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We are pleased to announce this year's adjudicators


Saturday 8th November 2014

Ivan Scott - Strings and Guitar

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Ivan’s training included guitar performing under Oliver Hunt, Professor of Guitar at the London College of Music and master-classes in Spain with Emilio Pujol, a student of Francisco Tarrega. Since 1967, Ivan has travelled to all parts of the UK presenting programmes of guitar music and songs to schoolchildren of all ages. He is currently engaged in private tuition, teaching in schools in Milton Keynes areas and giving recitals and workshops in many parts of the UK

Andrea Calladine - Vocal

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Andrea Calladine has a varied career as performer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator. She studied initially at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining honours in Diplomas and was awarded many major prizes.

 

As a singer, she has travelled widely at home and in Europe performing from her wide concert and oratorio repertoire including performances of Messiah and Creation through the Mozart Masses to Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, the Requiems of Brahms, Fauré and Rutter, and she has made radio broadcasts. Operatic roles have included Despina in Così fan Tutti; Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring; Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus; Dido in Dido and Aeneas; Pamina in The Magic Flute.

 

Andrea’s teaching commitments are divided between a very busy private practice, where she coaches many professional singers, and a leading Independent School. Andrea held the post of Central Area Representative of the Association of Teachers of Singing for four years and was appointed the Association’s Conference Director in 2014. In 2014 also, she was invited as one of the Master Teachers for the AOTOS Teacher Training course. Andrea is also in demand for Choral Workshops and Vocal Master Classes. Other positions held have been at the Birmingham Conservatoire (1985-2009), Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, the Elgar School of Music, and Worcester University.

 

Andrea is an active adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, where she hopes to bring not only her wealth of experience as both teacher and performer, but also her love of singing, encouragement of the performers and, above all, a sense of humour!







Vivien Pike - Vocal

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Educated at Sheffield University and the Royal Northern College of Music, Vivien is a specialist in solo singing and choirs. A Churchill Fellowship in 2001 enabled her to research choral and solo singing in Sweden, Finland and Estonia leading to adjudicating and teaching in Latvia, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Austria, New Zealand, Ireland and for the World Choir Games. Through her own lifetime of solo and choral singing, she has been passionate to help solo and choral singers to improve vocally, empowering them in the interpretation and performance of their repertoire.


Saturday 15th November 2014

David Straughan - Woodwind, Recorder

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David has been involved with education and music making throughout his career. He was a professional trombonist across a wide spectrum of musical styles but is now more active as a conductor of wind bands and orchestras and has travelled across Europe with youth and adult ensembles. David has been a secondary school teacher of music and trombone and, as an educationalist, has worked with all ages of children including OFSTED inspections. After a period as Head of Music and Head of Arts Faculty, he became a local authority inspector for music for 22 years.

Jeffrey Wynn Davies - Vocal

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Jeffrey trained as a singer with Lyndon Vanderpump and Ellis Keeler, and has sung extensively throughout the UK as an oratorio soloist and recitalist. He is a former Music Adviser to Bury Metropolitan Borough, and is, or has been, Music Director of Canzonetta (former BBC Choir of the Year), Harrogate Choral Society, Manchester Boys Choir, Manchester Chorale and the South of England Festival Chorus. He has sat on the judging panel at many international choral competitions throughout Europe, including Prague, Verona, and Malta. He has been Artistic Director of the Association of British Choral Directors International Convention, and a member of the BBC Central Music Advisory Council.

Robin Mundy - Piano

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Robin is a pianist and accompanist who trained privately in Hampshire, Nottingham and Cheshire and was a festival competitor for 30 years in piano and choral classes, whilst working as a hydrologist in the water industry, before taking early retirement and working, now, as a freelance musician. Robin has been a piano teacher for over 40 years, teaching all grades and diploma and tutoring performers for local and national competitions including Young Musician of the Year. Robin trains his own 56 voice mixed choir and a 12 voice a capella ensemble