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Events 13 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 - 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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