Jules Addison embarked on his musical journey at Cranleigh School, where he pursued music studies up to A Level. Under the guidance of renowned jazz pianist David Rees-Williams, Jules honed his skills on the organ and piano. At Cranleigh, he immersed himself in various musical pursuits, including the Chapel Choir, The Barbershop Octet, the School orchestra, a Glenn Miller style ‘Big Band,’ and the school Chamber Orchestra. Jules also served as the organist for daily chapel services.
Following his time at Cranleigh, Jules pursued music at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he continued his organ training with Jeremy Filsell. He actively participated in chapel services, lending his organ-playing talents and lending his voice to both the Chapel Choir and Scola Cantorum.
After graduating in 1996, Jules embarked on a career in London’s fashion industry, initially working as a Marketing and Promotions Manager. Later, he moved to Northampton, where he established his first business in the Audio Visual field. It was during this time that Jules crossed paths with Robert Durant, and together they ventured into the realm of Location Recordings and Film Sound, while also pursuing their studies in Law at De Montfort University.
This fruitful partnership lasted approximately 15 years, during which Jules and Robert were involved in diverse projects, including recording choirs, brass bands, solo instrumentalists, and even delving briefly into the world of Film and Location Sound.
In parallel with this work, around 2011, Jules founded and managed several community choirs in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. At the peak, around 2016, he directed five regular choirs, including The Pewsey Belles, The BlueBelles, Blue Notes, The GWH Trust Choir, and Cirencester Male Voice Choir. Jules also organized choir workshops and established corporate choirs.
Jules’ company, 4 Part Music, experienced continuous growth and success until 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns necessitated a change of direction and career. The restrictions on singing and live performances dealt a severe blow to the choir and recording industries.
In December 2019, while directing a Male Choir in Cirencester, Jules encountered Anne-Marie Humphries, whom he enlisted as the choir accompanist. Just two months later, the world was thrust into lockdown, prompting Jules and Anne-Marie to transition their choirs to online platforms.
During the lockdowns of 2020, Jules and Anne-Marie conceived the idea of forming a Cello and Piano Duo. In May, shortly after the first lockdown, JAM Duo came into existence. Despite the challenges posed by limited gatherings and restrictions on weddings, the duo ventured forth with determination. In their first full year of operation from 2021, Jules and Anne-Marie provided live music for over 150 weddings and corporate events.
Since then, JAM Duo has achieved remarkable success and stands as one of the defining moments in Jules’ musical career to date. Jules and Anne-Marie now traverse the UK, enchanting audiences with their performances at weddings and events.