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BBC Philharmonic with Jess Gillam

Thursday October 5, 2023 at 19:30
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
£11.50 - £39.50
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  1. Cockaigne Overture - Sir Edward Elgar
  2. Glasslands, for alto saxophone and orchestra - Anna Clyne
  3. Ma mère l’oye, 'Mother Goose' - Maurice Ravel
  4. Symphony No 5 in C minor Op 67 - Ludwig van Beethoven

What better way to open the Nottingham Classics 2023-2024 season than with a UK premiere from a world leading composer, performed by a brilliant young saxophonist who’s fast becoming a national treasure? Jess Gillam’s infectious enthusiasm and effortless virtuosity make her an irresistible force in performance. Here she explores the darkly magical world of Anna Clyne’s Glasslands, three realms governed by the banshee of Irish folklore, mercurial and mesmerising by turns.

Ravel’s captivating Ma mere l’oye (Mother Goose) conjures a more benign magical world, populated by famous fairy tale figures such as Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb and Beauty and the Beast. The title of Elgar’s upbeat Cockaigne Overture also refers to a mythical land but its inspiration is altogether more worldly. His ‘stout and steaky’ homage (Elgar’s words) to turn-of-the-century London blazes with brass bands and seduces with lovers’ trysts in secluded public gardens. Ending the concert with elemental power is Beethoven’s fate-fuelled Fifth Symphony. With fiercely concentrated energy throughout, it ignites in a blazing finale where Beethoven provides extra firepower by adding a piccolo, contrabassoon and trombones to the symphony orchestra for the first time.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Jess Gillam in conversation.

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