Since 2000, JAM has given performances of over 180 new pieces of music, either submitted to or commissioned by the charity.

Music of Our Time

JAM returns to St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street to open its 2024 season. Music of Our Time is a celebration of new music including works for choir, brass quintet and organ. This vibrant concert showcases 10 pieces, 6 are premieres, including JAM Commissions from Tarik O’Regan and Isabelle Ryder. Having received over 200 entries to its 2023 Call for Music, JAM is proud to announce that the programme includes eight submitted pieces.

TICKETS

£20 · centre 

£15 · side aisle

Free · under 18s

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

PROGRAMME

Flux
Toh Yan Ee

First Light
Steve Richer

Let Everything that Hath Breath Praise the Lord (Psalm 150)
Donald Wetherick

The Earth Was Without Form
Marisse Cato

Illumination (2024 JAM commission)
Isabelle Ryder

Dawn
George W. Parris

Rasp
Anselm McDonnell

This Shining Night 
Christopher Churcher 

My Lover Spoke
Jonathan Woolgar

The Night’s Untruth (2010 JAM commission)
Tarik O’Regan

DESCRIPTION

Reaffirming JAM’s commitment to nurturing new music and to encouraging multiple performances of its commissions, the concert will revisit JAM’s commission by Tarik O’Regan. The Night’s Untruth explores the use of sleep as a metaphor by dint of excerpts from poems written in the 17th to 20 th centuries. The piece was premiered in 2010 to great acclaim. 

“O'Regan's technical skills are superb, and the result has a directness that is perfectly matched by the subtlety of its means.”

Tarik Hamilton O'Regan is a London-born composer based in San Francisco. He was commission by JAM in 2010 for his stunning piece, The Night's Untruth.
Tarik O'Regan @ Peter Greig

A further highlight of Music of Our Time will be the world premiere of a JAM commission by Isabelle Ryder, participant of the Composers’ Residency 2023. Illumination, written for organ and two trumpets, pays homage to St Brigid (St Bride) of Kildare, patron saint of St Bride’s church, where the concert takes place.

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St Bride's Church @ Tristan Fewings

“...you would look hard to find a more prolific commissioning body or, indeed, a slicker combination of regular performers....”

HELPFUL INFORMATION

TICKETS
Paper tickets will not be distributed via the box office. Please show your email ticket confirmation on your mobile phone upon arrival. If you would like to claim free tickets for those under 18, please do book to secure your seat.

WHEN DO DOORS OPEN?
Doors open approximately at 7pm, 30 minutes before the event.

ACCESSIBILITY
It is our ambition to have as many people connected to the arts as possible. St Bride’s warmly welcomes disabled visitors and their companions. The main church is largely step free and very accessible, apart from the side aisle seating which is raised by three steps. We have moveable seating in the main body of the church which makes it easy to accommodate wheelchair users.

HISTORY
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. 

GETTING HERE

LOCATION
St Bride’s Church · Fleet Street · London · EC4Y 8AU

BY BUS
The church is served by numbers 11, 15, 26, 76 and 341 which stop on Fleet Street near the church.

BY TRAIN
Thameslink services run into the closest station, City Thameslink. Other operators run services to nearby Blackfriars.

BY UNDERGROUND
The closest tube stations are St Paul’s (Central Line) and Blackfriars (District & Circle Lines).

BY BIKE
There are several Boris Bike docking station in walking distance from the Church (St Bride Street and Bouverie Street). There is also plenty of space to lock your own bike securely. 

BY CAR
Parking space around St Bride’s is extremely limited, and traffic tends to get very busy. If at all possible, try and use public transport or cycle. There are some disabled parking spaces available; please be in touch if you need further information.