Jess Gillam

Saxophone

Biography Press reviews Contact Videos

In 2016, aged 17, Jess Gillam made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician competition. This summer Jess made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall, performing with both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

In 2016, aged 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. She then reached the Grand Final at London’s Barbican Hall, and performed Michael Nyman’s “Where the Bee Dances” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth to widespread critical acclaim.

Engagements this season include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Bath Philharmonia. Jess gives recitals throughout the UK, including a tour of Scotland and her debut at London’s Kings Place, and collaborates with musicians including Snake Davis, John Harle and Steve Lodder.

Over the last year Jess has appeared as soloist with Southbank Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru and made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall, performing with both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Recital highlights included the Mananan, Beaminster, Swaledale and Cheltenham festivals.

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 Breakfast (BBC 1), Proms Extra (BBC 2), BBC Radio 2 (Claudia on Sunday) Radio 3 (In Tune), Radio 4 (Woman’s Hour) and BBC Radio Cumbria, who 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 and one of her own compositions.

Keen to promote live music, Jess has been running an annual concert series in her hometown of Ulverston in Cumbria for the past six years, bringing artists including Courtney Pine, Snake Davis, John Harle, Tommy Smith and the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. 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 receives diary management from Young Classical Artists Trust, and is a patron of Awards for Young Musicians.


Press reviews

“...highlights of the afternoon performance included Jess Gillam’s soaring soprano saxophone in Peter Sculthorpe’s Island Songs.”

The Guardian / BBC Proms / July 2017

“A true inspiration, she frankly rocks.”

Huffington Post Entertainment / BBC Young Musician Competition / May 2016
Download publicity pack

Contact

Booking:

To book Jess, please contact Helen Carvell, Artist & Finance Manager:

helen@ycat.co.uk
020 7379 8477

Follow Jess on:

www.jessgillamsax.co.uk