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Saturday 13 April 2024, 7.30pm

London Philharmonic Orchestra: The Planets

London Philharmonic Orchestra: The Planets

Presented by Saffron Hall in association with Thaxted Festival

Tickets from £25

Price includes a commission of £1.00

Nicolas Altstaedt in black and white with his cello

Everyone knows a bit of The Planets, Holst’s century-old masterpiece, whether it’s the relentless menace and war-like rhythms of Mars or that magisterial melody from Jupiter. But to hear the complete work is a revelation - an epic journey to the outer reaches of the solar system in what the composer over-modestly described as ‘a series of mood pictures’.

From Venus’ serenity and the quicksilver messenger Mercury to the noble processional of Uranus the Magician, Holst does indeed instantly capture a mood with thrillingly original music, using his gigantic orchestra to wonderful effect. Dvořák’s beloved concerto is more earth-bound, inflected with the modes and rhythms of the music of his homeland, but in its elegiac slow movement and radiant apotheosis it seems to cast its gaze toward the stars.

Performance information

Running time

2 hours 15 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


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

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Programme and performers


  • Antonín Dvořák Cello Concerto 40 mins
  • Gustav Holst The Planets 55 mins


  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Granta Chorale
  • Edward Gardner conductor
  • Nicolas Altstaedt cello

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Information for your visit

Saturday 13 April 2024, 7.30pm


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

6.30pm - 7.30pm
Operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.

When to arrive

6.30pm - 7.15pm
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

9.45pm (approx)

Post-show shuttle bus

9.45pm – 10.45pm
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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