Tuesday, 24 June 2014

JAM on the Marsh

St Augustine's Church, Brookland
St Augustine's Church, Brookland
This year, in addition to presenting a concerts in London as part of the City of London Festival, JAM is organising a festival, JAM on the Marsh, centred around the historic churches of Romney Marsh. As ever, JAM's programmes centre on contemporary music with works by James, Weeks, Judith Bingham, John Adams, John McCabe, Giles Swayne, Colin Riley, but there are plenty of other works in the mix too providing a series of attractive programmes.

Things kick off with the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge conducted by Sarah MacDonald performing Rachmaninov's Vespers and music by James Weeks (9 July at St Bartholomew the Great, London; 10 July at St Augustine, Brookland, TN29 9QR). Then the Red Note Ensemble, led by Jacqueline Shave, is joined by oboist Michal Rogalski for the premiere of Judith Bingham's Oboe Concerto along with RVW's Oboe Concerto and a programme of music for strings by John Adams and Samuel Barber as Judith Bingham's The Hythe which was originally commissioned by JAM (11 July at St. Andrew's Holborn, London;' 12 July at All Saints Church, Lydd, TN29 9JU).

Counter tenor Andrew Radley and pianist Alice Turner perform a programme of early 20th century English songs, Love and War, at St Dunstan's Church, Snarget, TN29 9RX (13 July). Whilst mezzo soprano Alison Wells performs a programme of music by Christopher Hobbs, Judith Bingham, William O Smith and Colin Riley, telling the story of fossil hunter Mary Anning and of the writer Mary Shelly. (16 July at the Marsh Academy, TN28 8BB).

Daniel Cook conducts the Mousai Singers and Onyx Brass in a programme which includes the English premiere of Giles Swayne's The Yonghy Bongy Bo, a work commissioned by JAM and which was premiered at the St. David's Festival this year. The programme also includes Handel's Coronation Anthems and Songs from the Garden by John McCabe who celebrates his 75th birthday this year. (16 July, at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London; 19 July at St. Leonard's Church, Hyth, CT21 5DN). The Mousai Singers and Daniel Cook are also performing a programme of music by Paul Mealor at the Marsh Academy on 17 July.

There is much else besides in the JAM on the Marsh festival, including exhibitions, organ recitals and theatre. Full information from the festival website. Throughout the festival there will be a Festival Bus Service stopping in Folkestone, Hythe, Dymchurch, St Mary's Bay and New Romney as well as the event venues.

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