Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Kleiner Saal

CANCELLED: Jess Gillam / Rising Stars

The concert will be broadcast as stream in the Mediathek on 27 January

This concert has already taken place! € 31.00 | 22.00 | 15.00 | 9.00
This concert has already taken place! € 31.00 | 22.00 | 15.00 | 9.00

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The concert programme of the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle cannot go ahead as planned due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This event has had to be cancelled – it will not be rescheduled on an alternative date. Ticket buyers and people participating in the order process will be informed by e-mail. Under the following link you can request a refund of your ticket price: Information on tickets refunds

Festival »Rising Stars Digital«: Concerts cannot be given in front of a large audience this time round, but everyone can still enjoy the festival: the concerts are being transferred to the internet, and can be watched as a stream. Jess Gillam could not come to Hamburg so she recorded her concert at a studio in London: Go to Jess Gillam's concert stream

Saxophonist Jess Gilliam knows no boundaries: the young British musician plays with captivating virtuosity, combining Bach and Bowie, Shostakovich and Kate Bush, and she also presents her own weekly show on classical music on BBC Radio 3. She already became the first [female?] sax player to win the contest BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 17, and just two years later she made a stir at the prestigious Last Night of the Proms, where the BBC described her as »the undisputed highlight of the evening«. At the Elbphilharmonie the vivacious Gilliam does her reputation justice with a selection of her favourite pieces as part of the »Rising Stars« festival.

The »Pequeña Czarda« inspired by Hungarian folk music is followed by the sonata that Francis Poulenc originally wrote for oboe, a piece that oscillates between different moods. »Rant!« on the other hand is an exuberant dance written for Jess Gilliam by British composer Johne Harle, which is based on folk songs from her native Cumbria. »›Rant‹, says the composer, »means »to make happy, and that's exactly what Jess does with her boisterous and fearless live performances.«
The centrepiece of tonight's concert is the premiere of a work written specially for Jess Gilliam by the Oxford-born Edmund Finnis. And the programme is rounded off by Astor Piazzolla's »Histoire du tango« that tells the turbulent story of the tango, starting with its disreputable beginnings in night clubs, cafés and brothels.


Jess Gillam saxophone

Zeynep Özsuca piano


Francis Poulenc
Sonate FP 185

Meredith Monk
Early Morning Melody

Edmund Finnis
A Spiral Ascending / Kompositionsauftrag von Sage Gateshead und European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) / Kompositionsauftrag von Sage Gateshead und European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO)

Alessandro Marcello
Konzert für Oboe c-Moll

Graham Fitkin

John Dowland
Flow, my tears F II/6

John Harle

Rudy Wiedoeft
Valse vanité

Duration approx. 60 Min.


Rising Stars Digital

Promoter: HamburgMusik

Nominated by Sage Gateshead
In cooperation with ECHO – European Concert Hall Organisation
With support by M.M.Warburg & CO