Stephanie and Jubilee among Festival highlights

Ansdell's Stephanie Edmundson, second left, and her string quartet Jubilee
Ansdell's Stephanie Edmundson, second left, and her string quartet Jubilee

There is a feast of culture in store when the St Annes Festival of Music and Art gets underway a week tomorrow.

Set to run for nine days, the event is three times the duration it was on its debut last year and the programme includes everything from live music and art displays to children’s activities such as circus skills.

Among the highlights will be a concert at the White Church, Fairhaven by the string quartet Jubilee which will mark a first performance back on home territory for group member Stephanie Edmundson, 25, who grew up in Ansdell.

The performance is on the evening of Thursday, September 12.

A Spanish-themed evening organised by Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society has already sold out, while for the third successive year, a fundraising performance by Lytham Proms Orchestra will be held in the seafront Lifeboat House. That takes place on Sunday, September 8.

There is a ‘Big Sing’ evening at St Thomas Church on Monday, September 9, featuring favourite hymns nominated by local residents. There is still time to nominate your choice by dropping it off on paper at any St Annes church.

On the final day of the Festival, Sunday, September 14, a showcase of music at St Annes Bandstand will be followed by a performance by the Guardian Concert Band in the United Reformed Church, St George’s Road.

“We are confident we have something for everyone,” said Coun Barbara Mackenzie, a prime organiser of the event on behalf of St Annes Town Council.

More details in next week’s Express and from the Town Council on (01253) 788579.