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Leicester: Jess Gillam plays Glazunov

De Montfort Hall
£21 – £46
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Jess Gillam looking to the side holding a saxophone


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Jess Gillam – saxophone


Shostakovich (arr. Cornall) Suite from Moscow, Cheryomushki

Glazunov Saxophone Concerto

— Interval —

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, 'Pathétique'

‘Everyone’s favourite saxophonist’ (The Times), 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. Tonight, the household name shows us exactly what the saxophone can do, in Glazunov’s 1934 concerto. 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

£21 – £46

Multi-buy discounts available; £11 tickets available for those aged 25 or under and students (£28.50 for top price tickets); half-price tickets available for recipients of Universal or Pension Credit; group booking discount available

Running time

1 hr 50 mins, including 20-minute interval

Programme notes 

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

Box office

De Montfort Hall box office: 0116 233 3111

Before the event

Three people on stage speaking as part of a panel
6pm, Garden Suite

Insights Talk

Free, no ticket required


De Montfort Hall
De Montfort Hall, Leicester

De Montfort Hall

Granville Rd

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£21 – £46