Thursday 12 March 2015

The Yonghy-Bongy Bo rides again

Edward Lear's The Courtship of the Yonghy-BonghyBo
Edward Lear's The Courtship of the Yonghy-BonghyBo
JAM (the John Armitage Memorial) is celebrating 15 years of commissioning and supporting new music with a season launch concert on 18 March 2015 at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8AU when recent JAM commissions from Gabriel Jackson and Giles Swayne will be performed alongside music by John Tavener. Each year JAM puts out a Call for Music, inviting composers to submit pieces and the concert will include works by Tom Harrold, Michael Bonaventure, Lee Westwood, Janet Wheeler, Alison Willis which were selected from JAM's most recent Call for Music. 

The concert will include a performance of Giles Swayne's The Yonghy Bonghy Bo which JAM commissioned last year (see my review), and Gabriel Jackson's The Spacious Firmament (JAM commission in 2008). Performers will be JAM regulars, the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Oxford and Onyx Brass, along with Cumnor House School Choristers and Simon Hogan (organ), conducted by Nicholas Cleobury.

Since launch in 2000, JAM has commissioned or given first performances of over 80 works from composers including Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Paul Mealor, Paul Patterson, Tarik O’Regan and Julian Philips. Through its annual Call for Music JAM has given performances and first steps in the careers of hundreds of emerging composers. The recent JAM Call for Music received its largest number of submissions ever.

Further information from the JAM website.


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