JAM on the Marsh

JAM on the Marsh festival partners with Simpsons Wine Estate, a local winery in the Kent area.

A Perfect Pairing

JAM is thrilled to partner with Simpsons’ Wine Estate and Jukes Cordialities for our 11th JAM on the Marsh, bringing together organisations who share a passion for quality and world-class experiences.
Creativity is the heart and soul of JAM, so working together with two creative and innovative brands that are equally invested in excellence and high-quality performance, is a natural fusion of first-class drinks and the arts.

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Painter James Norton exhibits at JAM on the Marsh with his powerful Marshlands paintings.

Festival Exhibitions Preview

Visual Arts is an important part of the JAM on the Marsh festival. This year we are thrilled to host five outstanding, free exhibitions on display daily at JAM on the Marsh, featuring a variety of genres: from paintings to prints, cyanotypes to pen and ink drawings. The artworks are exhibited in the festival venues, giving the audience the opportunity to explore the art ahead of or after attending an event.
Whilst each exhibition is unique in its own right, they share a common theme: our environment. Inspired by the beauty of nature and man-made structures, the stunning artworks convey a deep sense of awareness and appreciation for our surroundings.

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New Arts at JAM on the Marsh

The 11th JAM on the Marsh embraces the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ with many concerts and events featuring essential classics but equally promoting new compositions and productions.
The festival invites the audience to enjoy much-loved masterpieces by Bach, Britten, Fauré, Holst, Mahler, Mozart and more; whilst at the same time encouraging festivalgoers to discover 13 contemporary works of music by renowned and up-and-coming composers of our time: Toby Anderson, Cameron Biles-Liddell, Sam Buttler, Bob Chilcott, Marisse Cato, Roseanna Dunn, John Frederick Hudson, Gabriel Jackson, Jack Oades, Arvo Pärt, Steve Richer, Jago Thornton and Janet Wheeler.

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Ben Goldscheider, Mark Padmore and London Mozart Players perform Holst, Delius & Elgar and world premieres by John Frederick Hudson and Jago Thornton at JAM on the Marsh.

2024 JAM on the Marsh Festival

From 4-14 July, JAM on the Marsh returns to the unspoiled landscape of Kent’s Romney Marsh for its 11th festival. The programme features a stunning array of international and local artists, lighting up the Kent coast with music, theatre, film, poetry and art. Unfolding in a variety of intimate locations; from the famous mediaeval churches to local gardens and steam railway carriages; JAM on the Marsh will bring the arts to unexpected places. Embracing New York, Vienna, Soho and Canterbury, Festival Curator Nicholas Cleobury has created an unmissable multi-arts festival, guaranteeing unforgettable experiences.

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JAM is starting its first Big Give Campaign to launch its JAM on the Marsh Festival Orchestra connecting the community with professional players, making an impact.

Crowdfunding for the community – JAM needs your support

From 19-26 March JAM will run its first ever Big Give crowdfunding campaign, for one of its most ambitious projects to date – the JAM on the Marsh Festival Orchestra. Launching our Festival Orchestra is exciting but expensive, particularly in these tough times for the Arts. JAM’s Festival Orchestra has been chosen to be part of the Big Give ‘Arts for Impact’ Campaign, which will double donations given to JAM by individuals between 19th – 26th of March.

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Since 2000, JAM has given performances of over 180 new pieces of music, either submitted to or commissioned by the charity.

Continuing JAM’s Commissioning Legacy

At its core JAM was created to enable, commission and promote new music. The commissioning of composers born, studying or living in the UK has a long tradition for us and we are proud that many composers have benefitted from JAM’s commissioning programme, including Judith Bingham, Gabriel Jackson, Thea Musgrave, Jonathan Dove and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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JAM is looking for musicians from our community to be part of a new, free-to-participate Festival Orchestra, made up of amateur players and members of the London Mozart Players (LMP), which celebrates its 75th birthday this year.

Involving the Community 

For many years JAM has been proud to work, collaborate and celebrate Romney Marsh talent in dedicated community-led projects. This year three exceptional projects underline our commitment to boost creativity and connection within the local community. Together with our partners, London Mozart Players, the Romney Marsh Community Hub and Rebecca Lodge Birkebaek, we are proud to offer invaluable opportunities for the community to participate in and enjoy the arts.

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JAM will give London premieres of new works by Toh Yan Ee, Steve Richer, Donald Wetherick, Marisse Cato, George W. Parris, Anselm McDonnell, Christopher Churcher and Jonathan Woolgar; alongside pieces by Isabelle Ryder and international composer, Tarik O’Regan.

Music of Our Time – A celebration of contemporary composers

For over 20 years, JAM has enabled, promoted and commissioned new music in the UK. We are proud to say that we have premiered over 180 pieces at Music of Our Time and JAM on the Marsh.
On 20 March JAM will continue this tradition with a concert of new music for choir, brass and organ. Nine contemporary works will receive their world / London premieres, including the world premiere of a JAM Commission from Isabelle Ryder (Illumination) and a revisit of JAM’s 2010 Commission from Tarik O’Regan (The Night’s Untruth).

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Composers' Course at JAM on the Marsh with Prospect Cottage and Derek Jarman in writing for opera.

JAM Composers’ Residency 2024

Taking place as part of JAM on the Marsh festival from 1-13 July 2024, our next residential course will focus on writing for opera and is designed to take the participants’ compositional skills to the next level. We are thrilled to collaborate with some of Britain’s biggest names in opera composition for this year’s residency; composers will receive tutoring from Jonathan Dove CBE, Professor Shirley Thompson OBE, Professor Paul Mealor LVO CStG, Dr John Frederick Hudson, Grahame Davies LVO and Nicholas Cleobury.

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Call for Artists

Call for Artists for JAM on the Marsh 2024

Ever since the first JAM on the Marsh in 2014, with music at its core, JAM has been eager to represent a wide range of artforms at the festival: from poetry to photography, ceramics to sculptures, mosaics to sand art, opera to theatre and dance, and everything in between. We are proud to have featured and supported many local, as well as national artists over the years, giving them a platform to present their works in Kent’s atmospheric Romney Marsh.

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