ULVERSTON’S sax prodigy returned back to her South Cumbrian home to celebrate the launch of her debut album.

Renowned saxophonist Jess Gillam, 20, chose her parent’s tearoom in Ulverston to mark the launch of her album ‘Rise’.

Surrounded by friends and family, the former BBC Young Musician finalist performed a song from her album in the intimate setting of Gillam’s Tearoom.

The past few years have consisted of nothing but success for the south Cumbria virtuoso.

In 2016 she was named BBC Young Musician of the Year and in 2017 she made her first Proms appearance, going on to perform at the BAFTA's earlier this year.

The release of her album is year another momentous occasion in the 20-year-old saxophone player’s burgeoning career.

Jess spoke of her pride but nervousness in releasing her debut album.

She said: “It’s a bit nerve-wracking for something I’ve been working on for so long.

“It’s a milestone moment for me. It’s taken about a year to make, but it’s been a really fun process.”

Jess commented on how the music scene in Ulverston influenced her album.

“So many different things influenced the album. Classical, David Bowie, Kate Bush, it has a bit of everything in there.

“It’s great to be able to come back home and support the community.”

Jess said the high point of her career so far was performing at the BAFTA's in February this year.

“Playing at the BAFTAs was really exciting.

“It was great fun and something I’m really passionate about.”

The sax sensation revealed how she is already planning her second album.

“I’m definitely starting to plan the second album, it’s in the pipeline.”

Jess’ father, Doug Gillam, spoke of how proud he is of his daughter.

He said: “It’s been an amazing journey. It’s great to see how many people have turned up to support her.

“It was important for Jess to come back to Ulverston, where it all started, and perform at home.”