Welcome to one of the oldest and friendliest festivals in the UK!

Colne Luther Greenwood Memorial Festival is a competitive festival of music and dance, dating from 1900 and held at Colne, Lancashire. We are proud to be known as “the friendly festival”, which is not our own description but a term used by many of our competitors, adjudicators and visitors.

Each year we welcome dozens of competitors, most of them aged 18 and under, who compete for trophies and cash prizes but more importantly to have their performances independently adjudicated, gaining advice and encouragement which helps them to build confidence in their chosen disciplines.

Take Part!

Please print out an entry form and send with a cheque for the appropriate amount to the Entries Secretary
(contact details are on the entry form)

Our History

Colne’s annual Luther Greenwood Memorial Festival dates from 1947, but its origins can be traced back to the turn of the 20th century.


Get all the latest news about the Festival, past winners, details of the syllabus and much more!

Get in touch!

Whether you are interested in performing, attending, or have a specific question for the festival organisers we'd love to hear from you.

Luther Greenwood

This festival is named in memory of Luther Greenwood, but who was he? Find out about this inspirational local figure who was born in Colne and destined for a life in music.

Festival News

Their hundred best tunes

Singers from all over the North came to Colne to compete in the adult music classes on the second weekend of this year’s music festival. The lion’s share of the honours went to newcomer Polly Sedman, an occupational therapist from Sheffield, who uses music to help...

Singer Kate keeps trophy in the family

Teenage singer Kate Overend followed her sister’s footsteps by winning one of the top trophies at our annual music festival at The Muni, Colne.Kate, aged 15, from Barrowford, carried off the coveted Silverman Shield, originally donated by the late Nelson and Colne MP...

High and low notes for music weekends

Entries in junior music classes for under-18s have fallen to an all-time low for the opening Saturday of this year’s music competitions, but adult entries a week later are the highest in at least 20 years. In its heyday, the Luther Greenwood festival attracted dozens...


"The Luther Greenwood Festival is a fantastic platform for young performers to hone their craft in the presence of some of the country’s leading musical minds."


"I have really enjoyed competing in the Colne Music Festival. It was wonderful to do what I love on stage, and get feedback for it. Thank you!"


"Singing and theatre became my lifelong passions, and Colne Festival played a huge part in that. Anyone can get involved, build their confidence and work on becoming great singers, and part of a great community."

Take part in "the friendly festival”!