The Planets: Saffron Hall



  • Granta Chorale
  • Edward Gardner conductor
  • Nicolas Altstaedt cello

Everyone knows a bit of The Planets, Holst’s century-old masterpiece, whether it’s the relentless menace and war-like rhythms of Mars or that magisterial melody from Jupiter. But to hear the complete work is a revelation - an epic journey to the outer reaches of the solar system in what the composer over-modestly described as ‘a series of mood pictures’.

From Venus’ serenity and the quicksilver messenger Mercury to the noble processional of Uranus the Magician, Holst does indeed instantly capture a mood with thrillingly original music, using his gigantic orchestra to wonderful effect. Dvořák’s beloved concerto is more earth-bound, inflected with the modes and rhythms of the music of his homeland. But in its elegiac slow movement and radiant apotheosis it seems to cast its gaze toward the stars.

Sat 13 Apr 2024, 7.30pm

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Saffron Walden

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

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Pre-show shuttle bus will be operating from Audley End Station to Saffron Hall. This service is free to use, with no need to book in advance.

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