Saxophone superstar Jess Gillam (pictured above) is set to play at the Apex next month along with the London Mozart Players.
She burst onto the music scene in 2016 as the first saxophonist to reach the final of the BBC Young Musician competition, and she has wowed audiences ever since.
Still only 24 years old, Jess was the youngest soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms and became the youngest ever presenter on BBC Radio 3 with “This Classical Life”.
She is passionate about inspiring and bringing joy to people through music and during lockdown she formed her Virtual Scratch Orchestra, inviting musicians of any standard to come together to play music virtually with her. Over 2,000 people from around 30 different countries took part across the two projects, aged two to 94, playing a huge range of instruments
Her debut album was listed in The Times Top 100 albums of 2019 and reached No.1 in the UK Classical chart. She has been the recipient of a Classic BRIT Award, has been nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2021 for Services to Music.
In July, she brings the sound of the saxophone alongside the London Mozart Players for an evening that balances the best of classical giants Mozart and Haydn with the beautiful baroque trills of Marcello and the lyricism of Glazunov. If you thought the saxophone was just for jazz, think again!
The programme includes
Haydn: Symphony No. 44 in E minor (‘Trauer’); Marcello: Concerto in C minor for soprano saxophone; Glazunov: Concerto in E flat major for alto saxophone Op. 109; and Mozart: Symphony No.29 in A major, K.201
Jess Gillam and the London Mozart Players are at the Apex on Monday, July 4, at 7.30pm, see www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758000 for more information or to book tickets.