This year’s Roman River Festival runs over 3 weekends from 17th September to 2nd October, and includes live music from songwriter and guitarist Will McNicoll in a disused Victorian meeting hall behind Colchester High Street, phenomenal jazz pianist / vocalist Joe Stilgoe in liquid nightclub, and the festival’s usual mix of talented young classical performers and well-known international names, playing new music and some old favourites.

This year the Festival is showing a brand new series of canvases by John Doubleday at Firstsite, and there’s the world premiere of new piece of music by Gwilym Simcock, in front of the canvases at Firstsite on Friday 25th September.

Musician-in-residence Elena Urioste (pictured) is flying over from Philadelphia specially for the festival, playing Sibelius’ violin concerto in the festival’s first-ever full orchestral concert, and Shostakovich and Schnittke piano quintets by candlelight in St Martin’s Church on West Stockwell St in the Dutch Quarter, and the Lark Ascending on Sunday 4th October.

Festival organiser Orlando Jopling revealed his personal highlights to Keep Colchester Cool “Handel’s uplifting and popular masterpiece Messiah on Saturday 26th September in St Peter’s Church at the top of North Hill, with a fabulous ensemble of singers and players, and the concert at the wonderful Stoke by Nayland Church in the afternoon of Sunday 4th October, in which Elena Urioste will play The Lark Ascending.”

All the information you need can be found at the Roman River Festival website.
Roman River Festival events will be included in Keep Colchester Cool’s daily updates also.

The Elena Urioste photograph used is courtesy of Alessandra Tinozzi.


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