“Bowdon Festival would like to say a HUGE thank you to Bowdon Parish for all their support in staging the 2017 Festival. We have been helped in so many ways – groups have made alternative arrangements so that we can occupy the Church and Parish Centre for the duration of the Festival and so many people volunteered to be stewards or help in the Choir Café. We are very grateful for the support and the Festival could not have taken take place without them.”


This year, almost 600 performers took part in 77 classes in 20 sessions over the four days, making the Festival not only a terrific event once again but also a real community effort.  Your efforts helped to make the event a success and we would like to share some of the unsolicited comments we have received this year from parents and adjudicators:

“We thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with you at the Festival.  It has given our son a lot of confidence now, as he rarely gets the chance to sing alone in front of an audience.”

“So well organised.”

“What a lovely, friendly festival.”

 “The feedback from the adjudicator was so helpful.”

“Thank you for being so welcoming this weekend. My husband and I were impressed by the lovely music we heard and our daughter was encouraged by the comments given to her by the adjudicators.”

 From Jackie Martindale, the NW Regional Representative of the British and International Federation of Festivals:  “All the members of your team whom I met made me feel really welcome.”

“You have a very competent team of stewards and those who worked with me worked so efficiently, allowing me to get on with the task of adjudicating.  Everything was really well organised.”

“Wonderful carrot cake!”


About Us

From small beginnings in 2013, Bowdon Festival has grown into a major arts event in Trafford and North Cheshire. We are a registered charity and are run entirely by volunteers.

Our principal activity is Bowdon Youth Festival, held on the first weekend of February each year.

“Congratulations! I have received great feedback from parents and children. The Festival is just going from strength to strength.”

The Bowdon Youth Festival provides an opportunity for young people still at school to perform music, speech and drama, supported by eminent and experienced Adjudicators and Accompanists. In a supportive environment, young people can experience solo and group public performance, building confidence and expertise in their chosen area. We provide classes in Voice, Strings, Piano, Organ, Woodwind and Brass, Speech, Drama and for Choirs.

During the year, we present a series of fundraising events, such as concerts. These are run by our wonderful band of volunteers and, together with the support of our patrons and sponsors, enable us to present the Bowdon Youth Festival.

We also enjoy and very much appreciate the ongoing support of the PCC of St Mary’s Bowdon. The Church has a long history of service to the local community and manifests its support for the arts locally through its support of Bowdon Festival. Click below to check out the Bowdon Church website and discover more about how music is an important part of the life of the Church.  .

The Organising Committee

Our Organising Committee has grown alongside the expansion of the Festival and we are indebted to the members of the Committee for their unstinting work and enthusiasm.

Plus some more who were too shy to have their photos taken!

Music Advisor:  Jayne Wilson GRNCM

Chief Steward: Anna Kallumpram

Music Secretary : Gail Hunt

Trophy Secretary: Roger Ford

Communications Officer: Jill Marchant

Our President

Stefan Janski

PRESIDENT: Stefan Janski

Bowdon Festival is privileged to have Stefan Janski as its President. Stefan has worked at the highest levels in Music, Speech & Drama so is an amazing fit with our Youth Festival.

Click on the icon below to read more about Stefan.

Our Vice Presidents


Graham Brady MP

Sasha Johnson Manning GRSM, LRAM, ARNCM

Benjamin J Myers QC

Carole Nash OBE, DL

Honor Sheppard FRNCM, GRNCM

Andrew Wilde

Our Supporters

We are very grateful to our Patrons and Sponsors, without whose support The Bowdon Youth Festival would not take place.

The 2017 Festival was supported by:

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys assistance with printing the programmes

Dan Carney Piano Tuning, Repairs & Servicing

Gwynneth Bellman for donating a cup in memory of Rev Cyril Jones

The Cinnamon Club allowing use of their rooms for the Festival

Anna Kallumpram for donating a cup in memory of Dr K Eapen

Tim Kennedy for donating a cup

John & Glenys Lambie donating music stands

Vivienne Plummer donating the Bowdon Festival Piano

Karen Sixsmith donating a cup

Trafford Council (Thrive Trust)  funding the purchase of a keyboard and amplification system

Trafford Housing Trust for funding the hire of the Piano Class piano, tuning of all pianos throughout the Festival and the accompanists

Henry Weekes donating a cup

Prizes & general financial support:

  • Altrincham Choral Society
  • Altrincham Kumon Centre
  • Anonymous
  • Gwynneth Bellman
  • Prof E Bryan & Family
  • The Cinnamon Club
  • Ian Rankin Limited
  • John & Glenys Lambie
  • The Joyce Livingstone Trust
  • The late Mrs Pat Mosedale
  • The Music Place
  • Carole Nash OBE DL
  • North West Music Trust
  • Honor Sheppard
  • Susan and Graham Sinagola
  • Karen Sixsmith
  • Dr & Mrs B. H. Thomas

Our Volunteers

We are very fortunate to have an amazing team of volunteers, who give their time and skills. We also have a lot of fun! Some give a few hours over the Youth Festival weekend or when we run fundraising events, others help in the preparation and some commit serious amounts of time as members of the Organising Committee.

If you would like to get involved, please contact

Contact Us

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