Roger Jones and Family
ROGER JONES was born in Birmingham and trained at the Birmingham School of Music. He then spent 16 years at Aston Manor School in Birmingham teaching music, and eventually became Head of Lower School. In the early 1970s he began writing songs for his School Choir about Easter, whichemerged as a Cantata entitled ´Jerusalem Joy´.
Roger first began composing, so as to involve as many as possible in music-making and in telling bible stories and Christian truths in a fun and accessible way. Further Musicals followed with ´Stargazers´, ´Apostle´, ´David´, ´A Grain of Mustard Seed´, ´Saints Alive´ and ´Greater than Gold´.
Just prior to the publication of ´From Pharaoh to Freedom´ in 1984, Roger gave up teaching to become involved in full-time Christian Music. In addition to writing and performing musicals, Roger also directs Christian Music Ministries, (CMM) who now publish his material. CMM lead music workshops, conferences, courses and seminars about worship, praise and renewal throughout this country and abroad, as well as running a mail order service supplying music and worship resources.
Further musicals have followed with ´While Shepherds Watched´, ´Away in a Manger´, ´Mary Magdalene´, and ´Jairus´ Daughter´ written in 1992 to celebrate the Girls´ Brigade Centenary celebrations. ´Angel Voices´ came next, and then ´Pharisee´, the story of Nicodemus. In 1999, Kevin Mayhew Ltd published the ´Roger Jones Hymn Collection´, containing all of Roger´s new Hymn-tune settings, some never published before.
In 1999 CMM published Roger´s musical ´Snakes & Ladders´ which toured England in 1999 & 2000. In 2001 he presented it in Canada, Scotland and the Channel Islands. June 2001 saw the publication the ´Roger Jones Christmas Collection´, which contained 25 new seasonal songs and carols. He has also written various collections of worship songs which he uses in his on-going itinerant ministry.
2002 saw the release of ´Wildfire´, the story of St Stephen, and this musical toured UK (2002-03) and in 2004 Roger presented it in India & Canada, as well as touring with it in Scotland, Guernsey, Isle of Wight and Bognor Regis!
In 2005 came the biggest project so far, ´JAIL BREAK´ - Paul in Philippi, Acts 16. This musical was launched in October 2005 in Birmingham, introduced by the Archbishop of York John Sentamu, followed by the first UK Tour. 2006 had two more Tours, culminating in a masssed choir production on Saturday 22 July at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
´THE INN CROWD´, a christmas musical was launched in July 2007, and already has had performances in India, Hawai and all over UK.
´ROCK´, the story of Simon Peter is the latest Musical. It premiered in November 2008 and is now on its first UK Tour. In 2009 there will be further ROCK Tours in March, April, June & October, with a massed choirs finale at the Birmingham Symphony on 14 November 2009.
Roger is a Lay Reader at Christ Church C of E, Burney Lane, Ward End, Birmingham, where he also plays the Organ, Piano, and helps to lead the Music Ministry. He is married to Mary. They have four children, a daughter-in-law, a grandson, a granddaughter and a dog.
Mary - Before having the family Mary was a Nurse, eventually becoming a District Nursing Sister. She leads worship, sings in the Church Choir and occasionally plays Piano for the Services. She sang a Solo on the new ´Jerusalem Joy´ recording. Mary enjoys Ballet (watching!) and Classical Music. She now has the time to go on a lot more of Roger´s trips and also works in the CMM Office.
Tim (Emma, Michael and Bethany) - Tim plays drums, studied for an HND in Music Technology at Newcastle College and now originates the recordings of all Roger´s musicals. He has also worked on albums with Peter Johns, Debra Collins and Adele Overton. Tim is now working at Wesley Owen Bookshop in Birmingham, in charge of Contemporary Music and Christian Software.emma teaches at a local Primary School. They both help to lead the music at their Parish Church in Barnt Green. Tim is available to arrange Backing Tracks and New Songs.
Their son Michael David Jones was born in October 2002, Michael David Jones and their daughter Bethany Rose Jones was born in November 2004.Contact: 0121 243 4644
Andrew - Having completed his HND Course in Graphic Design at Newcastle College, Andrew is now working in graphic design at Aston Science Park, Birmingham. He has created the designs for Roger´s recent Musicals.Contact: 0121 684 3964 or 07966 285674
Peter died suddenly in May 2002 at the age of 22. He was a qualified Drum Teacher, and studied Contemporary Popular Music at the Birmingham Academy of Music. He has played drums on ´Snakes & Ladders´, Adele Overton´s album ´Tongues of Fire´, the ´Roger Jones Hymn Collection´, the ´Roger Jones Christmas Collection´ and ´Wildfire´.
Sally - completed her BTEC Nation Diploma in Drama at Solihull College, and then toured with ´Wildfire´ and ´Snakes & Ladders´ as a dancer. She has also danced in Israel with ´Jerusalem Joy´. She is now starting to lead Drama & Dance Seminars in local schools and churches.
Tara sadly lost her battle with cancer in February 2007. Tara was a member of the Jones household for over ten years, and gave us amazing pleasure and satisfaction. She wasn´t very musical but excelled at sleeping on chairs, settees, and beds, etc. She loved chocolate, walks and cuddles! We all miss her terribly, but are thankful for the wonderful years we had with her.
Poppy joined us in April 2007 at the age of 8 weeks. She is a great bundle of fun, very mischievous, but extremely lovable! She came to us via "Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue". Her mother was a greyhound cross, but her father was unknown!