Jess has written an article for the Guardian recommending 5 pieces of classical music for beginners.
Jess Gillam’s new track Pequena Czarda is released digitally on 23 November on Decca Classics.
“I’m so excited to share a brand new track with you today – Pequeña Czarda by Pedro Iturralde! This is one of my all time favourite pieces to play, I perform it regularly and you may have seen me play it at the BBC Young Musician 2016 Woodwind Category Final, so I’m incredibly excited to be able to finally release it for you all to listen, along with a brand new music video.”
Or you can watch her latest video here:
“Jess Gillam, the saxophonist from the Lake District, lighting up the hall with her seemingly effortless virtuosity and limitless expressiveness. Milhaud’s jazzy Scaramouche (1937 – 9) couldn’t have been a better choice. Gillam is all set for stardom: to listen is to love her.”
“Saxophonist Jess Gillam steals the show.” /// “She may only be 20 years old, but saxophonist Jess Gillam was the indisputable highlight of the Last Night of the Proms.”
“Jess Gillam…whirled through Milhaud’s Scaramouche, her outfit as dazzling as her fingerwork.”
Jess will be back in her home town on the 15 June to play at the 15th Ulverston International Music Festival. She performs Glazunov’s Concerto in E flat major for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra Op. 109 in an evening titled ‘Serenades & Concertos’. It also features the Festival’s Artistic Director, pianist Anthony Hewitt playing Shostakovich’s Concerto no. 1 in C minor Op. 35.
The Festival has played an important part in Jess’s musical life. Firstly helping to inspire her interest in music and then latterly as a platform for performances. “We’re incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic gathering of musicians from all of the world in my hometown. The quality is so high. I’m just sorry that I’m going to miss Nicholas Daniel’s recital!”
The Ulverston International Music Festival runs from 6 – 16 June. The full Festival brochure is available here:
Tickets available from corohall.co.uk
After making her BBC Proms debut in two Proms last year (John Williams Prom and BBC Ten Pieces Prom), Jess Gillam has been invited to perform in two Proms this year! She will be the youngest ever female soloist in the prestigious Last Night and she will also perform in the BBC Young Musician Prom to celebrate 40 years of the competition.
In the Last Night, she will perform Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton on Sir Andrew Davis.
For more info of both events please click on the links below:
From Jess: “I feel extremely honoured to have been asked to perform at such a prestigious event and I cannot wait for the concert! I felt there was such an incredible atmosphere at the Proms last year – the audience were so attentive, the atmosphere was electric so I can’t begin to imagine how the Last Night will feel!
I found out about being asked to perform at the Last Night a few months ago and it has been very difficult to keep it quiet. I’ll also be performing at the BBC Young Musician Prom to celebrate 40 years of the competition and I’m really looking forward to being a part of that as the competition has been such a brilliant platform for me.
I will be performing Scaramouche by Darius Milhaud. It consists of three quite contrasting movements – the first being lively and bright, the second very beautiful and gentle whilst the third is fantastically energetic and very reminiscent of a carnival! I first began playing saxophone, aged 7, in the Barracudas carnival band and it will be fantastic to perform music of a similar spirit at a concert like this. The piece was written to be performed at the Théâtre Scaramouche, which is where the name originates from – Theatre Scaramouche specialized in plays and productions specifically for children. The piece is an absolute joy to play and I am very excited to perform it!”
On Monday 27 November, Jess talked with Clemency Burton-Hill on BBC Radio 3 In Tune programme. She also played 3 pieces live in the studio, accompanied by Steve Lodder on piano.
To listen to Jess, please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09gdv2g during the next 28 days. Jess first appears around the 1 hour 20 minute mark.
“Awards for Young Musicians are delighted to welcome Award winning saxophonist Jess Gillam, an Alumna of our Awards programme, as our newest Patron of the charity. She joins a team of star studded patrons including AYM alumnus Duncan Ward, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Thomas Gould, Tasmin Little, Milos Karadaglic, Paul Lewis CBE, Shabaka Hutchings, Julian Lloyd Webber, Ksenija Sidorova and Sir Simon Rattle CBE.”
For more information please visit https://www.a-y-m.org.uk
“HarrisonParrott and Polyarts are delighted to welcome saxophonist Jess Gillam to their roster for worldwide general management. Jess’s huge creative potential as performer, presenter, collaborator and composer makes her the perfect – and first – artist to be jointly represented by the two companies.”
For more information please visit www.harrisonparrott.com
At the start of the summer, the BBC’s Proms Extra team filmed Jess as she prepared for her 2017 Proms debut. The resulting film with studio discussion and contributions from Nicola Benedetti, is now on the Videos page.
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