Concerts during 2021

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and with great regret, concerts in St Leonard’s Church are not expected to restart before June 2021 at the earliest, and even that date must remain uncertain depending on the future course of Covid-19 and associated lockdowns and restrictions. We hope very much to be able to host concerts in St Leonard’s Church during the 2021 JAM on the Marsh Festival (8-18 July), whatever form it may take. 2021 will also be the 40th anniversary year of the Friends organisation when we aim to organise a suitable event to mark this milestone.

Car parking and access to the church

If using satnav to reach the church or car park, use postcode: CT21 5DN. A church car park with limited space is located to the east of the building.

Access to the building for those with limited mobility (and unable to climb steps through main (south) door porch) can be arranged through the tower (west) door of the church.

JAM on the Marsh festival

This year’s JAM on the Marsh annual multi-arts festival is scheduled to place during 8-18 July 2021. Details of concerts planned to be held in St Leonard’s Church will be published as soon as details become known. The following concerts programmed in the 2020 JAM on the Marsh festival were all recorded at St Leonard’s Church and streamed for subsequent viewing.

Friday 7th AugustThe Gesualdo Six · Owain Park, conductor
Passion and Polyphony
Works from Golden Age of polyphony by Tallis, Byrd and Gesualdo juxtaposed with contemporary music by Alison Willis, Roxanna Panufnik and Richard Rodney Bennett, alongside world premiere by British composer Joanna Ward
Saturday 8th AugustOnyx Noir with Onyx Brass
Contemporary British jazz compositions written for brass quintet plus assorted interludes from the Great American Songbook
Sunday 9th AugustRachel Fryer, piano Variations Down the Line I
Bach Goldberg Variations (1-15) interwoven with 21st century responses (world premieres co-commissioned by JAM for this year’s festival)
Monday 10th AugustDaniel CookOrgan Recital
Guilmant, Bach, Mendelssohn, Bingham, Milner, Dupré, Vierne
Tuesday 11th AugustFillu by Green Opera: Chloë Alison, mezzo · Anna Wagner, soprano · Adam McDonagh, piano
Dramatised Liederabend consisting of selection of mid/late 19th century Lieder interspersed with letters exchanged between two lovers
Wednesday 12th AugustRachel Fryer, piano Variations Down the Line II
Bach Goldberg Variations (16-30) interwoven with 21st century responses (world premiere co-commissioned by JAM for this year’s festival)
Thursday 13th AugustRebecca Afonwy-Jones, soprano · Anna Tilbrook, piano
Elgar Sea Pictures; Dove Nights not spent alone; Madeleine Dring Five Betjeman Songs; Britten Cabaret Songs; Cole Porter
Friday 14th AugustThe Gesualdo Six · London Mozart Players · Owain Park, conductor
A concert of music and readings for all affected by Covid-19: Fauré Requiem – with new readings by poet Grahame Davies (commissioned for this event by JAM on the Marsh).
Saturday 15th AugustLondon Mozart Players
John Frederick Hudson, piano · Michael Bawtree, conductor

Paul Mealor Piano Concerto (JAM on the Marsh festival commission – world premiere); plus works by Aviss, Barber, Bingham, Pärt

Friends of St Leonard’s Concerts 2021 (to be advised)

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