The Symphonic Brass of London, one of the world’s greatest brass groups, makes its festival debut under its conductor, Eric Crees. Symphonic Brass is a handpicked ensemble of Britain’s very finest brass and percussion players.
In March 2019, Yuanfan was named as one of the winners of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. This is an opportunity to hear a future star of the piano world.
Bring all the family to a FREE morning created around the community and its children. This event features performances and workshops based around clowning, story-telling and sculpture for all the family.
Narropera is a synthesis of musical clarity and the art of public story-telling, aiming both to entertain and enlighten. The musical arrangements thread through the opera’s narrated story. The audience should leave a narropera performance knowing a great deal more about the story, and having enjoyed the music a-fresh, in an expanded literary context.
Sabotage Theatre returns to the festival following their spectacular production of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, last year. In a small bedroom on the Southeast coast of Kent a 9 year…
Grahame Davies is a Welsh poet, author and lyricist, who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. Alongside Grahame, Festival Curator, Michael Bawtree and JAM’s Artistic Director, Edward Armitage, will discuss a new choral work for the 2020 festival based on Romney Marsh. FREE EVENT.
Jon Foreman’s beach sculpture is one of the most exciting exhibitions that has ever come to the festival. Jon will create breath-taking works of art on the sands at Dymchurch. Like a giant Etch A Sketch, the sea will come in and rub away each piece of art, ready for the next day’s piece. FREE EVENT
The Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra comprises young jazz musicians aged 12 to 18 from the secondary schools in Ashford. They play a range of big-band swing and blues numbers, ballads and film themes, with all solos being improvised.
Come & Sing in this year’s festival with wonderful, local and hugely experienced singer and educator, Rebecca Lodge. Have a try at an opera chorus, sing a show-tune or two and have a crack at some choral music.