Class winner 2015
Festival Winner 2015
Music Winner Meghna Shajil
One Act Play Festival
to be confirmed
Susan Mackay LLAM, ALAM, LLAN(TD)
Chris Marlow BA(Hons) PGCE PGDIP LLCM MIDTA
Jayne Buchanan LTCL, ATCL, PCertLAM, MSTSD
Festival of Choirs
Mark Ashford ARAM
Piano & Instrumental
Martyn Parkes – Pianist
Since becoming a professional piano accompanist in 1997, Yorkshire-born Martyn Parkes has been fortunate enough to work with some of the world’s top instrumentalists and singers, giving recitals at many of the most prestigious venues in the UK, including The Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields and St James’s Piccadilly, London. He has performed and recorded as orchestral pianist for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. He has also worked on BBC television and radio projects, including Classical Star, The Kiri Prize and BBC Young Musicians 2012 and 2014. In January 2006, Martyn was appointed as a full time Accompanist at the renowned Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, UK. He combines this with freelance accompaniment work, which ranges from performing and recording to coaching singers and teaching piano.
Catherine Hall-Smith – Pianist
Catherine has a busy and varied career as pianist, accompanist and teacher. She studied piano and organ at Birmingham Conservatoire and later went on to specialize in accompaniment with David Lloyd at the Royal Northern College of Music. Whilst there she was awarded the John Ireland Prize for accompanists, the Dora Gilson Scholarship and, most memorably, a time of study at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Since settling in Glossop with her family some twenty years ago, she began her freelance career as a pianist to the Education Unit of Northern Ballet Theatre. She now teaches both privately and at Bolton School, and is regularly in demand as a Festival accompanist throughout the North West.
Judith Brown – Pianist
The Lytham St Annes Festival of Performing Arts 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.
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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WHY THE LSA FESTIVAL …?
As an experienced drama teacher, I have been entering many of my private pupils into Lytham Festival for many years. Why Lytham over other local festivals? I have always been impressed by the professional attitude and organisation of this festival. As a teacher, it is inevitable that issues may arise before, during or after the event and the committee have always endeavoured to address any problems or questions that I may have. This is very reassuring and it makes both myself, pupils and parents feel valued.
Organisation on the day/s of the event is paramount to a successful festival and this has always been exemplary. Pupils are well informed prior to the festival of the times and location of classes and most often enough time is left between classes for children to evaluate their last performance before commencing another class.
Lytham Festival also offers a wide variety of classes, ensuring that competitors have the opportunity to compete in all areas of speech and drama. Classes include Shakespeare, Verse Speaking, Improvisation, Acting, Reading to name but a few – and the range of classes enables young ‘actors,’ to extend their talents in all areas of the acting genre.
Adjudicators are chosen carefully and always give constructive and positive feedback, allowing all competitors to reflect on their performance and take on board any advice given.
Having the opportunity to perform in such a professional environment has been such a positive experience to the many pupils I have entered over the years and I would highly recommend Lytham Festival as the platform for all performers, young and all.
WE DEVELOP PERFORMANCE SKILLS & PROMOTE TALENT.
My daughter, Louisa has been taking part in the LSA Festival of Performing Arts since she was 8 years old, she is now 18 and currently studying voice on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Louisa was the BBC young chorister of the year 2012 and has sang at no 10 Downing Street for the prime minister and appeared on TV and radio.
Over the years the festival has been one of the few places that has been available in which Louisa has been able to develop her performance skills in a welcoming, comfortable and supportive environment.
In an age when everyone seems to want to be ‘famous,’ and sing ‘pop’ it is refreshing to find an environment that understands, recognises and promotes talent in maybe less popular genres.
Taking part in the festival gave my daughter the confidence and experience that enabled her to go on to achieve all that she has. I would definitely recommend taking part in the festival to the instrumentalists, actors and singers of the future.
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.