2020 Neston Music Festival cancelled owing to coronavirus epidemic

On the morning of 16th March the Neston Music Festival organising group reluctantly decided that, because of the coronavirus epidemic, they had no realistic option other than to cancel this year’s festival before tickets were due to go on general sale.

The group did consider merely postponing the Festival until later in the year, but decided this was not a viable option since there was no certainty when the epidemic would be over, nor whether all or any scheduled performers would be available at a particular time.

The group instead hope to arrange a 2021 Festival, possibly featuring many of this year’s performers.

The following had been booked to appear:

Truckstop Honeymoon

Katie & Mike West

Hollering with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Katie and Mike live the life they sing about as they tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of bluegrass, music hall jazz, and straight up rock’n’roll. They’ve released nine albums.

Billy Thompson Gypsy Style

Violin virtuoso Billy Thompson’s immensely popular Gypsy Jazz style promises an entertaining performance of high energy, soulful musicianship and panache. A mixture of Hot Club classics, fiery Hungarian tunes, some unusual covers, original tunes and even some tasteful free improvisation.

Festival Evensong with Laudes Choir

Please note that this is a church Evensong service at which the Laudes Choir will be singing.

Tea/coffee will be available after the service

Rachael Russell in Concert

Liverpool’s very own soprano

Pirate Ceilidh

Mersey Morris presenting

Shave the Donkey with Alan Barber
Natty Jack’s sword and Scally Rapper

A Sword Dancing theme this year so dress up as a pirate to add to the atmosphere. Your caller will lead you through the dances whatever your level of experience (and regardless of how many left feet you think you have!).    You’ll also have a chance to get your breath back whilst watching a bit of sword dancing.

Music in Late 18th Century London

Wirral Classical Players

Following Handel’s demise, musical life in the second half of the 18th century continued to flourish, especially in London.  The Concert will include music by Boyce, Michael & Joseph Haydn and Mozart.  The Wirral Classical Players are brought together for this concert from members of the Wirral Symphony Orchestra.

Presented by the Parkgate Society

Thelma Handy and Friends

An evening of  sublime music  featuring the Leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and two colleagues, Vicci Wardman and Alex Halliday, playing string trios and duos by Beethoven, Kodaly, Martinu and Francaix

Northern Rhythm Big Band

Led by Wirral-based Trumpeter Mark White and drawing on some of the Northwest’s finest Big Band musicians, the Northern Rhythm Big Band commemorates VE Day,  featuring many of Glen Miller’s most famous hits as well as those of other legends of swing.

Featuring wonderful vocalists, Laura Steventon and Andy Bayley.

Lunchtime Organ Recital

The organ is one of the most demanding and complex instruments to learn, and so the Rotary Club of Neston is pleased to present a recital from (a very) young organ student, Mark Jones.

More Music for a Summer Evening!

Laura Jellicoe and Paul Janes

Making a welcome return after their dazzling evening last year, Laura (flute) and Paul (piano) will present a programme of classics, with something for everyone!

Andrew MacKenzie’s Jazz Quintessance

Andrew Mackenzie (trombone & vocals), Alex Clarke (sax & flute), Alan Jeffs (guitar), Grant Russell (bass) and Bill Buck (drums)

An evening of inspired, enjoyable jazz in the mainstream. Alex is a rising star in the jazz firmament and Andrew, the leader, is in demand for many Northwest Bands.

Rotary Young Musicians District Winners’ Concert

Some of the winners of this year’s District Finals.

Instrumentalists: Ella Boulton (clarinet), Beca Lois Keen (piano) and Thomas Corcoran (piano)

Singers: Erin Kim Birch, Tom McMullan and Catrin Bufton.

Vale of Clwyd Singers

The Vale of Clwyd Singers is a mixed a cappella group of professional and trained amateur singers from North Wales, Chester, Liverpool and the Wirral. They have sung throughout North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire, and in London.

Presented by the Parkgate Society and directed by Professor Robert Sells  A collection of choral classics, arrangements of traditional folk music, beautiful 20th century pieces and Italian brilliance.

T J Johnson & his Band

TJ Johnson (vocals and keyboard),  Alex Clarke (alto sax & flute),  Al Nichols (tenor sax), Jack Cottrill (drums), Curtis Volp (guitar) and Simon Read (bass).

Their latest CD “Songs from the Jazz Country” sums it up. “TJ backed by his band of top calibre musicians, twists the boundaries of jazz, blues, country and gospel music”.

Lunchtime Organ Recital

Arecital from young organ student Daniel Greenway making a return visit after his successful recital last year.

Chester Music Society Choir

The Choir gives a special concert as part of the Festival immediately prior to its tour of Spain.


This year’s organising group: Patrick Hughes, Alan Barber, Ina Bushell, Clive Edwards, Marie Hughes, Pat Kynaston, Scirard Lancelyn-Green,  Alan Passmore, Mike Shipman,   Mark White,   Frank Wood.

Thanks also to Nicky McMahon at Neston Town Council and Tom Dickinson for Facebook

If you would like to be involved in future Music Festivals please call 0151 363 8027