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:

Saffron Hall’s Big Sing 2018: Speed of Sound



*Places still available*

A mass-participation singing adventure for lower KS2 primary school pupils and their teachers led by Jessie Maryon Davies.

Teacher session – Tuesday 16 January 2018
Big Sing Event – Wednesday 21 March 2018

Join Jessie Maryon Davies in Saffron Hall’s BIG SING 2018: Speed of Sound, a vocal voyage inspired by the theme of speed & travel! Travelling in different machines, fast and slow, we will journey through a collection of songs from around the world. 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 including percussionist Jez Wiles and pianist James Cleeve.

Saffron Hall Big Sing: Speed of Sound will be supported by a bespoke CPD session for Key Stage 2 class teachers, full of new ideas to take back to school.

We’ll be connecting with the fabulous Friday Afternoons song resources, featuring repertoire including Fast Car by Jonathan Dove and From A Railway Carriage by Nico Muhly.

For more information, visit the event page here.

The Night Before Christmas (Key Stage 2 education concert)



It’s Christmas Eve in Little Russia and Oksana, Vakula the blacksmith’s girlfriend, wants an impossible present. But where did the moon go? And who’s that stranger with horns and a tail? In this retelling of Gogol’s story The Night Before Christmas, storyteller Matthew Sharp and the musicians of CHROMA mix Ukrainian folksongs with Russian classics to cast a seasonal spell.

Tickets available to Key Stage 2 education groups only. For more information, visit the event page here

Our work with Saffron Walden County High School




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!”

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. Last year, students worked with Sean Shibe (guitar), Louis Schwizgebel (piano), Laura van der Heijden (cello) and Tom Poster (piano).

This year, we look forward to welcoming, among others: Trio Isimsiz (Sunday 22 October 2017), Timothy Ridout & Frank Dupree (Sunday 14 January 2018), Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins (Sunday 11 March 2018), Daniel Lebhardt (Sunday 15 April 2018).

Sessions follow our Sunday afternoon Young Artist Coffee Concerts, with the performing musicians leading a masterclass after their recital. Starting at 4pm, masterclasses are open to the public and free to watch. Masterclasses are free to attend and tickets are not required.