Fantastic tales and classical sax in this fun-filled concert with Jess Gillam and Eduardo Strausser.

Saxophonist, presenter and all-round force of nature, Jess Gillam makes everything she touches light up. Tonight, she travels to Brazil with Villa-Lobos and to Hollywood with John Williams: the fun-filled heart of a concert packed with enchantment, whether the glittering fairytales of The Firebird or an unmistakably Italian take on the story of Cinderella. Well, it is Panto season, after all

About Jess Gillam plays Williams & Villa-Lobos

Join us pre-concert for Una Velada de Musica de Tango; an evening of Tango music. This FREE event by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Ensemble will take place in the Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space from 6:30pm.

Where Have I Heard it Before?

When John Williams wrote the score for Catch me if you Can he created a soundtrack that's full of sultry tension. The Orchestra performs his Escapades live in this concert.

Escapades, Movement 1: Closing In John Williams

Full programme

  • Rossini, La Cenerentola: Overture  (8mins)
  • Villa-Lobos, Fantasia for Saxophone  (10mins)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, The Golden Cockerel Suite  (25mins)
  • Williams, Escapades  (15mins)
  • Stravinsky, The Firebird Suite (1919)  (23mins)


  • Eduardo Strausser

  • Photograph of Jess Gillam laughing and holding her saxophone.

    Jess Gillam