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:

TROUPE: The Empty Chair (LKS2)



A mischievous musical adventure for Lower Key Stage 2 that explores how friendships grow and change with playful storytelling and irresistible music.

Main Performance – Friday 14 September 2018, 11.30am

When out of nowhere a mysterious empty chair appears bang in the middle of a house, its inhabitants are beyond bewildered. Why does it bring a strange, sizzling silence? Who is the tip-toeing creature full of songs and secrets that longs to help? And what on earth is a BLACK HOLE doing at the front door?

The Empty Chair unfolds through playful storytelling and irresistible music for voice, cello and piano, drawn from across the ages to include works by Debussy, Couperin, Berio and Moondog, alongside new music by TROUPE.

TROUPE are a company who specialise in making theatrical concerts featuring music, movement and spoken word. They like to push the boundaries of the “traditional concert” to create vivid, colourful performances full of energy, humour and emotion.

To apply for tickets or find out more, download the application form here.

Theatre Hullabaloo: Luna (EYFS)



An enchanting staged music theatre experience for early years foundation stage groups and their teachers, about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark

SHOW 1 – Wednesday 14 November, 9.30am
SHOW 2 – Wednesday 14 November, 11.30am

Luna is bored up in the sky by herself with nobody to play with. Although she is surrounded by stars, they never quite understand her – it’s certainly lonely being the only moon.

One night, as she is racing among the stars, she spots a young boy hiding from the shadows in his bedroom. Billy and his favourite toy Pig, don’t like the dark and do all they can to distract themselves from the scary shadows. Luna decides to slide down from the sky to make friends with Billy. Together they go on an adventure of light and dark to help him overcome his fear of the night-time.

To apply for tickets or find out more, please download the application form here. Application deadline is Friday 22 June.

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).

This year, we look forward to Young Artist Coffee Concerts with The Heath Quartet (Sunday 7 October 2018) and Jess Gillam (Sunday 28 October 2018).

The performing musicians will lead 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.


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!”