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Jess Gillam.


  • Gershwin Cuban Overture10′
  • Villa-Lobos Fantasia for Saxophone11′
  • Copland Danzón Cubano7′
  • Milhaud Scaramouche9′
  • Copland Appalachian Spring Suite23′
  • Barber Symphony No.120′

At just 17, Jess Gillam was the first saxophonist ever to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician – and she just keeps getting better. Today, she’s the star in Villa-Lobos’ flamboyant concerto and Milhaud’s tuneful miniature, as Jaume Santonja Espinós takes us from the dancehalls of Cuba to Copland’s leafy Appalachian mountains, on a pan-American roadtrip bursting with big tunes and even bigger personalities.

Tickets can be booked:
By phone - the phone lines (0121 780 3333) are open Monday-Saturday 10am – 2pm. 
In person -  the box office counter at Symphony Hall is now open again Monday-Saturday 10am – 6pm. 

Please note that for the Autumn Concert Season we will be selling a mixture of standard and socially-distanced seating in Symphony Hall as follows:

  • Stalls & Terraces - Standard
  • Circle - Standard
  • Upper Circle - Socially distanced
  • Grand Tier - Socially distanced

Post-concert Performance
Join us for a drink and a free 30-minute performance from El Ultimo Tango in the Jennifer Blackwell performance space after the concert.

Members Event
6.45pm Members' Reception. Booking required. 


The following discounts are available for this performance:

  • Wheelchair User or Disabled Patron if they need assistance of a companion/helper, the helper ticket is free.
  • Benefit recipient discount. If you receive income support, job seeker’s allowance, universal credit, pension credit or personal independence payment you can book one ticket per performance at the special rate of £13. Please note, you may be asked to present the form of ID used to claim the tickets on arrival at Symphony Hall.
  • Child aged 17 and under / School & Youth group tickets - £5
  • Full time Student tickets - £5
  • Those aged 18-30 can book tickets for £10
  • Groups: 20% discount for groups of 8+, free reservation facility. For accompanied children aged 17 or under, the child ticket price applies instead of the 20% discount. 2 free tickets when you buy 20+ tickets for one concert. Click here for more information about group bookings.


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