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  Sunday 11th February 2018 at 3.00 pm

Under 18s FREE
     Adults 5 (young children must be accompanied)
(This concert is not included in the KMS members subscription)

Sunday 11th February 2018 - 3.00 pm

Afternoon Half Term Family Concert 

Jess Gillam  saxophone

Patsy Gillam  clarinet

Jonathan Fisher  piano

The amazing young saxophonist Jess Gillam has a younger virtuoso clarinettist sister. Patsy has been performing from an early age, with big names such as Nicola Benedetti and Wynton Marsalis and in orchestras and groups. They get together to entertain and inspire younger audiences. This concert will include family friendly music and opportunities for audience participation.

Free for children & under 18s. Adult tickets, not included in Membership, 5 from the Theatre Box Office 017687 74411.

Generously supported by Cumbria County Council.


Jess Gillam’s Family Concert will include:

Heyser Bulgar - Nafpule Brandwein  (Patsy Gillam)

1st movement of Sonatina - Malcom Arnold (Patsy Gilllam)

3 Out of Four - John Barratt (Patsy Gillam)

The Swan from the Carnival of the Animals- Saint Saens

Pequena Cardas - Pedro Itturalde

Children's Songs - Chick Corea

Music from “Catch Me If You Can” (Escapades) - John Williams

In 2016, at the age of 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. She then reached the Grand Final at London’s Barbican Hall, and performed Michael Nyman’s “Where the Bee Dances” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth to widespread critical acclaim.

Last season Jess made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall, where she performed as soloist with both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Concerto highlights include appearances with Southbank Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru. She gives recitals throughout the UK including a tour of Scotland, performances at the Isle of Man and Beaminster Festivals and a return visit to the Cheltenham Festival. Jess recently gave the premiere of a piece written for her by Jeremy Holland-Smith on BBC Four’s Choir of the Year, and has made a guest appearance with Jools Holland and his R&B Orchestra.

Jess studies with Rob Buckland at the Royal Northern College of Music with an ABRSM Scholarship, and is mentored by John Harle. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Cumbria, who have made a programme about her. In 2015, Jess was awarded Musician of the Year at the Cumbria Culture Awards presented by Melvyn Bragg. The previous year, she was the youngest of 2,600 delegates to perform at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, where she gave a recital of world premieres by leading saxophonists Barbara Thompson, John Harle and Rob Buckland as well as one of her own compositions.

Jess was featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine, and as the cover story of Music Teacher, Cumbria Life and Clarinet & Saxophone Magazines. She is a Vandoren UK Artist, and became the youngest ever endorsee for Yanagisawa Saxophones aged 13. Jess is grateful for support from Awards for Young Musicians, and receives career advice and diary management from Young Classical Artists Trust.

As well as her passion for performance, Jess also has an interest in promoting live music and she has been running an annual concert series in her hometown of Ulverston for the past six years, bringing international names such as Courtney Pine, Snake Davis, Tommy Smith, John Harle and the Apollo Saxophone Quartet.

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Jonathan Fisher

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Patsy Gillam


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Last Season - February 2017 - This was a fabulous concert to a packed house of enthralled youngsters and families.
Sunday 19th February 2017 - 3.00 pm

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Director/Violin: Bradley Creswick
Narrator: Claire Tustin

Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

Vaughan Williams:
The Lark Ascending (abridged version)

Peter and the Wolf

Bradley and the orchestra are great entertainers and their family concerts are enjoyed by thousands across the North. The most marvellous opportunity to see and hear a 'real live orchestra' and to see and hear your favourite instruments being played by top professional musicians!
This will be our ninth annual Keswick Music Society Family Concert and not to be missed! Do come.


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Bradley Creswick, director and soloist in 'The Lark Ascending'

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