Young People

Young People

Our projects and events for schools and young people are designed to ignite passion for the performing arts, develop creative potential and support regional talent.

This season’s highlights:

Hip Hop Dance Workshops & Teacher CPD with Boy Blue Entertainment (Upper Key Stage 2)

In March 2019, Boy Blue are coming to Saffron Walden! They are performing a main stage show on Friday 8 March, and will be spending the week at Saffron Hall working with young people and teachers.

On Monday 4 March we are welcoming schools with Upper Key Stage 2 groups to book for the following activities:

MONDAY 4 MARCH: KS2 Workshops at 5 timeslots throughout the day & Teacher CPD Session 3.45-5.30pm

Join Boy Blue for a fun and action-packed hour, where your pupils will be introduced to hip hop styles and technique. This is an inclusive activity, designed to give children an exciting practical insight into the world of hip hop dance – it is suitable for all abilities and is guaranteed to engage everyone!

Find out more and apply for places by downloading the application form here. Deadline Monday 28 January.

Emancipation of Expressionism: GCSE Dance Talk with Boy Blue (Key Stage 4)


TUESDAY 5 MARCH – KS4 Emancipation of Expressionism: GCSE Dance Talk 9.45am

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE presents Boy Blue’s film, Emancipation of Expressionism, followed by a dissection of key elements of the piece with Kenrick and Boy Blue dancers. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion. This is a rare opportunity to hear the Choreographer of the piece speak. Bring your notepad and pens!

To apply for tickets or find out more, download the application form here. Deadline Monday 4 February.

Boy Blue are at Saffron Hall later in that week to perform Project R.E.B.E.L (Friday 8 March) which is suitable for Key Stages 3 and 4. Group discounts are available for school bookings. More information can be found here.

Sing BIG 2019 with Randolph Matthews (Lower Key Stage 2)


A mass-participation singing adventure for lower KS2 primary school pupils and their teachers, in collaboration with Essex Music Education Hub.

Join us for Saffron Hall’s Sing BIG 2018 – a vocal voyage of discovery through jazz, soul, world music and blues with the brilliant singer songwriter and multi vocalist Randolph Matthews. This globe-trotting sound adventure will include fresh new warm-up activities aimed at strengthening a sense of pulse & rhythm, and we’ll be joined by a live band from Essex Music Education Hub. Saffron Hall Sing BIG 2019 will be supported by a bespoke CPD session for Key Stage 2 class teachers, full of new ideas to take back to school.

TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY: Teacher twilight CPD with Randolph Matthews 3:45 – 5:30pm
WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH: Sing BIG sessions 9:45 – 11:45am OR 12:45 – 2:45pm

To apply for tickets or find out more, download the application form here. Deadline Monday 28 January.

Alice Through the Looking Glass (Key Stage 1)



An interactive musical performance for Key Stage 1 which will take you on a journey through the looking glass into the fantastical world of Lewis Carroll.

WEDNESDAY 3 APRIL 2019: Performances at 11.30-12.15pm & 1.30-2.15pm with supporting twilight CPD at 3.45-5.30pm 

What’s through the looking glass? Discover an array of colourful characters in Looking Glass Land – from the terrifying Jabberwocky and the dim witted Tweedledee and Tweedledum to the warring White and Red kings and queens. Play a game of musical chess, learn new songs about the jubub bird and the bandersnatch, compose a magical soundscape and conduct and ensemble of Britten Sinfonia players…or are they lions and unicorns?

Music will include excerpts from:
Debussy – Cello Sonata
Gerald Barry – Jabberwocky
Beethoven – Pastoral Symphony
Ligeti – Trio for horn, violin and piano
Ravel – Mother Goose Suite
Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker

Teacher feedback from a recent Britten Sinfonia KS1 tour:

“Totally inspirational and engaging performances that made children want to learn to play an instrument.”
“The children were excited to be within an imaginary, magical experience that enabled them to identify with a range of emotions.”
“Children who usually lacked focus were completely mesmerised by the music and interactive opportunities.”
“It was brilliant, the children were really engaged and there were lots of opportunities for them to join in.”

To apply for tickets or find out more, download the application form here. Deadline Monday 28 January.

Our work with Saffron Walden County High School



Masterclass @ SWCHS

We’re supporting Saffron Walden County High School’s flagship Music Academy programme with exceptional masterclass opportunities for talented sixth formers. Masterclasses are led by award-winning young musicians, often winners of BBC Young Musician Competition, or artists represented by the Young Classical Artists Trust. Over the last few years, students worked with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin), Timothy Ridout (viola), Sean Shibe (guitar), Louis Schwizgebel (piano), Laura van der Heijden (cello) and Tom Poster (piano).

Next season, we look forward to Young Artist Coffee Concerts with Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula (Sunday 17 Mar 2019) & Tabea Debus & Alex McCartney (Sunday 23 Jun 2019).

The performing musicians will lead a masterclass after their recital. Starting at 4.30pm, masterclasses are open to the public and free to watch. Masterclasses are free to attend and tickets are not required.



On Friday 13 October the brilliantly talented National Youth Jazz Orchestra spent an afternoon rehearsing with 27 Saffron Walden County High’s jazz musicians under the leadership of NYJO music director Mark Armstrong and then performed alongside NYJO during their evening concert to showcase their work!

Dance @ SWCHS

We’re excited to be supporting Saffron Walden County High School to encourage more students to dance! This year, Saffron Hall is collaborating with the school to launch an exciting new contemporary dance company, led by Jack Stinton. During September, 600 boys in Years 7 and 8 took part in workshops wit professional dance company UNIT, in which they devised their own contemporary dance routines. All students in Years 7 and 8 also watched a performance given by UNIT.

This is what the boys thought of the day:

“A hundred thumbs up – that was amazing!”

“It was a good experience, not everybody gets the chance to dance”

“It was such good fun!”