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Jul 12 2021


8:00 pm - 9:40 pm


£25 / £18 / £15 (under 25s £12 / under 16s £8)

Jess Gillam Ensemble

One of the most exciting young musicians on the international stage presents an eclectic programme.

Expect electrifying energy and serene tranquility in equal measure!

Book now from St Albans Cathedral Box Office

Any seat only £12 for under-25s

Any seat only £8 for under-16s

Additional Covid-secure tickets will be available on the day of the performance. These unreserved seats are located in the Crossing and will be priced at £10 each. The seats do not have a view, though we will have a large screen to give you a view of the performers. Separate queues for these seats will be at the Cedar Tree door from 7.30pm. After purchasing your tickets, a steward will direct you to your seats.

After reaching no.1 in the classical charts with her latest album, TIME, Jess Gillam performs music from the record with a small ensemble made up of an incredible group of musicians from a wide range of musical backgrounds but with roots in classical music. This is a night with an electrifying programme designed to inspire you to reflect, dance and smile!

This promises to be an explosive concert designed to showcase the diversity, dynamism and versatility of the saxophone!

Jess is a young saxophonist who is blazing a trail in the music world with her outstanding talent and infectious personality. After performing as the youngest ever soloist at the prestigious Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and having her performance described as “the indisputable highlight” by BBC News, Jess continues to perform regularly across the UK and worldwide. She has been the recipient of a Classic BRIT Award, was the first ever saxophonist to reach the final of BBC Young Musician of the Year, and in 2019, performed live at the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Awards) to millions of viewers at home. She is also a presenter on TV and Radio. She became the youngest ever presenter for BBC Radio 3 and hosts her own weekly show called “This Classical Life”.

Meredith Monk Early Morning Melody
Philip Glass Melody no.10 from Melodies for Saxophone
Luke Howard Dappled Light
John Harle Flare
Björk (arr. Metcalfe) Venus as a Boy
James Blake (arr. Rimmer) Retrograde
Marcello Oboe Concerto
Will Gregory Orbit
Ryuichi Sakamoto (arr. Metcalfe) Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Traditional, arr. John Harle Dark Eyes
Kurt Weill (arr. Campbell) Je ne t’aime pas
Milhaud (arr. Harle) Brazileira from Scaramouche
Piazzolla (arr. Parkin) Histoire du Tango

The Players

Saxophones – Jess Gillam
Violin – Roberts Balanas
Violin – Michael Jones
Viola – Eoin Schmidt-Martin
Cello – Gabriella Swallow
Bass – Sam Becker
Percussion – Elsa Bradley
Piano – Leif Kaner-Lidstrom

Book now from St Albans Cathedral Box Office

Book with confidence. All events will be Covid-Secure. We undertake to monitor all relevant developments and to communicate with ticket-holders as required. If you find that you are no longer able to attend any event – for any reason – you will be entitled to a full refund. Read more…