“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”
Stephanie Heney Vice Chair & Drama Co-ordinator
After several years of entering her pupils in the festival, 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 HowardMusic Co-ordinator, Festival of Choirs
“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.”
Pippa KirkAssistant 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.
Rachel WillacyDance Co-ordinator
Rachel started dance at the age of 4 and has never looked back. She gained her first teaching qualification at 16, the youngest to do so in the North West. Rachel has danced professionally and choreographed many shows, both professionally and for the amateur stage, winning many awards for her innovative and exciting dance routines. Rachel runs her own Performing Arts Academy.
Shirley LennieTreasurer & Syllabus/ Programme Editor
Much of Shirley’s time is spent being a Rainbow Guider and singing in both the Kirkham Singers and St Michael’s Church Choir. She is also the Faith and Policy Co-ordinator for Blackburn Diocese Mothers’ Union.
Mike BriersTrophies and Medals Co-ordinator
An accomplished sailor, much of Mike’s time is spent crewing in the waters of the Fylde estuary and the Lake District. He is also Secretary of the Fylde Sailing Club. When not bobbing around on the beautiful briny sea, Mike sings up a storm in the Kirkham Singers.
Alan CantorChild 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.”