Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.

gillian blair   Toot Sweet

Why saxophonist, Gillian Blair, has the ‘Yum’ Factor

Classical saxophonist, Gillian Blair (pictured above), is serving up a sweet, musical treat to concert goers at DAF 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.

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

For regular concert goers, cake will provided 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,’ she says.

‘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 DAF musical programme and, therefore, 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, 3.30 pm, 30 June, Emmanuel Church, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, M20 6TR 

Book your Tickets here: http://www.didsburyartsfestival.org/whats-on/main-programme/403-join-gillian-blair-toot-sweet