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Events July 2017

Date: 1 Jul 2017

Time: 7.30pm

Concert - Dr Jazz with Lyn Falvey

The second of the 2017 summer concerts is by the ever-popular Dr Jazz with the delicious, smoky, voice of Lyn Falvey.  A great evening for jazz lovers - a mix of trad and swing jazz performed with typical jazzmen humour.

More information

Location: St Mary the Virgin, St Mary in the Marsh
Contact: St Mary's Proms Box Office: 01797 362097 stmarysproms@vfast.co.uk
Date: 2 Jul 2017

Time: 5.00pm - picnic / 6.30pm - performance

Snargate Narropera

Bring your own picnic to this rustic Glyndebourne-style occasion and enjoy the beauty of the Romney Marsh.  Then relax in the peace of the church and listen to the arias of Der Frieschutz. "The Devil's Marksman" (Der Freischutz - 1821) is justifiably the most popular German opera in history. 

Narrated opera (narropera) weaves Weber's instantly appealing music through its gripping, Grimm-Brothers-like folk-tale.

Please see the attached flyer and refer to our Facebook page @snargatenarropera for more details. 

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Location: The Parish Church of St Dunstan, Snargate
Date: 6 to 16 Jul

Time: various

JAM on the Marsh

JAM on the Marsh 2017 will be curated by the internationally renowned organist and conductor, Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey). Music will feature strongly with performances by BBC Singers and London Mozart Players, including a Festival Commission commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge by Tom Harrold and Stuart Beatch, to words by Grahame Davies. There are two confirmed exhibitions by mixed media artist, Jillian Bain Christie and photographer, Tristan Fewings. Also planned is an outdoor performance of Hamlet by Changeling Theatre.
Find out more


Location: Romney Marsh
Contact: info@jamconcert.org
Date: 6 to 16 Jul

Time: 10AM - 5PM

Tristan Fewings, Photography – Inland Romney Marsh

Tristan Fewings returns to JAM on the Marsh for the second part of his 2-year photographic exhibition, following last year’s extraordinary show, Between the Sea and the Sky. Having based last year’s exhibition on the seawall from Hythe to Dungeness, this year he turns his amazing eye more inland.


More information

Location: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
Contact: 0800 988 7984
Date: 6 to 16 Jul

Time: 10AM - 5PM

JAM on the Marsh: Susan Pilcher - Photography – Marsh at Night

Local photographer, Susan Pilcher makes her JAM on the Marsh debut with a unique photographic exhibition: All her shots are taken in the dead of night, giving her audience an unusual and intriguing view of the Marsh landscape and its distinctive structures.


More information

Location: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
Contact: 0800 988 7984
Date: 6 to 16 Jul

Time: 10AM - 5PM

JAM on the Marsh: Marsh Academy Students Photography Exhibition

One of the highlights of JAM on the Marsh last year was its mentorship programme and subsequent exhibition by a group of Marsh Academy photographic students. Last year this was led by Getty photographer Tristan Fewings, and for 2017 Tristan is joined by Justin Sutcliffe, a multiple award-winning photo-journalist from Kent. Over six months, the students will have created an exhibition of photographs of the Places and People of Romney Marsh

More information

Location: St Nicholas Church, New Romney & Dungeness Power Station Visitor Centre
Contact: 0800 988 7984
Date: 6 Jul 2017

Time: 7pm

JAM on the Marsh: Daniel Cook and the Mousai Singers

Daniel Cook is one of the finest church musicians in the country. This year he has added to his day job – playing the organ at Westminster Abbey – by becoming the Curator of JAM on the Marsh until the end of the 2018 festival. Daniel brings his professional choir, the Mousai Singers, who thrilled last year with the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s The Shadows of War. Expect to be mesmerised by this amazing young group performing Bach (Singet dem Herrn), Mendelsshohn (Hear My Prayer) alongside music by: Poulenc, Rheinberger, Stanford and Vaughan Williams.


Mousai Singers
Simon Hogan, organ
Daniel Cook, conductor


Bach | Singet dem Herrn
Mendelssohn | Hear my Prayer
Poulenc | Mass in G
Rheinberger | Mass in E flat
Stanford | Latin Magnificat Op 164
Vaughan Williams | Valliant for truth

More information

Location: All Saints Church, Lydd
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/mousai-singers-daniel-cook/
Date: 7 to 9 Jul

Time: Pub opening times

Beer Festival

Its back!!! The Bell Inn will be holding their annual Beer and Cider Festival again this year after a year off. Save the dates 7th, 8th and 9th July.

