Roman River, Stoke by Nayland Weekend

Roman River Music is a charity with a 19-year track record of bringing outstanding quality performances to communities in Colchester, rural Essex and Suffolk, and an extensive music education programme which each year actively involves over 1,000 children and young people. The Roman River Festival supports young musicians and performers, especially those who are challenged by disadvantage or personal circumstance, as well as bringing a range of internationally renowned performers to the area.

Thursday Evening – Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

This year the Stoke by Nayland residency kicks off with a really exciting festival debut – the sensational young Albanian-Greek violinist Jonian Ilias-Kadesha, whose inspiring playing has earned him concerto dates with orchestras throughout Europe including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He will play Beethoven’s magical and ground-breaking Violin Concerto on Thursday 5th September.

Friday Evening – A Night at The Opera

The following evening, Friday 6th September Roman River have enticed four absolutely stunning young singers, in demand by the world’s best opera companies, to Stoke by Nayland to perform memorable operatic melodies, duets and ensembles, by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and many more. Libby Burgess will conjure up a whole symphony orchestra from a beautiful Steinway piano, and the stirring beautiful music and stories behind each excerpt will be introduced by the musicians.

Those who heard Nika Goric last year enjoyed one of the most memorable evenings in the festival’s history – make sure you don’t miss this one! 

The soaring beauty of the love music from Tristan and Isolde had such a powerful effect on the musical world that the best composers who followed had to invent a whole new way of composing to free themselves from the magic spell.

Saturday Evening – Sibelius 5th Symphony

On Saturday 7th September Orlando Jopling and the sensational, handpicked players of the festival orchestra explore this legacy using Iain Farrington’s expert orchestrations which are a perfect match for the stunning acoustics and inspiring architecture of Stoke by Nayland Church. Debussy’s beautiful, delicate Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune inspired Nijinsky to revolutionise the whole idea of ballet.

Sibelius’s most popular symphony (with the famous horn calls in the last movement) is a musical poem depicting the vast, exhilarating Scandinavian landscape.

Sunday Afternoon – Family Friendly Concert

The weekend concludes on Sunday when children’s author James Campbell introduces some of the most hummable and enjoyable orchestral music. Fun for the whole family, and a chance to join in. With Orlando Jopling and our wonderful festival orchestra.

Music includes: Dukas (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), Elgar (Little Bells & Wild Bears), Gershwin and more!

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