JAM on the Marsh
JAM Festival Dates



joining with the FIFTH CONTINENT


Craft Workshop with Gemma Gottelier

Cyanotype Flower Printing with Sonia McDuff


Mosaics workshop with Teach Me


Anna Tilbrook (Festival Curator) and Libby Burgess open the 2021 festival with a concert for four hands piano featuring Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals in its 100th year anniversary.


“If you’ve been around a while – which I have! – you have to keep reinventing yourself, like Madonna” says soprano Lesley Garrett. Her career has taken her from Mozart to The Sound of Music, from opera to television, and this evening of song, reminiscences and chat promises to be a delight.
Presenting a programme full of passion, storytelling and dreamlike soundscapes with music by Argentinian composer Piazzolla (in his 100th year), Takemitsu and Debussy, Elizabeth Bass (harp) and Dan Shao (flute) will explore the full range of expressive capabilities of their instruments through immense timbral variation and rhythmic flair.


Canterbury Cathedral Choir, with conductor David Newsholme, brings Bernstein’s dramatic choral masterpiece, Chichester Psalms (with organ, harp and percussion), to St Leonard’s Church, Hythe.


Michael Collins (clarinet) · Simon Blendis (violin) · Harriet Mackenzie (violin) · Philip Dukes (viola) · Sally Pendlebury (cello) present Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 in this intimate chamber music recital.


Elgar was deeply affected by the horrors of WWI when he wrote his Piano Quintet in A minor. Composed while he was a prisoner during WWII, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was created under some of the most dire conditions known to humankind.

This concert is presented with a 60 minute interval so remember to ‘bring your own’ picnic.

Performed by some of the UK’s best musicians: Michael Collins (clarinet) · Anna Tilbrook (piano) · Simon Blendis (violin) · Harriet MacKenzie (violin) · Philip Dukes (viola) · Sally Pendlebury (cello).


Kosmos is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music. Gypsy, Scottish, Jewish and Greek music glide into hot-blooded tango and Asian melodies, referencing classical composers including Brahms, Dvorak and Sarasate, performed with “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship” (Richard Morrison, chief music critic, The Times).

Harriet MacKenzie (violin) · Meg-Rosaleen Hamilton (viola) · Miloš Milivojević (accordion)

Free to all

The JAM Masterclass Series is an inspirational, interactive composition course aimed at emerging UK-based composers of any age. Free to apply and open to all UK-based composers.

3 Organ and 3 Brass sketches will be workshopped including one-on-one breakout sessions with Paul Mealor.

Join this Open Compositional Workshop at the JAM on the Marsh festival and observe performers Francesca Massey and Onyx Brass, lead by composer Paul Mealor.

“…Regarded as probably the foremost female organist in the UK”, Francesca Massey joins with Onyx Brass exploring the energetic and vibrant world of the organ and brass quintet repertoire.


Bold, imaginative and magical open air theatre, Changeling Theatre is a professional touring theatre company serving community audiences across South East England. Think gothic fantasy meets RuPaul‘s Drag Race, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be another unmissable Changeling production. A funny, fantastical feast for the senses that will delight all ages.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed at one of the Marsh’s finest pubs: The Star Inn at St Mary in the Marsh, renowned for its delicious food and well kept beer. Overlooking the mediaeval church, this beautiful 15th century traditional Inn was a regular haunt of Noel Coward, so is an apt venue for open-air theatre. Bring a rug or chairs and enjoy this wonderful production, food and refreshment in the garden of The Star, under the Romney Marsh sky.

James Gilchrist’s extensive concert repertoire as a tenor has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world. In this recital, he is joined with pianist and Festival Curator, Anna Tilbrook.


The London Mozart Players with James Gilchrist (tenor), Ben Goldscheider (horn) and Michael Bawtree (conductor) perform Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op.31 as well as a world premiere by British composer, Cecilia McDowall.


The Fibonacci Quartet, an international ensemble bringing together Czech, Belgian, Swedish and Montenegrin nationalities, makes its festival debut with a concert of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421 and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 9, Op. 117.


Paul Mealor (International composer and President of JAM), with his Caritas Choir and Onyx Brass, conducts three significant works that JAM has commissioned over three decades: Jonathan Dove’s The Far Theatricals of Day (2003), Mealor’s Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (2010) and a world premiere by composer Jack Oades with librettist Grahame Davies.

At 7pm, join composers Jonathan Dove, Paul Mealor and Jack Oades, with librettist Grahame Davies, in a pre-concert talk discussing relationships between music and words in this celebration of 3 decades of JAM.


Inspiring a musical journey across South America, That Latin Temperament illustrates the development of Argentinian and Brazilian music from its deep Spanish origins to the juxtaposing rhythms of the Brazilian bossa nova, including arrangements of songs and tangos by Piazzolla, Machado and Villa-Lobos.


Yuanfan Yang was named as one of the winners of the 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. He brings a recital of piano favourites as well as his own jazz improvisations with requests taken from the audience.
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