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Japanese drummers Kodo, Montenegran classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglic, Cambridge folk four-piece Camus and jazz duo Dan Forshaw & James Beckwith part of 2022 spring season at Saffron Hall

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An audience can experience tradition, rhythm and an energy so powerful you can feel the air shake during Saffron Hall's 2022 spring season.

Japanese drumming troupe Kodo are coming to the 740-seat auditorium in Saffron Walden as part of their One Earth tour of Europe on Friday February 18 (7.30pm).

The percussionists, who perform the art of Taiko drumming, are celebrating their 40th anniversary season with their Tsuzumi show.

Kodo. Picture: Takashi Okamoto (54114596)
Kodo. Picture: Takashi Okamoto (54114596)

They have played in 50 countries on five continents, wowing audiences by giving the timeless art a thrillingly theatrical edge.

An artistry of a different kind can be enjoyed when charismatic classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic takes to the stage on Sunday February 20 (3pm).

The acclaimed musician, from Montenegro, will be performing a concert entitled 'Homage to Segovia'.

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

Often known just as Milos, he described his reaction when he first picked up a guitar as a child as "love at first listen".

The Saffron Hall audience will be treated to pieces including Johann Sebastian Bach's Chaconne, Five Preludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Carlo Domeniconi's Koyunbaba Suite.

Cambridge band Camus are also a treat for the ears and they come to Saffron Hall as part of the venue's Foyer Folk programme on Friday January 21 (8pm).

The group play an exciting mix of traditions, with influences from Northumbria, Shetland and Ireland – plus a dash of bluegrass – alongside original songs.

Camus (54114589)
Camus (54114589)

Camus have played around East Anglia for many years, at clubs, festivals, ceilidhs and concerts.

Recently re-formed as a four-piece, they have national championships in Northumbrian piping (solo and duet) and tune composition among their recent successes.

The first Foyer Jazz night of the year is on Friday January 28 (8pm) when Dan Forshaw and James Beckwith join forces.

Dan Forshaw (54114591)
Dan Forshaw (54114591)

Saxophonist Forshaw is a favourite on the UK 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 in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School in 2013, begins at the weekend with performances from cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson (Friday January 7, 8pm) and Italian accordionist Samuele Telari (Sunday January 9, 3pm).

The second half of the season is set to be finalised in the coming weeks. See www.saffronhall.com to find out more.

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