- Business / Project: Roman River Music
- Category: Music
- College: University of Cambridge
What advice would you offer to potential applicants?
"Be ambitious!" - Orlando Jopling
Orlando Jopling Case Study
What was your winning business/project idea?
A music festival celebrating some little-known works of Bela Bartok.
What did winning the Award mean to you and how did it help launch your career?
It was a big confidence boost. I got the producing bug, and I've been putting on concerts, commissioning music and curating festivals ever since. Thanks DB! I appreciate the team keeping in touch as well.
What skills did you develop as a result of DBACE?
- Presenting your work / ideas
- Developing business plans / funding applications
- Articulating your ideas / creative vision
- Critical thinking
- Collaborating with others
- Problem solving
- Initiative / risk taking
- Project management
What have been your greatest achievements since winning the Award?
Building Roman River Music into a 25-concert, three-week annual arts festival in coastal Essex, rejuvenating the 140-year-old Royal Orchestral Society into one of the best amateur orchestras in London, and founding Tête à Tête, an opera company specialising in new commissions, new writing, and experimental opera.
Have your objectives and long-term goals changed since winning the Award? If so, how?
Not really, but I'm more excited by projects that attempt to change the world for the better, like rejuvenating a derelict 1851 public meeting hall in Colchester into a concert hall, and by music education, which helps with maths, literacy, self-confidence and concentration in school, as well as being a whole lot of fun for the youngsters.