High and low notes for music weekends

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...
Top dancer Kelly shares her skills

Top dancer Kelly shares her skills

Young dancers are leaping at the chance to enjoy a West End workshop session with a top teacher and judge at our annual dance competition. Kelly Hopkins, who runs her own dance school in Hampshire and teaches elite ballet at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London,...
Trophy debut for Laurette

Trophy debut for Laurette

A newcomer to our festival, Laurette Evans, went home to Bury with one of our most coveted prizes, the Diamond Jubilee Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the overall winner from competitors in our Oratorio, Operatic, Lieder and British Composer classes. Laurette won the...
High and low notes for music weekends

Ladies on song for a ‘Roses’ victory

Nelson Ladies Choir beat Yorkshire opponents in a singing ‘War of the Roses’ at the 2017 Luther Greenwood Memorial music festival. Conducted by John Garrett, the 40-strong choir beat rivals Penistone Ladies’ Choir by just one point – 169-168 – to win the...
Where are our missing cups?

Where are our missing cups?

Winners from our now-defunct speech and drama competition are being urged to return their trophies to the organisers. A lack of volunteers forced the festival committee to suspend our speech and drama section indefinitely, and the last competition was held at the end...
Music across the generations

Music across the generations

A half-forgotten photograph celebrating the success of a teenage pianist is inspiring a new generation. Jack Dowling won the W.H. Whitaker Trophy in the Under-16 category for soloists in the pianoforte classes at Colne Luther Greenwood Festival in 1955. His parents...