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Saffron Hall Online

Since you can't come to us at the moment, we're coming to you! Our newsletter is the best place to keep up to date with what we're up to, but we'll also be sharing a selection of things to read, listen to and learn about here.

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Art at Home

Explore an amazing selection of art and artefacts from museums all over the world at home with this collection of our favourite online exhibition experiences

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Artist Spotlight: Nicola Benedetti

From her educational resources to the recent release of her newest album, there’s plenty here to keep string players young and old occupied over the summer

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Best Online Classical Music Festivals

We’ve picked a selection of the best classical music festivals for you to watch online this summer

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Simple as Do Re Mi

With many children not due to return to school for a while, we have put together our favourite musical educational activities for kids

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Britten Sinfonia 17 January 2019

Artist Spotlight: Britten Sinfonia

Get up close and personal with Britten Sinfonia musicians with this series of online performances from their players

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Explore Chineke! and Sheku's concert

Find out more about the music from the concert with Chineke! and Sheku Kanneh-Mason scheduled for Saturday 11 April at Saffron Hall

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Face the music and dance!

Ways to get moving this week with dance classes, yoga sessions and open rehearsals from some of our favourite dance organisations

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Musical Mindfulness

We could all use a bit more calm in our lives right now so we have put together some of our favourite relaxing playlists and videos for you to enjoy

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The Best Classical Podcasts

We’ve picked a selection of our favourite classical music podcasts for you to listen to

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London Philharmonica Orchestra 27 April 2019

Artist Spotlight: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Our favourite videos, playlists and interactive series from our Resident Orchestra

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Aurora Orchestra's Symphonie Fantastique

Watch Aurora Orchestra’s awesome performance of Symphonie fantastique and join in with their interactive dance-along videos

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Artist Spotlight: I Fagiolini

Explore the inventive digital creations of choral ensemble I Fagiolini from a trio of short comedic films to a new podcast

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CV Walden: A Community Archive

Play your part in contributing to awareness of the sociological, psychological and economic impact of COVID-19.

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Recordings at Saffron Hall

Find out about upcoming and previous recordings at Saffron Hall

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Artist Spotlight: The Sixteen

Enjoy listening to, watching and reading about what our friends The Sixteen have been up to during lockdown

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To read


Behind the scenes of recordings at Saffron Hall

Saffron Hall’s world-class acoustics make it a sought-after location for professional recordings, but what really goes on behind closed doors?

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How to be an orchestra in lockdown

Communications Director at Britten Sinfonia, Alice Walton, updates us on the ensembles activities over the last few months

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Adapting to a new normal

Kate Nott reflects on the ways SCYM has adapted to the challenges of providing quality musical experiences to young people during lockdown

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Keeping music (a)live

Our Chairman Professor Sir Barry Ife CBE ponders the future of live arts at Saffron Hall and beyond

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A day in the life of a Front of House Duty Manager

One of our Front of House Duty Managers, Adam, takes us through his schedule for a typical concert night at Saffron Hall.

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Digital Culture: A Change of Perspective

Our Marketing Co-ordinator, Emma, reflects on her changing views of the value of digital cultural experiences during the current lockdown.

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Barry Ife

Q&A with our Chairman Barry Ife

This week we asked Barry some questions about his involvement with Saffron Hall and what he thinks the landscape of the arts may look like in the future

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BBC Concert Orchestra and the Saffron Walden Choral Society on the Saffron Hall stage

Angela Dixon on Orchestral Programming

Get the inside view on the process of programming orchestral concerts from our Chief Executive

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Our stage set up for a dance project with students at Saffron Walden County High School and dance company Boy Blue

Configuring Saffron Hall for Dance

Our Technical Director gives an insight into the technical set-up that enables us to show dance in a venue purpose-built for classical music

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Creativity in Crisis?

Our Learning & Participation Director, Thomas Hardy, reflects on the importance of creativity in troubled times

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Supporting Saffron Hall

Graham King, our Fundraising and Communications Director, explains how his role at Saffron Hall has evolved during the pandemic

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Isata Kanneh-Mason waxes lyrical about Saffron Hall

Find out more about Isata Kanneh-Mason, her thoughts on the Saffron Hall Steinway and the special relationship between player and piano

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Singing in a Choir

This week we spoke to local composer and conductor Janet Wheeler about the future of choral singing in Saffron Walden and beyond

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To watch


The Benedetti Sessions

Relive this 2015 arts project featuring Nicola Benedetti alongside hundreds of local string players and their teachers

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Sō Percussion – Amid the Noise

Relive this 2018 arts project with Sō Percussion and students from Saffron Walden County High School

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Brodsky Quartet @ SWCHS

Relive our 2015 cross-arts project with The Brodsky Quartet and twenty year 9 students from Saffron Walden County High School

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Angela Dixon judges BBC Young Musician 2020

Watch the coverage of BBC Young Musician 2020 featuring judging from our very own Chief Executive Angela Dixon

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The Quiet Connection

Get an insight into what it’s like to create a new dance work from scratch in just 3 days in this video of our SWCHS Yr9 Residency project

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Coming soon: Sing BIG! online

Watch a sneak preview of our new educational singing resource aimed at primary school age children

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The Lost Letters

Relive this 2019 community project, designed to give the people of Saffron Walden the opportunity to work creatively together

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