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Macclesfield Season: Jess Gillam, saxophone

October 28, 2017

“…Jess Gillam is a true inspiration, she frankly rocks.” Huffington Post


CPE Bach Symphony in Eb Wq179

Mozart Violin Concerto No 4 with Nicholas Ward, violin 

Barber Adagio for Strings

Dave Heath The Celtic Concerto 

Morricone Gabriel’s Oboe

In our second concert of the season, we welcome Jess Gillam, a young saxophonist who, since finishing as runner-up in the 2016 BBC Young musician of the Year, has a very bright future. In the words of Clemency Burton-Hill, Jess is a “Life affirming musician”. In this programme, she will play the Celtic Concerto, a piece that is becoming hugely popular owing to its both expressive and wildly exciting writing. After a perfect example of ‘Sturm und Drang’, in CPE Bach’s explosive E flat symphony that opens the evening, the first half also features a soloist who is somewhat better known to many of our audience, our Artistic and Musical Director, Nicholas Ward who will be playing the effervescent and charming 4th violin concerto of Mozart. Completing the programme, is a string piece that is as emotive as it is popular, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, the subject of a recent book by Thomas Larsen “The Saddest Music Ever Written.”

Supported by the Friends of the NCO

Season Sponsor: MMU Faculty of Education

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