Wednesday 8 July 2020

JAM on the Marsh: Virtual

JAM on the Marsh has developed into a lively annual music and arts festival in and around the historic churches of Romney Marsh, and always with a focus on new music. This year will be no different, from 7 to 15 August 2020 there will be nine concerts performed in St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent and there will be three exhibitions. But without a live audience.

This year the festival is JAM on the Marsh: Virtual and all nine concerts will be live-streamed and the three exhibitions will be featured on-line.

Highlights of the festival include the premiere of Paul Mealor's Piano Concerto with soloist John Frederick Hudson and the London Mozart Players, conducted by Michael Bawtree [read my interview with Paul from March 2020 where he talks about the writing of this concerto], Gabriel Faure's Requiem in an intimate performance with the Gesualdo Six and the London Mozart Players conducted by Owain Park, interspersed with new poetry by Grahame Davies, and a programme of music by contemporary British jazz composers written for Onyx Brass including music by Jason Rebello, Kenny Wheeler, Laurence Cottle, Colin Skinner, Trish Clowes, Mark Nightingale.

Other concerts include the Gesualdo Six in music by Alison Willis, Roxanna Panufnik, Richard Rodney Bennett and a premiere by Joanna Ward alongside Byrd, Tallis and Gesualdo, soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones and pianist Anna Tilbrook in Jonathan Dove's Nights not spent alone and music by Madeleine Dring, Elgar and Britten, an organ recital from Daniel Cook, pianist Rachel Fryer in Bach's Goldberg Variations alongside music by Samuel Becker, Julian Broughton, Nicola Lefanu, Michael Finnissy, Alison Kay, and Fillu a musical exploration of the relationship between Eugenie Schumann (daughter of Robert and Clara) and the singer Marie Fillunger.

Performers will make the annual pilgrimage to the mediaeval churches of Kent’s Romney Marsh, to present the concerts adhering to strict and rigorous social distancing guidelines and safety measures. Each concert will be recorded ‘as live’ behind closed doors.

There are also three exhibitions on-line, Tristan Fewings, Carsten Birkebaek and Susan Pilcher.

The festival is being presented entirely free of charge, and your support is invited to help cover the costs, visit JAM's donate page.

Full details from the festival website.

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