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Jess Gillam with... Sam Becker

Jess Gilliam and bassist Sam Becker share music by Debussy, John Dowland, Berlioz and serpentwithfeet's take on Berlioz, plus David Bowie.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the double and electric bass player Sam Becker, who co-presented the BBC Young Musician podcast with Jess in 2018. The tracks they share with each other range from Debussy's Sarabande to David Bowie's Heroes, and from Dowland's Flow my teares to serpentwithfeet's take on Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

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29 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy


    Conductor: Armin Jordan. Orchestra: Kammerorchester Basel.
  • Anna Clyne

    A Wonderful Day

    Performer: Bang on a Can All-Stars.
  • John Dowland

    Flow, my tears

  • David Bowie


  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14, IV; Marche au supplice

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • serpentwithfeet


  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Adagio from Golden Age Suite

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Kazuki Yamada. Performer: Alexandre Doisy.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude No. 10 from WTC Book 1 in E minor

    Performer: Vulfmon.


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