JAM and VOCES8 launch a year-long masterclass series

JAM’s Masterclass Series 2022 is a composition course in choral writing, aimed at emerging UK-based composers. It is free and open to all UK-based composers aged 18+.


Composers are asked to submit a sketch by Friday 20th May 2022. These should be

·       A maximum of 50 bars and

·       written for SATB to SSAATTBB choir, a cappella.

·       All texts must be in the public domain.

·       Composers who submit must be able to attend the workshop in person to participate


On 9th July, a maximum of six composers, who have submitted sketches, will be offered the chance to take part in a choral workshop with VOCES8 and composer Paul Mealor. The workshop will take place at St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent.

To watch bite-size choral writing videos by VOCES8 and for full details of this free masterclass series please visit https://jamconcert.org/jam-masterclass-series-2022/

“Nurturing emerging composers is extremely important to me. JAM’s Masterclass Series does exactly this.” Paul Mealor, composer and JAM President.


The six composers who have participated in the workshop will then be asked to submit their completed pieces to JAM by 2nd September.


All six pieces will be performed by the VOCES8 Foundation in a recorded, public concert at St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street in October. At the end of this performance one of the composers will be awarded the President's Commission of £500. The commission will be premiered at JAM's 'Music of Our Time' concert in March 2023.