Musician has the yum factor

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Classical saxophonist, Gillian Blair, is serving up a sweet, musical treat to concert goers at Didsbury Arts Festival 2017.

The award-winning performer has come up with an unusual idea to showcase her twin talents – music and baking – at this year’s festival.  Audiences attending her recital, Toot Sweet, are in for a surprise, because Gillian will be handing round her delicious home-baked cakes, lovingly created to accompany the pieces she is playing.

A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Gillian said: “Each piece of music will correspond to a different cake or biscuit. So, passionate Russian music would suit some really rich chocolate cake.”

An image of musician Gillian Blair

For regular concert goers, cake will provide a delicious, added bonus, but Gillian hopes her baking skills may entice new audiences, not usually fans of the saxophone or classical music.


“I’ve always loved baking. After music, baking is my second creative outlet.  So, I’ve decided, for the first time, to combine my two passions!”


Much in demand for her musical virtuosity, Gillian has performed all over the country at festivals and in concert series, including the BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3.  She has also won numerous awards, including first prize in the International Young Musician Competition at the 2015 Llangollen Eisteddfod.

Her Didsbury Arts Festival musical programme, and her cake selection, is yet to be finalised.  However, as Gillian’s impressive repertoire ranges from Messiaen and Bartok to George Gershwin, concert goers may look forward to a truly scrumptious evening!

Toot Sweet, Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, 30 June, 3.30 pm, www.didsburyartsfestival.org

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