JAM : a celebration of contemporary classical music by the cream of Scottish talent

JAM is an exciting, dynamic organisation committed to nurturing, commissioning, promoting and performing new music in the UK. JAM is aware that audiences can be unsure of contemporary pieces. Therefore it often creates programmes of new and established works, hoping to bring a new audience to new music.

Following 2010’s phenomenally successful concerts, JAM returns to Scotland this week with a celebration of contemporary classical music, performed by the cream of Scottish talent.

The 3-concert tour, JAM: sound theatricals, will go to St Andrews, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, (first Saturday evening, prime slot, in the sound Festival)

The JAM: sound theatricals programme includes a world premiere by Rory Boyle in celebration of his 60th birthday. Click to read interview with Dundee Courier

The JAM: sound theatricals programme includes a world premiere by Rory Boyle in celebration of his 60th birthday, a Scottish premiere by Stuart MacRae and Paul Mealor’s global success Ubi Caritas, as performed at the wedding of The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

Wanting to commission a work especially for its Caledonian tour, JAM is very excited to be working with Rory Boyle, helping to bring to life a work he has had in mind for some time. Boyle’s Tallis’s Light is written for brass quintet and organ.

Boyle comments “I first came across Tallis’s perfect little “Hymnus” O Nata Lux when I was a chorister at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and its simple starkness has affected me ever since. I found it difficult to shake off its sublime influence and so, when I was commissioned by JAM, I felt that this was a great opportunity to mark this ‘friend’ of so many years by making what is effectively a fantasia based on Tallis’s work.”

Keen to continue its commitment to developing young talent, JAM will once again unite the university choirs of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St Andrews, setting an exciting challenge for these young singers, choirmasters and conductor, Michael Bawtree. Rising stars Tom Wilkinson (organ) and Pure Brass, plus Rebecca Afonwy-Jones and Michel de Souza (both Emerging Artists from Scottish Opera), will join the choirs.

JAM: sound theatricals will showcase Scottish contemporary classical music-making at its best, delivering outstanding performance and technical ability. Together we will bring exceptional colour and dimension to the cultural ecology.

JAM is delighted to be supported by Creative Scotland through its National Lottery investment, enabling our return to this vibrant country.

Ed Armitage, JAM Chairman and Artistic Director comments “I have admired Rory Boyle’s work for many years and am thrilled that he’s written this dazzling piece for JAM, during his 60th birthday celebrations. With amazing acclaim from audiences and media, Scotland has become an essential part of JAM’s schedule. I am delighted to be working here with such inspired composers and performers.”


6.45 pre-concert talk prior to each concert at 7.30pm

Thursday 20th October: Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews, KY16 9UH

Friday 21st October: St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh, EH1 2EP

Saturday 22nd October: St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, AB24 1RQ

Tickets for all concerts: £5-15. Children free.

Box Office for all concerts: 0800 988 7984

or buy online @ http://www.stubmatic.com/jamconcert 

Tickets will also be available on the door at each venue

A previous JAM concert











Boyle Tallis’s Light – JAM 2011 commission – World premiere

MacRae Two Cairns – Scottish premiere

Mealor Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Ubi Caritas (as performed at the recent Royal wedding)

Britten Rejoice in the Lamb

Dove The Far Theatricals of Day

Tallis O Nata Lux

Cooke Invocation


Edinburgh University Chamber Choir

University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir

University of St Andrews Chapel Choir

Pure Brass

Tom Wilkinson (organ)

Claire Seaton (soprano)

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo)

Iain Paton (tenor)

Michel de Souza (bass)

Michael Bawtree (conductor)

JAM has performed nearly sixty new works and commissioned some of the UK’s most important composers, including Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Jackson, Paul Mealor, John McCabe, Tarik O’Regan, and Paul Patterson.

In the last year, JAM has enjoyed regular coverage on Radio 3, received 4 and 5 star reviews of its concerts, from publications such as The Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Scotsman and The Herald. Time Out rated its March concert in “the top 5 classical concerts in London in 2010”.

Creative Scotland, using National Lottery investment, has contributed £3,800 to JAM: sound theatricals through its Quality Production – Arts programme.


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