Lytham Performing Arts Festival 2021 – Provisional dates:

Music – Saturday 19th June @ AKS Independent School

Speech & Drama – Sunday 27th June @ AKS Independent School

Dance – to be confirmed

Festival of One Act Plays – Sunday 26th September @ Lowther Pavilion

Festival of Choirs – postponed until 2022

The Lytham Performing Arts Festival was founded by members of the Lytham Congregational Church Choir and the first ‘Grand Competition Festival’ was held on October 12th 1901.

The programme confirmed that the last train from Lytham to Kirkham and Preston departed at 10.27pm whilst the one to Blackpool left at 11.05pm. Around the start of the 20th century a number of Civic Societies were formed, many following the initiative of churches and their members.

By 1904 the programme shows there were over 1,100 competitors including ten male voice choirs. Two days were required, the first at the Pier Pavilion and the second at the Baths Assembly Rooms.

By 1923 increasing numbers prompted a further move to the Lowther Pavilion. In recent years the Festival has been held at Lytham St Annes Performing Arts and Technology College, King Edward Queen Mary School and St Bedes Roman Catholic High School respectively.

During the last century many music and arts festivals were formed and came together within a Federation, which still remains responsible for the standards and rules governing festivals. The Federation approves a panel of adjudicators each of whom are highly qualified within their own particular discipline of performing arts. Each class and competitor at a festival is judged by an independent adjudicator who has the authority to award certificates, medals and trophies as appropriate.

Several years ago the Lytham Music Festival was re-named the Lytham St Annes Festival of Performing Arts in recognition of the wide range of current festival activities and which also allows scope for further development and diversity. We have recently amended our name to the more succinct Lytham Performing Arts Festival

Our festival is run by a friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated group of local volunteers. We welcome newcomers to help with our range of duties and responsibilities.

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Below are the adjudicators alongside their specialised disciplines who will be attending the 2021 festival.

Festival of One Act Plays 2021

to be announced

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Drama 2021

to be announced

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Singing 2021

to be announced

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Piano & Instrumental 2021

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Guitar 2021

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Dance 2021

to be announced

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Festival of Choirs 2022

to be confirmed

Karen Henshaw – Festival President.

I was born in Derbyshire and moved to Blackpool with my family when I was four years old. After leaving school I joined the Land Registry in Lytham. I married Howard in 1969, and shortly afterwards Barclays Bank offered him a secondment in Ndola, Zambia. This was the start of our travels.
During the next twenty four years, we lived in Zambia (twice), Singapore (twice), Borneo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Qatar, Uganda, Tanzania and Sierra Leone. I joined Inner Wheel in 1984 which has given me a wonderful chance to see the work done by Inner Wheel and Rotary at first hand in developing countries.
When we returned to St.Annes I became a local councillor and I am still a Borough and Town Councillor at the present time. I became a Magistrate in 1999, sitting on the Adult and Youth Benches on the Fylde Coast before retiring last August after fifteen years’ service.
Music has always been my passion and I worked on a voluntary basis with many schools and church choirs overseas. I enjoy being a Governor at Mayfield Primary School where I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee. I still manage to find time to write new Carols each year for the School Choir. I have also been Chairman of Lytham St Annes Festival of Performing Arts.

Frances Flitcroft John Flitcroft Joyce Bargess

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MUSIC

MUSIC

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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DRAMA

DRAMA

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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DANCE

DANCE

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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