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Saxophonist Jess Gillam

Harriet Clifford

Join Jess Gillam’s festive virtual scratch orchestra before next week

3:04, 9th November 2020

Singers and instrumentalists of all abilities from around the world can submit a video of themselves playing Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride by 7pm on 18 November. 

Award-winning saxophonist has launched her third virtual scratch orchestra following the success of the first two, for which 2,000 entries were submitted from 6 – 81-year-olds from nearly 30 different countries. 

Parts for a wide range of instruments are available on her website, including those for beginners, people who don’t read music, and advanced musicians. Gillam has encouraged participants to get creative for their videos, donning festive costumes and sparkle. 

As many submissions as possible will be stitched together into a final video, with Gillam performing the solo, and audio from all videos being used. 

Gillam said, ‘At a time where, unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to physically make music together, I hope that this will provide a fun and exciting way to bring people together with the power of music. 

‘As Christmas concerts, school plays and gatherings are cancelled and we face what may be a difficult winter, I hope that this will bring smiles and joy to those taking part and to those who watch. Right now, we need hope and light and music making can bring that in abundance!’

The final video will be premiered on Friday 11 December on Jess’s YouTube channel

Find out more and download a part here

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