Jess Gillam is the perfect person to represent ten years of eclectic programming with our Resident Orchestra.

Dave Heath’s heart-on-sleeve concerto is a love letter to his former adopted home in Fife. It dazzles, shimmers and dances, unmistakably Scottish in origin. Its slow movement shares a spacious grandeur with perhaps Vaughan Williams’ signature work constructed around an ancient English hymn tune. There is a hymn-like quality to Adès’ hushed nostalgia-fuelled arrangement from his string quartet Arcadiana whilst Shostakovich’s symphony (also an enlargement of a string quartet) is by contrast fiercely impassioned and intensely dramatic. Like other works in this programme it seems to offer us tantalising glimpses of the past, of other music, whilst retaining a vibrant personality of its own.

Performance information

Running time

To be confirmed

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old

Booking information

Seating style

Cabaret table seating will be available for this performance.


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.


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

More info

Programme and performers


  • Programme to include
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ‘Allegro Assai’ from Flute Concerto in A Minor 6 mins
  • Thomas Adès 'O Albion' from Arcadiana 3 mins
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 15 mins
  • Dave Heath The Celtic 14 mins
  • Dmitri Shostakovich arr. Rudolf Barshai Chamber Symphony in C minor 23 mins


  • Britten Sinfonia
  • Jess Gillam saxophone/director
  • Thomas Gould leader/director

10th Birthday Celebrations

Saffron Hall turns 10 this year! This event forms part of a celebratory weekend packed with concerts, community events, workshops, and special guest performances.

Bright red, pink and white logo reading: 10 years

Information for your visit

Sunday 3 December 2023, 7pm


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

6pm - 7pm
Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.

When to arrive

6pm - 6.45pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

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

Show starts



Interval (20 mins)

Show ends

To be confirmed

Post-show shuttle bus

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


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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