Monday 13 February 2023

A double celebration: JAM's Music of our Time is both a celebration of new music and a celebration of Onyx Brass' 30th birthday


St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London (Photo: Tristan Fewings)
St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London (Photo: Tristan Fewings)
On 21 March 2023, JAM opens its 2023 season with its annual Music of our Time concert at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street. A celebration of new music including works for choir, brass quintet and organ, the concert showcases eight pieces, all world or regional premieres, including JAM Commissions from Mark-Anthony Turnage, Tara Creme, Daniel Saleeb and works by five successful submitters to JAM’s Call for Music 2022. Michael Bawtree conducts the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Onyx Brass and Simon Hogan (organ). 

The concert is by way of a double celebration as it is also Onyx Brass' 30th anniversary and the ensemble opens Music of our Time with the first performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Onyx 30, co-commissioned by JAM and the  Onyx Brass, JAM's longstanding collaborators. Having recorded it in January, Onyx Brass giving its live world premiere.

Other works in the programme include Tara Creme's The Song I Came to Sing, winner of JAM’s 2022 President’s Commission. Creme took part in JAM's second Masterclass Series, a collaboration with the VOCES8 Foundation focusing on how to better write for voices. The concert will be revisiting Daniel Saleeb’s Soliloquy, first performed at JAM on the Marsh in 2019. The piece for choir, brass quintet and organ is set to text by poet Chloe Stopa-Hunt, in response to a fragment of Shakespeare’s dramatic last scene of Richard II

There will be works from five successful submitters to JAM's annual Call for Music, championing music from the next generation of composers from across the UK - Simon Beattie, Kerensa Briggs, David Knotts, James Mitchell and Pia Rose Scattergood.  

Full details from the JAM website.

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