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Roman River Festival 2012 55 top class musicians, 14 concerts, 32 composers and a world première 8 intimate medieval churches, a Georgian townhouse and idyllic villages along the Roman River and Stour valleys. Online and postal booking is now open for our 2012 festival, 29th September - 7th October For press tickets, interviews and information please contact Orlando Jopling 07808 474 515 www.romanriverfestival2012.blogspot.com Roman River Festival has built an enviable reputation for world-class performances, introduced by approachable and engaging musicians, in intimate venues where performers and audiences mix sociably. The annual Roman River Festival returns for the 13th year to bring international soloists to stunning settings in venues along the course of the ancient Roman River and the neighbouring Stour valley. As summer sun wanes and the evenings draw in, medieval churches in villages including Abberton, Dedham and Stoke by Nayland will welcome international musicians to perform well known chamber repertoire by candlelight. These musicians are not only well known as soloists in Europe and beyond, but regard Roman River festival as an opportunity to enjoy chamber music performance in relaxed and intimate settings, with peers all personally invited by artistic director Orlando Jopling, himself a leading cellist and conductor. 2012 will see the debut performance of the Roman River Festival Choir, performing Mozart's Requiem, alongside four young soloists embarking on stellar careers and a top professional orchestra. Since its inception the festival has run a schools programme which continues to expand, including work in six primary schools, family concerts and a large-scale performance by over 150 schoolchildren as part of the festival. In 2012, the festival is thrilled to have received funding from the Arts Council of England, allowing the festival to flourish in its aims to bring world class classical music performance to those growing up, living, working and learning in the Colchester area. We present our first orchestral concert, family concerts and the world-class vocal ensemble the Philharmonia Voices, and as always great chamber musicians, including Simon Blendis, James Boyd, Maggie Cole, Sebastian Comberti, Keri Fuge, Julia Gooding, Katharine Gowers, Stephanie Gonley, Dominic Harlan, Caryl Hughes, Orlando Jopling, Julia Gooding, Richard Lester, John McMunn, Roger Montgomery, Tom Poster, Matthew Sharp and Callum Thorpe. Going to a Roman River Festival concert is extremely affordable, and most of the concerts sell out well before the event, so we advise early booking to ensure your seat. Tickets are from £2.50 to £22.50, and we offer amazing concessions to everyone aged 25 and under (every concert for either £2.50 or £7.50). Even at the large scale concerts, almost half the tickets are priced at £12.50. You can buy a festival pass to all the concerts at a £10 discount, and we also offer generous discounts to groups - email us for more details. For those coming to the festival for a weekend, we can offer tailor-made packages of our world-class concerts, other interesting events, wonderful food and special places to stay. Our website has biographies of all the performers, information on the venues including maps, our own suggestions on where to stay and eat, and a printable booking form as well as online booking via paypal.


