Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.



What's On

Saturday 24 June 2017

All Day

Sing Didsbury!
Stuart Overington

Didsbury Baptist Church, Corner of School Lane & Beaver Rd, Manchester, M20 6SX

After great success in 2015, Sing Didsbury! is back. Come and celebrate the start of this year's Festival with songs. The day is a friendly, inclusive event, offering a chance to learn new songs, experience being part of a choir and culminates in an informal performance in front of the audience of friends and family.  [read more]

Afternoon

Art on the Railings & Music On The Terrace

Fletcher Moss Park , Millgate Lane, Manchester, M20 2SW

Come and take part in a truly immersive art experience, a dynamic creative community featuring pop-up galleries, live music, workshops, activities and more! * [read more]

Afternoon

Midsummer’s Day concert

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Midsummer’s Day coffee concert featuring RNCM students. [read more]

Afternoon

Make Your Day - A festival launch highlight
South Manchester Operatic Society, members of the Hallé Youth Ensemble and Beverley Taylor

Maggie's Centre, Manchester, The Robert Parfett Building , The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 15 Kinnaird Rd, Manchester, M20 4QL

Don't miss this highlight for DAF 2017.  Based in a unique venue, this launch event brings you musical interludes from some of Manchester's best, including South Manchester Operatic Society, members of the Hallé Youth Ensemble and guest soloists including Manchester born artist and entertainer Beverley Taylor, and a programme of Sondheim, Songs from the Operas and late afternoon jazz. [read more]

Evening

MIRO - Manchester International Roots Orchestra

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

‘It’s like the whole world is here in one room, and you don't need a flight ticket to see it.’ [read more]

Evening

The Company

Ye Olde Cock Inn, 848 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RN

A five piece band play well known, classic pop and rock covers. [read more]

Sunday 25 June 2017

Afternoon

West Didsbury Makers Market - Acoustic Stage

Withington Community Hospital, Nell Ln, Manchester, M20 2LR

Live Acoustic Stage with top local musicians, including Manchester Women's Songwriters Collective, All My Ghosts, Between The Lines, and The Story, headlined by Alex Hulme. [read more]

Evening

Parent, Jill Fogden and Greg Larkin

The Woodstock, 139 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2DY

A triple bill line-up of top local talent not to be missed! Featuring Parent who will be bringing music from their debut album, which has earned them fans around the globe and been played on BBC Radio 6 Music, Greg Larkin with his vibrant and adventurous finger-picking guitar style, and Jill Fogden and Phil Middleton playing original songs alongside classic blues, rock and folk. [read more]

Monday 26 June 2017

Afternoon

Following in the footsteps of fame, 60s pop music roots
FRETS

The Parrswood Hotel (outside), 356, Parrswood Rd, Manchester , M20 6JD

Didsbury-based community guitar group FRETS will be performing iconic 60s songs close to where some of the pop stars of yesterday might have stood. [read more]

Afternoon

Lunchtime Concert
Chetham’s School of Music

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Chetham’s young musicians selected for solo concerts are those whose individual repertoire has reached a standard of performance which defies their age; alongside a team of professional accompanists, they share with audiences a diverse selection of music from a range of eras and of genres. [read more]

Evening

CHOIR DOUBLE BILL
The Music Place Choir and The Voice Collective

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

Join two of Manchester's finest choirs as they perform for Didsbury Arts Festival. [read more]

Evening

Hallé friends and co.

Didsbury Baptist Church, Corner of School Lane & Beaver Rd, Manchester, M20 6SX

Hallé Orchestra guest leader Paul Barritt and Hallé principal bass player Roberto Carrillo-Garcia join forces with Rachael Clegg – principal oboe player with Manchester Camerata, Gemma Beeson on piano and Jill Taylor mezzo soprano to create a concert of passion and romance with music from South America, Italy, England and America.  [read more]

Evening

Pete McSloy Quintet

The Woodstock, 139 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2DY

A concert of original songs and compositions based mostly in jazz and blues, on love, loss, romance, music and Manchester. [read more]

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Afternoon

British Flute and Harp Music

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

A programme of British flute and harp music, performed by Duo Reul including Andy Scott - Everything is Still, Alwyn - Naiades Fantasy-Sonata, Cooke - Sonata, Eddie McGuire - Folk Memories in Autumn. [read more]

