Chris Dodd
Stewards Co-ordinator

Now a retired teacher of Economics I can devote even more time to my hobbies: natural history, walking , travel and music. Having been a member of Lytham Operatic, Preston Opera and various other musical groups – but being too long in the tooth for the romantic hero – I enjoy helping others find a musical and dramatic outlet for their talents within the Festival of Performing Art.

Steph Heney
Chair Person & Drama Co-ordinator

After several years of entering her pupils in the festival, drama teacher and Lamda examiner Steph was persuaded onto the committee. It is a decision she has never regretted and one which has given her much satisfaction and pride in belonging to such a worthwhile and joyful event.

Sylvia Howard
Music Co-ordinator

I have been associated with this Festival almost all my life. I loved competing as a child and then I trained as a music teacher myself entering very many pupils as well as my own children and grandchildren. I can honestly say that it has been a wonderful influence on all our lives.

Anna Cross
Dance Co-ordinator/One Act Plays Festival Co-ordinator

Anna has been interested in performing arts for as long as she can remember, starting at the age of 3 with Wyn Hodge. She has performed in numerous plays, musicals and pantomimes up and down the Fylde Coast whilst completing performing arts examinations and studying acting at Mountview in London. She then started teaching and over the years has entered many pupils in different aspects of the festival. She now runs her own theatre school; ACross the Boards, in St Annes. Anna can’t wait to be involved in the continuing growth and progression of such a fantastic festival!

Pippa Kirk
Assistant Music Co-ordinator, Festival of Choirs

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.

Mary Park
Minutes Secretary

Alan Cantor
Child Protection Officer

I have always been very interested in drama, poetry and particularly in music. Having found great joy in all of them, I am proud to support a Festival that enhances what others can get from the performing arts. My career has been on the financial side and I’m pleased to be able to put my experience from it to such an aim.

Festival Photographer

Linda Hookham

Sue Ireland
Assistant Treasurer

Phil Hookham
Syllabus/Programme Co-ordinator

Julie Holmes
Advertising/Sponsorship Co-ordinator

Tom Holmes
Advertising/Sponsorship Co-ordinator

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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