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Jess Gillam with... Amy Harman

Jess Gillam and Amy Harman chat about the music they love, from Bernstein's Candide Overture to music by Vivaldi, Miles Davis and Caroline Shaw.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the bassoonist Amy Harman, principal bassoon with Aurora Orchestra and English National Opera. Their music ranges from Bernstein's Candide Overture to music by Handel and Vivaldi, some classic Miles Davis and new music by Caroline Shaw.

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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27 minutes

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide (Overture)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • The Best BBC Proms Album in the World... Ever!.
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  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Bassoon Concerto in E minor RV484, 3rd movement

    Performer: Sergio Azzolini.
  • Miles Davis

    Flamenco Sketches

  • Anna Meredith


    Performer: Oliver Coates. Performer: Anna Meredith.
  • Roxanna Panufnik

    Zen Love Song

    Performer: VOCES8.
  • Caroline Shaw

    Plan and Elevation: I. The Ellipse

    Ensemble: Attacca Quartet.
  • John Mackey

    Soprano Saxophone Concerto, 2nd movement: Felt

    Performer: Timothy McAllister.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Susanna, HWV 66: Crystal Streams in Murmurs Flowing

    Performer: Ruby Hughes.


  • Sat 11 May 2019 12:30
  • Sat 10 Aug 2019 12:30

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