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Sunday 17 March 2024, 4pm

Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato

Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets from £30

Price includes a commission of £1.00

The great American mezzo returns to Saffron Hall in a song recital with a twist. Accompanied by a five-piece jazz ensemble she brings together world class musicians from the varied worlds of classical, jazz and tango in the pure pleasure of improvisation, experimentation and exchange. Together they create their own musical language, finding surprising connections between baroque arias and classic standards from the Great American Songbook.

Working with her hand-picked band led by pianist/arranger Craig Terry and featuring trumpet, double bass bandoneon and percussion, the charismatic DiDonato hosts the evening, drawing inspiration from the 17th century Italian opera and Duke Ellington and Richard Rodgers in equal measure. With part of the auditorium given over appropriately to cabaret tables, this is an occasion to cherish, as we get close-up to one of today’s most sought-after singers as she reveals her many, various and often surprising private passions.


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Performance information

Running time

1 hour 10 minutes

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old

Booking information


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

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

More info

Programme and performers


  • Tommaso Giordani Caro Mio Ben 4 mins
  • Giulio Caccini Amarilli 4 mins
  • Allie Wrubel (I’m Afraid) The Masquerade is Over 6 mins
  • Allesandro Parisotti / Salvator Rosa Se tu m’ami / Star Vicino 7 mins
  • Enrique Delfine Griseta [Lautaro Greco] 4 mins
  • Jerry Bock Will he like me? 4 mins
  • Giuseppe Torelli Tu lo sai 6 mins
  • Duke Ellington Solitude 5 mins
  • Irsham Jones There is no greater love [Charlie Porter, Jimmy Madison & Patrick Mulcahy] 4 mins
  • Benedetti Marcello Quella Fiamma 4 mins
  • Giovanni Paisiello Nel cor piu mio non sento (1788) 3 mins
  • George Shearing Lullaby of Birdland (1952) 5 mins
  • Zez Confrey Dizzy Fingers [Craig Terry] 2 mins
  • Gene Scheer Lean Away (1996) 5 mins
  • Richard Rodgers With a Song in my Heart 5 mins


  • Joyce DiDonato mezzo soprano
  • Craig Terry piano/direction
  • Charlie Porter trumpet
  • Gregg August double bass
  • Lautaro Greco bandoneon
  • James Madison drums

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Information for your visit

Sunday 17 March 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

3pm - 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.

Auditorium opens

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

Show starts


Show ends

5.10pm (approx)

Post-show shuttle bus

5.10pm – 6.10pm
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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