Music of Our Time

21 March · Tuesday · 7:30pm
St Bride’s Church
Fleet Street, London

JAM returns to St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street to open its 2023 season. Music of Our Time is a celebration of new music including works for choir, brass quintet and organ. This vibrant concert showcases 8 pieces, 6 are 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: Simon Beattie, Kerensa Briggs, David Knotts, James Mitchell and Pia Rose Scattergood.


£20 · centre (SOLD OUT)
£15 · side aisle (restricted view)
under 18s free (please book a free ticket)

£5 student tickets on the door with a valid student ID 

Please Note: Paper tickets will not be distributed. Please bring either a printed copy or a mobile version of your confirmation email to the concert.

Concert duration: c.70′



Daniel Saleeb

The Song I Came to Sing
Tara Creme

Onyx 30
Mark-Anthony Turnage

The Angel and the Unicorn
Simon Beattie

Severn Meadows
Kerensa Briggs

– and know Him ours –
David Knotts

De Profundis
James Mitchell

folding, unfolding
Pia Rose Scattergood


The concert kicks off Onyx Brass’ 30th anniversary celebration with the first performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Onyx 30. The celebrated British composer was co-commissioned by JAM and the exceptional Onyx Brass, longstanding collaborators. Onyx 30 is a sensational new addition to the brass quintet repertoire. As with all Turnage’s music, it is phenomenally idiomatic, well-written and very moving. Written in 4 movements (Fanfare 1, Chorale, Fanfare 2 and Blues), Onyx 30 shows off Mark’s utter command of harmony as well as giving Onyx the opportunity of showing off its trademark sonority. Having recorded it in January, Onyx Brass are delighted to be giving its live world premiere in JAM’s inspirational Music of Our Time concert.

JAM gives world premiere in London by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage with Onyx Brass
Mark-Anthony Turnage @ Philip Gatward

The programme includes the world premiere of The Song I Came to Sing by Tara Creme, winner of JAM’s 2022 President’s Commission. The talented composer participated in JAM’s second Masterclass Series, a collaboration with the VOCES8 Foundation, nurturing UK-based composers in how to better write for voices. JAM’s 2023 Masterclass Series will be launched at the concert. Led by Paul Mealor and the Sacconi Quartet, this iteration will cover writing for string quartet.

“The whole experience of the Masterclass Series was great. I learned so much, about voice and writing for voice, from the workshop stage to performance of my piece in October. I am thrilled that I won the President’s Commission and that I got to write a piece for Music of Our Time.”

JAM is committed to encouraging multiple performances of its commissions. This season’s opening concert revisits 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.

“I was keen that each text should stand alone, preserving Chloe’s poetry, so brass sections thread the choral movements together, and give musical context.”

A regular highlight of Music of Our Time is the performance of works submitted to JAM’s annual Call for Music. This concert will present new pieces by five successful submitters, championing music from the next generation of composers from across the UK: Simon Beattie, Kerensa Briggs, David Knotts, James Mitchell and Pia Rose Scattergood.


St Bride’s Church
Fleet Street

JAM gives new music concert in historic Wren church St Bride’s London
@ Tristan Fewings


St Bride’s Church is a church in the City of London, England. The building’s most recent incarnation was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672 in Fleet Street in the City of London, though Wren’s original building was largely gutted by fire during the London Blitz in 1940. Due to its location in Fleet Street, it has a long association with journalists and newspapers. The church is a distinctive sight on London’s skyline and is clearly visible from a number of locations. Standing 226 feet (69m) high, it is the second tallest of all Wren’s churches, with only St Paul’s itself having a higher pinnacle.


Paul Mealor, composer to the royal family, present’s annual JAM President’s Award to Sarah MacDonald.
Paul Mealor, composer to the royal family, present’s annual JAM President’s Award
@ Susan Pilcher
During Music of Our Time 2022, JAM was able to honour and recognise one of JAM’s staunchest supporters, Sarah MacDonald, Director of Music in Chapel of Selwyn College, Cambridge. Sarah has been involved with JAM for 20 years, preparing the choir for every concert that we have done together, before handing it over to conductors like Nicholas Cleobury, Stephen Layton, Christopher Robinson and Michael Bawtree. Additionally, Sarah has been a member of JAM’s Music Panel since 2003. In recognition of her support of JAM, Sarah was presented with the first President’s Award by JAM’s President, Paul Mealor.