classical music
contemporary classical

Jess Gillam and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Reel and wheel through Michael Nyman’s pulse-racing Where the Bee Dances with star saxophonist Jess Gillam, under the baton of Vasily Petrenko.

A saxophone concerto in one movement, Where the Bee Dances encompasses Nyman’s signature minimalist style while blending jazz rhythms that accompany a breakneck-pace soloist.

Two exquisite Russian ballet suites complete the evening. The Firebird Suite burns with a primitive passion in Stravinsky’s concert arrangement.

The ballet proved an instant success and launched the young composer into his long career of writing music for the medium.

Selections from the Romeo and Juliet Suites by Prokofiev conjure powerful moments from Shakespeare’s star-crossed story, with the entrancing themes of the young lovers punctuated by intensity where violence and tragedy take root.

Jess Gillam has performed at events including The Last Night of the Proms and the BAFTAs. Her first album, Rise, released in April 2019, went to number one in the UK’s Official Classical Charts.

She has also achieved international recognition as a soloist and was the first saxophonist to sign with Decca Classics.

Performers

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko conductor
Jess Gillam saxophone

Repertoire

Stravinsky: The Firebird, Suite (1919)
Michael Nyman: Saxophone Concerto (Where the bee dances)
Interval
Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Op.64

Dates & times

17 Feb 2021
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£10 - £50
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Concessions

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Ticketing

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