Saffron Hall concert ‘outstanding’ in UK first

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 September 2020 | UPDATED: 10:53 15 September 2020

Aurora Orchestra at Saffron Hall. Photo: Sara Platt Photography.

Aurora Orchestra at Saffron Hall. Photo: Sara Platt Photography.

Sara Platt Photography

Aurora Orchestra received a standing ovation at Saffron Hall, in the UK’s first concert hall symphony performance with an audience since lockdown.

Aurora Orchestra at Saffron Hall. Photo: Sara Platt Photography.Aurora Orchestra at Saffron Hall. Photo: Sara Platt Photography.

The full symphonic concert took place on Wednesday, September 9, before their performance for the BBC Proms.

Audience members labelled the evening as “outstanding” and “stunning”.

A spokesperson for Saffron Hall said that although they are slowly reopening their venue, there are several challenges they have to overcome.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is particularly challenging to get people into the UK, with musicians travelling to Saffron Walden from all over the world.

The venue has been closed since March, and has launched an appeal for donations on its Facebook page.

Saffron Hall has been amazed by the response and last week the appeal reached £100,000.

Chief Executive Angela Dixon said: “Funds from the appeal are helping us to sustain the organisation whilst we must remain partially closed and work with a significantly reduced capacity. It will also keep our community and schools programmes running and allow us to plan for the future of Saffron Hall.

“Thank you to everyone who has donated.”

The venue will announce their autumn season of socially distanced concerts in October.

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