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Events July 2019

Date: 4 to 14 Jul

Time: Various

JAM on the Marsh

JAM on the Marsh is an annual multi-arts festival built around Kent’s magnificent JAM on the MarshRomney Marsh and its famous medieval churches. Each year JAM on the Marsh crosses the Romney Marsh from Dungeness to Hythe and Lympne to New Romney. The Marsh churches are true beacons of culture and history; they are the heart of the festival.

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Location: Romney Marsh
Contact: sarah@jamconcert.org
Date: 4 to 14 Jul

Time: 11 days

Live within the Scenery, Amos Miller

Amos Miller is best known as a trombone player; he’s a founder member of JAM regulars, Onyx Brass and Principal Trombone Live within Scenery, Amos Millarof Birmingham Royal Ballet.  He is also an extraordinary photographer!

In his first solo exhibition, he brings his unique eye to Dungeness, with a set of utterly beautiful images that take the area and very slightly turn it on its head.  His images are both striking and challenging, though never alienating, whilst capturing the beauty of this unique shore in a spectacular and usual way.

He comments “I’ve always been struck by the beauty within the bleakness of Romney Marsh and the way human landmarks seem to have “osmosed” into the landscape. Human landmarks, from the medieval churches to the acoustic mirrors to the nuclear power station seem to live within the scenery rather than trespass upon it.”

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Location: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
Contact: 0800 988 7984
Date: 4 to 14 Jul

Time: 11 days

Romney Marsh Students' Photography

Last year, JAM on the Marsh and the Romney Resource Centre began an exciting new photography collaboration, leading to Romney  Marsh Students' Photographyan exhibition in the 2018 festival. Led by Susan Pilcher, with additional mentorship from Justin Sutcliffe and Tristan Fewings, we have continued our weekly club for the local young people, with the end goal being this exhibition and an Arts Award for the participants.  These young photographers have worked hard to create this very public exhibition, along with the world famous Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, from Hythe Station to The End of the Line Restaurant, Dungeness, gaining skills all the while.

The festival and Romney Resource Centre have a reputation for delivering high-quality training, with a wealth of experience in supporting individuals and the wider community.  Our aim is to improve the lives of local residents on Romney Marsh by providing education and helping people close skills gaps.

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Date: 4 to 14 Jul

Time: 11 days

Sculpt the World, Jon Foreman

Jon Foreman’s beach sculpture is one of the most exciting exhibitions that has ever come to the festival.  Daily, from 4th – 14th July, Sculpt the World, Jon ForemanJon will create breath-taking works of art on the sands at Dymchurch.  These will be seen from the seawall at the Hythe end of Dymchurch beach, opposite Sycamore Gardens.  Like a giant Etch A Sketch, the sea will come in and rub away each piece of art, ready for the next day’s piece.

Traditionally, the view of art is of something permanent, of a piece to be kept, dusted and passed on. Jon’s work challenges this perception, producing staggering, ephemeral designs that are lost with the next tide.

Jon Foreman will be the first Artist in Residence at JAM on the Marsh.

FREE EVENT

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Date: 4 Jul 2019

Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Romney Marshes Churches Tour

The fourteen medieval churches of Romney Marsh are at the very centre of JAM on the Marsh, housing most of the festival’s events.Romney Marsh Churches TourEvery year we host a Churches Tour to four iconic buildings, led by guides from the Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust. This year we visit the churches of New Romney, Old Romney, Brenzett and Fairfield.

You will be greeted at the Rose and Crown in Old Romney at 10am, with morning coffee, before joining your guides on the Festival Bus for your visit to the first two churches. You will return to the Rose and Crown for lunch between 1 and 2pm. You will then enjoy the second half of the tour in the afternoon, returning in time for tea at 4pm. The ticket price includes morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and festival bus travel around the Marsh.

Please note that we will be visiting St Thomas a Becket in Fairfield, the most isolated of Marsh churches, which lies in the middle of a field of sheep, and their droppings! ‘Sensible shoes‘ are recommended for this reason, and to enable a safe crossing of the uneven field.

Due to the popularity of this event, please book by 17th June so that culinary requirements can be dealt with.

