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    This Classical Life: Live

    Wed 7 Jul 2021, 7.30pm
    Royal Festival Hall
    Classical music
    £12 - £28 - Boxes of 4 available for £48 and £72
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    Saxophonist Jess Gillam

    Jess Gillam celebrates her ARIA-winning BBC Radio 3 show and podcast This Classical Life in a live event with the BBC Concert Orchestra and special guests.

    These include composer, drummer and producer Ollie Howell; soprano Soraya Mafi; singer Orlando Weeks, formerly of The Maccabees; and songwriter, vocalist and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Hugh Brunt of the London Contemporary Orchestra conducts.

    Exploring their musical influences and favourite styles, Gillam and her guests perform an eclectic range of the music they love.

    Celebrating the power of live music, the concert promises to be an exhilarating and emotional evening.

    Gillam is passionate about inspiring and bringing joy to people through music and believes that good music is good music regardless of the genre or label. On her BBC Radio 3 show, audiences may hear The Prodigy next to Prokofiev, Hildegard von Bingen next to Björk, Mendelssohn next to Michael Kiwanuka.

    There is one thing all of the sounds have in common: an ability to transport us to alternative realities.

    This Classical Life: Live is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 14 July.

    Performers
    • BBC Concert Orchestra
    • Hugh Brunt conductor
    • Jess Gillam saxophone, presenter
    • Ollie Howell guest speaker
    • Soraya Mafi soprano
    • Orlando Weeks singer
    • Ayanna Witter-Johnson cello
    Repertoire
    • Milhaud: Brazileira from Scaramouche
    • George Walker: Lyric for strings
    • Gounod: Je veux vivre (Juliet's Waltz Song) from Roméo et Juliette
    • Bernstein: Overture; Glitter and be gay from Candide
    • Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
    • Anna Meredith: Bubble gun
    • Ollie Howell: Something to lose
    • Quincy Jones: The Separation from The Colour Purple arr. Jules Buckley
    • Orlando Weeks: Big Skies Silly Faces arr. Amy Langley; Deep Down Way Out arr. Amy Langley
    • Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte
    • Ayanna Witter-Johnson: These Four Walls arr. Katie Chatburn; Misty arr. Katie Chatburn
    • Stravinsky: Finale from The Firebird

    Dates & times

    Wed 7 Jul 2021, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 90 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    £12 - £28* - Boxes of 4 available for £48 and £72

    Four people from the same household or support bubble can be seated together in the boxes only, where one ticket admits four. Please ensure your party enter the venue at the same time. 

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