Music of Our Time – St.Brides

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Music of Our Time is an annual treat for contemporary music lovers.

This year we revisit our 2007 commission by Adam Gorb, John McCarthy and Ben Kaye, Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall –
“You never forget, the pressure of the gun barrel at your head; an indelible impression on your temple – changing the contours of your mind forever. Or the thud as the rifle’s butt slams into you; the guard unseen, hiding his guilt and pleasure, behind the blindfold you have to wear.”, the opening words of Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall by John McCarthy. This extraordinary work – a ‘Protest Cantata’ according to Sean Rafferty on In Tune – is based based on the experiences endured by John McCarthy as a prisoner in various Lebanese jails between 1986 and 1991. For nearly all of this period, he had virtually no contact with the outside world – indeed until the final year of his imprisonment, nobody had any idea of whether he was alive or not.

We also celebrate Paul Patterson’s 70th birthday, a composer long-involved with JAM.

The concert includes the London Premiere of Thomas LaVoy’s O Great Beyond and 6 new works submitted to JAM’s recent Call for Music.

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Onyx Brass Simon Hogan (organ) and Dingle Yandell (bass) are conducted by Michael Bawtree.


The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge
Onyx Brass
Simon Hogan (organ)
Dingle Yandell (bass)
Michael Bawtree (conductor)


Adam Gorb – Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall (JAM Commission 2007)
Paul Patterson – When Music Sounds
Thomas LaVoy – O Great Beyond (London Premiere, JAM Commission 2016)
Mark Bowler – Fother-Jiggen
David Ho-Yi Chan – Laudate Dominum
Max Charles Davies – Tiny Sonata
Mark Gotham – Isomorphic Fantasy
Jack Oades – Hear Me When I Call
Alison Willis – Dawn. Brussels. October 12th 1915

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