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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. 

The role of Curator is an important one in how JAM on the Marsh is programmed. The position of Curator can only be held by a person for two years. This ensures that the festival is ever-developing and continuously changing. Curators to date have included the internationally renowned composers, Judith Bingham and Paul Mealor and for 2017 / 18 the organist and conductor, Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey).

Bring Your Own Event to JAM on the Marsh JAM on the Marsh also hosts a Bring Your Own scheme, which enables creators to bring an event to the festival. Please click here for how to submit to the BYO scheme.

JAM on the Marsh 2016 was a triumph, with audience numbers up across all twenty four events including: music, poetry, art, photography, children’s events and a churches tour. The festival started with a blast, as Onyx Brass played an amazing concert in the Engine Shed of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, with most of the audience arriving and leaving the station by steam train. This first day set out the festival stall, as we also opened four exhibitions across Romney Marsh and had live broadcasts on BBC Radio Kent and on BBC Kent’s South East Today. Events came thick and fast over the next ten days, with highlights including photographic exhibitions by Tristan Fewings and the Marsh Academy students, a theatrical performance of Paul Patterson’s settings of Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs by the Magnard Ensemble, the festival’s first broadcast on Radio 3 with the BBC Singers and Dame Janet Suzman, the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s The Shadows of War by London Mozart Players and Mousai Singers and an amazingly emotional performance on the final day of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

JAM on the Marsh 2017 Thursday 6th - Sunday 16th July.  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, David Rees-Williams Trio and Mousai Singers. BBC Singers will give the world premiere of a Festival Commission commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge by Tom Harrold and Stuart Beatch, to words by Grahame Davies. There are art exhibitions including: John Doyle, mixed media artist, Jillian Bain Christie and photography exhibitions by: Tristan Fewings, Susan Pilcher and the students of the Marsh Academy. Shakespeare features prominently with performances of Hamlet by Changeling Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by The Pantaloons. There will also be poetry recitals, chlidren’s events, churches tours and much, much more! Full details to be released soon…

JAM on the Marsh Bus Service Throughout JAM on the Marsh, there will be a Festival Bus Service to most events. For just £1 return, the bus service will ferry people to and from the various venues, starting from Folkestone, with stops along the coast road to New Romney, before heading to the specific venue. Seats on this service must be booked in advance. The booking option to book bus tickets appears online after you have booked event tickets.