A Unique Collaboration

Changeling Theatre has become a thrilling staple of JAM on the Marsh with its compelling, fun and irreverent performances becoming festival highlights for our audience.

Changeling Theatre

Kent’s renowned theatre company produces high quality, entertaining theatre in non-traditional locations and has performed at JAM on the Marsh every year since 2017, captivating the audience with productions of well-known works by Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward.

JAM is delighted to have come together with Changeling to commission the music for their 2023 tour from Kent-born composer, James Aburn.

“I am incredibly excited to team up with JAM on the Marsh for the first time to commission James Aburn to compose brand new music for ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ and ‘The School for Scandal’.”

Changeling Theatre

The unique partnership between JAM and Changeling celebrates two of the county’s finest art organisations and embraces JAM’s mission to create, collaborate and commission. 

“Working with Changeling Theatre to commission new music is such a natural progression for us. James is a phenomenal talent, and we can’t wait to hear the results.”

Changeling Theatre at JAM on the Marsh
Changeling Theatre

James has seen his music performed across the globe and has worked with world-renowned musicians including composers Morten Lauridsen and Sir James MacMillan, and performing at the BBC Proms under the baton of Marin Alsop and Sir Donald Runnicles. He currently teaches music and composition as the Assistant Director of Music at Bede’s Senior School in East Sussex, whilst concurrently working towards his PhD in composition at the University of Aberdeen under the supervision of the celebrated Royal Wedding and Coronation composer, Professor Paul Mealor

“I am delighted to be working with Changeling as the composer for its 2023 season. Love’s Labour’s Lost provides the perfect summer escapism and Netflix’s hit TV show Bridgeton has been a huge inspiration for the approach to the music for this play. In a complete contrast, it has been great fun exploring Glam Rock of the 1970s and reinterpreting that genre into a modern-day Rock-Baroque style to accompany The School for Scandal.”

Changeling’s unique take on the early Shakespearean comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost will kick off our 10th festival, as well as the company’s tour on Tuesday, 4 July at 7pm. They will then return to JAM on the Marsh on Thursday, 6 July for a performance of Sheridan’s entertaining masterpiece The School for Scandal.

James Aburn composes an exciting score for Changeling Theatre at the JAM on the Marsh arts festival.
James Aburn, composer

James received his first JAM commission in 2019 and we are thrilled that the London Mozart Players conducted by Nicholas Cleobury will revisit his piece Silent Shadows on Saturday, 15 July 2023 at 7pm.