A message from our Chief Executive, Angela Dixon
It has been quite a rollercoaster at Saffron Hall! Having opened for socially distanced events, we are to close once again. We are very disappointed, but were delighted to have seen so many of you at concerts in August, September and October. We had some wonderful evenings and the artists were, in some cases, completely overwhelmed to be performing to live audiences again. Our new cabaret table format has created a warm and sociable atmosphere whilst keeping everyone very safe. My thanks go to the Saffron Hall team for their hard work and to you, our audience, for supporting live music and adapting to the new style of concert-going.
I wanted to update you on our plans for the next few months. None of the concerts we have put on sale or announced for November will now go ahead as planned, however we are working hard to reschedule all of them. Ticket holders will hear about that shortly.
Very sadly it is now clear that our non-socially distanced concerts for December and January will also not go ahead as planned. Some of these concerts will be cancelled but we are planning to reschedule some of them to next Autumn. We will be in touch on a concert by concert basis via email or phone, you can track any updates in real time on our website. As I am sure you appreciate, this is a huge job for our small marketing and box office department and I would like to thank you in advance for your patience.
Saffron Hall will continue to be here for audiences, musicians and communities during this time. We are exploring streamed events during the November lockdown and our schools and community work will continue online. Together in Sound, our weekly music therapy project for people living with dementia and their carers has been a lifeline for many local people since March. We are also developing a digital project called Earworms that will connect Saffron Hall artists with local primary schools whilst we are unable to visit schools and they are unable to visit us.
Many industries have been deeply affected by the on-going pandemic, but few as comprehensively disadvantaged as the Arts. We were grateful to the Cultural Recovery Fund for a grant that covered our loses over the last six months and allowed us to open and engage artists more recently. And we are grateful to you for the support you have shown by donating ticket income from cancelled concerts, coming to events at the Hall, advocating for us within your communities or showing your support for us online. Your continuing support enables our future and we will be in contact about our streamed events shortly and back with live concerts as soon as lockdown is over.