Become a Friend

Primary schools on rehearsing at the 2015 Festival
Primary schools rehearsing at the 2015 Festival

Our dream is to enable every child within reach of festival venues to get involved in great music.

Our Friends are an essential part of this dream and we would love you to join them. Every pound you give supports our vital education work and the Festival.

Thanks so much for the recital the other day. It was amazing!
Tracy Curd, Head of Music at Thomas Lord Audley School

We are a registered charity so we can also claim back the tax you have paid. Please talk to us if you would like to support a specific aspect of our work.

Benjamin Clark, leading the ‘come and sing’ choir in 2017

Become a Friend from £25
Join a growing band of wonderful people, receive regular newsletters, get special invites to events and perhaps most importantly priority booking for Festival concerts.

What an extraordinary standard of musicians brought to our local communities by an extremely hard-working team. Long may it last. A real privilege to enjoy this annual festival which also introduces children in local schools to life-enhancing music.

Friends get priority booking!

The King’s Singers, who are likely to sell out in 2017. Become a Friend to guarantee your seat!


Become an Associate from £75

Make a real difference by subsidising the fee for a musician to visit a local secondary school and give a tailored recital – an unforgettable experience for young students that can spark a passion for music that can enrich a lifetime.

You will receive free copy of our substantial souvenir programme, invitations to special events, priority booking for Festival concerts, your name in the programme, and regular newsletters.

International superstar Alina Ibragimova’s quartet will give a schools recital in 2017 as well as their festival concert.


Make a really big difference – become a Benefactor from £250

Your £250 can enable a whole class to spend a day composing and performing with an inspiring animateur, which can make a huge difference to their self-confidence and social skills as well as musical talent. Our hugely appreciated Benefactors are invited to attend education events to see your support in action.

All the pupils in my school thoroughly enjoyed the music workshop – it was truly inspirational. Without exception the children’s comments demonstrated their enjoyment, with the only complaint being that they would have loved to have a longer session! Head teacher

Gwyneth Herbert, who will weave in work by pupils from the Colchester Academy into her show on 27 September

We will do our very best to look after you at the festival, reserving seats for you and your guests at most concerts and supplying a free copy of our beautiful souvenir programme, plus invitations to special events, priority booking for Festival concerts, and a listing in the programme.

I would like to thank and congratulate you and all the team for the most wonderful Festival. I am so proud to have been involved, albeit in a small way, and want to confirm that I will help sponsor the education programme again next year.
Julia Havis

Please download a Friends form  OR use the PayPal link below.

If you are able to pay by Standing Order, please use the option on the form above to maximise the impact of your donation by avoiding PayPal charges and helping us demonstrate the on-going local support which is absolutely vital to bringing national funding to the region.

To help us reclaim tax on your donation, please send us an email with a completed Gift Aid form.

Thank you for your essential support

Please choose:

My eldest son was privileged to see Vive perform at his school, as he is taking GCSE music. He said they were “cool” – a massive compliment from a teenage boy! So “thank you” again, especially for all the work you are doing with the youngsters.
Jo Banks, parent from The Gilberd School

Radio 3 are broadcasting four concerts this year – helping raise Essex’s cultural profile and a testament to the quality of our performers


Outstanding events in truly unique locations.  The quality of the music is tremendously high.
Sara Humphreys

The sun shone for our Summer Garden Party on 16 June 2016, a beautiful evening in stunning gardens full of brimming herbaceous borders, rose covered arbours and swathes of ox-eye daisies.

Add a glass or two of wine, some delicious canapés and a stunning solo Bach Cello Suite played by young Nathaniel Boyd – with friendly assistance from a resident black labrador who obviously appreciated good music – and a perfect evening was had by all.

Thank you to our sponsors for the evening the Colchester Wine Company and all Roman River Friends who attended. We are, as ever, so grateful for your generous support.

A warm welcome those of you who became Friends during the evening. We know you will enjoy the music and events we have planned throughout 2017.

I would like to thank and congratulate you and all the team for the most wonderful Festival. I am so proud to have been involved, albeit in a small way, and want to confirm that I will help sponsor the education programme again next year.
Julia Havis

Spread the word

Roman River Music is a registered charity (number 1158366). Please help us spread the word about the Festival and our vital education work. If you can introduce three new people who go on to buy tickets we will be delighted to send you and them free copies of the 2016 souvenir Programme.

This year has been the most magnificent achievement for Roman River Music. The eclectic mix of music on offer this year was amazing and gave much pleasure to so many people. I only wished that I could have attended every concert. But I look forward with eager anticipation to next year.
Judy Kimmance

Mark Padmore, who sang at the 2013 festival and is now a Patron of Roman River Music
Mark Padmore, Patron of Roman River Music

Secure the future

By donating a gift or remembering Roman River Music in your will, you will enhance the future development and ensure the long-term financial stability of Essex’s premiere international music festival, bringing the creative and expressive arts into the lives of children who may otherwise have no access to them. Click here for more information.

It was the hugest pleasure to be involved with the Festival. At a time when so many events seem to be struggling for audiences, it’s absolutely brilliant to be part of such a positive, thriving Festival.
Tom Poster, pianist


If you would like to help secure the future of Roman River Music in the cultural landscape of the East of England, please get in touch to find out more. We offer a range of options from individual concert sponsorship, nurturing young musicians to longer-term financial support offering enhanced benefits both to the charity and your organisation. There are more details on the sponsorship page and you can request further information by emailing Harry Anderson, Trustee, via

Thank you for a wonderful week in Essex. We loved every minute. The whole experience was just brilliant. Stunning, world-class artists who gave their all, a wonderful church in a magical location. What is more the audience loved it, I mean really loved it.
John Paton

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