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We are pleased to announce this year's adjudicators

Saturday 12th November 2016

Andrew Hansford - Piano



Andrew holds music-degrees from the universities of Surrey (BMus (Hons)), the Open University (OU) (BA (Hons) in Humanities with Music with First-Class Honours), Bristol (MA) and Cambridge (St Catharine’s College) (MMus in Choral Studies) in addition to a Postgraduate Certificate in Humanities with Music (PGCert (OU) with Distinction) from the OU and the following music-diplomas: ARCM, ARCO, LRSM, LGSM, LTCL, FLCM. He is also an FRSA. 

A pianist specialising in piano accompaniment (as well as both an organist and harpsichordist (also specialising in accompaniment)), Andrew is currently undertaking further musicological-research at both Masters and Doctoral (PhD) level at two different UK universities whilst studying piano accompaniment (as an external student) at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London. 

An experienced British and International Federation of Festivals Music Adjudicator, Andrew is also an experienced international ABRSM Examiner (classical/jazz grades), an experienced (Certificate of Teaching) CT ABRSM Mentor (piano) and an experienced piano/jazz piano tutor (at all levels/all ages): having taught at many educational establishments in both the private and state sectors (as well as privately), Andrew is currently a permanent Visiting Piano/Jazz Piano Tutor with three part-time posts, one at a Berkshire independent school and one at two Oxfordshire independent schools. 

Andrew is also very interested in both improvisation and small-scale composition, and has had performed some of his own (privately published) compositions; he is also the resident organist at a local South Gloucestershire church near to where he lives.

Gaynor Keeble - Vocal



Mezzo Soprano, Gaynor won scholarships to the University of Warwick and Royal Academy of Music. She combines a busy performing career with teaching both privately and at the University of Warwick; recent operatic engagements having included Rome and the USA. A member of Welsh National Opera for three years, she has worked for the Royal Opera, Opera North, D’Oyly Carte Mid-Wales and English Touring Opera. Concerts have included the London Mozart Players, London Bach Orchestra, CBSO Royal Philharmonic and The Philharmonia. In 2001 she won the London Lieder Prize. In 2009 she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Gaynor is an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals. 

Alison Sutton - Vocal



Alison Mary Sutton trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining honours in both Graduate and Recital Diplomas as well as winning several prizes and major awards.  She has had extensive experience as a singer, having appeared at most of the major London concert halls.  Performing as part of a voice/harp duo, she has fulfilled recital engagements at many music clubs and festivals, and has also broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3.

She has performed many operatic roles, and has worked with a wide range of companies including Kent Opera, Pavilion Opera, London Opera Players, London Opera Factory and Opera de Lyon, touring widely in the UK, Europe and the USA. She has also worked with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Monteverdi Choir.  As a member of Triple Time, she has released a CD of vocal duets.

Busy as a teacher and adjudicator, Alison has also examined for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, including several tours to the Far East. She is now an ABRSM diploma examiner.  As a choral workshop tutor for Making Music, she has worked with many choirs in the South West and also with the BBC Symphony Chorus.  Adjudicating engagements have included Leith Hill and Sligo International Choral Festival, and she has also been on the jury for the AESS National Junior English Song Competition.  She was the External Specialist Assessor on the final recitals panel at Birmingham Conservatoire for three years, and has returned to conduct a workshop there.  Alison has been Director of Music at Rendcomb, an annual residential solo singing course, which was recently revived as part of the International Summer School of Music at Shrewsbury.  She has also tutored at Hereford International Summer School and Benslow Music Trust.

Alison is very committed to her work as the singing rehabilitation coach at Cheltenham General Hospital’s Voice Clinic, and has presented workshops in this capacity as well as having had several articles published.

Saturday 19th November 2016

Nadia Hinson - Strings and Ensemble


Nadia Hinson GRSM(Hons) LRAM LTCL graduated from the Royal Academy of Music after having studied the violin with Manoug Parikian and the piano with Jean Harvey. She began a career as a freelance violinist and accompanist and co- founded the Veloce ensemble (clarinet quintet) touring throughout Britain performing specially commissioned works and her own arrangements and compositions for that genre.She is currently the owner and Director of Hinson school of Music in Nottingham, and is an International examiner for the ABRSM, an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, and a member of The Royal Society of Musicians.Nadia has recently been appointed a Senior Consultant for the Performing Arts to the LEAD Academy Trust in Nottingham

Luan Shaw - Woodwind


Luan Shaw has been an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2001 (woodwind and generalist).

An alumnus of Birmingham Conservatoire (1990-1994) Luan was awarded honorary membership (HonBC) in 2001, soon after completing an MA in Psychology for Musicians at the University of Sheffield. Luan’s portfolio career has included regular engagements with CBSO and Longborough Festival Opera, chamber music broadcasts on BBC radio, concerto appearances, over 25 years teaching experience at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School, music services and independent schools (including a Head of Music position), delivering hundreds of interactive workshops for Live Music Now, Music in Hospitals, Lost Chord (dementia), early years settings, primary and special schools, training children’s choirs and moderating for AQA.

Alongside adjudicating, Luan is a Diploma examiner for ABRSM and co-principal clarinet with Orchestra of the Swan.  Luan is also Lecturer in Pedagogy and AdvPgDip: Professional Performance Course Director at Birmingham Conservatoire. She was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. 


Elizabeth Stafford - Vocal



Elizabeth Stafford was born and educated in Birmingham. She studied Music at Durham University following this with a PhD in Performance Studies at Sheffield University, a PGDip in Vocal Studies at Trinity College of Music and a PGCE in Primary Music at Birmingham City University. She also holds an LTCL in Vocal Teaching from Trinity College London.

As a soloist Elizabeth has won several awards, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles in many prestigious venues across the world. She has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service and in 2011, was invited to perform for Princess Michael of Kent. Elizabeth has conducted numerous youth and adult choirs and in 2009 was selected for a choral conducting Master class with the BBC Singers. In 2010 she was invited to conduct a massed choir for the Music for Youth Family Prom in Birmingham.

Elizabeth has nearly 2 decades experience as a vocal and music teacher. She now runs her own company Music Education Solutions, providing training for schools and teachers throughout the UK. She is an Adjudicator Member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.