The deadline for composers to apply for the free summer residency at the JAM on the Marsh Festival is 26 April 2023

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Left: composer Paul Mealor © Jillian Bain Christie

Right: Sacconi Quartet © Alejandro Tamagno

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The JAM (John Armitage Memorial Trust) Masterclass Series has announced a new summer course and commissioning prize for composers in residence at the JAM on the Marsh Festival, which will take place from 4 to 16 July 2023 at Romney Marsh, Kent, UK.

Composers are invitied to apply for the free course, which focuses on writing for string quartet. Four chosen applicants will collaborate with the Sacconi Quartet, composers Paul Mealor and John Frederick Hudson, violinist Ruth Rodgers and conductor Nicholas Cleobury.

During the course of the residency, composers will write a short piece between five to ten minutes, which will be performed by the Sacconi Quartet and professionally recorded on the last weekend of the festival.

Following the performance of the works, one composer will be awarded a £500 commission for performance in JAM on the Marsh 2024.

Open to anyone with composition experience, aged 18 and over and born, living or studying in the UK, the residency gives four successful composers access to world-class tutoring and free entry to all festival concerts.

To apply, composers need to submit a sketch for string quartet of up to 50 bars by Wednesday 26 April, 5pm. Click here to view the application form. More information can be found at

JAM and the Sacconi Quartet have released a series of free, short videos, as an introduction to writing for string quartet, with valuable tips for composers. Watch the video below featuring composer Hudson and the Sacconi Quartet explaining arco and pizzicato for composers.

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