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Events 7 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: 10.00am - 2.30pm
Bring all the family to a FREE morning created around the community and its children. This 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.
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. Father 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.
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
The new art form of narrated opera (narropera) was invented in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2012/13 in response to years of earthquake trauma, 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.