“The town of Saffron Walden has found a generous and above all strategic benefactor In Yellow Car Charitable trust. Saffron Hall is a testament to the commitment of Yellow Car Charitable Trust to supporting the Arts, serving the community and making a case for state school funding. Siting this magnificent hall in a state secondary school was a clear statement of the commitment of Yellow Car Charitable Trust to music education.” ~ Angela Dixon, Director of Saffron Hall (previously of the Barbican).
“The Trustees of the Saffron Hall Trust are very sensible of the responsibilities laid on them by the munificence of the Yellow Car Trust. The support of Yellow Car Charitable Trust lies at the financial heart of what we do but thanks to this remarkable junction between the private and public sectors we also have the exceptional opportunity of making a significant contribution to the educational ambitions of the pupils and teachers of the Saffron Walden County High School.” ~ Nigel Brown OBE, Chairman of the Yellow Car Trust.
“This development fulfils a long-held ambition to provide an inspirational performance space for the many talented musicians and actors at the County High” said head teacher John Hartley, “but we also see it as an opportunity to provide a shared amenity that will benefit many local Arts organisations – choirs, performing arts groups and others – as well as opening up the prospect of attracting orchestras and theatre groups of a national and international calibre to Saffron Walden.”
The building phase of Saffron Hall was completed in 2013 and the venue, which is managed by Saffron Hall Trust has already hosted several outstanding events, drawing in world-class artists. The story of the construction of Saffron Hall can be viewed here in two parts.
The building of Saffron Hall – Part One and Two: