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.

We 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: Meera Maini

Secretarial Support: Jill Marchant

Adjudicators’ Secretary: Christine Boardman

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


Sir 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 2018 Festival was supported by:

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys assistance with printing the programmes

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

Dan Carney Piano Tuning, Repairs & Servicing

The Cinnamon Club allowing use of their rooms for the Festival

Forsyth Brothers for providing the grand piano

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 in memory of Peter Plummer

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:

  • 34 Wines
  • Altrincham Choral Society
  • Altrincham Kumon Centre
  • Anonymous
  • Prof E Bryan & Family
  • The Cinnamon Club
  • The Co-op Community Fund
  • Ian Rankin Limited
  • John & Glenys Lambie
  • The Music Place
  • Carole Nash OBE
  • Susan and Graham Sinagola
  • Trafford Housing Trust
  • 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 volunteers@bowdonfestival.co.uk.

Contact Us

Click here to go to the Bowdon Church website
Click here to go to the British International Federation of Festivals

Please send any contact to admin@bowdonfestival.co.uk and we will respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible.

or write to:

St Mary’s & Bowdon Parish Centre,

Stamford Road,


WA14 2TR

tel: 0161 929 1537