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Date: 4 Jul 2019

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Changeling Theatre - Nell Gywnn by Jessica Swale

Following Changeling’s brilliant Blithe Spirit last year, they return with one of The Globe’s most recent triumphs, Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale, winner of the 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Changling Theatre - Nell Gywnn by Jessica Swale

 “They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They put a woman on the stage!”

It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching.

Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? And at what cost?

The British playwright Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015 and was nominated for five awards, winning a 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Similarly to Gwynn’s controversy within the plot, the play’s premiere created debate for drama-lovers due to the casting of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the protagonist Nell Gwynn. The actor’s remarkable performance led to her nomination for Best Actress at the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, quelling all such questions.

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Date: 5 Jul 2019

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

The King's Singers

The King’s Singers:
“The Superlative vocal sextet” The Times The King's Singers
Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Over the last 50 years, they have been one of the greatest singing groups worldwide. For this concert in All Saints Church in Lydd, they arrive from Europe en route to Hong Kong. Their work – synonymous with the best in vocal performance – appeals to a vast international audience.

Formed in 1968, The King’s Singers mastered musical diversity, celebrating popular music never usually touched by choral groups. Their very British charm, alongside their musical craft, captured hearts the world over. Ever since they have been welcomed onto the world’s great stages from the Royal Albert Hall to the Sydney Opera House or New York’s Carnegie Hall. Two Grammy Awards, an Emmy and a place in Gramophone magazine’s Hall of Fame are just some of the accolades bestowed upon the group!

For this concert celebrating 50 years in the business, The King’s Singers eclectic journey moves from Fauré to their Classic audience favourites and brand new surprises, via Bob Chilcott, Paul Patterson, and Steve Martland, all in their signature close-harmony style.

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Location: All Saints Church, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 6 Jul 2019

Time: 10.30am - 12.00pm

Come & Play

Come & Play has become an annual event in the festival, when we give musicians of any age or stage the opportunity to bring Come and Playtheir instrument and some music, and perform accompanied by Festival Curator, Michael Bawtree.  For many, this is the first time they’ve performed, and over the years we have been joined by players under 10 and comfortably above retirement age.  Some have been beginners, just starting out in music, others have been very advanced.

The beauty of this event, started by an under 10, is that it is not a formal concert, more an opportunity to explore music with a world-class accompanist.  It takes the form of a relaxed Coffee Morning hosted by St. Leonard’s Church, with some fun and music-making thrown in!  This event is open to anyone, of any age who would like to be part of the festival alongside Michael.

FREE EVENT – Please phone 0800 988 7984 to book your slot, as there is limited availability!

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Location: St Leonard’s Church, Oak Walk, Hythe, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984
Date: 6 Jul 2019

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Symphonic Brass of London

The Symphonic Brass of London, one of the world’s greatest brass groups, makes its festival debut at St Nicholas Church in New Romney under its conductor, Eric Crees.  Symphonic Brass is a handpicked ensemble of Britain’s very finest brass and percussion players.
Symphonic Brass of London

The musicians bring a wealth of experience gained from holding solo, orchestral and chamber positions at the very highest level. They perform with many of the top orchestras in the UK and some of the biggest names in jazz, light and film music, both in live performance and the studio. This unique combination of excellence and mastery of varied styles has created an extraordinary ensemble whose musical flexibility is second to none. The Symphonic Brass of London is widely celebrated for the impeccable quality of its orchestral sound and the vibrancy, high energy, pure joy and fun of its music-making.

Eric Crees was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for twenty-seven years, twenty as Co-Principal Trombone.  In September 2000 he was appointed Section Principal Trombone at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In addition to concert and recording work, he has performed on many of the most iconic film soundtracks, including the first four Star Wars, Superman 1 & 2, Raiders of The Lost Ark, Aliens, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter 1, 2 & 3, Die Another Day and many more.

This vibrant concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and demonstrates the influence of the ragtime music of his contemporary Scott Joplin (1868-1917) on Debussy’s own music and that of  Eric Satie and ’Les Six’ in France.

This is an unmissable opportunity to hear one of the finest brass ensembles in the world!

