London Mozart players | Photo: Justin Sutcliffe

Submitted to the Folkestone Herald

The countdown is on to the start of this year’s 11-day multi-arts festival at venues across Romney Marsh.

JAM on the Marsh invites you to get up close to world-class happenings, including music, theatre, sculpture, art and poetry.

There will be events from Hythe to Dungeness and Snargate to New Romney. Each of the famous Marsh Churches will be used in the festival, along with the Marsh Academy Leisure Center and Cinemarsh.

As a taster, the friends of the festival invite you to bring your own picnic for Mozart in the swamp at St Dunstan’s Church, Snargate on Sunday July 3 with Figaro’s wedding like Narropera.

Changeling Theater | Photo: Justin Sutcliffe

Then Changeling Theater officially opens the festival on Thursday July 7with their brand new hysterical and irreverent production of the ever-popular Oscar Wilde The importance of being serious.

This bold, imaginative and magical outdoor theater company returns to the heart of New Romney, performing in the Old School Garden, where the church and town become the backdrops for the play.

Michael Collins | Photo: Justin Sutcliffe

Music has been at the heart of every festival since 2014, and this year was no exception.

The concerts feature world famous names including VOCES8, Lucy Crowe and James Gilchrist, Michael Collins with the London Mozart Players, the Holst Singers and the London Tango Quintet.

Local talent bursts in when the Ashford Youth Jazz Orchestra kicks in, and days later 60 children from St Nicholas and Brookland Primary Schools come together to play with one of the top bands UK brass, Onyx Brass.

Each concert hall also offers free art, where you can meet the artists.

Snow overhanging the branches of a tree by Angela C Smith

There will be six exhibits, including a community project – the Romney Marsh Church Mosaics Trail – featuring stunning mosaics that capture the history and character of each of Marsh’s 14 churches.

Other exhibits include the breathtaking sculptures by Angela C Smith in the transept of St Leonard in Hythe, and fabulous large-scale abstract oils by John Ballard in St Nicholas in New Romney.

JAM on the Marsh spans from Thursday July 7 at Sunday July 17. For more information and to book tickets, go here.

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