Concerts & Events
Onyx Brass ‘the classiest brass ensemble in the UK’ plays a concert of music from the shows, alongside favourites from the classical repertoire, in the unique setting of Engine Shed at New Romney, part of the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Your ticket includes a return journey from Hythe to New Romney, a hog roast, your first drink and the concert.
hART is a collective of professional artists living & working in Hythe & Romney Marsh. Throughout the festival, hART will exhibit distinctive works in a variety of mediums, most of which will be for sale. hART will in engage in a project where ‘the power of the line within the landscape meets that of artistic expression’.
7-17th July - Tristan Fewings: Between the Sea and the Sky photographic exhibition - Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
Tristan Fewings presents an exhibition that follows the seawall from Hythe to Dungeness. Best known as a fashion and portrait photographer, Tristan turns his eye to landscapes and seascapes, along a personal journey.
7-17th July - Jillian Bain Christie: Nordic Landscapes mixed media exhibition - Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
Jillian Bain Christie brings her astonishing Nordic mixed media pictures to the Marsh as a prequel to her exhibition of Romney Marsh landscapes in 2017.
Since January, the renowned photographer Tristan Fewings has been mentoring students from the Marsh Academy’s photographic department. Students were allowed to photograph anything to do with Romney Marsh. We limited the number of pictures in the final exhibition to introduce an element of competition to the project.
Kate Walters returns to the festival to draw even more of your dreams! Have a 1-to-1 with Kate and have your inner visions and memories turned into a piece of art to take home.
8th July, 7.00pm - BBC Singers, Nicholas Cleobury, Dame Janet Suzman - St Nicholas Church, New Romney
A concert of literature from Shakespeare to Tagore and Rossetti to Manley Hopkins. The programme includes music by Vaughan Williams – 3 Shakespeare Songs, Holst – The Evening Watch, Finzi – All this Night & Leighton – God’s Grandeur and World Premieres by Paul Mealor and Thomas LaVoy.
Kate Walters will discuss and demonstrate the techniques involved with making her extraordinary and personal drawings of your dreams. This is an amazing opportunity to understand how this extraordinary art form is created.
One of the country’s finest string quartet visit JAM on the Marsh for the first time. Based in Kent, the group perform Mozart, Mendelssohn, Jonathan Dove and Graham Fitkin.
Join our very own colourful kite festival on Romney Marsh! Let your imagination run wild… crazy monsters, creepy crawlies, smart minions, magical creatures… At the end of the workshop you can take your kite home or leave it to be displayed at the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre.
Come and visit the Lookers hut at the Romney Marsh Visitor’s Centre and have your dreams, inner visions and memories turned into a piece of art to take home! She is best known for producing the artwork for Marc Almond’s record, The Velvet Trail, released in March 2015. Her unique way of working involves her spending around thirty minutes with her subject, to respond to their dreams/inner visions/memories to create monotype drawings. Both the session and the resulting artwork are highly intimate and focused, creating a one-off piece of art, for you to take away.
Jillian Bain Christie introduces her mixed media art, including her Nordic landscapes. She will demonstrate how she creates these works and discuss her ideas for her 2017 exhibition of Romney Marsh landscapes.
Tristan Fewings talks about his Journey along the Wall exhibition, what inspired him, the Romney Marsh and life as a top fashion / entertainment photographer.
Jonty Driver & Peter Fields return to perform Before, by Driver, a sequence of twenty-two poems. Fields will intersperse the poems with a variety of pieces, some popular, some classical, some folk-tunes from Africa.
11th July, 2pm - Singing Playgrounds with Ex Cathedra & Onyx Brass - Marsh Academy Theatre, New Romney
After three years working with Ex Cathedra, Primary Schools from across the Marsh perform songs from their 3-year Singing Playgrounds project alongside Timothy Jackson’s Opening NIght, when they perform with Onyx Brass and students from the Shepway Brass Academy, conducted by Ula Weber.
A full day guided tour to four Marsh churches – Dymchurch, Fairfield, Ivychurch and New Romney – includes a pub lunch and an excellent W.I. tea. TICKETS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE.
14th July, 7pm - London Mozart Players, Mousai Singers, Daniel Cook - St Nicholas Church, New Romney
JAM regulars, the Mousai Singers & Daniel Cook are joined by one of the UK’s favourite orchestras, the London Mozart Players for a performance of Britten, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Warlock, alongside a Festival Commission by Paul Mealor, The Shadows of War.
Two of Roald Dahl’s favourite stories, Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs, are brought to life in these wonderful settings by one of JAM’s favourite composers, Paul Patterson. This is a concert for all the family!
Following last year’s magnificent concert of Bach, Handel &Pergolesi, Sounds Baroque and Julian Perkins return to tell the tale of Giacomo Casanova. This exquisite early instrument ensemble will take you on a musical romp through C.18th Europe and its music.
Briony Kapoor, founder of the IMOS Foundation brings the story of the Great Tapestry of Romney Marsh to life in this talk about IMOS’ latest creative adventure.
Gawain Douglas returns to the festival for the third time, following outstanding recitals of TS Eliot. For 2016, Gawain turns his attention to Shakespeare. To mark the 400th year since ‘The Bard’s’ death, this recital will be made up entirely of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
The Selwyn College choir has worked with JAM every year for 14 years and has visited the Marsh every year since 2008. They opened the 2014 festival with an astonishing performance of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers in 2014, that few will forget.
Join the search to find stick people amongst the trees at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre. From our improvised armatures we will create a crowd of characters – heroes and villains, scarecrows and pirates, dancers and acrobats – by using strips of torn fabric and wool to bring them to life. At the end of the workshop the ‘Stick People’ can be taken home or displayed in a specially chosen tree at the centre.
Lydia Caines, Chloe Allison, Molly Parsons-Gurr & Daniel Evans perform one of the C.20th most important works. Introduced by Peter Hill.
Resident organist of St Mary the Virgin, Dean Hayward, closes the festival with classics from the organ repertoire, including Bach’s Toccata in F BWV540, Elgar’s Chanson de Nuit, Franck’s Choral No 3 in A min and Messiaen’s Desseins eternels.
Enjoy both of our concerts today for a combined price of £15, including refreshments after Dean Hayward’s recital at St Mary in the Marsh.