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All enquiries to the Section Co-Ordinator
Mrs Ruth Pitts, 07933 210 667, Email

Ruth is a music teacher and freelance musician More ...

Ruth is a music teacher and freelance musician working in the Southwest. She teaches piano and clarinet to a range of ages and abilities, both at home and school. She enjoys preparing pupils for performances and exams, whilst encouraging a sense of fun and creativity in their music-making. She is excited about creating opportunities for young people to perform, especially in environments like the Devon Performing Arts Festival, where they will be built up and enthused for their musical journey.

Ruth studied music at Royal Holloway University of London, specialising in clarinet performance and composition. She also holds a PCGE in primary education from Exeter University, and a diploma in piano performance. Alongside teaching, she regularly performs solo piano in local concerts and recitals, as well as accompanying instrumentalists for performances and exams. 

Where Levels are given rather than grades, the approximate levels are:

  • Beginner: Pre Grade 1 & Grade 1; Elementary: Grades 2 & 3
  • Intermediate: Grades 4 – 5; Advanced: Grades 6 – 7
  • Open: Post Grade 8


Where reference has been made either to a specific grade, or to terms such as elementary, intermediate etc, or to a level expressed in Grades, it is expected that entrants, parents, and especially teachers, will bear in mind that it is in the spirit of the festival to try to adhere carefully to the standards suggested by the the relevant grade.  If in any doubt about the level of a piece then teachers should not hesitate to contact the Instrumental Section Co-ordinator who will be happy to give guidance.  

Whilst it is obviously acceptable to play an exam piece in the festival, wider repertoire is strongly encouraged, in the context of the above advice.

Entrants may play more than one piece in a class as long as the time limit is adhered to.

Within any class, the adjudicator will pay more heed to the standard of the performance than to the level of difficulty of the piece. 

Adjudicator: Christopher Daly LRAM Cert Ed Bachelor Degree: Honoris Causa

Christopher began playing the guitar after hearing a recital by the great master, Andres Segovia. He read Divinity at King Alfred’s College, Winchester (now the University of Winchester), but on leaving took up a career teaching the classical guitar and gained a Licentiate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music.

 Christopher became a guitar specialist adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals in 1991 and in 2004 became a general adjudicator at the invitation of the Federation. That same year he joined the committee of the Lennox Berkeley Society for whom he ran the Lennox Berkeley Award for Guitar, in conjunction with Oxford Music Festival, from 2010 until 2020. This award is now held by nine outstanding young guitarists with all the royal music colleges  represented between them.

In 2015, he was awarded a Bachelor Degree of the University of Winchester., Honoris Causa. He continues to perform from time to time with an emphasis on fine but lesser-known repertoire.