Be a part of our success

Nicola Benedetti, who performed at Roman River Music in 2016
Credit Rhys Frampton

This September, over 100 outstanding international musicians, choreographers, film and video artists, cabaret stars, dancers and composers will arrive in Essex and Suffolk as part of the Roman River Festival ’17.

This is your chance to be involved with this flagship event showcasing the region’s vibrant cultural life and help us make the festival and the cultural life of Essex something be nationally and internationally proud of.

It was a great pleasure and privilege for us to be able to be involved with two such outstanding concerts – thank you.

Everyone who supports us tells us how much they enjoy being a part of such an inspiring event. Why not join them?  Entertain clients at a prestigious event with world-class performers. Your company’s logo incorporated into our high quality A4 festival programme, and on our website, e-newsletter and other marketing material.

Supporting our festival means you are helping to give your employees and customers a better quality of life by providing them with top quality inspiring events.

Your support will also help us actively involve hundreds of children and young people, and reach deprived communities in the area.

Do join us in helping to make this festival the best one yet. We welcome everyone, from smaller companies who might sponsor a single performer from just £250, to our major sponsors who invest £5,000 plus in our success story.


Each year Roman River Music sells almost 4,000 tickets to around 25 events over three weekends, showcasing coastal Essex and the Stour Valley.

I am genuinely impressed by the quality of musicians that the festival can attract. We only moved into Colchester recently, so could not attend many events – but 2016 will be another story! Gavin Boorman, 2015 audience member

Add your logo to our publicity which is seen by several tens of thousands of people over a wide area of North Essex.

Choreographer Joseph Toonga is appearing at the 2017 festival


You’ll be associated with a successful organisation which has a track record of bringing high quality performers and creative programming to Essex. The relationship between the Festival and its sponsors is a mutually beneficial partnership which supports our work and promotes your business.

I feel very privileged having been a part of this wonderful celebration of music in Colchester.      Marina Athanasiou, Birkett Long, 2015 corporate sponsor

The King’s Singers, appearing at the 2017 Festival

Supporting the festival will give you access to a target market of ABC1 professionals with disposable income. It enables you to support your community, benefit your employees and enhance your business profile.

Please join us so that we can continue to attract musicians of international stature, win highly competitive national funding from distinguished organisations like Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and make Essex even more a place to be proud of.

Emma Walsh, appearing at our large-scale concerts in Stoke by Nayland in 2017


Specific benefits

There are considerable marketing and PR benefits for event sponsors. You can introduce your business to 30,000 people through the following media

  • Our website, which gets over thirty thousand page views per festival
  • Our festival brochure, sent out every May to 1,900 people with an ABC1 profile, and distributed widely across the local area. Your logo can go on the sponsors page and in a dedicated space next to your event.
  • Our posters, roadside signs and banners, seen by over thirty thousand people
  • Our beautifully designed 96-page festival programme book, read by almost 4,000 keen and receptive festival-goers who have paid up to £36 per ticket and fit the ABC1 classical music profile

Major sponsors can include a welcome message in the programme. Freestanding publicity signs highlighting the sponsor’s name and logo can be placed at the public entrance at the events, and sponsors are allocated complimentary tickets for the sponsored event to entertain clients and employees.

If you sponsor a concert in the festival, we can offer you reserved seating and some complimentary tickets.

For further information please read our “Support Us” leaflet or contact Roman River Music’s Chairman Harry Anderson.

Gwyneth Herbert, appearing at the 2017 festival


Headline Sponsor

We are looking for a 2-3 year relationship with a headline sponsor to develop the festival even further into an internationally renowned and wide-ranging arts festival.

Individual sponsorship

Your essential help will allow us to continue to invite the top international musicians, and continue to raise the cultural profile of Colchester and Essex.

Download our “Support Us” leaflet to find out more.

Chiaroscuro Quartet, appearing at the 2017 Festival

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