JAM started in 2000 specifically to enable new music in the UK. Since 2000 we have commissioned and performed over eighty new pieces of music. Most of these works have had multiple performances by JAM and other groups – some as many as 30 – many have been performed across the globe, including in the US, Canada and as far as New Zealand.
JAM commissions have won or been shortlisted for British Composer Awards (Jonathan Dove, 2003, Judith Bingham, 2006 and Gabriel Jackson 2009) and been broadcast regularly around the world on BBC Radio 3 since 2008.
Paul Patterson discussing the score with Onyx Brass during the rehearsals at St.Brides
“There are few organisations with such a specific commitment to encouraging and performing new music…”
Classical Music Magazine
We have commissioned some of the most important composers in the UK, including:
- Judith Bingham
- Rory Boyle
- Phillip Cashian
- Adam Gorb
- Steve Martland
…and many more
These have been presented by some of the greatest performers including BBC Singers, London Mozart Players, Onyx Brass, Pro Coro Canada, VocalEssence, Red Note, The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge and more.
In 2013 we successfully piloted a festival on the Marsh, leading to our annual JAM on the Marsh, multi-arts festival. This is based around the Marsh’s fourteen famous medieval churches. These churches are true beacons of culture and history; they are the heart of the festival. Each year JAM on the Marsh crosses the Marsh from Dungeness to Hythe and the Military Canal to New Romney, bringing an extraordinary number of concerts, theatre performances, exhibitions, poetry readings and events for children and young people.
Education plays a large part in JAM on the Marsh, including working with both primary and secondary schools in the area. In collaboration with Kent Music we have just launched a 3-year singing project during which we hope to work with all of the Marsh’s eight primary schools and the Marsh Academy, with the aim of getting as many Marsh students singing as we can.
JAM on the Marsh invites highly respected performers to curate the festival, for a maximum of two years. This ensures that the festival is ever-developing and continuously changing. To date these have included internationally renowned composers, Judith Bingham (2013-14) and Paul Mealor (2015-16) and Westminster Abbey organist, Daniel Cook (2017-18).