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Location: St Nicholas Church, New Romney, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 7 Jul 2019

Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm

Children's Sunday

Bring all the family to a FREE morning created around the community and its children. Children's SundayThis event features performances and workshops based around clowning, story-telling, and sculpture for all the family.

Join the three clowns Doa, Tropizo, and Squiggle as they overcome obstacles that cause much silliness, acrobatics, and tumbles! Fooling around is what these clowns do best, and they will invite children to take part in workshops and performances, involving the first steps into clowning, safe falling, silly walks and gesturing, with costumes provided.

Come hear the tale of a Hawk who made his nest in the Marshes.  What happened when the Queen of the Night-Watch Beetles threatened his home?  How did the Dragon of Romney save the day?  Make a beetle headdress, join the Beetle March and learn how to call a dragon with our musical storyteller.  For this storytelling/drama workshop, the children will make masks and birds-on-sticks with retired local art teacher Dimity Morgan.

Children will also be able to join Artist in Residence, Jon Foreman, to create sculptures from sticks, leaves, stones and anything else natural at the Visitor Centre.

Older visitors can enjoy some ‘down time’ by visiting Amos Miller’s astonishing photography exhibition at the café of the Visitor Centre, where food and drink will be available throughout the day.

Why not leave your car at New Romney Station and take a free steam shuttle from New Romney station to and from the Romney Marsh Visitors Centre?

FREE EVENT – Please note that there is LIMITED AVAILABILITY for the Workshops. Please book at www.jamconcert.org or call 0800 988 7984.

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Location: Romney Marsh Visitors Centre, Dymchurch Road, New Romney,Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 7 Jul 2019

Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm

The Grier Duo

The Grier Duo, two thirds of the Grier Trio, makes its JAM on the Marsh debut after many previous visits to St. Leonard’s Hythe. The Grier DuoFather and daughter duo Indira (cello) and  Francis Grier (piano) have been playing concerts together for fifteen years, including London’s St John’s, Smith Square, the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, as well as in the Blackheath Halls concert series, and St Mary’s, Perivale. In 2016 they played at All Souls, Oxford, and in the Holywell Music Room for the Oxford Chamber Music Society.

Indira has blossoming solo careers away from the duo, whilst their father has enjoyed a long and distinguished musical life as both performer and composer. He was organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and gave the first ever BBC Proms concert given over to a solo performer in 1985. In 2012 he was awarded a British Composer Award.

The Grier Trio have visited St. Leonard’s Church on several occasions.

The duo will perform sonatas by Beethoven, Faure and Brahms.

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Location: St Leonard’s Church, Oak Walk, Hythe, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 7 Jul 2019

Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Narropera

The new art form of narrated opera (narropera) was invented in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2012/13 in response to years of earthquake trauma,Narropera during which the city’s performing venues were closed. The new opera format proved popular from the start. Within six months narropera was introduced to Europe. Its first European performance was in St. Dunstan’s, Snargate, where each year since 2013 there has been a new narropera performance making this year’s the seventh. Narropera is a synthesis of musical clarity and the art of public story-telling, aiming both to entertain and enlighten.

The musical arrangements thread through the opera’s narrated story. The audience should leave a narropera performance knowing a great deal more about the story, and having enjoyed the music a-fresh, in an expanded literary context. Each narropera lasts between 75 and 85 minutes, depending on the actual length of the original opera. Twelve musical pieces from the opera are arranged for a performing trio of soprano, violin and piano/narrator. The composition of The Narropera Trio is cosmopolitan: soprano, Dorothee Jansen, is a well-known German soprano with credits like Bayreuth Festival and Teatro alla Scala di Milano; the French Floriane Peycelon lives in Folkestone and is an highly-esteemed musician in the County of Kent; Kiwi Haydn Rawstron is musicologist, performer and a former international manager of famous opera singers.

The ticket includes access to the field opposite the church for picnics from 4.30, tea & coffee in the church from 6 and the performance at 6.30.

