9th December 2017, 7.30pm

Linlithgow Academy Theatre

Saxophone and Piano

Tickets: Full £12, Students £6

 

 BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN FINALIST 2016

18-year-old saxophonist Jess Gillam from Ulverston, Cumbria, began playing saxophone aged seven. In 2016, Jess made history as the first-ever saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician Competition. She then reached the Grand Final, performing John Nyman’s concerto Where the Bee Dances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Hall to critical acclaim.

This season Jess makes her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall, where she performs as soloist with both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Jess will be accompanied at the Linlithgow concert by Jonathan Fisher, Piano.

“A girl every viewer – with or without classical music knowledge – would take to their hearts… Down to earth, funny and cool… What was not to like?” – Gramophone

 

ITURRALDE: Pequena Czarda

HEATH: The Celtic

NYMAN: 'If' from 'The Diary of Anne Frank'

BARTOK: Folk Songs from Csik

WALL: Elegy for Trane

COREA: Selection from "Children's Songs"    (Arr. John Harle)

DEBUSSY: Syrinx

RAVEL: Piece en forme de Habanera

DeRose: Deep Purple (arr. Rudy Wiedoeft)

WILLIAMS: Escapades

MILHAUD: Braziliera from Scaramouche

WOODS: Sonata for Alto Sax and Piano (First Movement)

 

This concert is sponsored by JMK Design


JESS GILLAM

This season (2017) Jess makes her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall, where she performs as soloist with both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Concerto highlights include appearances with Southbank Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru. She gives recitals throughout the UK including a tour of Scotland, performances at the Isle of Man and Beaminster Festivals and a return visit to the Cheltenham Festival. Jess recently gave the premiere of a piece written for her by Jeremy Holland-Smith on BBC Four’s Choir of the Year, and has made a guest appearance with Jools Holland and his R&B Orchestra.

Jess studies with Rob Buckland at the Royal Northern College of Music with an ABRSM Scholarship, and is mentored by John Harle. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Cumbria, who have made a programme about her. In 2015, Jess was awarded Musician of the Year at the Cumbria Culture Awards presented by Melvyn Bragg. The previous year, she was the youngest of 2,600 delegates to perform at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, where she gave a recital of world premieres by leading saxophonists Barbara Thompson, John Harle and Rob Buckland as well as one of her own compositions. For the past seven years, Jess has been running an annual concert series in her hometown of Ulverston, Cumbria.

Jess was featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine, and as the cover story of Music Teacher, Cumbria Life and Clarinet & Saxophone Magazines. She is a Vandoren UK Artist, and became the youngest ever endorsee for Yanagisawa Saxophones aged 13.  Jess is grateful for support from Awards for Young Musicians, and receives career advice and diary management from Young Classical Artists Trust.

 

JONATHAN FISHER

Jonathan Fisher is a pianist of great versatility. He works with instrumentalists, singers and chamber groups, covering a huge spectrum of repertoire from the early baroque to the present day. Awards and successes have included the accompaniment prize in the Patricia Routledge English Song Competition, the Stella Bradford Award for accompaniment (RNCM), and The Bemrose Bursary Award presented by Duffield Music Society. In 2010 Jonathan was a finalist in the Yamaha Birmingham Accompanist of the Year Award, and in 2007 he was made an honorary fellow of The Association of English Singers and Speakers. 

Jonathan is a graduate of both The University of Huddersfield and The Royal Northern College of music. His passion lies in making music with other people and this led to him taking the position of Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the college in 2005. Jonathan has worked with many distinguished and celebrated artists including Lynne Dawson, Anna Stephany, Ann Taylor, Louise Winter, Philip Smith, Atsuku Sahara and Chris Swann. Recent appearances include Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, Leeds Lieder + Festival, Chester Festival, a recital for The Richard Strauss Society in London, and a recital at The Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice. Jonathan is a keen advocate of new music. He has recently given the premiere of a new song cycle by John Woolwich, and has appeared with clarinettist Paul Vowles on the Prima Facie label in a recording of Reconciliations by Adam Gorb.

Jonathan is committed to working with the next generation of musicians, this is reflected in the positions he holds at The University of Huddersfield as Pianist-In-Residence, and The Royal Northern College of Music as Staff Pianist. He lives with his wife in south Manchester, and away from music Jonathan enjoys cookery and travelling.