Releases debut album ‘RISE’ today & puts music education pledge into practise

‘Gillam Day’ at Family Tearoom in Cumbria Schools visits throughout the country to inspire future stars

Today, superstar saxophonist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Jess Gillam visits her friends and family in Ulverston, Cumbria, kicking off a week of workshops, performances and Q&A sessions, continuing her commitment to inspiring other young people through her stratospheric musical journey.

Launching her debut record on Decca Classics at her family tearoom surrounded by those who continue to support and champion her is a special moment for Jess: “To record an album has been a huge ambition of mine and I am really excited for everyone to hear ‘RISE’ in its entirety upon its release. I am so grateful for the support of my friends, family and followers in Ulverston and beyond who have helped to make this project a success!”

Throughout the week, Jess will travel down the country from the town where her musical journey began, working with beneficiaries of Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) – a national music charity which supported Jess from 2012–2016. The charity’s annual Awards programme offers up to £100,000 in means-tested grants for individual young musicians each year, plus other support, helping them grow and develop their musical potential. Two years ago, Jess was named patron of the charity, joining a list of top musicians including Evelyn Glennie, Julian Lloyd Webber and Sir Simon Rattle CBE.

Philip Jones, Chairman of AYM’s Board of Trustees, said: “Jess is the perfect role model for our talented young musicians. Not only is she a phenomenal musician but having been supported by AYM until relatively recently, the young people can see that talent, hard work and passion can indeed show results!”

Earlier this year, Jess wrote an open letter to The Guardian setting out her pledge to advocate for young people to continue to receive help and support in music education. Jess will be doing one-to-one sessions and workshops with young saxophonists, at her parents’ tearoom, as well as visiting schools, starting from next week. On 2nd May, Brighton’s St. John the Baptist Primary School will welcome Jess to their morning assembly, where she will perform for the whole school before working individually with talented children aged 5-11 who receive support through AYM’s Furthering Talent programme for their music education.

As well as her busy performance schedule, Jess recently launched her own BBC Radio 3 show ‘This Classical Life’, making her the youngest presenter in the history of the station, at the age of 20. The series has been met with glowing reviews, and her guest tomorrow (Saturday 27th April) will be pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, older sister of Sheku.

Jess returns to the Royal Albert Hall next week (30th April), performing alongside other rising stars of classical music for a concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which forms part of its 2019 LOVE CLASSICAL season.


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