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JAM on the Marsh 2016

Last year thousands flocked from across the UK to the typically arts-deprived Romney Marsh for JAM on the Marsh.  From 7-17 July, JAM on the Marsh returns with a dazzling multi-arts festival in the world-renowned medieval churches of the Marsh, curated by internationally renowned composer, Paul Mealor.

BBC Radio 3 will broadcast our concert with the BBC Singers and Dame Janet Suzman, performing Vaughan Williams Holst, Finzi and premieres by Mealor and LaVoy.  Hear the classiest brass ensemble in the UK, Onyx Brass, perform a vibrant concert of music by Bernstein, Gershwin, a medley of Bond favourites in the engine shed of the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, either side of a hog roast.  Don’t miss one of the UK’s finest quartets, the Sacconi Quartet performing Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dove and Fitkin and Sounds Baroque telling the story of racy Casanova in a romp through C18th Europe with works by Mozart, Handel, Pergolesi and Vivaldi.  Furthermore, the stunning London Mozart Players and Mousai Singers will give the world premiere of our Festival Commission The Shadows of War by Paul Mealor, in commemoration of the Battle of the Somme. Shadows will be joined by ever-popular works by Vaughan Williams, Warlock, Elgar and Britten.  Back by popular demand, the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge will sing a powerful programme of Howells, Brahms, Vaughan Williams and Gibbons.  Hear a rare performance of Messiaen’s evocative Quartet for the End of Time.

BBC Singers credit Mark Allan

BBC Singers
credit Mark Allan

The festival also includes four art and photography exhibitions, including a photography exhibition by international fashion photographer Tristan Fewings, a mixed media exhibition by hART, Jillian Bain Christie Nordic landscapes, IMOS Foundation talk on the great tapestry of the Marsh and the chance to have your dreams drawn.  Enjoy spell—binding poetry recitals including Shakespeare’s sonnets and a churches tour of four of the Marsh’s iconic churches.

Children are welcome at all events but in particular, bring your children to a performance of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music with the Magnard Ensemble or join our workshops to make your own kite or create a crowd of stickmen, from scarecrows to pirates, from ballerinas and acrobats.

Onyx Brass

Onyx Brass

The festival sees the culmination of two year-long education projects. Dymchurch, Palmarsh and Hythe Bay primary schools unite to give a resounding performance with Onyx Brass and Shepway Brass Academy and, following mentorship with Tristan Fewings, the students of Marsh Academy curate their own photography exhibition of exceptional images from the Marsh.

Jump on the festival bus and join in.  Over 11 days, JAM on the Marsh lights up this unique shore of Kent.

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