Saffron Hall

It's a busy month at north-west Essex's cultural hotbed

There’s a busy month ahead at Saffron Hall, beginning with New Sussex Opera, who will be stopping by with Charles Villiers Stanford’s little-performed The Travelling Companion on 2 December. Then, jazz fans can catch Kansas Smitty’s House Band on 8 December, while the legendary London Community Gospel Choir will bring an uplifting Christmas celebration on the 9th, filled with tidings of deep comfort and pure joy.

On the 16th at 3pm, composers John Rutter and Bob Chilcott take turns to conduct their own carols with the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra, then, Britten Sinfonia perform Handel’s Messiah on 22 December: its brilliant arias making it a popular one on many a Christmas list.

On 23 December, celebrate the delights of Christmas past at A Victorian Christmas, which features an afternoon of readings and music from the likes of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and Gilbert and Sullivan