Jess Gillam, Ben Goldscheider, Tabea Debus © Kaupo Kikkas. Heath Quartet © Simon Way

14 May 2021, 7:30pm

Saffron Hall continues its series of free-to-view digital performances with ‘YCAT Artist Showcase’, a chamber concert featuring both past and present YCAT artists – James Baillieu, Tabea Debus, Ben Goldscheider, Oliver Heath and the Heath Quartet, in addition to Jess Gillam and Toby Carr.

Debus and Goldscheider are both current YCAT artists whilst James Baillieu (2010-2014) and the Heath Quartet (2008-2012) are alumni who were also supported by YCAT. Each performance will be interspersed with short conversations between Jess Gillam and the other artists.

The broadcast will begin with a conversation between Angela Dixon, Chief Executive of Saffron Hall, and Alasdair Tait, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of YCAT. Although the broadcast will be free to watch, viewers will have the opportunity to make a donation which will be shared between Help Musicians UK, YCAT and Saffron Hall Trust. These streamed performances continue Saffon Hall’s commitment to supporting musicians by both engaging them and also raising money for musical charities.

Founded in 1984, YCAT is a charity which supports the early careers of musicians by offering 3-5 year management to young artists in addition to its online career development programme for freelance musicians. Over the last 35 years, YCAT has supported leading musicians including Alison Balsom OBE (2000) and Ian Bostridge CBE (1992).

Angela Dixon, Chief Executive of Saffron Hall, commented: “Saffron Hall has supported emerging artists since it opened and our partnership with YCAT has opened up many opportunities for audiences and artists over the years.  We were delighted to put this stream together to showcase past and present YCAT artists at a time when their visibility has been so disrupted.”

Alasdair Tait, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of YCAT, commented: “I am so grateful to Saffron Hall for this wonderful opportunity for our YCAT artists, past and present, to perform once again, especially during this lockdown period. Saffron Hall has always been such an important advocate for younger artists and YCAT’s close and continuing relationship with the Hall and it’s wider learning activities plays a truly valuable role in their artistic development”.

For more information and to watch the events please visit  

Friday 14 May, 7:30pm (available for 30 days)

James Baillieu – piano
Toby Carr – lute, theorbo and guitar
Tabea Debus – recorder
Jess Gillam – saxophone
Ben Goldscheider – horn
Oliver Heath – violin 
The Heath Quartet

Performance programme

Piazzolla Histoire du Tango

Jess Gillam, saxophone
James Baillieu, piano

Dukas Villanelle
Saint-Saëns Romance, Op. 36
Huw Watkins Lament
Bozza En Forȇt

Ben Goldscheider, horn
James Baillieu, piano

Tabea Debus Ciaconna Medley (after Italian composers)
Corbetta ‘Folie’ for solo guitar
Ortiz Recercada Segunda sobre tenores Italianos
Telemann Fantasia per il Flauto senza Basso No. 2, TWV 40:3
Alastair Penman Mirrored Lines
Johnson arr. Debus Greensleeves
Schop Pavane Lachrimae
Dowland Captain Digorie Piper, His Galliard
Holborne Almaine ‘The Night Watch’

Tabea Debus, recorder
Toby Carr, lute, theorbo and guitar

Beethoven String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major Op.18 No. 6

Heath Quartet

Saffron Hall
Saffron Hall is a 740-seat concert hall that opened in 2013 and is a uniquely sustainable model of arts and community outreach. Cited in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School, a comprehensive school in North Essex, Saffron Hall’s world class programme runs alongside an extensive Schools and Community programme.  Since opening Saffron Hall has engaged with over 35,000 participants and sold over 190,000 tickets, with 21% of audiences traveling 30 miles or more. 10% of tickets sold were to under 18’s.  

Saffron Hall is a registered charity and receives no regular funding from the local authority or Arts Council England. It is solely reliant on donations from individuals, trusts and foundations and ticket sales.

Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT)

Founded in 1984, the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) supports the early careers of musicians so they can go on to move generations of audiences around the world with their talent.
Every year, music graduates face one of the biggest challenges: being seen and heard within the music industry. At YCAT we discover and support these musicians through the turbulent transition from education to professional life. From our distinguished 3-5 year management of selected YCAT Artists, to our online career development programme for all freelance musicians, our goal remains the same: giving young musicians the best start to their careers. Our experience and international network of colleagues and partners enable us to provide sustained guidance and unrivalled opportunities at this pivotal point for young musicians. Over the last 35 years, we have proudly supported thousands of young musicians paving their way within the industry who now share their talent with audiences worldwide.