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Music of Our Time

  • St Bride's Fleet Street London, England, EC4Y 8AU United Kingdom (map)

In association with JAM

We are delighted to partner with JAM at the start of its 2017 season at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, for this annual Music of our Time concert. Michael Bawtree conducts the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Onyx Brass and Simon Hogan (organ) in this inspirational programme of contemporary, thought-provoking music. They will be joined by outstanding bass-baritone Dingle Yandell, who takes the lead in Adam Gorb’s Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall – commissioned by JAM ten years ago. The programme also includes works by eight other living composers, including the London Premiere of O Great Beyond, Thomas LaVoy’s setting of Tagore’s The Gardener, which was commissioned by JAM last year, and Paul Patterson’s When Music Sounds in celebration of his seventieth birthday. Six new pieces submitted to JAM’s recent Call for Music by emerging young composers will also be performed.

  • Adam Gorb Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall
  • Thomas LaVoy O Great Beyond
  • Paul Patterson When Music Sounds
  • and works submitted to JAM by Mark Bowler, David Ho-Yi Chan, Max Charles Davies, Mark Gotham, Jack Oades and Alison Willis

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge
Onyx Brass
Bass-baritone - Dingle Yandell
Organ - Simon Hogan
Conductor - Michael Bawtree

Tickets £18 (centre) £12 (side aisle) under 18s free - book online now.

NB a reduced price combined ticket is available for this evening's two concerts when you purchase both concerts together. Simply choose tickets for the first concert and then click ‘Continue Shopping’ and choose tickets for the second concert. A 25% discount will be applied when you checkout.


Selwyn College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, was founded in 1882 in memory of Bishop George Augustus Selwyn, the first bishop of New Zealand. The Chapel Choir consists of up to twenty-eight singers, Choral Scholars and volunteers, most of whom are undergraduates or graduates at Selwyn or Newnham College. During term, the choir sings three services per week in the College Chapel, as well as concerts and services throughout the UK, including at Westminster Abbey, Ely, Norwich, St Paul’s and Durham Cathedrals, St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. They have broadcast services for BBC Radio and sung live on television, and every year undertake an international tour, recently visiting the USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Israel and Palestine. Its repertoire ranges from the 10th to the 21st century, with a particular specialism in contemporary music thanks to its on-going collaboration with JAM and recordings of single-living-composer discs: the choir has premiered works by composers including John McCabe, Jonathan Dove and Gabriel Jackson, and its catalogue contains discs of music by Colin Mawby, Paul Spicer and Alan Bullard amongst others. The Eternal Ecstasy has just been released for Regent, featuring music by Paul Mealor, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, John Tavener, James MacMillan and other proponents of the so-called Choral Ecstatic Style. 

Onyx Brass is one of the rare breed of chamber ensembles whose musical and technical virtuosity is matched by the accessibility and vitality of their presentation. Their mission is to have their extraordinary abilities at the disposal of the music at all times, and to play music of the requisite quality to reflect the status of the brass quintet as a serious medium for chamber music. The richness and warmth of their sound is remarked upon by all who hear them.

Earlier Event: March 23