Saxophone superstar Jess Gillam burst onto the music scene in 2016 as the first saxophonist to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition, and she has wowed audiences ever since. Still only twenty-four years old, Jess was the youngest soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms and became the youngest ever presenter on BBC Radio 3 with ‘This Classical Life’.
A free spirit in style and character, Jess is an advocate for the power of music. She is passionate about inspiring and bringing joy to people through music and during lockdown she formed her ‘Virtual Scratch Orchestra’, inviting musicians of any standard to come together to play music virtually with her. Over two thousand people from around thirty different countries took part across the two projects, aged two to ninety-four, playing a huge range of instruments
Her debut album was listed in The Times Top 100 albums of 2019 and reached No.1 in the UK Classical chart. She has been the recipient of a Classic BRIT Award, has been nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award and was awarded an M.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2021 for Services to Music.
In July, she brings the sound of the saxophone alongside the London Mozart Players for an evening that balances the best of classical giants Mozart and Haydn with the beautiful baroque trills of Marcello and the lyricism of Glazunov. If you thought the saxophone was just for jazz, think again!
Recognised as the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra, The London Mozart Players is as fresh, dynamic and pioneering as it was in its inaugural concert, some seventy-three years ago. In 1949 the LMP’s audience sought out the works of Mozart and Haydn, but today’s audience expect a wide-ranging repertoire – from baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music and new commissions – which the LMP is only too delighted to deliver.
- Haydn: Symphony No. 44 in E minor (‘Trauer’)
- Marcello: Concerto in C minor for soprano saxophone
- Glazunov: Concerto in E flat major for alto saxophone Op. 109
- Mozart: Symphony No.29 in A major, K.201
Jess Gillam and the London Mozart Players play The Apex, Bury St Edmunds