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Sunday 2 July 2023, 3pm

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Presented by Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra playing on the stage at Saffron Hall

The SWSO close their season with some familiar favourites and a less well-known but hugely dramatic work.

Mendelssohn’s overture Ruy Blas takes the themes of Victor Hugo’s play (duplicity, trickery, love and murder) and weaves a musical tapestry. Music from Hindemith’s Symphony Mathis der Maler (Matthias the painter) was later incorporated into a 1935 opera which fell foul of the German authorities and Tchaikovsky’s turbulent 4th Symphony was dedicated to his benefactor Nadezhda von Meck and premiered in 1878.

Performance information

Running time

1 hour 45 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


Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus won't be running for this event

Programme and performers


  • Felix Mendelssohn Ruy Blas
  • Paul Hindemith Mathis der Maler
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4


  • Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Hull conductor

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Our volunteers are the first port of call for our visiting audience, providing a friendly face and a warm welcome

Three smiling volunteers in their stewarding uniforms

Information for your visit

Sunday 2 July 2023, 3pm


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.

When to arrive

2pm - 2.45pm
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

4.45pm (approx)

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

The shuttle bus won't be running for this performance
More info

Additional information


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


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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Exterior of Saffron Hall showing the Saffron Walden County High School and Saffron Hall signs next to each other

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