Mahler Symphony No 9

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Mahler poured his rich life experience and passion into his symphonies; this one has particular emotional depth, written in the knowledge that his life would soon be cut short by a recently-diagnosed illness; he died before its premiere in 1910.

 The sound that came from the stage was astounding. Words can’t do the performance the justice it deserves.

Audience member on Roman River’s 2016 Mahler

Orlando Jopling’s lifelong affinity with Mahler brings him back to this, the deepest and most personal of all of the symphonies, after having conducted the work for the first time almost twenty years ago.

Orlando Jopling does powerful, extraordinary things with the music, generating structural momentum, emotional charge and climax. A revelation.”
Ates Orga on Orlando Jopling’s debut CD recording with the English Chamber Orchestra

Our Mahler symphony was the highlight of many festival-goers in 2016. We bring together the same stunning group of world-class musicians to perform in the perfect acoustics of Stoke by Nayland Church. Iain Farrington’s brilliant re-orchestrations were perfect for Stoke by Nayland church last year, and we straightaway asked him to weave his magic with this, Mahler’s final symphony.

The Mahler Symphony at Stoke by Nayland was completely amazing – I felt privileged to have heard it.

Audience member after Roman River’s 2016 Mahler

Roman River Festival Orchestra in Stoke by Nayland, 2015
Roman River Festival Orchestra in Stoke by Nayland, 2015


Clio Gould, Kathy Shave, Dominic Moore, Rebecca Scott, Katerina Nazarova and Helen Paterson violin

Malcolm Johnston, Reiad Chibah and Richard Cookson viola

Juliet Welchman cello

Paul Sherman double bass

Alison Hayhurst flute

Joseph Sanders oboe

Joy Farrell clarinet

Chris Gunia bassoon

Stephen Stirling horn

Ryan Linham trumpet 

Emma Hodgson trombone

Imogen Barford harp

Ben Lewis timps

Barnaby Archer percussion

Orlando Jopling conductor

One of the most revelatory, transformative experiences of my musical life.”
Tom Service on Mahler’s 9th Symphony

With the generous support of Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa and Plep Johnston. Principal second violin supported by Ali and Robin Human.