Jess Gillam to star at Budleigh Music Festival



The chart star Jess Gillam will star at the Budleigh Music Festival.
After reaching number one on the classic charts with her latest album, TIME, Jess will perform the music from the album on tour for the first time in eight locations across England this summer – and she is in Budleigh on July 10 .
She is joined by a small ensemble made up of an incredible group of musicians from very diverse musical backgrounds but with roots in classical music. The Jess Gillam Ensemble includes Roberts Balanas and Michael Jones (violins); Eoin Schmidt-Martin (viola); Gabriella Swallow (cello); Sam Becker (bass); Elsa Bradley (percussion) and Leif Kaner-Lidstrom (piano).
As part of the live tour, the Ensemble will perform some classics as well as brand new works written especially for the ensemble, including music by Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Piazzolla, Meredith Monk, Kurt Weill, Bjork, Luke Howard, Joby Talbot and Suite. The tour includes the Cheltenham Music Festival (July 8); Budleigh Music Festival, (July 10); St Albans Festival (July 12); Petworth Festival (July 15); Ryedale Festival (July 22) and Snape Maltings (August 25).
The tour promises an explosive concert designed to showcase the diversity, dynamism and versatility of the saxophone.
In a UK premiere, Jess celebrates her award-winning weekly ARIA show and podcast on BBC Radio 3, ‘This Classical Life’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra and special guests, live at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Center on July 7 at 7:30 p.m. Guest artists will include composer, drummer and producer Ollie Howell, who has written music for multiple award-winning films and television series; soprano Soraya Mafi; singer Orlando Weeks, former frontman of the Maccabees and songwriter, singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson.
Jess is passionate about inspiring and making people happy through music and believes that good music is good music, regardless of genre or label. On his show on BBC Radio 3, audiences can hear The Prodigy next to Prokofiev, Hildegard von Bingen next to Bjork, Mendelssohn next to Michael Kiwanuka but there is one thing all sounds have in common: an ability to move us, transport us and connect with alternative realities.
Jess said: “I can’t wait to connect with audiences again this summer, and I’m so grateful to have these opportunities to share the magical world of music.
“I released my second album, TIME, last year and it felt pretty weird to not be able to tour it or play the music live, so having the chance to take the Jess Gillam Ensemble on the road. for the first time is awesome!
“Recording the album was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable musical experiences I have had and I am now excited to see how that energy will translate into a live concert. Hailing from Ulverston, Cumbria, Jess brings the music world to life with her exceptional talent and infectious personality.
After performing at Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and seeing her performance described as “the undisputed climax” by BBC News, Jess continues to develop her international career as well as presenting on television and radio. She is passionate about inspiring and bringing joy to people through music and has continued to do so throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
In May 2020, Jess appeared as a special guest at the 75th Victory Day commemoration at the Royal Albert Hall and in July she returned for a performance as part of the ‘Royal Albert Home’ series. While in lockdown, Jess launched her Virtual Scratch Orchestra, inviting musicians of all skill levels to come together to play music virtually with her. The orchestra performed music by David Bowie and The Beatles as well as a Christmas special of “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. Over 2,000 people from around 30 different countries participated in the two projects, aged 2 to 94, playing a wide range of instruments.


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