Last Night of Proms star set for North East
SAXOPHONIST TO PERFORM
THE young musician who stole the show at this year’s Last Night of the Proms is to perform in the north east.
Saxophonist Jess Gillam, 20, wowed the Royal Albert Hall audience earlier this month with the piece, Scaramouche, by Darius Milhaud.
And her concert on February 13 is going to be one of the highlights of the Hexham and District Music Society’s 2018/19 concert series that begins next month at the Queen’s Hall.
Chair of the society, Martin Hughes, said: “Our new series gives local audiences the chance to hear live performances by world-class musicians, of music ranging from classics by Mozart and Beethoven to works by 20th century masters such as Ravel and Ligeti.”
The first concert on October 16 is given by the Shaham Erez Wallfisch Trio, praised by one critic as “three of the finest international instrumentalists performing today”.
In November, the society marks the centenary of the end of the First World War with a concert by the young Foyle- Štšura Duo of music written at that time, including masterpieces by Elgar and Debussy.
December brings a concert by Peter Moore, a master trombonist still only in his early 20s who is passionate about pushing the boundaries of the instrument.
The dynamic young pianist Riyad Nicolas visits Hexham in January, with a programme featuring music by Chopin and Ravel.
March sees a performance by one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment, the Heath Quartet.
Their programme includes a rare performance of a contemporary masterpiece by Ligeti, whose music made such an impact when used in Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The season closes in April with a performance by the celebrated Japanese violinist Mayumi Fujikawa, who has been delighting audiences ever since she won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1970.
Full details of the whole series can be found at www.hexhammusic.net. Single tickets for all concerts are on sale at the Queen’s Hall: www.queenshall.co.uk Saxophonist Jess Gillam will perform at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham in February