Highlights from our previous Learning & Participation projects:
Year 9 students at Saffron Walden County High School took part in to an immersive week of album writing with the first in our series of artist residencies. Led by acclaimed string ensemble the Brodsky Quartet, this interactive week allowed the students explore and discover multi-disciplinary creative processes.
A team of artists, including Ian Stephens (composer), Hazel Gould (writer), Rhiannon Newman Brown (designer), Sophie Grimmer (singer) and Holly Cassidy (film maker) supported the students as they developed the project, which culminated in a performance at Saffron Hall.
The first in a series of events with violinist Nicola Benedetti, this special day of workshops and masterclasses proved to be a calendar highlight for hundreds of local string players and their teachers.
The event focussed on the BBC’s acclaimed Ten Pieces, which opens up the world of classical music through brilliant orchestral arrangements for mixed-ability ensembles.
Aldeburgh Music’s award-winning Friday Afternoons singing project visited Saffron Hall in November. A global celebration of singing for kids and teachers alike, the project commissions new songs each year, with performances all over the world taking part on the same day.
Saffron Hall was filled with 500 children from nearby schools singing this year’s songs, which were written by American composer Nico Muhly.
The event was presented by singer and conductor Dominic Peckham, and supported by musicians Russell Harrold (piano), Chris Hill (bass) and Andy Martin (percussion). Teachers with children taking part were well supported with a training session led by Dominic, along with online resources.
Who says opera is for grown-ups? This spectacular new opera was written especially for Saffron Walden County High School and local primary schools and based on the legend of the Saffron Walden basilisk, a monstrous serpent that attacked the town in the middle ages.
With over 300 young people taking part, this was a dynamic and exciting event for the region. Teachers worked alongside professional opera makers to enhance and develop their skills. Older students also had the chance to experience backstage craft, front-of-house management and marketing.
The Glass Knight was directed by Anna Moorhouse of SWCHS and designed by Neil Irish. It featured music by Philip Sunderland and Gareth Prior, Libretto.