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On the Nature of Daylight

Jess Gillam

On the Nature of Daylight


Dynamic. Eclectic. Shines bright.

Who’s on stage?

Saxophone superstar Jess Gillam, with our house band Royal Northern Sinfonia directed by Maria Włoszczowska.

What are they playing?

An eclectic array of music for saxophone and strings that spans four centuries. There’s stately Baroque concertos, elegant French songs, 21st century minimalism and even a bit of David Bowie.

Need to know

Price: £18

Running time: 2 hours, including a 20 minute interval.

Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

What you'll hear

programme to include:
CPE Bach Allegro Assai from Flute Concerto in A Minor
Max Richter On The Nature Of Daylight
Camille Saint-Saens La Lever de la Lune
Kurt Weill Lost in the Stars
David Heath The Celtic
Georg Philip Telemann Oboe Concerto in G Major
Nadia Boulanger Cantique
David Bowie Life on Mars
John Harle RANT!

Jess Gillam director/saxophone
Maria Włoszczowska director
Royal Northern Sinfonia 

What's happening in the music?

Expect to see the saxophone in a whole new light, in the hands of a truly exceptional musician. It hadn’t been invented when CPE Bach and Telemann were writing in the 1700s but their concertos sound glorious on it. It wasn’t the intended voice for songs by Saint-Saens, Boulanger or Weill but the melodies shine.

Add in a bit of experimental pop-rock from David Bowie, minimalist masterpiece On the Nature of Daylight, and a couple of folky contemporary compositions – David Heath’s The Celtic and John Harle’s Rant! – and it’s the perfect joyful, eclectic mix to show off the versatility of player and instrument.

Take a listen

Fellow saxophonist John Harle composed Rant! especially for Jess in 2018. It features folk tunes from her home town of Ulverston in Cumbria.

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