JAM on the Marsh opens on Thursday 7th July
Setting the Kent Coast ablaze from Thu 7th July, get up close to world-class, unmissable events, including music, theatre, film, sculpture, art and poetry of JAM on the Marsh, set to be one of Kent’s best events this summer.
JAM on the Marsh’s 9th festival will be truly remarkable, as it crosses the Marsh from Hythe to Dungeness and Snargate to New Romney. For the first time, every one of the famous Marsh churches will be used in the festival, bringing art and audience to these unspoilt wonders. Regular collaborator, the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, one of the county’s greatest attractions, will host a mobile exhibition in the carriages of the railway, as will community spaces such as the Marsh Academy Leisure Centre and the recently opened CineMarsh.
Visual art is represented in seven exhibitions, including a community driven project designed by Yolanda Houston of New Romney’s Teach Me, where a mosaic has been created for each of the 14 Marsh churches. These wonderful pieces of art, made by the local Marsh community, will be on display in each church; true legacy for such a creative, community project. Other examples to see include Angela C Smith’s breath-taking sculpture in the transept of St Leonard’s Church, Hythe and John Ballard’s fabulous large, abstract oils filling St George’s, Ivychurch.
Nicholas and Brookland Primary Schools come together to perform with one of the UK’s finest brass groups, Onyx Brass. Conducted by Rebecca Lodge Birkebaek, the children will come together and sing Timothy Jackson’s Opening Night, a song-cycle setting brilliant poems like: Our Teacher Sings The Beatles by Kenn Nesbitt, Conjuring Kevin by Gareth Lancaster, and Rockstar by Valerie Garcia. The finale ends with: “Pump up the volume, No shirt and no pants. Jamming in my socks, My own private dance. I’m a Rockstar in my mirror with my hairbrush microphone.”... What could possibly go wrong?
On 7 July, Changeling Theatre opens the festival with their brand new, hysterical and irreverent production of Oscar Wilde’s ever-popular
The Importance of Being Earnest. This bold, imaginative and magical open-air theatre company, a festival favourite, returns to the heart of New Romney, performing at the Old School Garden, where the church and town become the play’s sets.
Music has been at the heart of every festival since 2014, and this year is no different. Between 7– 17 July, concerts come thick and fast, featuring some world-famous names such as VOCES8; Lucy Crowe and James Gilchrist performing William Walton’s Façade; Michael Collins with the London Mozart Players giving the world premiere of Judith Bingham’s Concerto for Clarinet, a festival commission; Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra and London Tango Quintet bring an abundance of melody and rhythm to get the toes tapping.
Many local and international stars will visit the festival over its 11 days, though not all the stars are famous, with 60 children from St Nicholas and Brookland primary schools performing on 13 July.
JAM on the Marsh runs 7-17 July at venues across Romney Marsh. See www.jamconcert.org for more details and to book tickets for this vibrant festival.