The Keys of Canterbury Frisian Symphonic Wind Orchestra Conductor Jouke Hoekstra with Jess Gillam (Saxophone) In an exciting international collaboration, multi award-winning saxophonist Jess Gillam joins the Frisian Symphonic Wind Orchestra to present the world premiere of The Keys of Canterbury by John Harle, a work commissioned by Canterbury Festival. The Keys of Canterbury is based loosely on a work by Gabrielli (1554-1612), which was the first piece of music to call for passages played either quietly or loudly. It was also spatial, requiring two quartets of brass instruments to be separated by some distance. John’s new work reflects these qualities, capitalising on the cathedral setting and the specific forces of the FSWO in a triumph of tonality over dissonance. The programme also contains works by Brahms, Fauré and Shostakovitch, as well as short pieces by leading Dutch composers and works from Jess’s album Rise. Soloist Jess Gillam is one of the brightest stars in music today. A simply phenomenal player and passionate ambassador for music education, chart-topping Jess was recently appointed as BBC Radio 3’s youngest ever presenter. She records exclusively for Decca Classics, and is Patron for Awards for Young Musicians.
Tickets available to purchase via the Canterbury Festival website.