Yanagisawa & Vandoren artist Jess Gillam awarded with MBE
Jess states, “I feel extremely touched to receive this award, especially in a year where so many people have done such incredible and selfless things. It’s very unexpected and a complete surprise - I’m very grateful to all of those who have supported me and to have had the opportunity to learn an instrument in the first place. Music has changed my life and I‘m passionate about sharing its magic with other people!”
It is the latest in a long list of achievements for the multi award-winning saxophonist following her Classic BRIT Award win in 2018 and having become the first ever saxophonist to exclusively sign a record deal with Decca Classics. Both her first album ‘RISE’ and her second album ‘TIME’ have reached No.1 in the Official UK Classical Charts.
Jess’ award-winning weekly BBC Radio 3 show and podcast ‘This Classical Life’ is available to listen to online and she will be taking her second album ‘TIME’ on tour this June & July with The Jess Gillam Ensemble. https://www.jessgillamsax.co.uk/shows/
Jess plays Yanagisawa Custom Engraved AWO20 Alto and S901U Un-lacquered Soprano saxophones and uses Vandoren reeds, ligatures and saxophone slings.