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JAM on the Marsh: VIRTUAL 6-15 August 2020

This summer, JAM on the Marsh will present nine new concerts, alongside three sensational exhibitions. All events will be presented virtually, with no audience, on JAM’s website via YouTube. Outstanding artists and performers from across the UK and beyond will be involved.

Festival highlights include the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s Piano Concerto by the London Mozart Players and John Frederick Hudson (piano); The Gesualdo Six performing the Fauré Requiem, with new poetry by Grahame Davies; British jazz from Onyx Brass and much, more. Unmissable virtual exhibitions including award-winning, Getty photographer, Tristan Fewings, and breath-taking drone photography by Carsten Birkebaek of Jon Foreman’s Beach Art, are available to all.

Performers will make the annual pilgrimage to the mediaeval churches of Kent’s Romney Marsh, to present the concerts adhering to strict and rigorous social distancing guidelines and safety measures. Each concert will be recorded ‘as live’ behind closed doors. It will feel to the viewer that they are arriving at each performance; they will see the outside of the church, walk into the building and ‘take their seat’ – this will remain the position for camera 1; there will be multiple other camera positions.

The audience will be welcomed and the performers introduced. During the performance the artists may talk about a piece, especially if a world premiere.

Exhibitions will also be accessed via JAM’s website. As well as being able to experience the images, each
artist will give a talk about his/her works, via video.

JAM had anticipated filming by the end of June, but current Government guidance restricts musical activity in places of worship, preventing it from doing so. As soon as this changes, JAM will announce the dates for this vibrant, virtual JAM on the Marsh.

JAM on the Marsh will be a virtual festival of new, outstanding events, delivered on JAM’s website.  Each day during the festival a new event will ‘go live’ at 7.30pm. All events will be accessible – for free – to
anyone. The nightly broadcast will create occasion, virtual following and festival feel.  With most events and festivals cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19, JAM remains passionately committed to delivering its annual festival, sustaining performers and audiences alike.

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