Furness Tradition wishes to congratulate 17 year old Jess Gillam runner up in the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year. The former Ulverston Victoria High School pupil was accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the televised final on BBC Four, and just missed out on the trophy which went to cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
Describing her experience, she said: “There’s never been a saxophonist in the final before so to be the first is brilliant. It was an absolutely incredible experience.”
Jess Gillam has been playing saxophone for 10 years, and was a finalist in the woodwind category at the previous BBC Young Musician competition, in 2014.
Born and raised in Ulverston, Cumbria, she was recently awarded Musician of the Year at the Cumbria Culture Awards, and has played with many famous performers and orchestras including Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues orchestra.