Debuts with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras and a residency with Manchester Camerata for Jess Gillam this spring
Debut performances with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia and Munich Philharmonic orchestras, a residency with Manchester Camerata in the ensemble’s 50th anniversary year, and extensive touring throughout the UK and beyond feature this spring for Jess Gillam.
To kick off her February series of concerts and in a continued development of her international career, Jess brings Milhaud’s Scaramouche in her first ever performance with the Munich Philharmonic (3, 4 & 5 February) conducted by Wayne Marshall before travelling to Poland to make her debut with the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Roger Kalia performing Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto (25 February). Jess will also return to Germany in March to perform alongside the Dortmund Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (28 March).
In the UK Jess will travel across the country performing both in duo and trio recitals, alongside some of the UK’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles, and with her newly-formed Jess Gillam Ensemble. In its 50th anniversary year, Jess joins Manchester Camerata as Resident Artist for four special performances at Manchester’s Stoller Hall (11 March), Wigmore Hall in London (20 March), King George’s Hall in Blackburn (20 May)and The Coro in Jess’ home town of Ulverston in Cumbria (17 September). The Wigmore Hall concert forms part of Jess’ current residency at the iconic venue which will also see her perform with the Jess Gillam Ensemble on 2 June following the inaugural Jess Gillam Ensemble Tour in venues across England last summer. The ensemble will also perform music inspired by minimalism at new Peckham club Well Seasoned as part of Through the Noise’s noisenights (14 May), make its Bath Festival debut (17 May), perform at St David’s Cathedral Festival in Wales (31 May) and travel to Germany to appear at Mozartfest Augsburg (28 May) and Liepe & Co. Festival in Hannover (26 June).
Jess makes her debut with two leading UK orchestras this season performing Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto – with the Philharmonia conducted by Alpesh Chauhan on 3 March at The Anvil in Basingstoke and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Finnegan Downie-Dear at Brighton Dome on 23 April. She will also join the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in April bringing John Harle’s Briggflatts to the Usher Hall in Edinburgh (15 April) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (16 April) with conductor Kerem Hasan whilst performing the Harle alongside John Williams’ Escapades in Nottingham with the Hallé conducted by Stephen Bell (10 June). Other performances in the UK will include beingguest artist at Skipton Music Festival (13 March), a recital at University of Nottingham’s Djanogly Recital Hall with pianist Zeynep Özsuca (31 March) and a performance with the Iuventus Chamber Orchestra at Sherborne Abbey Festival (29 April).
In addition to solo recitals, Jess continues to perform alongside other instrumentalists including pianist James Baillieu who will join her for concerts at The Coro in Ulverston (12 March), SJE Arts in Oxford (5 April), Painswick Music Society (9 April) and Perth Concert Hall (12 April). She will also join forces with pianist Zeynep Özsuca and double bassist Sam Becker in Gjøvik, Norway, as part of The Resonans Konserter series (23 February) and Milton Court Concert Hall in London (30 March) to perform works ranging fromAyanna Witter-Johnson and Astor Piazzolla to Meredith Monk and Philip Glass before travelling to Germany to perform at the Heidelberger Spring Music Festival with Becker. Jess will also make a special guest appearance at MILOŠ’ recital in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 June.
Jess continues to be a passionate advocate of music education and on 6 March will join the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain as part of its NCO Projects Programme whilst off the concert platform she continues to present herARIA-winning weekly BBC Radio 3 show and podcast, This Classical Life. Jess also continuesto curate her own concert series bringing international talent to her hometown of Ulverston in 2022 with upcoming concerts including a recital with pianist James Baillieuon 12 March and performances with Manchester Camerata and the Jess Gillam Ensemble later in the year.
Full concert listings at jessgillamsax.co.uk/shows/