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Symphonic Brass of London

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.

Yuanfan Yang, Piano

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.

Children’s Sunday

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.

Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, as Narropera

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. 

Grahame Davies Poetry Recital & Discussion

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.

Sculpt the World, Jon Foreman

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

Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra

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 with Rebecca Lodge

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.

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