Leadership Team

Paul Mealor is one of the world's most 'performed' living composers and has been described as, ‘the most important composer to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias’ (New York Times). He was catapulted to international stardom in April 2011, when 2.5 billion people heard his Motet, Ubi caritas performed at the Royal Wedding Ceremony of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. Paul Mealor has been a long-term supporter and collaborator with JAM composing several significant works over the past decade.

Paul Mealor, OStJ CLJ OSS FRSA


Since JAM’s inception in 2000, Edward has been a great supporter of new music both commissioning emerging composers and supporting budding artists. Involved in multiple aspects of JAM, he is active chairing Panel and Trustees’ meetings, researching and short-listing the annual commission, running the submissions process, giving artistic direction and managing JAM on the Marsh as well as giving numerous interviews for the press, radio and tv. Edward is recognised for his positive attitude to collaboration with artists and organisations, both in the UK and further afield.

Edward Armitage

Chairman · Artistic Director

In 2007, Sarah joined JAM to drive forward brand profile and recognition of its activities amongst new and returning audience, partners, funders and media. In 2016, media reach soared to 4.7 million, including Radio 3 broadcast and TV coverage. With this positive profile, through an effective multi-stream fundraising strategy including JAM Supporters, state funds, private trusts and foundations, artistic collaboration, ticket sales and in-kind, Sarah raises sufficient funds to enable JAM to develop its ambitious and high-quality arts delivery.

Sarah Armitage

Head of Marketing · Fundraising

Working closely in the artistic planning of the organisation, John Frederick is heavily involved in the daily management of creative programme planning and connecting with performers. Highly experienced in technology, design and social media, he also brings a sharp, creative edge to the organisation, spearheading this summer's Jam on the Marsh: Virtual Festival. In addition to his involvement with JAM, John Frederick has performed internationally as a conductor, composer and pianist, earning his PhD in music composition at the University of Aberdeen in 2018.

John Frederick Hudson, PhD

Events · Education Manager


Edward Armitage, Chair   ·   Charles Cochrane   ·   Marah Dickson-Wright   ·   Timothy Jackson   ·   Patricia Rolfe

Music Panel Members

Michael Bawtree
Principle Conductor of JAM

Daniel Cook
Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral

Nicholas Cleobury

Eric Crees
Principle Trombone of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conductor, Composer and Arranger

Timothy Jackson
Principle Horn of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Composer and Teacher

Robert Jones
Director of Music at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street
Singer and Organist

Sarah MacDonald
Director of Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge
Director of the Girl’s Choir at Ely Cathedral

Jonathan Manners
BBC Singers Producer

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