Deputy Chair Person/One Act Plays Festival Co-ordinator
Pippa has recently retired after teaching clarinet and saxophone in the Fylde for many years. She has always been an enthusiastic supporter of music festivals, entering many pupils in this wonderful local festival. Although she no longer teaches music, she supports the Heyhouses Community Choir as its accompanist and also sings with The Lidun Singers.
Child Protection Officer
Having first experienced the festival as a steward in 2019, I was delighted to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment of both the participants and the audience members. It is rewarding to know the skills acquired by the participants will benefit them throughout their lives and help them better appreciate the arts. Helping to manage the accounts is a small part to play in the team required to put on the festival throughout the year.
My experience of the Festival has been as a parent spectator. My daughters have competed at the Music Festival since they were seven and, like so many others, continue to enjoy the friendly competition and the opportunity to perform. I decided to become involved because the Festivals are such an incredibly positive experience for people of all ages. My daughters are the fifth generation of musicians in our family and I have to say the most dedicated! The Festival gives them a great reason to explore different styles of music, practice hard and has most definitely boosted their confidence. Maybe one day I will perform with them!
My name is Thomas since retiring as a burnt clay artist. Having time on my hands instead of clay of all descriptions, leisurely pursuits became my interests. So, when Pippa mentioned at a choir rehearsal the festival was looking for helpers I volunteered. So I help my wife Julie (CEO) with promotion of the festival and advertising, because she lets me!!.
Hi I am very pleased to be involved with such a friendly group of people. I am not wonderfully talented musically, but I like being part of a of a festival which helps to showcase our local talent. I know music and drama has enriched my life. I was proud to be asked to promote the festival and arranged for advertising. I believe it is so important to have events like this so young people can gain confidence. I try to use my people skills anyway I can.
Photographer, Newsletter & Minutes Secretary
John joined the team back in 2004 when he moved from corporate communications in London to a second occupation as press photographer on the Fylde. He joined the Festival committee where both mother and father had been heavily involved and becoming secretary. His present role also involves editing the newsletter and photography and video and enjoys being a part of an ever expanding and thriving Festival.