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We are pleased to announce this year's adjudicators

Saturday 14th November 2015

Fiona Chryssides - Piano


Originally from Scotland, Fiona is a pianist and organist who has given organ recitals in cathedrals throughout Britain and worked extensively as a conductor for choirs and choral societies and as a coach for pianists and for singers (where her knowledge of languages has been a great asset). The first director of music for the University of Plymouth, (Choral Society, Orchestra and MD for the Musical Society), Fiona has examined for ABRSM, and adjudicated at music festivals in the UK and abroad for many years. She now lives in Herefordshire with a small teaching practice (organ and piano).

Barbara Lowe - Vocal



Barbara Lowe is an experienced professional singer in all aspects of the vocal repertoire; she is a choral conductor and Adjudicator, and has given concerts and recitals in all the renowned London venues. She has sung nationally and abroad, and made broadcast and television appearances.  A member of the Royal Opera Company for 21 years, she was also a Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music, where she had been a student, being awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal as the top female student of the year from all the London Music Colleges . Currently, apart from a large private singing practice drawing pupils from the Midlands and North, she runs two choirs, is the Vocal Coach to the Derby Cathedral Choirs, and is an Adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.  She is also Regional Representative and Chair of the East Midlands Region, and a Council Member for the Derby Arts Festival.   She was presented with the City of Derby Community Champions Award for Music and Culture, followed by the prestigious City of Derby’s Civic Award for services to music and the arts. 

Lynne Rogers - Vocal


A soprano who originally studied Theology at Manchester University before travelling to Italy to study singing under Maestro Arrigo Pola, Lynne then went to Birmingham Conservatoire where she gained a Masters in Performance Studies. Currently Lynne has a busy portfolio career as a singing teacher, choral director and freelance soprano. She is a gifted concert and oratorio performer and is a regular member of the BBC Daily Service Singers which broadcasts daily on Radio 4. In addition to conducting a number of choirs Lynne currently teaches singing at Liverpool Hope University and is Head of Choral Studies at St. Edward’s College, the choir school for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Saturday 21st November 2015

Rachel Greenwood - Strings


Rachel was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She read music at Bristol University, where she directed the Chamber Orchestra and music for the productions of David Mowat. She has since taught, performed, written, conducted and adjudicated widely. Her publications include 50 Ways to Practise Scales and Arpeggios (Piccolo Press), a beginner’s violin book (Corda Music) and reviews for The Strad, Music Teacher and The European String Teachers’ Association. Rachel is currently taking an active part in The European Piano Teachers’ Association and has also been elected as a Convocation representative to Bristol University Court.

Keith Allen - Woodwind and Brass


Keith was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, going on to take post-graduate studies at Birmingham, Kingston and Thames Valley Universities. He played clarinet and saxophone with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Shakespeare Company and others. His previous positions include: Saxophone Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire; Head of Birmingham Music Service; Musical Director: Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company and Consultant Editor, Faber Music. Present positions include Musical Director, Birmingham Symphonic Winds; Artistic Director, National Concert Band Festival; Conductor, Solihull Youth Wind Orchestra and clarinet tutor of European Youth Summer Music. In 2011, Keith directed University Wind Bands in Minnesota

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.