Saffron Hall Suggests – Summer edition

Saffron Hall Suggests – Summer edition

Even though we're taking a break from our weekly newsletter, we are still keen to keep you up to date with the best digital events, so this week's bumper edition of Saffron Hall Suggests features our top picks for cultural experiences taking place in the month of August and beyond.


  • The Glyndebourne Open House series continues with a performance every Sunday at 5pm. Upcoming broadcasts include The Rake’s Progress and Giulio Cesare, starring Sarah Connolly and Danielle de Niese
  • Watch an ever-changing selection of operas from 29 partners in 17 countries on demand for free on the OperaVision website
  • Visit the legendary Bayreuth Festival from your home this summer with a selection of recent archive performances broadcast at the times they would have been taking place in person this year
  • The Met Opera continue to screen operas every evening. Don’t miss the 2020 production of Handel’s Agrippina with Joyce DiDonato and Iestyn Davies which will be broadcast on Saturday 8 August



  • BBC Proms have just started their 8-week programme of digital, TV and radio events with highlights including performances from Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason, Chineke!, National Youth Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and more!
  • The LPO Summer Sessions continue with streamed performances from Henry Wood Hall on 12 and 26 August
  • The Live from London Festival starts tomorrow, with performances from 10 vocal ensembles including Voces8, I Fagiolini, The Sixteen and the Academy of Ancient Music scheduled between tomorrow and the beginning of October



  • Rent Matthew Bourne’s productions of Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet and more on the New Adventures website
  • Browse an extraordinarily varied selection of ballet and contemporary dance performances, as well as a host of other theatre and opera, with a 14-day free trial for Marquee TV



  • Nine classic Shakespeare productions from the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe are still available to watch on BBC iPlayer as part of their Culture in Quarantine series
  • The Cambridge Film Project is hosting a two-weekend drive-in film festival at Trumpington Park & Ride on 20-30 August, featuring films such as Little Women, The Personal History of David Copperfield and 2001: A Space Odyssey

For Families

  • Sign up to receive personalised bedtime stories, with your little ones as the main characters, from the National Theatre’s Madame Kalamazoo storytelling project
  • Keep joining in with the Lincoln Center‘s Pop-Up Classroom and #ConcertsForKids series, with new episodes released weekly and available on demand
  • Get involved with the BBC Proms with a weekly creative task from Proms at Home
  • Watch a high energy hip hop dance theatre retelling of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from ZooNation dance company this evening (31 July) at 7pm



  • Tune into Cambridge Folk Festival Online this weekend with performances and workshops online, and on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, from Saffron Hall favourites Kitty Macfarlane, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Nancy Kerr and more

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