New Arts

at JAM on the Marsh 2024

Blue by Paulo Gnecco

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.

Composers John Frederick Hudson and Jago Thornton discuss their JAM on the Marsh Festival Commissions with librettist Esme Lloyd and Paul Mealor.
John Frederick Hudson and Jago Thornton, composers

Of these 13 pieces of new music, six compositions will receive their world premieres at JAM on the Marsh: the four new short operas composed as part of JAM’s Composers’ Residency (taking place from 1-13 July as part of the festival), as well as this year’s Festival Commission from John Frederick Hudson and the President’s Commission from Jago Thornton.

Alongside these world premieres, the audience will be introduced to five new works of poetry – Grahame Davies has provided the libretti for the four new operas, whilst Esme Lloyd has written the beautiful poem featured in John Frederick Hudson’s new commission.

The festival furthermore hosts five new exhibitions, presenting a broad variety of artworks from John Ballard, Paulo Gnecco, Michelle Keegan, James Norton and Al Reffel. Their exhibitions range from paintings to prints, cyanotypes to triptychs.

Henry V by Changeling Theatre

In the world of performing arts, JAM on the Marsh will entertain festivalgoers with three new theatre productions: Changeling Theatre brings their staging of Shakespeare’s Henry V and Noël Coward’s Present Laughter to the Romney Marsh; whilst Mark Farrelly takes the audience on a journey from Soho to Dungeness with his vibrant solo play about Derek Jarman.

JAM is proud to present a festival programme that remains true to its values of promoting new music and arts, as well as empowering and supporting living artists.

Be part of this celebration and join us from 4-14 July, why wouldn’t you? 

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