An evening of songs and anecdotes with Lesley Garrett | Credit: John Batten

Submitted to the Folkestone Herald

After a year of hosting virtual events, JAM on the Marsh returns in July with a vibrant festival of live concerts, theater and visual arts exhibitions.

World-renowned soloists Lesley Garrett, James Gilchrist and Michael Collins visit the festival for the first time.

In its eighth season, JAM on the Marsh 2021 will captivate audiences with seven exhibitions, 15 concerts and an outdoor theater.

Events will take place across Romney Marsh, from Hythe to Dungeness, in many famous medieval Romney Marsh churches.

Highlights include:

  • An evening with Lesley Garrett of songs and anecdotes
  • Earth artist Jon Foreman creating a sculpture trail through Romney Marsh – many will remember his extraordinary Dymchurch beach art in 2019
  • The Changeling Theater interprets the dream of a summer night under the marsh sky.
  • The legendary Messiaen quartet for the end of times, performed by Michael Collins, Simon Blendis, Sally Pendlebury and Anna Tilbrook
  • London Mozart Players, James Gilchrist and Ben Goldscheider perform Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings under the direction of Michael Bawtree
  • Canterbury Cathedral Choir performs the affirmative and serene psalms of Bernstein

One of the UK’s top pianists, Anna Tilbrook, is hosting JAM on the Marsh for the first time, opening the festival with a four-handed piano recital, performed by Anna and Libby Burgess.

Among the pieces, the delightful Carnival of the Animals of Saint-Saëns, on its 100th anniversary, brings lions, swans and kangaroos to the marsh!

Additionally, JAM President Paul Mealor will conduct the festival for the first time with his professional choir Caritas.

Exhibitions will be confirmed shortly.

The festival runs July 8-18 and tickets are on sale here.

Following the success of JAM on the Marsh: VIRTUAL in 2020, many events from the 2021 festival will be filmed for release this fall.

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