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All enquiries to the Section Co-Ordinator: Mrs Helen Mountain, 01392 439563, Email


This year, due to circumstances, we have two adjudicators

Adjudicator (Thur/Fri 8th/9th March)


Gabrielle Burgin Lister is a Graduate of the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern College) where she studied voice and piano and won the Jeanne Bretey Scholarship for Singing. Her early career was in full time education, as music specialist in a junior school in Moss Side, Manchester, followed by 10 years as Head of Music in a Nottinghamshire grammar school, where she converted an ailing department into a thriving hub of activity. In addition to regular classroom teaching and academic work to ‘A’ level and university entrance, her extra-curricular work involved the forming and training of three choirs and supervision of instrumental groups.

A freelance career followed. Gabrielle studied privately in London with John Carol Case and Erich Vietheer, and also with Federico Davia in his Italian Opera Academy. She has sung with the BBC Northern Singers and has done solo recitals and concert work around the UK. Her repertoire includes opera, oratorio, Lieder, and English, French, Italian song.

As a voice teacher, she has worked with pupils of all ages, from very young singers to adult professionals, some now following international careers. She has been a visiting singing specialist at Worksop College, Ranby House Preparatory School, Chigwell School, Trent University, and Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department. Gabrielle then spent fourteen years living in France to pursue new professional activities. However, she was increasingly in demand as a highly experienced vocal and choral adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals (BIFF) and made frequent return visits to the UK to fulfil her engagements, sometimes directing master classes and choral workshops.

Gabrielle is a firm believer in the Festival system and all it has to offer in the education of its participants, in the enhancement of their performances, in the nurturing of their talent, and in the enthusiastic appreciation and encouragement of their efforts. She was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate for adjudicating and performance assessment, a qualification initiated by BIFF and administered by the University of Leeds.

Gabrielle is based back in England and continues her busy adjudicating schedule along with some consultancy work which currently includes working as Music Consultant to Nottinghamshire County Show. She is responsible for delivering a 2-day music programme for the annual show, providing a showcase for amateur groups around the county, reflecting all ages and abilities, and covering a wide variety of styles. Adjudicating has taken Gabrielle all over the United Kingdom, to the Republic of Ireland, and overseas to Hong Kong where she will be making her third visit in 2019.


Adjudicator (Sat 10th March)

Allison Walker-Morecroft

Allison gained an honours degree in French at the University College of Swansea. Later she studied music and obtained a Licentiate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall College of Music (for which she was awarded the Bronze Medal) and Trinity College of Music. She holds also a Fellowship of the London College of Music and a Fellowship from Sri Lanka.

Allison taught at Greshams School in Norfolk, where she specialised in Music Theatre, but she is now based in Gloucestershire.

She has had much experience with all aspects of music-making and has been much involved in adjudication, support and development of festivals, and examining, all over the world. Her work also includes programmes for BBC radio for schools, teaching, performing (she is a mezzo-soprano, singing solo and ensemble and has performed with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra), and her workshops include French for Singers, and workshops for students with special needs. She also undertakes public speaking, with an interest in poetry readings and performances.

Allison has a great many interests, languages (she speaks fluent French and German as well as some Spanish and Italian), music (of course!), Radio 6, and all technical and digital gadgets. Her latest venture is writing a novel based in Camden and concerns Saint Pancras.

She reached the final of The Weakest Link and also took part in Pointless with her grandson, Ben and reached the head-to-head!