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Friday 4 August 2023, 7pm

The National Youth Orchestra: Alive

The National Youth Orchestra: Alive

Presented by Saffron Hall

Share the joy of being alive, with music that captures the essence of the human spirit.

NYO Alive celebrates the defiant music written against the backdrop of global war in the 1940s. Copland’s uplifting Symphony No.3 is a powerful expression of confidence and hope, acclaimed as "the greatest American symphony - it goes from the heart to the heart". Hindemith’s dazzling Metamorphosis looks forward to a new era of energy and possibility. Vivacious soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha joins the orchestra for Four Last Songs, Strauss’ bewitching and achingly nostalgic farewell note to a vanished world.

Join us to experience the talent of hundreds of teenage musicians, as they breathe new life into orchestral music and remind us of the power and beauty of being truly alive.

Supporters

Supported by Saffron Hall Gold members

Performance information

Running time

2 hours 10 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 go free

Under 25s can book free tickets for this event

Transport

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

  • Paul Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
  • Richard Strauss Four Last Songs
  • Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3

Performers

  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
  • Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor
  • Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha soprano

NYO Inspire: Side by Side

Are you a teenage musician? Sign up now to take part in a pre-concert workshop where you can play with NYO musicians on the Saffron Hall stage.

Information for your visit

Friday 4 August 2023, 7pm

Schedule

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

6pm
Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

6.30pm
Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts

7pm

Interval

Interval (20 mins) with reception for Gold, Platinum and Foundation members

Show ends

9.10pm (approx)

Post-show shuttle bus

9.10pm – 10.10pm
Operating from Saffron Hall to Audley End Station

Free NYO workshop for young musicians

NYO are running a free afternoon workshop before the concert for musicians aged 11-18 playing at Grade 5 and above. Sign up now to get involved in this amazing opportunity to play with NYO musicians on the Saffron Hall stage.

Sign up now

Content warnings

Age Guidance 7+

This event is not recommended for children under 7 years old

Location

Saffron Hall

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

Transport

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

Cloakroom

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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Sign up to afternoon workshop

Free NYO workshop for young musicians

NYO are running a free afternoon workshop before the concert for musicians aged 11-18 playing at Grade 5 and above. Sign up now to get involved in this amazing opportunity to play with NYO musicians on the Saffron Hall stage.

Sign up now

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