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Location: St Dunstan’s Church, Snargate, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 8 Jul 2019

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra (AYJO) is well known to music lovers in East Kent and was started by John Hall in 1984. Ashford Youth Jazz OrchestraThe Orchestra comprises young jazz musicians aged 12 to 18 from the secondary schools in Ashford. The band can be heard playing at venues throughout the county and has undertaken a strenuous summer tour programmes in Europe, performing in Austria, France, (including at EuroDisney), Germany, Italy, and Spain and Switzerland, with further overseas touring planned for the year to come. Their highest profile appearance was in the Music for Youth Schools Prom Concert in the Royal Albert Hall in 2010.

The Band plays a range of big-band swing and blues numbers, ballads and film themes, with all solos being improvised.

The Orchestra’s Director of Music is Tom Vafidis, who teaches at Ashford School and took over the reins from John Hall in September of 2017. Tom has guested in AYJO for a number of years before taking over its direction. Tom is a keen sax player and singer; having played in a number of jazz ensembles large and small throughout his career.

The key element in the running of the band remains enthusiasm and enjoyment for playing jazz music, coupled with the rigour of playing and performing advanced repertoire.

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Location: St Leonard’s Church, Oak Walk, Hythe, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 11 Jul 2019

Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Selwyn College Choir/ Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir

Paul Mealor’s The Farthest Shore headlines a fantastic concert featuring choirs from Cambridge, Canterbury and Romney Marsh children, Selwyn College Choir/Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choiraccompanied by brass and organ. Music by Mendelssohn, Parry, Barber, Copland and Stanford make up a programme also including a Festival Commission by Daniel Saleeb.

Parry’s I Was Glad will end the first half of this concert, and this will be the first point at which all the performers come together in one glorious barrage of sound. And this is just the beginning; in the second half we are taken on a journey through an old folktale which tells of a mystical stranger, washed up on the shores, who couldn’t speak the language. He was very different in looks and colour to the villagers, and seemed to be ‘born of the recent storm’. He is greeted initially with much hostility, but in time heals a community. Who was the stranger? Did he really cure the village children of a plague? There are no real answers; however, what is known, is that the village changed dramatically after that encounter…

This concert will be a choral spectacular, and one not to be missed by lovers of choral music or wondrous tales!

Performers
The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge   Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir
The Singing Stars of Hythe Bay & Palmarsh Primary Schools
Onyx Brass    Simon Hogan (organ)
Claire Seaton (soprano)    Edward Grint (bass)    Frederick Butler (treble)
Michael Bawtree, David Newsholme, Sarah MacDonald (conductor)

Programme
Daniel Saleeb    New Work (world premiere)
Mendelssohn    Laudate Pueri
Stanford    A Song of Wisdom
Copland    Rodeo Suite
Barber    Agnus Dei
Parry    I Was Glad
Paul Mealor    The Farthest Shore
 

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Location: St Leonard’s Church, Oak Walk, Hythe, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 12 Jul 2019

Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Yuanfan Yang, Piano

In March 2019, Yuanfan was named as one of the winners of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Yuanfan Yang, Pianoas well as the Special Prize for Best British Contestant, after his performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“… brilliantly executed, beautifully organised, breathless in its excitement and deeply affecting in its sentiments”.
International Piano Magazine, November 2016

​Yuanfan has won numerous piano competitions, including 1st Prize of the Prix Animato Tarnow Competition 2018, and 1st Prize and the Marcella Crudeli Diploma Prize for Youngest Finalist in the Roma International Piano Competition 2018, Italy.

Born in 1997, Edinburgh, Yuanfan began learning the piano when he was 6, passed Grade 8 with Distinction at the age of 8 and achieved a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) when he was 10. Since 2015 he has been studying with Professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music.

This is an opportunity to hear a future star of the piano world playing a wonderful and diverse programme of Balakirev, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Yang himself.

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Location: St Nicholas Church, New Romney, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 12 Jul 2019

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

ART OF MOOG: Bach on Synths

 

Art of Moog is different. Made up of some of the UK’s best harpsichordists and baroque specialists, and looking more like a Kraftwerk gig than a classical concert, Art of Mogg: Bach of SynthsArt of Moog embraces boundary-crossing audience appeal, by bringing possibly the greatest composer to a modern medium… Who knows exactly what keyboard Bach wrote many of  his masterpieces for; clavichord, harpsichord? Had he been a time-traveller, synthesizers?

