Festival 2013 – two weeks of glorious music on the Essex / Suffolk borders, UK

Tamsin Waley Cohen by Patrick Allen
Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Patrick Allen)

View our events button above for full listings of every concert. This year we are pleased to showcase:

Anthony Marwood • Britten Sinfonia • Mark Padmore • Benjamin Grosvenor • Tamsin Waley-Cohen • Thomas Gould • Philip Higham • Richard Lester • Gwilym Simcock • Gwyneth Herbert • Ksenija Sidorova • Adrian Brendel • Tom Poster • Daisy Jopling

In various venues from:

Stoke by Nayland • Wivenhoe • Dedham • Fordham • Le Talbooth • Liquid nightclub • The Minories • Mercury Theatre • East Mersea • firstsite • Abberton • Fingringhoe

We celebrate the anniversary of Benjamin Britten, including a unique chance to hear all three of the amazing solo suites he wrote for his friend Rostropovich.

We present Beethoven’s masterpiece the Mass in C, chamber music by Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Poulenc and Gershwin, a sprinkling of new music by Judith Weir, John Barber, Huw Watkins and others, and opera arias by Verdi, Puccini, Handel and Purcell.

Together with our partners the Mercury Theatre, firstsite, the Minories and the Arts Centre, we present atmospheric late night Shostakovitch quartets in the round with a shot of vodka warming your innards, Perrier award-winning jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock playing at liquid nightclub, lots of musical activities for kids plus a violin recital in the auditorium at firstsite, the sensational Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova at the Minories and an evening of Bach masterpieces in the Baptist Church.

We are truly spoilt for choice in our region when it comes to lovely, perfect villages and atmospheric, ancient churches where the acoustics are perfect and the music soars up among the pillars. We are returning to our favourite churches in Stoke by Nayland, Fingringhoe, Fordham and East Mersea, and we are thrilled to be playing for the first time in Wivenhoe and at the Dedham Assembly Rooms.


We are offering substantial savings on the normal ticket prices of £2.50 – £22.50 with our weekend tickets, festival passes, and tickets for the cello series. As always we are offering anyone under 26 very low price tickets, and there are half-price seats at all the big concerts, some of which many have slightly restricted view. All details are on the detachable booking form, and for the first time you can look at seating plans for most of our venues on our website, where you can also book online using PayPal.

Roman River Festival 2013 is programmed by Artistic Director Orlando Jopling and produced by Roman River Music.

For a free brochure with full details and a booking form please contact us on info@romanrivermusic.org.uk, by phone on 01206 729 356 or by using the form under ‘About Us’.

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