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Jess Gillam awarded MBE

Jess Gillam awarded MBE

This article was posted on 14 Sep 2021.

23-year-old saxophonist Jess Gillam has been awarded an MBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to music. Commenting on the award, Gillam said: ‘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!’

Since becoming the first saxophonist to reach the BBC Young Musician of the Year grand final in 2016, Gillam has rapidly become one of the most recognisable faces on the UK’s classical music scene. Hailing from Ulverston, Cumbria, she was the first saxophonist to be signed to Decca Classics, and her debut album, RISE, and her recent second album, TIME, both shot straight to No 1 in the official UK classical charts. In addition to concert performances, which have included televised appearances at the Last Night of the Proms and the BAFTA awards, Gillam is also in demand as a broadcaster on TV and radio, currently presenting her own weekly show, This Classical Life, on BBC Radio 3. She is a Vandoren UK artist and became the youngest ever endorsee for Yanagisawa Saxophones aged just 13.

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