The Night Before Christmas

All of the children in KS2 had the pleasure of visiting Saffron Hall on Thursday to watch ‘The Night Before Christmas’ performed by Matthew Sharp and the Chroma ensemble.

This was a great opportunity to watch some live music and listen to an old Russian folktale.

I know all the children and staff enjoyed the visit and we would especially like to thank; Saffron Hall for the invite, the school PTA for subsidising the ticket cost and The Arts Society of Saffron Walden who funded the transport.

Further information about the performance is included below


The performance included;

  1. Christmas Eve Suite – Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
  2. Suite, from The Snow Maiden – Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
  3. Quartet for violin, viola and 2 cellos in A minor Op 35 – Anton Arensky
  4. Romance Op 26 – Aleksandr Konstantinovich Glazunov
  5. Otchevo (Why?), from 6 Romances Op 63 – Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  6. In the silence of the secret night, from 6 Romances Op 4 – Sergey Rachmaninov
  7. For the shores of thy far native land – Alexander Borodin

A magical retelling of Nikolai Gogol’s story ‘The night before Christmas’, interwoven with a ravishing selection of Russian and Ukrainian music and song. This uproarious tale tells of the blacksmith Vakula’s battle with the devil, who has stolen the moon and hidden it in his pocket. Vakula is in love with the beautiful Oksana but she will not marry him unless he brings her the Tsarina’s slippers. Now he needs the devil’s help …

Multitalented baritone, cellist and storyteller Matthew Sharp joins Chroma musicians to tell the story in words, song and music. The programme includes Ukrainian carols and Ukrainian folk music.