Our Areas of Expertise

The festival provides a wonderful showcase for encouraging young performers in music, dance and drama to perform in public and experience competition in a friendly and creative environment. The participants also have the opportunity to be judged by experienced independent adjudicators.

As well as encouraging young people, the festival delights in affording performance opportunities for more mature singers and actors with our Festivals of Choirs and One Act Plays Festival.

Our Areas of Expertise

Organising Team & Discipline Co-ordinators

Chris Dodd
Stewards Co-ordinator

Steph Heney
Drama Co-ordinator

Sylvia Howard
Music Co-ordinator

Anna Cross
Deputy Chair Person/One Act Plays Co-ordinator

Linda Hookham

Pippa Kirk
Music Co-ordinator

Sue Ireland
Assistant Treasurer

Dance Co-ordinator

Mary Park 

Chair Person


                       John McVitie


Alan Cantor
Child Protection Officer

Our Volunteers

The Festival has a dedicated organising team which works hard to ensure each festival runs as smoothly as possible and offers as much performance opportunity to entrants as it can.

All this effort though would be worthless without the support and enthusiasm of the wonderful people who volunteer each year to work alongside us.

We are immensely grateful to the lovely lot who are such an important part of this event. Each class requires three people to ensure it runs properly; a Room Steward, an Adjudicator Steward and a Corridor Steward – all challenging and rewarding jobs in their different ways. As the festival continues to grow and develop, new classes need more stewards. If you think you might be interested in becoming involved and joining our ranks of volunteers please contact Chris Dodd, our temporary Stewards Co-ordinator ([email protected]).

The festival also has a lovely social life with it’s stewards and supporters. Past events include a garden party which was a great way to chill out and get to know each other better. Following that in the New Year we had a cool Christmas get-together which was a lovely antidote to all the festive hustle and bustle. A few months later we made the most of the gorgeous balmy September weather and indulged in an ‘Afternoon Tea’ gathering – very Great British Bake Off! – and had a fantastic Cheese and Wine evening in the spring.

More recently, pre-lockdown, stewards, organising team and supporters enjoyed another afternoon tea with a gorgeous array of homemade cakes – Paul Hollywood wanted to drop by but he’s not a steward so we had to tell him No! Later on in the summer we held a very successful Afternoon Tea Fundraiser; themed ‘The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party’and hosted at St Annes Old Links Golf Club by St Annes Inner Wheel, the afternoon was filled with laughter, tea, gorgeous hats, naughty cakes and mad hats! It was much enjoyed by almost 60 stewards and supporters of the festival and raised over £500 which will go towards ensuring forthcoming festivals are financially supported. This was followed by a Shakespearian themed Afternoon Tea in the autumn, which again conjured up more great hats and great bakes. We have a fabulous fundraising/social event planned for Saturday 6th August 2022 in the form of a Murder Mystery play, ‘Murder Most Fowl’. Details to follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok – keep an eye out for them. 

Why don’t you come and join the LPA Festival Family and have some wonderful times!!
Take a look inside our festival...



Our Festival was founded 1901 and each year offers a platform for hundreds of amateur musicians, actors and dancers in and around the Lancashire area to perform in front of an audience and benefit from expert critical advice.
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The speech and drama section comprises two parts; dramatic skills and the spoken word. Most classes are divided into age categories so competitors will be performing with people of a similar age.
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Through our Dance Festival we hope to advance the education of the public in the performance, appreciation and the practice of the Art of Dance.
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Sponsors & Friends

We are extremely grateful to the following organisations who have so kindly sponsored us and in doing so have contributed to the success of so many of our festivals.

The Dalmeny Resort Hotel


Mark FH Rae Funeral Director

Rotary Club of St-Annes-on-the-Sea

Rotary Club of Lytham

Cllr. Karen Henshaw