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Saturday 20 April 2024, 7.30pm

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Sir András Schiff

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Sir András Schiff

Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets from £25

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Mendelssohn the trailblazer. Such is the vitality, mould-breaking invention and imagination of his orchestral music, it is easy to forget how forward-looking the music is. The First Symphony (written when the composer was just 15) is from the same year as Beethoven’s Ninth, and looks forward to the Romantic era, with music that loosened the shackles of classical form and drew inspiration from art, literature, and landscape.

A feisty and ingenious piano concerto follows (Schiff, a passionate devotee, directs from the fortepiano). Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony is awash with the sounds of his travels, from the swirling opening where our feet barely touch the ground, through a soulful Neapolitan procession, to the headlong rush of the finale, with its biting rhythms and scampering folksiness.

Immersing ourselves in these ever-popular works, hearing them with transparency and freshness that period instruments bring, throw the composer’s astonishing achievements into a new light. Long held to be a musical conservative, is Mendelssohn more radical than first impressions suggest?

Performance information

Running time

1 hour 50 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

Discounts

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.

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

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Programme and performers

Programme

  • Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op. 11 32 mins
  • Felix Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 25 20 mins
  • Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian' 31 mins

Performers

  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Sir András Schiff director/fortepiano

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Information for your visit

Saturday 20 April 2024, 7.30pm

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

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

6.30pm
Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

7pm
Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts

7.30pm

Interval

Interval (20 mins)

Show ends

9.20pm (approx)

Post-show shuttle bus

9.20pm – 10.20pm
Operating from Saffron Hall to Audley End Station

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

Drinks

For this event, drinks are not allowed in the auditorium.

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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