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Sunday 24 March 2024, 4pm

Bach's Easter Oratorio

Bach's Easter Oratorio

Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets from £22

Price includes a commission of £1.00

Bach’s ‘Easter Oratorio’, composed in 1725, displays Bach’s consummate skill as a storyteller. The dash of running feet, the uncertainty of the empty tomb and the adrenalin rush of realising Jesus has risen from the dead are all brought vividly to life through his infinite musical invention. After a boisterous opening, we are pitched into the drama of the disciples – represented by a quartet of soloists – with heartfelt arias for the two Marys and Peter reflecting on their fears and hopes.

It is preceded by two other Easter Monday cantatas, a characteristic mix of spirited celebration and moments of stasis and personal reflection. The joy at the resurrection predominates but ‘Stay with Us’ is imbued with duskier tones, the uncertainty of the disciples’ journey away from Jerusalem providing Bach the dramatist with opportunities for unusual colourings and sharply drawn word-painting.

Performance information

Running time

2 hours

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


  • Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata BWV 66 ‘Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen’ 30 mins
  • Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata BWV 6 ‘Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden’ 20 mins
  • Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata BWV 249 ‘Oster-Oratorium’ (Easter Oratorio) 44 mins


  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Choir of the Enlightenment
  • Peter Whelan director
  • Madison Nonoa soprano
  • Rebecca Leggett mezzo-soprano
  • Ruairi Bowen tenor
  • Malachy Frame baritone

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Information for your visit

Sunday 24 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



Interval (20 mins)

Show ends

6pm (approx)

Post-show shuttle bus

6pm – 7pm
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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