Onyx are kicking off John Armitage Memorial 2014 season next month. Onyx has launched the season since they began in 2000, so this marks 14 years of partnership. We’ve given world premieres of works by some of the UK’s most significant composers, including Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Jackson, Tarik O’Regan. Equally importantly, we have given first public performances of works by emerging composers who have subsequently gone on to be published and/or commissioned, including Alex Campkin, Phillip Cooke, Hannah Kendall and Richard Peat.
Following sell-out performances across England, Scotland and Wales in 2013, Paul Mealor’s moving and spectacular 40-minute oratorio The Farthest Shore comes to London on 20th March to headline a concert showcasing some of the UK’s most important emerging composers from JAM’s latest Call for Music. As one of the UK’s most high-profile composers, Paul has the knack of writing music that musicians love to perform and that audiences love to hear. We will also give the English Premiere of The Hazel Wood by Phillip Cooke, commissioned by JAM last year.
Onyx will be joined by the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College (Cambridge), Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, Cumnor House (boys) choir, Claire Seaton (soprano), Giles Underwood (bass), Simon Hogan (organ). Nicholas Cleobury conducts.
Tickets (£10/£15) are available at www.jamconcert.org/season
Thursday 20th March, 7.30pm
St Brides Church, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8AU