Opening night: Matt Sharp @ The Bus Depot

Event Details


Drinks from 7pm @ 37 Queen St

Music from 8pm | Bar ’til 11pm

Errollyn Wallen Cello Concerto
John Adams Shaker Loops
Arvo Pärt Te Deum

Errollyn Wallen


Matthew Sharp  cello
Theatre Royal Voices Christopher Borrett, director
Soprano: Emma Walshe and Gwen Martin
Alto: Kate Symonds Joy and Rebekah Jones
Tenor: Daniel Joy and Jonathan Hanley
Bass: Nicholas Ashby and Christopher Borrett
Festival Ensemble led by Clio Gould
Orlando Jopling conductor

full-bloodied, dramatic, supple – Matthew Sharp’s playing captures the attention right through to the end of this major cello concerto” – The Strad on this performance

Matthew Sharp with celloMatthew Sharp conjures the festival into life with a sweep of his bow, his effervescent playing and engaging personality bringing Errollyn Wallen’s best work to life.

The world-class players of the Festival Ensemble will give a mesmerising performance of John Adams’ shimmering, pulsating Shaker Loops and the concert will end with the intense peace of Arvo Pärt’s music; his iconic, deeply-felt Te Deum for double choir, ensemble, prepared piano and tape breathing ethereal life into another of Colchester’s fascinating hidden spaces.

The bus depot was once the Theatre Royal, where Charlie Chaplin, Oscar Wilde, Lily Langtree and Charles Dickens performed.

It is built onto the roman walls of Colchester.

The old bus depot is built onto Colchester’s roman walls. Photo HAT Projects


Drinks from 7 @ 37 Queen Street to celebrate the start of the 2017 Roman River Festival. 



Arvo Pärt