Holy Trinity Arts Festival was started in 1965 by the then Organist and Choirmaster of Holy Trinity Church, Southport, David Bowman, and the Rev’d. (now Canon) Roger Wikeley, the curate, with the blessing of the incumbent at the time, the Rev’d (later Bishop) John Waine. It featured recitals using the Church Choir, the organ and the newly formed Southport Bach Society.

Subsequently the Festival was extended to include the Southport National Organ Competition, a biennial event held in alternate years to the St. Alban’s Organ Competition. Winners of the Southport competition have included acclaimed recitalists such as Desmond Hunter and Jane Parker-Smith, and the finalists are to be found in many of Britain’s Cathedral organists’ posts.

The aim of the Festival was to celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity. Trinity Sunday is the week after Whit Sunday each year using the resources with which the church has been blessed namely a fine building with a superb acoustic, an excellent organ, an all male church choir and an enthusiastic choral society producing high quality music under the same exacting musical director.

From 1970 when David Bowman left to go to Ampleforth College, to 2009 the musical direction was in the hands of David Williams. Since 2009 the Musical Director has been Ian Wells who previously served as Choral Conductor & Assistant Organist of Liverpool Cathedral for 27 years. Mr Wells is also Head of the Upper School at Tower College Rainhill. He holds fellowships from several musical institutions and performs recitals both at home and abroad.

With the active and enthusiastic support of four subsequent incumbents and shrewd and dedicated secretaries the Festival has gone from strength to strength.

Drama has also had its place as has film, clowning, magic, dance, cultural events and lectures on a wide variety of topics.

An annual event for more than 25 years has been a two-day exhibition of paintings by local artists, each one accompanied by a smaller exhibition of some other art form or craft, photography, embroidery, lace making, wood turning, violin making, mural painting, and pottery.

Workshops have included flower arranging, sugarcraft, card making, digital photography and pottery, and contacts with media personalities have brought the musicologist Antony Hopkins, the storyteller David Kossoff, Roy Plomley, the creator of Desert Island Discs, and a live broadcast of Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’.

In all these events we have hoped to open our doors not only to the congregation and parish of Holy Trinity but to lovers of the arts all over Southport and its surrounding district, and to some of the many holiday makers who visit our town, to share our facilities and give pleasure to our audiences, and praise God from whom all these blessings flow.

Silent Movie ‘Phantom of the Opera’ with Organ 

Friday 3rd November



Under 21’s are admitted free of charge.

Tickets are usually available one month before an event.

  • We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal payments.
  • Please note that if you wish your tickets to be dispatched to you by post, you will need to add £1 postage/admin costs (per total order, not per ticket) to your online order. If you do not do this, the tickets will be held for you to collect at the appropriate venue just before the start of each event.
  • All postal and telephone ticket applications should be made to the
    • Trinity Festival Secretary,
    • 11 Lulworth Road,
    • Southport
    • PR8 2AS

    or via email by clicking here

  • Cheques for tickets should be made payable to the Trinity Festival Committee. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
  • If you have any queries about any of our events, please contact the Festival Chairman, Mr Ian Wells via email by clicking here
  • For all other enquiries, including ticket sales, please contact the Festival Secretary, Mr Bob Ball on 01704 568001 or via email by clicking here


 All events are wheelchair accessible


The Trinity Arts Festival Ticket Secretary sells tickets for Trinity Arts Festival events.

The online booking fee is a flat rate £1 for each transaction.

In the course of online booking you will be offered the option to have your tickets mailed to you at no additional cost.

You may collect your tickets in person if you choose. Tickets may be held for collection at each venue and are available from 30 minutes before the appropriate performance, assuming your online credit card transaction has been confirmed. The Trinity Festival Secretary can be contacted for details.

Tickets can only be collected on production of the credit/debit card used to pay for them by the cardholder or by producing a copy of the booking confirmation email.

Once booked, tickets cannot be returned or exchanged. Refunds can only be made when the event is cancelled or rescheduled at short notice.

Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis. All seats are unreserved and there are no variations in pricing for differing locations.

Latecomers may be asked to wait until a suitable break in a performance before they can enter the venue.