Jess Gillam Performance

Jess Gilliam / classical, contemporary

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The 16-year-old saxophonist Jess Gilliam, who has recently distinguished herself among the finalists of BBC Young Musician in 2014, will present a commission from Barbara Thompson at SaxOpen.



I am 16 and was recently a BBC Young Musician of the Year Woodwind Finalist and my performance was televised on two major channels across the UK. I was awarded the BBC Walter Todds Bursary for showing exceptional promise in the competition and have been a Yanagisawa Artist since the age of 13 and I became a Vandoren Artist this year. I would love to premiere my commission from Barbara Thompson at SaxOpen. I have made a guest appearance with the legendary Jools Holland and his R+B Orchestra and I organise and promote my own concert series where acts such as Courtney Pine, Snake Davis, the Apollo Saxophone Quartet and Tommy Smith have performed. I perform a mixed classical and jazz repertoire and performing saxophone is my passion.


10/07/2015 11:00 - 11:30

Cité de la musique et de la danse - Salle 19

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Musicians / speakers

  • Jess Gillam / Alto +Soprano (United Kingdom)


  • Commission (name TBC) (Barbara Thompson ) / World Premiere
  • Commission (name TBC) (Rob Buckland) / World Premiere