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Events 5 July 2019
JAM on the Marsh
JAM on the Marsh is an annual multi-arts festival built around Kent’s magnificent Romney 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.
See below for the details of all the events
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 of 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.”
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 an 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.
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, Jon 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.
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
The King's Singers
The King’s Singers:
“The Superlative vocal sextet” The Times
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.