Kodo, Miloš Karadaglic, Camus and Dan Forshaw & James Beckwith part of the Spring 2022 season at Saffron Hall


Experience rhythm, tradition, and an energy so powerful you can feel the air tremble during the 2022 spring season at Saffron Hall.

japanese drum troupe Kodo come to the 740-seat auditorium at Saffron Walden as part of their One Earth tour of Europe on Friday February 18 (7:30 p.m.).

The percussionists, who practice the art of the Taiko drum, celebrate their 40th anniversary with their Tsuzumi show.

Kodo. Photo: Takashi Okamoto (54114596)

They have performed in 50 countries on five continents, wowing audiences by giving the timeless art a thrilling theatrical touch.

Artistry of a different kind can be appreciated when the classical guitarist superstar Milos Karadaglic takes the stage on Sunday February 20 (3 p.m.).

The acclaimed and charismatic musician from Montenegro will perform a concert titled Homage to Segovia.

Miloš Karadaglic.  Photo: Lars Borges / Mercury Classics (54114587)
Miloš Karadaglic. Photo: Lars Borges / Mercury Classics (54114587)

Often known as Milos, he described his reaction as “love at first sight” when he first picked up a guitar as a child.

The audience of the Salle Saffron will be treated to a number of pieces, including Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach, Cinq Préludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos and the Koyunbaba Suite by Carlo Domeniconi.

Cambridge Group Camus are also a feast for the ears and they come to the venue as part of its Foyer Folk program on Friday January 21 (8pm).

The band play an exciting mix of lore, with influences from Northumbria, Ireland and Shetland – plus a hint of bluegrass – alongside original songs.

Camus (54114589)
Camus (54114589)

Camus has performed around East Anglia for many years, in clubs, festivals, ceilidhs and concerts.

Recently reformed into a quartet, they have the Northumbrian National Bagpipe (Solo and Duo) and Air Composition Championships among their recent successes.

The first Foyer Jazz evening of the year takes place on Friday January 28 (8 p.m.) when Dan Forshaw and James Beckwith join forces.

Dan Forshaw (54114591)
Dan Forshaw (54114591)

Saxophonist Forshaw is a favorite of the British jazz scene while pianist Beckwith is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s.

In this new collaboration, the duo will perform jazz standards, popular songs and original compositions.

The spring season at Saffron Hall, which opened on the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School in 2013, begins the weekend with performances by the cellist and singer Ayanna Witter Johnson (Friday January 7 8 p.m.) and Italian accordionist Samuele telari (Sunday January 9, 3 p.m.).

The second half of the season should be finalized in the coming weeks. See www.saffronhall.com for more information.

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