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.
JAM on the Marsh 2018
JAM on the Marsh spans Romney Marsh from 5th – 15th July including 7 concerts, 5 exhibitions, 4 children’s events, 2 theatrical performances, 3 poetry recitals and a churches tour. There’s something for everyone! This year we are also proud to be working in collaboration with Hythe Festival of Arts and Heritage 2018 on several events within the festival.
Changeling Theatre’s acclaimed, open-air production of Noel Coward’s comedy classic Blithe Spirit comes to New Romney’s Old School Garden. Celebrated novelist Charles Condomine invites local medium and eccentric Madame Arcati to conduct a séance but the scheme backfires … Bring a chair, a rug and watch this wonderful play under the vast Marsh sky.
Music runs throughout the festival. Chart-topping voces8 and the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir join forces for the first time ever, the BBC Singers and BBC Radio 3 return to JAM on the Marsh performing one of the greatest choral works, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, as part of the festival’s commemoration of WW1. The London Mozart Players and Mousai Singers perform Fauré’s Requiem.
Enjoy 5 Art and Photography exhibitions: renowned photojournalist Justin Sutcliffe captures faces in unexpected objects, local artist Ruth Parkinson brings us her dramatic Time and Tide exhibition, local photographer Susan Pilcher makes a return after her hugely successful Marsh at Night exhibition last year, plus exhibitions by Students of the Romney Resource Centre and Kate Walters’ ‘tunes in’ to the music and the churches of the festival.
Come to our Children’s Sunday ‘JAM’-packed with art, crafts, drama and steam trains.
Throughout the festival there will be a bus service to most events for just £1 return; must be booked in advance.
JAM on the Marsh 2018 Thursday 5th – Sunday 15th July.
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).
Daniel Cook is also on the JAM panel that decides JAM’s annual programme.
JAM on the Marsh 2016
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.
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 the button below for more information on how to submit to the BYO scheme.