NEW!   Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia Announce New Partnership

18/11/2015

Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia Announce New Partnership

Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia have announced a new partnership which sees Britten Sinfonia become Saffron Hall’s Resident Orchestra from the 2016–17 season. This cements a strong relationship that began at the venue’s opening concert in 2013 and has continued with hugely successful concerts for both adult and family audiences.

Each season Britten Sinfonia will deliver a series of artistically outstanding and musically diverse concerts.  Both organisations already offer extensive learning and participation programmes.  The combined power of these ambitions will result in an immersive and sustained programme of music education and participatory activities for both secondary and primary schools and wider communities across the region.

Built in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School, Saffron Hall is an award- winning 740-seat performance space which has already presented two seasons of world-class international concerts since it opened in November 2013. Several leading international artists and orchestras have appeared there and the venue has established itself as a leader in music education, becoming a trail-blazing model of state school and community music provision, inspiring through music and the arts.

Angela Dixon, Saffron Hall Chief Executive, comments:

“Saffron Hall is committed to changing the normal practices of a venue by developing a fully integrated concert series and learning programme that will reshape the way audiences and communities engage with us. With such great ambition it is absolutely vital that we collaborate with the right partners and we are therefore extremely excited that Britten Sinfonia, one of the most forward-thinking and creatively adventurous ensembles in the country, will be resident here.”

David Butcher, Britten Sinfonia Chief Executive, comments:

 “We are delighted to have this very rare opportunity to build a residency from scratch. The joy of a new venue, is that it gives us the scope to think afresh about what a residency means. We are hugely excited about the plans we are developing with Angela Dixon and her team and to becoming a key part of one of the best things to have happened to music in the UK for a very long time.”

The residency, which begins in October 2016, consolidates Britten Sinfonia’s strong links with the East of England and will sit alongside the orchestra’s residencies in Norwich and at the University of Cambridge, and as an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican.

 

 

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