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 for Schools



Teacher session – Tuesday 22 November 2016

Big Sing Event – Monday 30 January 2017

Following last year’s extremely popular ‘Friday Afternoons’ singing event, we are very excited to bring to you Saffron hall’s Big Sing for Schools – a mass singing workshop for primary schools in the Uttlesford area. This spring, we’ll be welcoming back renowned professional singer and presenter Dominic Peckham to lead us through an event full of songs from around the world. This event is for Key Stage 2 school groups.

Big Sing Braintree



Teacher session – Monday 28 November 2016.

Big Sing Event – Tuesday 31 January 2017

A Big Sing event at Alec Hunter Academy in Braintree, with singer/presenter Dominic Peckham. This event is by invitation only. For more information, please email

Singing at SWCHS



SWCHS Voices

We’re supporting Saffron Walden High School to launch a brand new choir – SWCHS Voices. This new non-auditioning choir, led by acclaimed vocal leader Nick Shaw, will be open to any SWCHS student from September, no singing experience required!

Monday 12 September – Year 7 Choir Competition!

Acclaimed choir leader Greg Beardsell worked with Year 7s at SWCHS to battle it out in Saffron Walden County High’s inaugural Inter-Form singing competition. Students worked on their performance during class time, and a winner was crowned on competition day – Thursday 20 October!

Tuesday 13 September – SWCHS Singing Day with Greg Beardsell and Gabrieli ROAR

In just one day, Greg will helped to get over 2000 SWCHS students and teachers singing! Each year group was treated to a workshop with Greg, and had the chance to find out more about all the choirs on offer at SWCHS. This work was produced in partnership with Gabrieli’s choral outreach programme, Roar. For more information about Roar click here




Friday 14 October 2016

The brilliantly talented National Youth Jazz Orchestra spent an afternoon rehearsing with 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!

Nicola Benedetti Strings Festival

6 & 7 May 2017

A weekend of sessions and activities especially curated for string teachers, students and their families. Presented by the European String Teachers Association. Click here for more details.

Trumpington Violin Project

Throughout the 16/17 academic year

We’re supporting the Trumpington Schools Federation to launch a new opportunity for pupils at Fawcett and Trumpington Meadows Primary School. Throughout the year, Year 3 children (aged 7/8) will be given a series of free violins lessons with expert tutor Mish Kelly. Pupils will have access to an instrument, and parents will be given guidance and advice on progression pathways. By the end of the school year, a brand new strings orchestra will be born! For more information, please email

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 Benjamin Baker (violin), Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano), and James Baillieu (piano).

This year, we look forward to welcoming, among others: Sean Shibe (guitar) on Sunday 23 October 2016, Louis Schwizgebel (piano) on Sunday 13 November 2016, and Laura van der Heijden (cello) and Tom Poster (piano) on Sunday 2 April 2017.

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.