Find out about the Bell Inn

Location: Bell Inn, Ivychurch
Contact: 01797 344355
Date: 7 Jul 2017

Time: 3pm

JAM on the Marsh: Tomasz Lis (piano) and John Doyle (poetry)

John Doyle and the wonderful Polish pianist, Tomasz Lis, join forces for a unique afternoon of music and poetry, surrounded by John’s magnificent exhibition of watercolour pictures.

Tomasz will base his recital around Beethoven’s Eroica Variations alongside works by Bach and Chopin.

John will recite poems by Shakespeare, Keats and Auden.

The recital will last one hour and will have no interval.

More information

Location: St George's Church, Ivychurch
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/poetry-music-john-doyle-tomasz-lis/
Date: 7 Jul 2017

Time: 7pm

JAM on the Marsh: Sounds Baroque and Julian Perkins

Sounds Baroque, directed by Julian Perkins, have visited Snargate twice before, playing to appreciative, sell-out audiences. The programming will be mainly celebratory, as we remember the life of Nic Underhill, who enabled so many events in St Dunstan’s Church. This exquisite early instrument ensemble will take us on a journey from Bach and Handel to Judith Bingham.


Sounds Baroque
Julian Perkins, harpsichord / director


Handel | Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Albinoni | Oboe Concerto in D minor
Judith Bingham | The Hythe

Long Interval – 45 minutes

Bach | Harpsichord Concerto no.1 in D minor
Handel | Concerto Grosso

More information

Location: St Dunstans Church
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/sounds-baroque/
Date: 8 Jul 2017

Time: 3pm

JAM on the Marsh: Jonty Driver and Peter Fields, The Journey Back – Poetry and Music

Jonty Driver returns to the festival to recite his sequence of poems, The Journey Back , first published in the 1990s, about his return visit to South Africa after thirty years of enforced exile. This follows his acclaimed readings for JAM on the Marsh of the sequences, Requiem, in 2015, and Before in 2016.

In August and September 1964, Jonty Driver was detained by the South African security police in solitary confinement, ostensibly on suspicion of his involvement in the African Resistance Movement, actually more because he had been the outspoken President of the anti-apartheid National Union of South African Students. In 1992, Jonty returned to South Africa and recorded the experience in The Journey Back, a “travel book in verse” .

In between the poems, Peter Fields will be playing on Jonty’s own violin (made by the Brothers Carcassi in Florence in 1751) Corelli’s variations known as “La Folia”.

Admission to the recital is free, though there will be a collection for the Hantam Community Education Trust in the Karoo.

More information

Location: St Mary the Virgin Church, St Mary in the Marsh
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/jonty-driver-poetry-reading/
Date: 8 Jul 2017

Time: 7pm

JAM on the Marsh: London Mozart Players / Daniel Cook / Michael Bawtree


One of the UK’s finest chamber orchestras, The London Mozart Players made their JAM on the Marsh debut last year, alongside the Mousai Singers, conducted by Daniel Cook, performing amongst others the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s The Shadows of War to a packed audience. This year Michael Bawtree takes over the baton and Daniel Cook moves to the organ bench for a totally unique concert, during which they will perform the Poulenc Organ Concerto, Judith Bingham’s Jacob’s Ladder and Albinoni’s Adagio on three different organs from France, England and Holland! This has never been done before, and will give the audience the extraordinary opportunity of hearing these pieces performed on the appropriate organ, in one concert. Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and Sibelius’ Rakastava complete this captivating programme.


London Mozart Players
Daniel Cook, organ
Michael Bawtree,conductor


Albinoni | Adagio
Judith Bingham | Jacob’s Ladder
Elgar | Introduction and Allegro
Poulenc | Organ Concerto
Sibelius | Rakastava

More information

Location: St Nicholas Church, New Romney
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/london-mozart-players-daniel-cook-michael-bawtree/
Date: 9 Jul 2017

Time: 10am

Romney Marsh 10k

The Romney Marsh 10k is now firmly established as a 'must do' race on the local running calendar and the race always gets great feedback. The course is pancake flat and is perfect for those looking to establish pb's - but great too for runners of all abilities, including beginners.

The course uses the flat country lanes around the pretty Kent town of New Romney.

The race carries a £50 cash prize for 1st man and 1st lady plus there are awards and prizes for leading runners - all finishers will receive a race memento. 

Refreshments available.

Event also includes a Wheelchair 10k race and a Children's Race.

Find out more

Location: St Martin's Field, New Romney
Contact: martin@nice-work.org.uk
Date: 9 Jul 2017

Time: 10AM - 4PM

JAM on the Marsh: Children’s Sunday


Another first for JAM on the Marsh: a mini-festival within the festival, especially designed around the community and its children. In keeping with the main festival, this will be a multi-art event, featuring music, art, theatre, story-telling and bugs!

