Jess Gillam

Editor's Choice

Jess Gillam first made her mark in the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, where, as a finalist, she won admirers playing Michael Nyman’s 1991 saxophone concerto Where the Bee Dances. It’s only been up from there: Gilliam, who grew up in northern England, has become a regular fixture presenting BBC Proms coverage and in her own weekly BBC Radio 3 show 'This Classical Life'. The programme’s informal style and eclectic musical selection is reflected also in Rise, her successful debut album for Decca. The aching slow movement of Alessandro Marcello’s early-18th Century Oboe Concerto (recast for sax, naturally) or Darius Milhaud’s perky ‘Brazileira’ from late-1930s suite Scaramouche can be found here rubbing shoulders with arrangements of songs by Kate Bush and David Bowie, the latter in an arrangement by Gillam’s celebrated teacher, the saxophonist and composer John Harle. read more


    Record Label

    Decca Music Group Ltd.


    26 April 2019


    29 June 2018, 19 July 2018, 26 November 2018, 17 December 2018, 6 January 2019


    John Harle


    Nick Taylor

    Recording Engineer

    Haydn Bendall

    Studio Personnel

    Laura Beck

    Recording Engineer, Engineer

    Neil Hutchinson

    Recording Engineer, Engineer

    Roland Heap

    Recording Engineer

    Jonathan Allen

    Recording Engineer

    Simon Haupt