We are pleased to announce this year's
Saturday 12th November 2016
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.
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 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
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
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 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
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.
Elizaberth 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.