Festival overview


Firstsite, Colchester

With Dominic Harlan & Hazel Gould

Sat 1 October Coffee 9.30 Rehearse 10am - 4pm

Sun 2 October Rehearse 10am – 4pm Perf 5pm

Your chance to create a version of La Bohème from scratch in just two days with Dominic and Hazel, two of the country’s finest and most experienced workshop leaders. All ages are welcome. The emphasis will be on fun and the beautiful music of La Bohème, one of the most popular operas. All ages welcome. Places are limited to 45. There is more information and an application form on the website.

£75 / £35 for two days workshops, coaching, rehearsals and performance

MASTERCLASSES and OPEN REHEARSALS in collaboration with the Pimlott Foundation

4-6pm Old House Barn, Gt Horkesley CO6 4EQ

Tues 4 Oct Open rehearsal Hunt / Engegård

Weds 5 Oct Clarinet coaching, Matthew Hunt

Thurs 6 Oct Chamber music coaching, Engegårds

Fri 7 Oct Piano coaching, Tim Horton

Please contact us on 01206 729 356 or info@romanrivermusic.org.uk if you would like to take part.

ALLEGRI MISERERE and other choral masterpieces

Sat 1 October, 6pm St Barnabas’ Church, Great Tey

Allegri Miserere Mei and works by Purcell, Tallis, Victoria, Barber, Tavener and Byrd.

Armonico Consort Christopher Monks, Director

Great choral music from the last 800 years. Described as a “programme of unending delight” by Gramophone Magazine. A stunning choir in a beautiful church.

***** The Independent

£22.50 / £12.50 restricted view / £7.50 SOLD OUT


Sun 2 October, 11.30am St Andrew’s Church, Abberton

Chaconne from Violin Partita no. 2, and Suite no. 6 in D major for solo cello

Two of Bach’s great virtuoso solo works, in our most intimate and atmospheric church.

Juliet Jopling viola Orlando Jopling cello

£7.50 SOLD OUT


Sun 2 October, 5pm Firstsite, Colchester

Opera in a Weekend group

Director Hazel Gould MD Dominic Harlan

An informal performance of La Bohème with piano created over a weekend by 45 intrepid singers and two of the country’s most experienced animateurs. £10/£5


Wed 5 October, 8pm St Mary, Layer Marney

Beethoven String Quartet in F minor Op. 95

Maja Ratkje Between Beethoven UK première

Grieg String Quartet in G minor

Arvid Engegård & Atle Sponberg violins

Juliet Jopling viola Adrian Brendel 'cello

The UK debut of the Engegård Quartet, Norway’s most exciting new chamber group, featuring Roman River’s first artistic director. The playing is breathtaking … I am already looking forward to hearing it again. (The Strad)

£17.50 / £7.50


Thur 6 October, 8pm St Andrew’s, Fingringhoe

Matthew Hunt clarinet Tim Horton piano Juliet Jopling viola Orlando Jopling cello

Works by Mozart, Brahms, and Debussy

Matthew is solo clarinet with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. He gained fantastic reviews recently for his debut at the world’s foremost festival in Salzburg. An out-of-this-world clarinettist. Salzburg Festival review 2009

£17.50 / £7.50


Fri 7 October, 8pm St Mary, Peldon

Howells Rhapsodic Quintet Bartók String Quartet no. 5 & Mozart Clarinet Quintet

Matthew Hunt clarinet Engegård Quartet

An elegiac opening by one of our great choral composers, a dramatic and energised quartet by Bartók, and Mozart’s clarinet quintet, one of the great pieces of the chamber music repertoire.

£17.50 / £7.50


Sat 8 October

11.30am Nayland Village Hall

2pm Greenstead Community Centre

4pm Abberton & Langenhoe Village Hall

Clara Biss violin Ian Rathbone viola Matthew Forbes cello

Nigel Hildreth animateur

A new and specially devised programme with three of the most fun and brilliant string players we could lay our hands on! For any age, but especially fun for 5-12 year olds.

£5 adults, £2.50 children


Sat 8 October 11.30am St Mary, Layer Breton

Bach Suites for cello no. 2 (D minor) and 3 (C major)

Adrian Brendel 'cello

A rising star among cellists plays his favourite Suites.

£7.50 SOLD OUT


Sat 8 October, 8pm St Andrew's Church, Fingringhoe

Beethoven Violin Sonata Ravel Piano trio

Arvid Engegård & Atle Sponberg violins

Adrian Brendel cello Ian Brown piano

Members of the Engegård Quartet are joined by one of our leading and best-loved musicians, founder member of the Nash Ensemble Ian Brown.

£17.50 / £7.50


Sun 9 October, 11.30am St Edmund, East Mersea

Caryl Hughes mezzo-soprano

Orlando Jopling cello continuo

Some of Handel’s most ravishing arias and some rare gems, sung by a young mezzo with a beautiful voice.



Sun 10 October, 6pm Abberton Village Hall

Andy Metcalf

Irresistable Django Reinhardt-style dance rhythms and songs from Andy and his band.

£25 including supper by Jessica Cottrell