Born in Cornwall, Saffron has a Joint Honours degree in Italian and French from Cambridge University and is fluent in four languages. Before University, she studied singing with Joyce Robson. Just days after her seventeenth birthday, she won a choral scholarship to Cambridge University and, still aged seventeen, she won first prize in the “Vocal Championship Class” as well as in the French Art Song, Oratorio and Opera Classes at the County of Cornwall Music Festival and garnered experience as guest soloist for many Male Voice Cornish Choirs.
At university her operatic and operetta roles have included Phyllis (Iolanthe) the Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd, awarded 5* at the Edinburgh Festival 2007), the Sandman (Hänsel and Gretel) and Suor Genevieffa (Suora Angelica) for the Beethoven Ensemble and chorus (Venus and Adonis and Les Incas du Pérou).
Her concert work includes, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Goonvrea Singers, Mozart’s Requiem at Robinson College, Cambridge, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Vaughn William’s Mass in G with Fitzwilliam College Choir, Cambridge, conducted by Kiffer Finzi. She has also twice performed in Raymond Gubbay’s ‘Classical Spectacular’ at the Royal Albert Hall.
During her year abroad, she studied singing in Rome with Maestro Ludovico Malavasi, lecturer at the Conservatorio di Musica “San Pietro a Majella”. Whilst in Italy, she performed extensively in recitals and concerts with many respected artists. She attended the “Opera Studio” at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia at the Parco della Musica, held by world-renowned soprano Renata Scotto and the Abingdon Course for Solo Singers.
In 2009 she won a coveted place to study on the postgraduate vocal course at the Royal Northern College of Music which will commence in September 2010. Future plans include an Operatic Gala tour of Sicily in which she will perform soprano solo and performances in Monaco, Rome, Chioggia and Orvieto. Her voice is featured on the new album from “The Piano Room”, due for release on Irma Records in April 2010.
Aside from her musical accomplishments, Saffron is an accomplished flautist (grade 8), trained dancer (ten years’ experience of ballet, jazz, tap and character), radio presenter (Cambridge University Radio CUR1350), and actress (trained by Nicholas Hawtrey of the Royal Shakespeare Company).