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Bedford: Santtu and Jess Gillam

Bedford Corn Exchange
£15 – £40
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Jess Gillam holding a saxophone and looking to the side, wearing a sparkly suit, in front of a colourful wall


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Jess Gillam – saxophone


Shostakovich (arr. Cornall) Suite from Moscow, Cheryomushki

Glazunov Saxophone Concerto

— Interval —

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’

Celebrated saxophonist Jess Gillam joins our Principal Conductor for an evening of irresistible tunes.

By the age of 23, British saxophonist Jess Gillam had topped the UK Classical Charts, won a BRIT Award, and debuted at the BBC Proms. Known for her ‘panache and pizzazz’ (Bachtrack), tonight the household name shows us exactly what the saxophone can do, in Glazunov’s 1934 concerto – a staple of the repertoire. Much like its performer this evening, this piece helped put the instrument on the classical music map.

Santtu opens the concert with music by Glazunov’s student, Shostakovich: the suite from his satirical operetta, Moscow, Cheryomushki. Humour, lilting waltzes and fiery dances are packed into its four movements – it’s music that’s well worth discovering.

The concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony. Entitled “the passionate symphony” by the composer – and passionate it is – this is the work of a composer at the top of his game and remains one of the most popular in the canon.

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Prices & Discounts

£15 – £40

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s, full-time students and concession discounts available

Running time

1 hr 50 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes will be available a week before the concert.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Before the event

Three people on stage speaking as part of a panel
6.30pm, Harpur Suite

Insights Talk with Jess Gillam

Free, no ticket required


Bedford Corn Exchange
Bedford Corn Exchange

Bedford Corn Exchange

13 St Paul’s Square
MK40 1SL

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