Festival Choir

Choir practice is healthier than yoga

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

Treat yourself to an uplifting session with dynamic young choral director Ben Vonberg-Clark, who welcomes all ages and abilities for a day of singing, exercise, socialising and learning something new.

No need to read music or have sung before. Come and see what this feel-good craze is all about – you’ll be amazed how quickly you will learn a beautiful new and uplifting piece.

Repertoire will include Eric Whitacre’s A Boy and a Girl and Handel’s Zadok the Priest.

The Come & Sing Choir gets together for a full, fun and sociable day on Sunday 10 September and an evening refresher session on Monday 25 September ahead of the chance to perform both works with a wonderful orchestra in the Festival Finale on Sunday 1 October. This is a really special event showcasing home-grown talent and the final hoorah in our flourishing annual festival.


Sunday 10 September 1000-1600 Old House Barn, Great Horkesley
Monday 25 September 1915-2145 Old House Barn, Great Horkesley
Sunday 1 October 11am rehearsal and 4pm concert, St Mary’s Church, Stoke by Nayland


For all three days – £18 or £6 for everyone under 30. Young people are very welcome! We also have bursaries available – please email info@romanrivermusic.org.uk


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 Roman River Festival 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.

The choir performs with an international quality professional orchestra, created from hand-picked members of London’s renowned orchestras, in the perfect acoustic and glorious architecture of the sensational church at Stoke-by-Nayland, on a substantial stage specially built each year for the Festival, to a packed house.

The choir is a central and valued part of the success of the area’s flagship arts festival, which attracts almost 4,000 people to international quality music, dance and theatre, and tempts an increasing number of visitors to visit our part of the world.

The choir was formed to sing Mozart’s Requiem as part of the 2012 Festival and performed Beethoven’s Mass in C in 2013 and Brahms’ German Requiem in 2014. The next Festival Choir concert is planned for 2018 – please email katie@romanrivermusic.org.uk to register your interest.