Tuesday 24 May 2022

Three birthday celebrations & more: Anna Tilbrook curates this year's JAM on the Marsh

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson whose 75th birthday is celebrated at this year's JAM on the Marsh

JAM on the Marsh is back with a full festival of live events in the historic churches of Romney Marsh from 7 to 17 July 2022. Pianist Anna Tilbrook has curated her second JAM on the Marsh festival and performers include Lucy Crowe, James Gilchrist, leaders from the Oslo Philharmonic, VOCES8, Michael Collins with London Mozart Players and the London Tango Quintet.

The festival is celebrating composer Paul Patterson's 75th birthday by performing his The Fifth Continent, a JAM commission from 2005 that evokes the dramatic 20-mile coastal stretch of Romney Marsh. The work is being performed by the Holst Singers, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo), Onyx Brass and Simon Hogan (organ).

Other birthdays celebrated include a double celebration for composer Judith Bingham's 70th and clarinettist Michael Collins' 60th, when Collins performs Bingham's Concerto for Clarinet with the London Mozart Players in a concert including Copland's Clarinet Concerto (written in 1950 for Benny Goodman) and music by Debussy and Grieg.

The Fibonacci Quartet is returning to the festival following a sell-out concert at last year's festival and the quartet will be performing in several concerts, working with an array of distinguished artists. Anna Tilbrook will be joining them for an all-Czech concert including music by Mahler, Janacek, Suk, Martinu and a rare performance of the Piano Quartet by London-based Czech composer Karel Janovický.

Full details from the festival website.

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