Artistic Director Orlando Jopling
Orlando Jopling’s career started in opera, conducting over 25 opera productions with Independent Opera and Scottish Opera among others and founding the contemporary opera specialist Tête à Tête and Stanley Hall Opera. More recently he has concentrated on orchestral repertoire, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and dozens of other orchestras in the UK and throughout Europe. He is Principal Conductor of the Royal Orchestral Society in London, and has programmed Roman River Music since 2007 alongside his performing work.
Longer biography. Photo by Julie Cuthbert
General Manager Victoria Steinitz
Victoria joined Roman River Music in April 2015 after nearly 12 years working for the London Symphony Orchestra, first in LSO Discovery – the Orchestra’s renowned education programme – then at LSO St Luke’s, where she made her way from Office Assistant, through the events team, to Centre Manager, returning to a part-time sales and marketing role after the birth of her daughter, Lillian, in 2012.
Victoria has lived in Colchester most of her life and is actively involved in local amateur music-making, conducting the Boxted Methodist Silver Band and Ipswich Over 50s Brass Band alongside playing the cornet, tenor horn and – if persuaded – bassoon. She has a passion for teaching, frequently arranges music for brass and enjoys walking both locally and further afield.
Learning and Participation leader Laura Davison
Laura has worked in the cultural sector for 18 years, managing arts and heritage education programmes with organisations including Firstsite and the University of Essex, as well as initiating various community projects in a freelance capacity. She has a wide range of experience of working in partnership and managing learning programmes which promote engagement with and enjoyment of the arts.
Laura has worked with a wide range of people of all ages and diverse backgrounds, including formal education, families, young people and adults. She has initiated and managed ambitious projects with schools and community groups, developed artist residencies and commissioned new work. She has particular interest in embedding professional development for artists and teachers within her work and has developed CPD and mentoring schemes.
Primary Schools co-ordinator Kate Green
Kate has been a music teacher for 16 years, teaching students from reception age to A Level in schools across Essex and East London. She has a passion for introducing all genres of the arts to young audiences to inspire the next generation.
Please contact Kate if you would like your primary school to be involved in the next festival.
Design Julie Green
Julie has been a ‘designing woman’ for over twenty years, working both independently and in teams in both the public and private sectors.
Ellie is this year’s intern and is looking forward to being part of the Roman River Team. She has been a member of a variety of ensembles such as Colne Valley Youth Orchestra and Essex Youth Orchestra as an oboist and was involved on the planning committee. This gave her an insight into what happens behind the scenes at these events and is thrilled to be persuing this interest with the Roman River Festival, and as she starts an Events Management degree in September.
Harry Anderson (chair)
Zélie Jopling – Founder
We are looking for new trustees to strengthen the expertise of the board in particular areas. More information (printable PDF)
The festival would not be able to exist without the following people all of whom give their time pro bono.
Box Office Manager Lindsay Wilson
Although effectively almost a full-time job between June and October, Lindsay undertakes this vital role in a volunteer capacity, ably assisted by Giles and Ruth Job.
Young musicians Julie Cuthbert
Julie gave up a career as a high-flying city lawyer specialising in intellectual property to become an artist, and has developed our young musician’s programme in her spare time.
Admin Assistant Bettina Bullimore
Charity Secretary Giles Job
Brian and Wendy are absolutely essential to the running of the festival, sourcing and buying lighting equipment, scoping out each of the 15 venues (with new ones added each year) and putting up and taking down the rigs for each concert.
Accountancy Ruth Job
Librarian Judy Hutchings
Anthony Forster, Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex
The Hon Bernard Jenkin MP
Sir Andrew Motion
Councillor Gerard Oxford, Mayor of Colchester
The Hon Will Quince MP
Mrs Philip Tolhurst, Lord-Lieutenant of Essex