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, which emerged 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 premiered in November 2008 and was performed in 4 tours in England and Wales, culminating in a massed choirs finale at the Birmingham Symphony on 14 November 2009. The musical has since been performed in Scotland, Canada, India and Ireland.
'TWO SISTERS AND A FUNERAL' is the latest offering released in early 2011, and despite there being no major UK tour, the musical has already been performed many times by churches across the UK.
Roger and Mary Jones are members of the East Birmingham Renewal Group (EBRG) and financially supported by the EBRG Trust.
´Roger seems to have the unique ability to score music which is lovely to listen to and great fun to sing.´
Rob Frost, Easter People
´Roger´s music has become established repertoire right across the spectrum of the church. His music has served as a bridge between traditional roots and the growing renewal churches.´
Chris Bowater, Singer-Song-writer
´It´s a ministry that God clearly uses and is maturing into a significant, established channel for the Kingdom of God in this country´
Nigel Swinford, New English Orchestra
´Roger Jones is the most widely acclaimed composer of Christian musicals in Britain.´
UCB Christian Radio