Festival Choir


The Come and Sing Choir rehearses in Old House Barn
The Come & Sing Choir rehearses in Old House Barn

Come and have fun learning great music at lightning speed with the marvellous Benjamin Vonberg-Clark (pictured above rehearsing the 2015 choir). You don’t have to be a trained choral singer and you’ll be amazed how quickly you will learn a beautiful new and uplifting piece.

Dates for 2017 are Sunday 10 September, Monday 25 September (evening) and Sunday 1 October.

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A bit more about Ben …

Orlando Jopling says “I first came across Ben when his brilliant south London children’s choir joined my orchestra and choir for Britten’s War Requiem in Cadogan Hall last year. He was absolutely brilliant at enthusing the choir and I know he will be a delight to work with. He is an excellent tenor himself and knows just how to get everyone singing better than they thought possible.”

Benjamin studied music in Durham, Vienna and London, and has sung with the Platinum Consort, Stile Antico, Tenebrae, the Brabant Ensemble and was a member of the inaugural Genesis Sixteen programme run by Harry Christophers.

Ben conducts two children’s choirs in London and a choral society, and runs the Westminster Cathedral Chorister Outreach Programme alongside running Platinum Consort’s education project ‘Platinum in Schools’ and other education organisations.


The Choir was formed to sing Mozart’s Requiem as part of the 2012 Festival and has since steadily increased in standard and popularity, tackling Beethoven’s Mass in C in 2013 and Brahms’ German Requiem in 2014.

The Choir offers a unique opportunity for excellent amateur singers from Essex and Suffolk:

  • to be coached by some of the top choral trainers in the country, among them Paul Brough, principal guest conductor of the BBC singers
  • to perform with a high-quality professional orchestra, drawn together by conductor Orlando Jopling from members of several internationally-renowned orchestras
  • to perform in the sensational Suffolk ‘wool’ church at Stoke-by-Nayland, with its glorious architecture and perfect acoustic, on a substantial stage specially built each year for the Festival, to a packed house
  • to be a central and valued part of the success of the Roman River Music Festival, which last year attracted almost 4,000 people to international-standard concerts and tempts an increasing number of visitors to visit our part of the world.