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Jess Gillam and Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Sunday 13 October 2024


Brighton Dome Concert Hall

Tickets: £38 / £33 / £27 /£19 / £13 / £1 child or teen / other concessions at 50% saving available

The heroism of Finland, a star of the saxophone and the chart-topping Symphony of Sorrowful Songs are brought together in a concert of passion and hope.

A profound unfolding of stillness and rebirth, Henryk Górecki’s third symphony – Symphony of Sorrowful Songs – not only topped the classical charts but cracked the British pop charts in 1992, selling over a million copies and rocketing the Polish composer into global fame. Its fascination has not waned over the last thirty years, with multiple recordings and stagings; the Mahlerian beauty and meditation on motherhood, love and loss still speaks to a huge audience. ‘Perhaps people find something they need in this music…something, somewhere had been lost to them,’ the composer wrote; ‘I instinctively knew what they needed.’ We’re thrilled to welcome back the soprano Ruby Hughes, whose captivating communication with audiences has led to a vibrant international career.

Before that, superstar saxophonist Jess Gillam shows the soulful side of her instrument in Glazunov’s dark-hued concerto, full of melodic twists and turns. Hailing from Cumbria, twenty-six year-old Jess is blazing a trail as the first-ever saxophonist signed to Decca Classics, with both her albums reaching no.1 in the classical charts, and her own award-winning show, This Classical Life.  We open with Sibelius’ blazing hymn to freedom, the mighty tone poem Finlandia.


‘Ruby Hughes’ pure tone and sensitivity shine out, her voice at times almost ethereal.’  The Observer


‘Jess Gillam is not just one of Britain’s most virtuosic instrumentalists, but also an unstuffy, inspiring personality.’ The Times

Jess Gillam and Symphony of Sorrowful Songs


Finlandia Op.26


Concerto for Saxaphone Op.109


Symphony no.3: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs Op.36

Alpesh Chauhan


Jess Gillam


Ruby Hughes


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