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We are pleased to announce this year's adjudicators

Saturday 12th November 2016

Ailsa Howarth - Piano


Ailsa studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Oslo University and the University of East Anglia and she has been teaching the piano for almost 30 years. She has taught at Downe House, Berkshire, Cheltenham College Junior School and Dean School, Cheltenham. Presently she has a private teaching practice and also teaches piano at Cheltenham Ladies/ College. Her performance experience includes solo recital and accompaniment work in the UK and Europe. She examines for the ABRSM and is an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.

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. 

Rebecca Moseley-Morgan - Vocal



Rebecca won scholarships to RCM and Opera School and sung professionally at Glyndebourne, WNO and Opera 80 amongst others. As a soloist she has performed throughout the UK and Europe. She conducts ‘Cantatrici’ chamber choir. She has a private voice studio in Oxford, she teaches at St. Clare’s International College and Bath Spa University. She coaches the Oxford Harmonic Choir. She gives workshops throughout the UK on the functionality of the voice, accent breathing and vocal care and maintenance.

Rebecca has an MA is musicology and is currently a PhD research student at IOE, University of London. Her research investigates what interventions can maintain the functionality of the mature female voice. She is asked frequently to present her research at conferences throughout Europe and has recently spoken at Lund in Sweden and the Royal College of Music.

Rebecca performs locally as an oratorio singer, she also sings with a quartet called the Broadway Belles and is a regular jazz singer at venues in Oxford. She has always enjoyed being a crossover singer and being able to perform in different styles of music.

Rebecca is currently a director of the British Voice Association, she successfully combines teaching, singing, conducting, and researching. Rebecca is also an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals. 

Saturday 19th November 2016

Keith Smith - Strings


Keith studied both violin and choral/orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music. He also holds degrees in music from Surrey and Leeds Universities. As a trained singer and choral conductor he has worked with choirs and eminent soloists throughout his career and was conductor of Southampton Youth Orchestra for over 25 years. In 1993 he founded Hampshire County Youth Choir and has conducted major choral societies throughout the Midlands and South of England. Keith is an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.

Deborah Brittain - Woodwind, Brass


Deborah became a Junior Exhibitioner at the RCM at the age of 11, before becoming a full time student, studying piano with David Parkhouse and clarinet with Thea King, having being awarded a Major County Award. She later joined the BBC, then on starting a family, embarked on a very rewarding teaching career. She became assistant to the Orchestral Manager of the London Mozart Players, founded by Harry Blech, and helped in the running of the Serenata of London. Deborah is an Associated Board Examiner, examining in UK and overseas, an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, and is a mentor for the CTABRSM Professional Development Course. 

Gabrielle Burgin Lister - Vocal


Highly experienced vocal/choral specialist. Graduate of Royal Manchester College of Music (now RNCM); subsequent studies in London with John Carol Case, Erich Vietheer (singing) and Federico Davia (opera). Early career in education: music specialist in Manchester junior school then Head of Music in a Nottinghamshire Grammar School. Freelance work followed: visiting singing specialist WorksopCollege, Ranby House School, Chigwell School, Trent University, Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department; soprano soloist in choral and recital work; former ad hoc member of BBC Northern Singers. Currently private teacher/consultant; leader of workshops/master classes; adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals in the UK and Overseas.