JAM on the Marsh: VIRTUAL · 6-15 August 2020

9 new concerts · 3 sensational exhibitions

Artists presenting these concerts have adhered to strict and rigorous social distancing guidelines and safety measures.


Thurs-Sat | 6-15 August 2020

Carsten Birkebaek

of Jon Foreman's Beach Art

The beach art by land artist Jon Foreman on Dymchurch beach was a highlight of JAM on the Marsh 2019 featuring on BBC Inside Out South East. In this exhibition, aerial drone photographer Carsten Birkebaek presents 12 breath-taking images capturing Jon’s sand art, with these extraordinaryly powerful images being edited by photographer Justin Sutcliffe.​

Thurs-Sat | 6-15 August 2020

Susan Pilcher

In this retrospective exhibition, Susan Pilcher, a New Romney-based photographer, has taken a unique approach to photographing the Marsh: every shot has been taken at the dead of night, giving her audience an unusual and intriguing view of local structures and its star-filled skies.

Thurs-Sat | 6-15 August 2020

Tristan Fewings

JAM on the Marsh revisits Tristan Fewings wonderful pictures from his Between the Sea and the Sky exhibition. As apart of a two year residency with JAM on the Marsh, this exhibition follows Tristan’s journey along the unique coastline of Romney Marsh, criss-crossing the Marsh with his camera to explore its landscape.


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Fri | 7 August 2020 | 7:30 BST

The Gesualdo Six

Owain Park · conductor

Exploring a relationship between old and new, playful and profound, The Gesualdo Six present an exhibition of some of the finest vocal consort works from renaissance and modern-day composers. Works from the Golden Age of polyphony by Tallis, Byrd and Gesualdo are juxtaposed with contemporary music by Alison Willis, Judith Bingham and Owain Park, alongside a World Premiere by British composer, Joanna Ward.

Sat | 8 August 2020 | 7:30 BST

with Onyx Brass

In what is a groundbreaking new direction for brass quintet repertoire, Onyx Brass asked some of the finest contemporary British jazz composers to write for the group.  Programme to include: Jason Rebello: Inevitable Outcome, Kenny Wheeler: One for Five, Herbert Chappell: Two Hollywood Portraits, Laurence Cottle: Holy Chalcedony, Colin Skinner: Firebox, Gershwin (arr Jackson): Prelude, Trish Clowes: The Mighty Pencil, Lacalle (arr Jackson): Amapola and Mark Nightingale: For Rosie.

Sun | 9 August 2020 | 7:30 BST

Variations Down the Line I

Rachel Fryer · piano

Rachel Fryer has performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations many times over the years, and this has led her to Variations Down the Line, an exciting new project presenting Bach’s Variations interwoven with five 21st century responses, co-commissioned by JAM for this year’s festival. In this first concert, Rachel will perform the first half of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (nos. 1-15) with world premieres of two sets of three variations composed by Samuel Becker and Julian Broughton.

Mon | 10 August 2020 | 7:30 BST

Organ Recital

Given by long-time collaborator of and previous Festival Curator of JAM on the Marsh, Daniel Cook; Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral. Daniel is an internationally acclaimed organist with a busy concert schedule. A prize-winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Daniel has twice been a finalist in the St Albans International Organ Competition. He has given recitals in all of the major venues in the UK and has recently performed in Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the USA.

Tues | 11 August 2020 | 7:30 BST

by Green Opera

Chloë Allison · mezzo-soprano
Anna-Luise Wagner · soprano
Richard Gowers · piano

Fillu is a dramatised Liederabend based around the lives of Eugenie Schumann and Marie Fillunger – both of whom led extraordinary lives in Germany and England in the late 19th-century and whose history has been sadly overlooked. The piece consists of a selection of mid-late 19th-century Lieder interspersed with letters exchanged between the two lovers.

Wed | 12 August 2020 | 7:30 BST

Variations Down the Line II

Rachel Fryer · piano

In this second concert, Rachel will perform the second half of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (nos. 16-30) with world premieres of three sets of three variations composed by Nicola Lefanu, Michael Finnissy and Alison Kay.

Thurs | 13 August 2020 | 7:30 BST

with ANNA TILBROOK · piano

Welsh mezzo-soprano, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones and pianist, Anna Tilbrook, explore allusion in this special concert as a way to find solace within nature. 

Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op.37
Dove: Nights Not Spent Alone
Madeleine Dring: Five Betjeman Songs
Britten: Cabaret Songs

Fri | 14 August 2020 | 7:30 BST

with The Gesualdo Six

London Mozart Players
Owain Park · conductor
Simon Hogan · organ
Grahame Davies · poet

A concert of music and readings for all affected by Covid-19. The Fauré Requiem with new readings by poet Grahame Davies commissioned for this event by JAM on the Marsh.

Sat | 15 August 2020 | 7:30 BST


Michael Bawtree · conductor
John Frederick Hudson · piano

Peter Aviss: The Seafarer
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56
Judith Bingham: The Hythe (commissioned by JAM 2012)
Paul Mealor: Piano Concerto (JAM on the Marsh festival commission 2020 – world premiere) 

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