• Born 1998
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.
Latest albums featuring Jess Gillam
On the Nature of Daylight (Arr. Mackay)
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Show all 12 albums featuring Jess Gillam
Often appears with
BBC Concert Orchestra