Whilst the players have visited the most renowned concerts in the world in other guises, Art of Moog gave its first London performance at Kings Place last year, to great critical acclaim. Art of Moog play synth-Bach with a completely new level of insight. This is a unique opportunity to hear a super-group of the future playing a super-composer of the past, in a medieval Marsh church, St Dunstan at Snargate.

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Location: St Dunstan’s Church, Snargate, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 13 Jul 2019

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Come & Sing with Rebecca Lodge

There are several opportunities to ‘Come &…’ in this year’s festival, including this chance to work with a wonderful, local and hugely experienced singer and educator, Rebecca Lodge. Come and Sing with Rebecca Lodge

Rebecca has been a permanent member of the Royal Opera House Chorus since 2017, before which she was a member of the BBC Singers – the UK’s only fulltime chamber choir – for many years.  She had many solos with the group including Durufle Requiem, Rachmaninoff Vespers and Strauss’ Deutsch Motette, all broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and tv, and Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater at the Proms.

Rebecca’s performance life is equalled by her work in education, where she inspires people of all ages and abilities to improve their singing.  In this way she has worked with the likes of the BBC and the King’s Singers.  Her take on Come & Sing is a little different from others, as you do not need to have any experience or be able to read music, you simply need to have a little joie de vivre and the wish to learn and have fun with singing.  You will prepare an opera chorus, sing a show-tune or two and have a crack at some choral music.

Rebecca leads Tempo, Cranbrook’s Community Choir and is conductor of the Intermediate Choir at Finchley Children’s Music Group, with whom she appeared at the Southbank’s Quenn Elizabeth Hall earlier this year.

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Location: St Dunstan’s Church, Snargate, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 13 Jul 2019

Time: 4:00pm - 5.30pm

Jonty Driver Poetry Recital

Jonty Driver returns to JAM on the Marsh following hugely entertaining recitals of his own poetry over the last few years.Jonty Driver Poetry Recital

Jonty will read from a sequence of 22 poems, entitled BEFORE, and published as a book in August 2018 by Crane River in association with the Africa Sun Press.  Nicholas Jose, the Australian novelist and academic, has called BEFORE “a great, strong, moving book…(which) carries the long perspectives of time and what happens to people – to friends, to co-evals, to us – over the periods of life…”

The cellist, Helen Thomas, will perform excerpts from the Bach’s Cello Suites in between Jonty’s readings. Helen is a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Driver has published seven books of poems as well as five novels, three biographies and a memoir.  Born and educated in South Africa, he was locked up by the security police in solitary confinement in 1964 for his anti-apartheid activities. While he was a post-graduate at Oxford, the South African authorities refused to renew his passport and he became stateless for five years. When he became a British citizen, he was refused visas to visit his home-country until the end of apartheid in 1992.

FREE EVENT – There will be a collection for the Hantam Community Education Trust in the Karoo, South Africa

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Date: 13 Jul 2019

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

London Mozart Players / Michael Bawtree

We celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UK’s finest chamber orchestra, London Mozart Players, with a fabulous programme including Tchaikovsky,  Sibelius and Finzi, alongside Paul Mealor’s spectacular 2nd Symphony and a world premiere by Kent composer James Aburn.London Mozart PLayers / Michael Bawtree

Paul Mealor was Festival Curator of JAM on the Marsh (2015-16) and it is a huge pleasure to be presenting only the second performance of his 2nd Symphony. The subtitle of this most expressive of works is ‘Sacred Places’; the piece having been inspired by the vast open spaces of the Rocky Mountains, Canada. It is scored for strings, percussion and piano.

Joining the orchestra, and making her JAM on the Marsh debut, is the outstanding British pianist, Anna Tilbrook.

Michael Bawtree will conduct this final concert of the festival; a perfect musical offering to finish his first year as Festival Curator.

