Concerts and Events 2023.24

Lunchtime concert – 15 June

Thank you to the SCYM musicians that performed for family and friends on Saturday.









Masterclass and workshop given by trombonist John Barber.

John Barber, Principal Trombone of the Foden’s Brass Band and most versatile trombonist, with young musicians in the masterclass on Saturday 8 June.

Masterclass participants and pieces played were:

Harry – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Sam  – 2nd mvt of Rimsky Korsakov trombone concerto
Maya  – Concertino by Ferdinand David




Masterclass on 18 May


Two SCYM students had the opportunity to spend some time with Tom Poster and Elena Urioste on Saturday 18 May for a masterclass.


Bethany, joined pianist Tom Poster in Saffron Hall for her first masterclass. Bethany said, ‘it was a wonderful experience and I learnt such a huge amount’.



Yahel, with violist Elena Urioste in Saffron Hall for his masterclass.  Yahel said, ‘what an incredible  experience – I learnt so much’.


Bethany and Yahel joined a full audience in the evening to listen to an amazing performance given by Tom and Elena, Selections for #UriPosteJukebox, in Saffron Hall.



Gareth Lumbers and Charlie Bates will be leading SCYMs summer jazz course, 27-29 August.  If you would like to register your musician, please contact Sophie Stafford (Email:


  • SCYM’s jazz band is going on tour in the summer! The tour to Salzburg, Austria has been organised by Essex Music Services and is a first for us. The jazz band will be traveling with Essex Youth Orchestra and Essex Youth Jazz.


Britten Sinfonia Inspirational Day

Over 80 young musicians enjoyed a day with 15 members of Britten Sinfonia under the baton of  Karen Ní Bhroin on Sunday 21 April.

The day comprised of sectionals and tutti rehearsals and the young musicians prepared Beethoven, Arr. George Morton II. Allegretto from Symphony No 7; Gershwin, Arr. George Morton Extracts from Rhapsody in Blue;  Price, Arr. George Morton Juba Dance from Symphony No 1 and Dani Howard Jigsaw  to showcase to their parents at the end of the day.

Thank you Orchestras Live, Britten Sinfonia, Essex Music Hub and Saffron Hall for making this event possible.

We are looking forward to the next one.





  • SCYM musicians will be working along side members of Britten Sinfonia on Sunday 21 April.  The repertoire is fantastic (from Beethoven, through Gershwin and to a new piece by Dani Howard which includes electronics). It will be a stretching and challenging day for all with sectional work, and a performance from Britten Sinfonia as well as tutti rehearsals and performance.
  • Our Jazz Band, Senior Strings and Senior Choirs will be performing in E7 on 23 March. Starting at 1030am – a great way to end the Spring term.
  • Our Symphony Orchestra and Choirs performed in Saffron Hall on 10 February 2024. The audience was treated to two pieces: Flash Bang Wallop and Blooming Heather, the latter of which was arranged by SCYM alumna Anna Middleton.
  • Weekly performances by our young musicians, individually and ensembles, from 10 – 1020am in the foyer of Saffron Hall.
  • Saffron Hall’s 10th Birthday Jess Gillam & Britten Sinfonia, 3 December 2023 – a string and piano ensemble, made from current SCYM students and alumni, accompanied Jess Gillam for a performance of Braziliera from Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud.
  • Saffron Hall’s 10th Birthday A  Jazz celebration, 1 December 2023 – J Steps were given the opportunity to perform at this event.
  • 6th October – J Steps will be performing at The Swinging Cat Jazz Club, Haverhill Arts Centre. Evening starts at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased here



Concerts and events – 2022.23

  • 8th July – Student showcase, St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden
  • 29th April – Pianists showcase, Saffron Hall
  • 25th March – Intermediate Strings concert and Folk Musician Nick Hart Workshop
  • 18th March – Open Auditions for J Steps Jazz ensemble

  • 4th March – Symphony Orchestral performance, Saffron Hall, 1130am.
  • 26th February – Saffron Centre for Young Musicians Junior Brass Band performs with Haverhill Youth & Community Brass Band, Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill

A brilliant time was had by SCYM’s Junior Brass band playing alongside the fantastic Haverhill Youth and Community Band – thank you.