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Sunday 6 December 2020, multiple performance times

Britten Sinfonia with Sir Mark Elder


Britten Sinfonia
Sir Mark Elder
Michael Mofidian


Siegfried Idyll
Mahler arr. Kloke
J Strauss arr. Stangel
Overture: Die Fledermaus

Running Time

1 hour

This is a rescheduled concert from 6 November 2020. Regrettably, Roderick Williams is unable to perform in this rescheduled concert. We are very grateful to Michael Mofidian who will take his place.

Britten Sinfonia returns to its Saffron Hall home in the company of two members of its extended artistic family, Sir Mark Elder and Michael Mofidian. This one-hour concert explores late Romantic love, life and loss from Vienna to Bavaria.

At the heart of the programme is Mahler’s powerfully emotive song cycle Kindertotenlieder, a study in anguish, grief and the power of love to transcend. Wagner’s love letter and birthday present to his wife Cosima, the Siegfried Idyll, opens the concert; first performed by a small ensemble who woke her by performing it outside their house on Christmas Day 1870. And the programme concludes with a trip to the sparkling, champagne-soaked ballrooms of 19th century Vienna: an arrangement for small ensemble of the overture to Johann Strauss’s most famous operetta Die Fledermaus.

Pre-order drinks
Drinks and snacks will be available to pre-order for this event online via a personalised link we will send to ticket bookers by text message on the day of the event. You can log in to your Saffron Hall account to check whether we hold an up-to-date mobile number for you, or get in touch by email or phone if you have further questions.

Booking tickets

For this event the stalls seating bank will be removed and the sunken seating bank will be covered, with audience members seated on the flat floor at cabaret tables in front of a stage area. All tables will be socially distanced to government guidelines. Most tables will accommodate up to 4 people, but some tables are limited to 2. Please check the seating plan carefully when you book to make sure your table can accommodate your party and that your booking is compliant with current government guidance. A limited number of balcony seats in pairs and single seats are also available.

Shuttle Bus

Our free minibus service between Audley End Station and Saffron Hall will not be in operation for this event.

More info

This event is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England