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Location: St Nicholas Church, New Romney, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 13 Jul 2019

Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm

We are not Shellfish, Sabotage Theatre

Sabotage Theatre returns to the festival following their spectacular production of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, last year.We are not Shellfish, Sabotage Theatre

In a small bedroom on the Southeast coast of Kent a 9 year old child crumples onto her pillow in despair. Today has not been a good day. Today Leah learned about the concept of infinity.  Leah didn’t sleep last night, and she assumes she may never sleep again. Every time she closes her eyes the red glowing dots on the inside of her eyelids swirl, tormenting her with the thought of it. Trying to imagine it. Trying to pin it down. Infinity; it’s just too BIG.

Using puppets, comedy, masks and live music We are not Shellfish is a magical coming of age story, narrated by goldfish, an octopus and a talking rucksack.  What happens if a child has the imagination, courage and ambition to change the world?

“Funny, subversive, deeply philosophical and beautiful” – Fringe Review of The Looker

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Location: St George’s Church, Ashford Road, Ivychurch, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 14 Jul 2019

Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm

Come & Sculpt the Beach with Jon Foreman

On this final day of the 2019 festival, come and join Artist in Residence, Jon Foreman, at the Hythe end of Dymchurch beach, Come and Sculp the Beach with Jon Foremanopposite Sycamore Gardens – TN29 0LA, as he leads a morning teaching you how to create masterpieces in the sand.  You will need to bring some string and a garden rake, to enable you to produce your own art.  This is an amazing opportunity to work alongside a master craftsman, before your work and his disappear beneath the waves, to last only as a memory…

FREE EVENT

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Date: 14 Jul 2019

Time: 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Grahame Davies Poetry Recital & Discussion

Grahame Davies is a Welsh poet, author and lyricist, who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. Grahame Davies Poetry Recital & Discussion

He is the author of 17 books in Welsh and English, including: The Chosen People, a study of the relationship of the Welsh and Jewish peoples; The Dragon and the Crescent, a study of Wales and Islam; a novel, Everything Must Change, about the French philosopher Simone Weil, and the popular work of psychogeography, Real Wrexham.

Festival regulars will also know Grahame as a librettist, he having written the words for Festival Commissions by Paul Mealor, Tom Harrold and Stuart Beatch, including the libretto for Voices of Vimy, 2017’s Festival Commission, premiered by the BBC Singers in New Romney, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Having visited the festival for several years, Grahame has agreed to write a new libretto, based on his poems about the area, for next year’s Festival Commission, composed by Jack Oades. As well as hearing Grahame’s poems and ideas to date, this event will give our festival audience a chance to be involved in the creation of next year’s commission, by participating and commenting on ‘their’ Marsh. This will influence how Grahame approaches his new libretto.

Festival Curator, Michael Bawtree and JAM’s Artistic Director, Edward Armitage, will also contribute to this creative discussion.

FREE EVENT

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Date: 14 Jul 2019

Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

We are not Shellfish 2, Sabotage Theatre

Sabotage Theatre returns to the festival following their spectacular production of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, last year. We are not Shellfish 2, Sabotage Theatre

In a small bedroom on the Southeast coast of Kent a 9 year old child crumples onto her pillow in despair. Today has not been a good day. Today Leah learned about the concept of infinity. Leah didn’t sleep last night, and she assumes she may never sleep again. Every time she closes her eyes the red glowing dots on the inside of her eyelids swirl, tormenting her with the thought of it. Trying to imagine it. Trying to pin it down. Infinity; it’s just too BIG.

Using puppets, comedy, masks and live music We are not Shellfish is a magical coming of age story, narrated by goldfish, an octopus and a talking rucksack. What happens if a child has the imagination, courage and ambition to change the world?

“Funny, subversive, deeply philosophical and beautiful” – Fringe Review of The Looker

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Location: St George’s Church, Ashford Road, Ivychurch, Kent
Contact: Box office: 0800 988 7984 or book online: www.jamconcert.org
Date: 28 Jul 2019

Time: 11am - 7pm

Brookland and Dymchurch Cricket Club. Club Day and Fund Raiser

Come and join the members of Brookland and Dymchurch Cricket Club, enjoy their club day. Food, drink and fun all day.

Location: Brookland CC, Old House Lane, Brookland
Contact: Cindy Paine cindypaine@hotmail.co.uk 07969526086
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