Friday 8th December 2017, 7.30 pm in Cairns Church

JESS GILLAM, saxophone »

Programme includes music by Debussy, Ravel, John Williams, Chick Corea, Michael Nyman, Dave Heath, Graham Fitkin and Phil Woods.

Jess Gillam was interviewed on Radio 3 In Tune on Monday 27th Nov (at 1h19m and 1h47m). She was also interviewed on the BBC Scotland programme Classics Unwrapped on Sun 3rd Dec (at 1h4m).

This supremely talented and charismatic young saxophone player caused a sensation when she won the 2016 BBC Young Musician Woodwind Final and was a runner up in the grand final. Since then, appearances all over Britain with, amongst others, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Jools Holland's R&B Orchestra and on BBC Radio 3 and 4 have marked Jess Gillam out as a rising star. Her eclectic programme really shows off the saxophone's wide range of colours, from Debussy's dreamy impressionism to the jazz-inspired sounds of Chick Corea and John Williams.
Her stage presence is charismatic, infectiously extrovert, and highly expressive as is her sound which ranged from vibrantly coloured and imaginative to haunting and delicate.
Bachtrack, May 2016

Jess gave a great show with her hot licks, lustrous tone and winning passion.
The Times, May 2016

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