Afternoon

Flute and Piano Recital

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

A programme of music performed by Rachel Johnson and Jemima Palfreyman, including work by composers with connections to Manchester and the North West, as well as new and recent works by Lucy Armstrong, Geraldine Green and Peter McGarr. [read more]

Evening

Clouds Harp Quartet

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

Taking inspiration from Scottish folk, jazz, blues, dance and minimalist, this classical cross-over quartet perform without music and push the boundaries of what you would expect on the pedal harp.  [read more]

Evening

Something's Coming

Didsbury United Reformed Church, Parkfield Road South, Manchester, M20 6DA

Life is mostly good in 19th century Silberzwiebel, but the town has a secret. Something lurks in the nearby castle, and the townspeople remember incidents they’d prefer to forget. [read more]

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Afternoon

Following in the Footsteps of Fame; 60's Pop Music Roots
FRETS

Near Cafe Nero Wilmslow Road, 761-765 Wilmslow Road, Manchester , M20 6RN

Didsbury-based community guitar group FRETS will be performing iconic 60s songs close to where some of the pop stars of yesterday might have stood. [read more]

Afternoon

It's All About That Bass CANCELLED

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Due to unforseen circumstances this event has been cancelled [read more]

Sarah Simmonds and Sarah Murphy - A celebration of song

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£7 Standard / £5 Under 18

On the door

Evening

A celebration of song
Sarah Simmonds and Sarah Murphy

Didsbury United Reformed Church, Parkfield Road South, Manchester, M20 6DA

A celebration of song in its many forms and styles performed by Sarah Simmonds (soprano) and Sarah Murphy (piano). [read more]

Evening

Back to my Roots
Carole Isis and Friends

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

From her roots in Birmingham, Alabama, Carole’s beautiful and enchanting voice will sing the story of the routes she has taken to lead her to Didsbury. Featuring two surprise guests. [read more]

Jazz Works

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£5 Standard/ £3 Under 18

On the door

Evening

Jazz Works

The Albert Tennis & Bowling Club, 39-41 Old Lansdowne Road, Manchester, M20 2PA

During the evening of swing with Jazz Works, a 6-piece Jazz combo will be playing a mix of blues latin and modern jazz standards. [read more]

Evening

The Whole Hog Big Band

The Northern Lawn Tennis Club, Palatine Road, Manchester, M20 3YA
0161 445 3093

It's the band's 30th birthday, so come and celebrate the occasion with us at a gig featuring an exciting mix of old and new pieces from the jazz repertoire. All pieces arranged or composed by the band's leader Stuart Riley.       [read more]

Thursday 29 June 2017

Afternoon

Amy Bowles Solo Classical Guitar Plus Los Firuletes Tango Duo

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Current RNCM Masters student Amy Bowles (classical guitar) returns to the festival for the second time. Amy’s programme includes solo works by Scarlatti and the Ravel-influenced Sonata by Antonio Jose. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music - The Magnard Ensemble

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

The forest – strange, eerie, mysterious, magnificent… A place of magic and surprise, where nothing is ever quite what it seems…' Join Magnard Ensemble to explore the wonderful and whimsical world of Roald Dahl through music and words, and meet Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and some Dirty Beasts! [read more]

Friday 30 June 2017

Afternoon

Following in the Footsteps of Fame; 60's Pop Music Roots
FRETS

Ye Olde Cock Inn, 848 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RN

Didsbury based community guitar group FRETS will be performing iconic 60s songs close to where some of the pop stars of yesterday might have stood. [read more]

Prima Wind Quintet  - Summer Music

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FREE

Collection in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Afternoon

Summer Music
Prima Wind Quintet

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Prima Wind Quintet present a concert filled with summer music, including well known works by Gershwin and Korsakov, and the beautiful music of Barber. Encompassing many genres, there will be something for everyone's taste. [read more]

Afternoon

Toot Sweet
Gillian Blair

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Join Gillian Blair, an award-winning saxophonist and passionate baker, for a concert which will engage your musical ear and sweet tooth. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Contraption!
Melia Duo

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

Join the Melia Duo as they bring contemporary music into your front room in Contraption!, an interactive family concert where you help create the music. [read more]

