- 5-date US Recital Tour including Carnegie Hall debut
- London Symphony Orchestra debut with John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival
- World premieres of Anna Clyne’s Saxophone Concerto and Dani Howard’s Concerto for Saxophone
- 12-date international European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) tour
- Jess Gillam Ensemble UK tour
Saxophonist and broadcaster Jess Gillam continues to animate the music world, bringing classical music to new audiences through both her world-class live performances and her presenting work on television and radio. Hailing from Ulverston in Cumbria, Jess’s 2022/23 season sees her travel across the UK, Europe and America, showcasing the breadth of the saxophone through her outstanding talent and infectious personality, presenting new music for the instrument and world-class collaborations.
Jess makes her Carnegie Hall debut in the Weill Recital Hall (18 October) as part of a US tour in October which also includes a mini-residency at Princeton University (26 October) and recitals at the Waterford Concert Series (16 October), the La Jolla Music Society Discovery Series (23 October). Jess is keen to broaden the repertoire for the saxophone and gives three world premieres of new saxophone concertos this season. In the US Jess gives the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s first concerto for saxophone, with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Han-na Chang (18 and 19 February). Set in three movements, the work conjures an imaginary world of three realms governed by the banshee. The performance will also be webcast. In the UK, Jess gives the first performance of Dani Howard’s new Concerto for Saxophone with the London Contemporary Orchestra at Cadogan Hall (15 March).
In Germany, Jess performs the world premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Saxophone Concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (19 October). Jess makes her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor Gianandrea Noseda at the EFG London Jazz Festival (17 November), with an American themed evening that salutes 20th-century jazz-inspired greats including John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto. Jess reunites with her ensemble for festive concerts in Ulverston (9 December), Saffron Walden (16 December) and Newcastle Gateshead (21 December).
In Spring next year, they will take their diverse and energetic concert to Ireland, Switzerland and across the UK in Nottinham, Horsham, Newbury and London The Jess Gillam Ensemble, a small ensemble made up of incredible musicians from a wide range of musical backgrounds, all with roots in classical music, will perform a varied and electrifying concert with music ranging from CPE Bach and Piazzolla to commissions by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp and Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Further UK highlights include recitals at The Old Granary in Suffolk (5 December) and The Marylebone Theatre (13 December); Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (1 December), the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (3 & 4 March).
Proving that European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Rising Stars really do live up to their name, Jess Gillam’s international demand continues to grow and this season sees a 12-date international concert tour of halls in the ECHO network. The tour will include performances at venues including the Kölner Philharmonie (11 September), Birmingham’s Symphony Hall (27 November), Pilharmonie Luxembourg (14 December), Wiener Konzerthaus (17 January), Concertgebouw Amsterdam (18 January), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (26 January), Konserthuset Stockholm (3 February), Gulbenkian Música, Lisbon (19 March) and the Palau de la Música, Barcelona (31 May). Jess will present a programme including a commission by Edmund Finnis and music by Poulenc, Barbara Thompson, Telemann, Ayanna Witter Johnson, John Harle, Dowland and Weill.
Further highlights in Europe include a programme of film music with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and conductor Stephen Geiger, including music from award-winning American film composer John Williams as well as scores by Danny Elfman and Alan Silvestri (13 and 14 October).
As well as performing around the world, Jess is a presenter on TV and Radio. She became the youngest ever presenter for BBC Radio 3 with the launch of her own weekly show, This Classical Life. The show is now in its third year and continues weekly on Saturdays with an array of guests. Jess has presented three special live editions of This Classical Life over the past year at the Royal Festival Hall, Alexandra Palace and The Old Woollen, Leeds with more live shows to follow this season. For TV, Jess presented two BBC Proms this summer and hosted BBC Young Musician which will be broadcast in the autumn.
Full concert listings at jessgillamsax.co.uk/shows/