Who is Jess Gillam, the saxophonist? Recordings, age, concerts and social media

17 September 2018, 11:28 | Updated: 17 September 2018, 11:31

Jess Gillam is a 20-year-old saxophonist, known for being one of the most exciting emerging artists in classical music. From her concerts and recordings to her Instagram handle, here’s everything you need to know.

Jess Gillam, 20, is a saxophonist and rising star of the classical music world.

This year, she was the recipient of a Classic Brit Award in the Sound of Classical Poll 2018, which recognises the best emerging artists in classical music. She was also the first-ever saxophonist to reach the final of BBC Young Musician.

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She records exclusively for Decca Classics, and is about to release her debut album with the record label.

Yesterday, Jess released a single from the album – ‘If’ by British composer Michael Nyman. You can download and stream ‘If’ and the equally wonderful track ‘Scaramouche’ here.

Jess Gillam’s concerts and performances

On 23, 25, and 28 September, Jess will be performing Edward Gregson’s saxophone concerto with the Argovia Philharmonic in Switzerland.

Through the autumn, Gillam has a number of UK show dates in Cardiff, Nottingham, Manchester and more. All her upcoming show dates can be found here.

Jess is particularly known for her take on ‘Where the Bee Dances’ by Michael Nyman, which she performed with the Southbank Sinfonia at Shine 2017, an ABRSM event celebrating music and music education.

Jess is also known for her pioneering attitude towards the classical concert. She recently told The Telegraph that she would like to see more dancing, cheering and clapping between movements, saying, “an instinctive reaction from the audience only proved the joy of music”.

Where did Jess study saxophone?

Jess studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with an ABRSM scholarship, and is mentored by respected saxophonist and composer John Harle.

Jess is a keen endorser of the saxophone; at just 13 she became the youngest ever endorsee for Yanagisawa Saxophones, and she is also a patron for Awards for Young Musicians.

She also gave a TEDx talk on the instrument, aged just 15. The video now has over 100,000 views on YouTube.

Jess grew up in Ulverston, and is now keen to promote her own concerts and bring international talent to her hometown.

Jess Gillam on social media

Jess can be found posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.