Evening

Electronic Atlas
OLA

Wine and Wallop, 97 Lapwing Lane, Manchester, M20 6UR

Manchester based OLA presents 'Electronic Atlas' an evening of alt-electronica, pop, beeps, bleeps and everything in-between. It will bring together 5 bands, live visuals, DJ sets and record stalls. Live sets from: OLA, FLIIS, KITS, DJ Phil T Kirk and more TBC       [read more]

Evening

FAQ

Ye Olde Cock Inn, 848 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RN

A mix of 60/70's-inspired jazz funk and fusion, featuring both grooving and laid-back pieces. This NorthWest-based outfit take their jazz cues from keyboard player Marcus Schofield, the funk foundation of Gary Taylor on bass, driving drums from Tim Dykes and a rock edge from Dave Kissack on guitar. The band features alumni of Salford Uni and WYJO and have previously performed at Didsbury and Morley Arts Festivals.       [read more]

Saturday 1 July 2017

Afternoon
Children/Family

Roots Stage

Didsbury Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5LJ

A fantastic free music festival in the park with a world music flavour and featuring street theatre, dance and performance throughout the afternoon. [read more]

Evening

Taylor and The Mason & Pablo

Didsbury United Reformed Church, Parkfield Road South, Manchester, M20 6DA

An evening of folk-tinged sounds from two outstanding local bands. Music's finest duo since Oxide and Neutrino packed it in, Taylor & the Mason are two lovely ladies from Manchester who have a strong interest in good harmonies, playing guitars, and drinking gin.Pablo will perform songs from their debut album Take Flight. Originally recorded in the arid surroundings of Joshua Tree, California with a group of American musicians, the duo will be joined by an ensemble of strings and brass players to reinterpret the recording with local musicians for this unique performance. [read more]

Manchester Beethoven Orchestra  - An Evening of Chamber Music

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FREE

Collection for Christies Hospital

Evening

An Evening of Chamber Music
Manchester Beethoven Orchestra

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

An evening of chamber works performed by string and wind ensembles from within the Manchester Beethoven Orchestra. Among the works to be performed will be the ever-popular Serenade for Strings by Elgar. This concert is in aid of Christies Hospital   About the Artist The Beethoven Society was founded in 1888 and has met without a break since then. The Society gives classical music concerts in aid of both local and national charities. We do not purely perform works by Beethoven; rather the name is kept as a tribute to the long and illustrious history of the orchestra.  We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time.   Find out more about the Orchestra here: http://www.beethovenorchestra.co.uk/index.html   [read more]

Evening

Life at the Cabaret
Derek Blyth

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

A lecture and recital which will take a light-hearted trip through Berlin from about 1900 to 1933, with songs by composers and lyricists of the time performed live by Jill Taylor and Derek Blyth.   [read more]

Evening

The Vulnerables + Abandon

Ye Olde Cock Inn, 848 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RN

An eclectic mix of youthful energy and seasoned experience creates an indie vibe, spiced with soulful sax and keys for good measure. [read more]

Evening

Wet Sounds Didsbury
Joel Cahen

Withington Baths, 30 Burton Rd, Manchester , M20 3EB

Dive into otherworldly sounds underwater at the pool. Sound travels 4.5 times quicker in water than in air and perceived by the bones. The water surface becomes a threshold to another sound world. Joel Cahen's electronic soundscape is played across several speakers outside and inside the water and immerses the listener in a unique experience. ] [read more]

Sunday 2 July 2017

Afternoon
Children/Family

Wet Sounds Didsbury
Joel Cahen

Withington Baths, 30 Burton Rd, Manchester , M20 3EB

Dive into otherworldly sounds underwater at the pool. Sound travels 4.5 times quicker in water than in air and perceived by the bones. The water surface becomes a threshold to another sound world. Joel Cahen's electronic soundscape is played across several speakers outside and inside the water and immerses the listener in a unique experience. [read more]

Didsbury, a Cultural Soundscape - workshop

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£5

Tickets available online and on the door

Afternoon

Didsbury, a Cultural Soundscape - workshop

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

Didsbury, a cultural soundscape is an interactive sound walk and workshop on sound art and soundscape by Light Before Sound. The event will explore sound in the local environment, and demonstrate how found sounds can be used as part of the compositional practice. [read more]

Evening

American Roots

Slug & Lettuce, 651 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 6QZ

Andy Callen hosts this eclectic mix of American Roots, tinged with indie folk and popular music from some of the region's top performers. [read more]