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Young musician to perform in Southwell to raise money for young people to pursue their ambitions

A trailblazing young musician is performing in Southwell on Thursday to raise money to help other young people pursue their musical ambitions.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam will be at The HopBarn as part of her continuing support and patronage of Awards for Young Musicians.

She will be joined by internationally-renowned pianist James Baillieu.

Jess Gillam (22288071)
Jess Gillam (22288071)

Jess Gillam, 20, performed at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018, where her performance was described as the indisputable highlight by BBC News. She is now continuing to grow her international career.

Jess is the first saxophonist to be signed to Decca Classics and recently released her debut album Rise, which went to number one in the UK Classical Charts.

Featuring a selection of her favourite pieces ranging from Marcello and Shostakovich to David Bowie and Kate Bush, it was highly celebrated and received rave reviews.

Jess Gillam (22225548)
Jess Gillam (22225548)

Jess is also a presenter on television and radio. She became the youngest-ever presenter for BBC Radio 3 and hosts her own weekly show called This Classical Life, in which she talks to musical friends and colleagues about the music that inspires them.

She was the first saxophonist to reach the final of BBC Young Musician of the Year and, in 2019, performed live at the BAFTAs to millions of viewers at home.

Jess is a passionate advocate for the power of music in society, often combining her concert engagements with educational and social projects. She is a patron for Awards for Young Musicians.

The HopBarn appearance is made possible because of due to Jess Gillam's continued support and patronage to Awards for Young Musicians (AYM). Through their means-tested programmes AYM support more than 400 talented young musicians from low income families per year, with funding and other help.

“AYM’s practical support and their belief in me throughout my teenage years was invaluable. Music has the power to transform lives and AYM recognise that.”

All proceeds from this concert will go to AYM.


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