Jump on a free steam train from New Romney station and hop off at the Romney Marsh Visitors Centre. Bring an instrument and some music and perform in our first Come and Play session, accompanied by festival Curator Daniel Cook in the relaxed café; let bugs roam over your hands; create collages and masks based on the bugs that you meet; come and create a story based around the world-famous Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway and the Railway Children with Bounce Theatre, and MUCH more… There’s a BBQ serving delicious food too. Older visitors can enjoy ‘down time’ by visiting the three exhibitions and the café at the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, throughout the day.

All the events are free, but please note that there is LIMITED AVAILABILITY for the Bug Man sessions and the Bounce Theatre session. Please call 0800 988 7984 to reserve your place.


10.00 – 3.00 Litterbugs drop-in session
10.30, 12.30 & 2.30 Visit the Bug Roadshow
11.30, 12.30 & 1.30 Create collages and masks with Jillian Bain Christie
12.00 – 3.30 A bite of lunch from the BBQ
12.30 Come and Play session
2.00 – 4.00 Create a story with Bounce Theatre

More information

Location: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/kids-event/
Date: 13 Jul 2017

Time: 7.30pm

JAM on the Marsh: David Rees-Williams Trio


The David Rees-Williams Trio is a wonderful Kent-based jazz group, that has graced stages world-wide, with their classical-influenced jazz. Their music is played on the radio across the globe, and their recordings have been reviewed ecstatically. They have played live regularly on BBC Radio3, especially on the popular In Tune show.

More information

Location: St Leonard's Church, Hythe
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/david-rees-williams-trio/
Date: 14 to 16 Jul

Time: Arrival from 5pm Friday onwards to Sunday 4pm

Yoga + Beach Circuit Training Weekend July 14th-16th 2017

Come and join us for a fun and relaxing Yoga and Beach Circuit Training weekend, July 14th-16th 2017. 

With small groups (max 8), this homely retreat on the Nature Reserve by the Sea offers a gorgeous back to nature, wide open space, relaxing environment. Open to all levels, all ages. 

Your weekend will consist of morning dynamic and flowing Ashtanga yoga taught by qualified and experienced teacher, Phillida Lansley, followed by lovingly prepared delicious organic delights prepared by her husband Rupert. You will have time and space to think and breath and the chance to explore, have a go at the light hearted Beach Circuit Training session (optional) or a Beach run or walk. 

All followed by more scrumptious foodie delights from the kitchen. And yet more Yoga, a gentle and restorative stretching class each evening to ease out the muscles and calm the mind. 

Fabulous accommodation awaits you for a well-earned rest each night in the quiet and beautiful rooms, all with lovely views. Price includes 2 nights’ accommodation, all organic meals and refreshments, 4 yoga sessions, guided meditations, 1 Beach Circuit session, free parking. £265. Early bird price £245 if booked by the 30 March 2017. Check out our website for more www.rocketpoweryoga.com. Other activities available too, take a look and book!

For more information or to book please email plrwrocket@gmail.com or call 07711 936 099.

**more dates available Summer 2017: August 11-13th, September 22-24th**


More information

Location: Dungeness
Contact: PLRWROCKET@GMAIL.COM , 07711 936 099
Date: 14 Jul 2017

Time: 11AM - 4PM

JAM on the Marsh: Bach Cello Suites


This is a rare opportunity to hear all six of Bach’s wonderful Cello Suites in one day. The day starts at St Georges Church, Ivychurch where Anita Strevens will play three of the Suites, interspersed by fascinating talks about the church by the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust.  After this performance the audience will take the Festival Bus to The Star Inn, St Mary in the Marsh for lunch. After this refuelling the remaining Suites will be performed in St Mary the Virgin Church, across the road from The Star, again with fascinating insights into the church. After this second concert the bus will take the audience back to their cars at Ivychurch. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear some of the greatest music ever written for Cello, in two iconic churches, in one day.

More information

Location: St George's Church, Ivychurch / St Mary in the Virgin
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/bach-cello-suites-tour-2-churches/
Date: 14 Jul 2017

Time: 7.30pm

JAM on the Marsh: Molly Parsons-Gurr & Adrian Oldland


Local cellist, Molly Parsons-Gurr, returns to JAM on the Marsh and Ivychurch following her performance as part of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time last year. This year she teams up with the exquisite pianist, Adrian Oldland, for a performance of Cassado, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff and Vaughan-Williams.