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THE MINORIES FORTEPIANO

For the first time for 200 years, we reinstate an unusual fortepiano to its original Georgian home in Colchester, and invite one of the world's leading pianists to give a recital on it. In 1793, Isaac Boggis went to London to buy the latest drawing room piano from the famous firm Longman and Broderip, for his newly refurbished house, the Minories in Colchester. It remained there for 200 years, used as a side-board in the hallway, and was then bought by sculptor John Doubleday, who commissioned local piano technician Edward Bucknell to restore it to concert condition. This will be the first time for 200 years that the piano has been played in public in its home the Minories. Maggie Cole enjoys an international musical life playing and recording on harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. Resident in England, she is best known through numerous recitals on BBC Radio 3 and appearances at leading British festivals. Abroad, she has performed in venues from Seattle to Moscow, and from Finland to India. Maggie Cole's playing is wonderful. She places her brilliance and all the resources of both instruments at the service of the music: her ornamentation is imaginative, her rubatos are subtle and perfectly balanced and she brings out every tonal, emotional and expressive nuance. Classical Pulse A graceful, vital musician with an elegant technique and a razor-sharp feeling for phrasing and accent. The New York Times on Maggie Cole James Boyd’s mischievous delight in the cut and thrust of chamber music will be matched by Maggie Cole’s quicksilver musicianship, and the intimate sound world of the fortepiano will be the perfect foil to the viola. James Boyd is widely recognised as one of Britain's finest chamber musicians. He was a member of the Raphael Ensemble for five years and a founder member of the Vellinger String Quartet. In 2001 he formed the London Haydn Quartet which has been acclaimed for its highly individual stylistic approach, making a particular speciality of the works of Haydn. They have made several acclaimed recordings on Hyperion. James has appeared as a regular guest with many ensembles including the Endellion and Wihan Quartets, the Barbican and Florestan Piano Trios, and mixed ensembles such as the Nash Ensemble, Spectrum Ensemble Berlin and the London Sinfonietta. Part of Roman River Festival 2012 - world class music in charismatic and intimate venues on the Essex/Suffolk border. 29th September - 7th October 2012. The Minories in Colchester is a listed Georgian townhouse at the top of East Hill in central Colchester. There is a lovely cafe at the back, opening out onto the walled gardens. The Minories was for many years the town's art gallery, and is now owned and run by Colchester Institute's School of Art, Design and Media. You will be able to view their current exhibition. Roman River Music is able to exist thanks to our benefactors, supporters and friends, and our funders. This year's schools project and festival has been supported by Arts Council England, the Fowler, Smith & Jones Charitable Trust, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, the Tanner Trust, the Pimlott Foundation, three anonymous benefactors, the Holst Foundation and Adnams. Localgiving.com have matched some of the donations. www.romanriverfestival2012.blogspot.com


CONCERTS Storytelling in Song for ages 8 – 88 Rebecca Sharp soprano Matthew Sharp baritone & cello Dominic Harlan piano, musical direction Saturday 29 September 11am Nayland Village Hall 1.30pm Old House Barn, Gt Horkesley Family concert Saturday 29 September 1.30pm Abberton & Langenhoe Village Hall

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Young talent showcase Amber Furssedonn-Coates soprano; pupils from St John's, Mersea Island, Layer de la Haye, Willow Brook, Fingringhoe and St John's Green primary schools, and the winner of the Colchester Rotary Musician 2012 competition. Led by Dominic Harlan piano and Amanda Forbes soprano Saturday 29 September 4pm The Sixth Form College, Colchester Solo Bach & Barber in Abberton Orlando Jopling cello 11am Sunday 30th September A rare Longman and Broderip fortepiano Maggie Cole fortepiano James Boyd viola 3pm Sunday 30th September The Minories, Colchester Romantic Violin Sonatas Katharine Gowers violin Simon Crawford-Philips piano 6pm Sunday 30th September Lawford Church Philharmonia Voices The Bluebird and other masterpieces of the choral repertoire. 8pm Tuesday 2nd October Dedham Church Tom Poster piano Beethoven, Grieg and Chopin 8pm Wednesday 3rd October Fingringhoe Church Schubert String Quintet Katharine Gowers & Simon Blendis violins James Boyd viola Richard Lester & Orlando Jopling cellos 8pm Thursday 4th October Fordham Church Haydn, Huw Watkins and Tchaikowsky Piano Trios Tom Poster piano Stephanie Gonley violin Richard Lester cello 8pm Friday 5th October Fingringhoe Church Richard Lester plays solo Bach Suites nos 1 in G major & 5 in C minor Richard Lester cello 11am Saturday 6th October Boxted Church Mozart Requiem and Britten Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings Keri Fuge soprano Caryl Hughes mezzo John McMunn tenor Callum Thorpe bass-baritone Roger Montgomery horn Roman River Festival Choir & Orchestra conducted by Orlando Jopling 6pm Saturday 6th October St Mary's Stoke by Nayland Songs and miniatures by Schubert, Chopin and Berlioz Julia Gooding soprano Sebastian Comberti cello Maggie Cole fortepiano 11.30am Sunday 7th October St Edmunds Church, East Mersea For press tickets, interviews and information please contact Orlando Jopling 07808 474 515 orlando.jopling@virgin.net www.romanriverfestival2012.blogspot.com


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