The prestigious Bowdon Festival launches its 2013 programme

PUBLISHED: 12:20 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:39 20 February 2013

Musical youth: Children enjoying taking part in last year’s Bowdon Festival

Musical youth: Children enjoying taking part in last year’s Bowdon Festival

The prestigious Bowdon Festival launches its 2013 programme with a youthful celebration on January 26th and 27th

Organisers of the Bowdon Festival have unveiled a range of exciting musical and arts events for 2013.

The Festival was first established in 1979 to mark the centenary of the birth of Bowdon-born composer John Ireland (1879-1962). This year it will showcase rising stars from Bowdon and surrounding areas, as well as providing a platform for national and international musicians and artists.

Bowdon Festivals Artistic Director, Jayne Wilson, said: Bowdon has a rich history of both musical and creative talent. Hans Richter, the conductor of the Halle lived in Bowdon between 1901 and 1911 and Adolf Brodsky, founder of the Brodsky quartet.

Festival organiser, Susan Sinagola, added:In resurrecting the Bowdon Festival we want to attract audiences locally and from further afield to showcase the talent on our doorstep. Last year, the concerts proved hugely successful with performers including leading concert pianist Andrew Wilde and the renowned soprano Amanda Echalaz.

All events will be held at St Marys Church or St Marys Parish Centre in Bowdon. The programme starts with the Youth Festival on January 26th and 27th, which is a major competition for children and students.

Categories range from solo brass, piano, strings and woodwind, singing, drama and poetry.

Jayne Wilson commented:The Youth Festival has attracted a huge number of entries and we have secured some top prizes. There is an eminent panel of judges made up of artists and musicians and the Festival will offer winners the chance to perform at a special lunchtime recital.

In addition to the Youth Festival, later in the year organisers will work with the Royal Northern College of Music and its archives to feature the life and talent of former Bowdon resident, Thomas Pitfield.

Thomas Pitfield lived on East Downs Road in Bowdon between 1947 and 1999. He was an artist, writer of poetry, teacher, furniture maker, calligrapher/engraver and a self-taught composer. He taught at the RNCM between 1945 until his retirement in 1973.

This event will include a concert on March 16th as well as an exhibition of his many talents. The concert will be the first of the Festivals Bowdon Composer Series.

Festival highlights

May 18th:
Come and sing Mozarts Requiem with Altrincham Choral Society

June 29th:
Enjoy French Caf Music with pianist Peter Brian Smith

September 28th:
Pianist Andrew Wilde returns to the Bowdon Festival

October 26th:
A feast of popular classics with tenor Jon Christos

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