Molly Parsons-Gurr, cello
Adrian Oldland, piano


Vaughan Williams | Six Studies in English Folksong

Rachmaninoff | Corelli Variations Op 42

Cassado | Solo Suite for Cello

Poulenc | Cello Sonata

More information

Location: St Leonard's Church, Hythe
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/molly-parsons-gurr-cello-adrian-oldland-piano/
Date: 15 Jul 2017

Time: 10am to 3pm

Sound Mirrors Open Day

There is no need to book, just turn up between 10am and 3pm. There will be a charge for visiting the Sound Mirrors of £4 per adult, £2 per child, £3 per student, a family discount of 1 free child per family. Under 5’s and carers are free. RSPB members are also free.
These charges match with the RSPB nature trail charges at their main reserve. The fee will include both of these options so keep your ticket to visit both parts of the reserve.
CASH ONLY payments to be made at the Sound Mirrors please - due to the remote location they are unable to take credit cards. Card payments can be made at the RSPB visitor centre.
Please note there is no designated parking by the Sound Mirrors and some pathways are made from loose shingle. You can use the public car parks on the sea front. There are also toilets at these car parks. If you are visiting the main RSPB Dungeness reserve, this does have a free car park outside the visitor centre, toilets and a 2 mile nature trail. The visitor centre has a shop which sells refreshments such as hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams as well as gifts, postcards and bird and wildlife supplies.
You can find out more about the Sound Mirrors here.

More information

Location: Greatstone Lakes
Contact: 01797 320588
Date: 15 Jul 2017

Time: 10.30am - 12noon

JAM on the Marsh: Come and Play


Following our first Come and Play on Sunday 9th, here is another opportunity to bring your instrument and some music and perform in our Come and Play session, accompanied by Festival Curator, Daniel Cook. This is not a formal concert, but more an opportunity to explore music with a world-class accompanist, during a relaxed Coffee Morning in St Leonard’s Church. This is open to anyone, of any age, who would like to try performing, maybe for the first time?

This is a FREE EVENT, but please note that there is a LIMITED AVAILABILITY of playing slots. Please call 0800 988 7984 to reserve your place.

Location: St Leonard's Church, Hythe
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/come-playtbc/
Date: 15 Jul 2017

Time: 3pm

JAM on the Marsh: Shakespeare’s Songs


Soprano Jo Slater – accompanied by Gawain Douglas on the piano – sings a dozen of Shakespeare’s songs. They songs will be introduced – and given a context – by the poet and novelist, Jonty Driver.

Shakespeare’s plays include some fifty songs, some incidental, some integral to the plots. We assume many of the lyrics he wrote himself, though he may also have used or adapted local folk-songs. Some of the tunes of the time may have been made by the musicians in the companies for which Shakespeare wrote his plays; others may have been the equivalent of pop-songs doings the urban rounds of Elizabethan England. They are wonderful songs and words; mysterious, hilarious, magical, thoughtful, thought-provoking, funny, witty and wise.

The songs have attracted a variety of composers over the years, including: Lawes and Quilter, Finzi and Vaughan Williams, Thomas Arne and Schubert.

Location: St George's Church, Ivychurch
Contact: http://www.jamconcert.org/event/gawain-douglas-jonty-driver-joanna-slater/
Date: 20 Jul 2017

Time: 7.30pm

The Black Death and its Aftermath

Talk by Imogen Corrigan. Find out more.

Location: Dymchurch Methodist Church
Contact: dymchurchheritagegroup@gmail.com
Date: 28 to 29 Jul

Time: All day for 2 days

Romney Marsh Photographic Club Photography Exhibition

Romney Marsh Photographic Club are holding a two day photography exhibition inside St Nicholas Church, New Romney on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July, the same day as New Romney Country Fayre.

Visit the church, climb the Tower and come and see what we do. There will be refreshments, stalls and a needlework exhibition in the church as well.

Our club is for people of all ages interested in any type of photography. We warmly welcome beginners and enthusiasts of all abilities, with members cameras ranging from bridge and smart phones, to super zoom compacts and DSLR cameras. Our new season starts Thursday 14th September 8pm-10pm in St Mary's Bay Village Hall.

Find out more on www.RomneyMarshPhotographicClub.co.uk


More information

Location: St Nicholas Church, New Romney
Contact: Bennie Cross, bennie@madeyoulook.co.uk
Date: 29 Jul 2017

Time: 10am til late

New Romney Country Fayre

The New Romney Country Fayre is an annual event held on St Martin's Field and the Fairfield Road Recreation Ground in New Romney. It is the largest free event on Romney Marsh. Find out more 


Location: New Romney
Contact: 01797 363981
Date: 29 Jul to 11 Aug Jul 2017

Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm daily

Romney Marsh Art Society

Popular exhibition with over 300 exhibits for sale.  Many local scenes of the Romney Marsh and Dungeness coastline. The venue offers ample parking with level access. Entry is free

Location: Marsh Academy New Romney
Contact: Julie Kelly 07545352135
Date: 29 Jul to 11 Aug Jul 2017

Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm daily

Romney Marsh Art Society Exhibition

More information

Location: Marsh Academy New Romney
Contact: Julie Kelly 07545352135
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