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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

Alison Mary Sutton - Vocal

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Alison 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 and mentor for the CT ABRSM course.  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 revived as part of the International Summer School of Music at Shrewsbury in 2012.  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.




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