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Jess Gillam

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Hailing from Ulverston in Cumbria, Jess Gillam is a British saxophonist who has been captivating the music world with her outstanding talent and infectious personality. She has been carving her own unique path since she shot to fame by becoming the first saxophonist to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician and the youngest ever soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms.

Born on May 24, 1998, Jess Gillam attended the Junior Royal Northern College of Music while at secondary school. She left sixth form early to concentrate on practicing the saxophone and then attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. However, she dropped out before completing her undergraduate course. During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, she completed a Master’s degree from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Jess Gillam is the youngest ever presenter on BBC Radio 3 and the first saxophonist to be signed to Decca Classics. Her debut album RISE reached No.1 in the UK Classical chart. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to music.

Jess Gillam has released several albums including RISE (2019), CHRISTMAS (2019), and TIME (2020). During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gillam offered her fans the opportunity to participate in several virtual orchestras. This involved participants submitting videos of themselves performing individual parts on their chosen instrument. These were then edited, mixed, and published on YouTube. The orchestras attracted participation of well over 500 entries on each occasion, and included the songs “Where Are We Now?”, “Let It Be” and “Sleigh Ride”.

Jess Gillam’s career is a testament to her dedication to the saxophone. Her contributions as a player, presenter, and composer have left a lasting impact on the saxophone community. Her story continues to inspire saxophonists around the world, making her a true legend in the world of sax.

Page last updated 7/7/2024.

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