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Adjudicators

This year we are using the same adjudicator for the Instrumental and Keyboard Music  classes.

Speech & Drama

ELEANOR MCLEOD MA (Ed) Cert. Ed. LLAM (Hons)

Eleanor McLeod comes from Swansea in Wales where she began her teaching career and gained a love of performing and the spoken word through the LAMDA examinations.

She then became a professional actress for more than twenty years, frequently presenting Shakespeare to schools all over the world as part of the British Council’s Drama in Education programme as well as appearing on stage, television and being heard on radio in the UK. 

She is currently a teacher of Speech and Drama, a member of the LAMDA Examining Board and a British and International Federation of Festivals adjudicator, work which has taken her on her travels again from Singapore to Sri Lanka as well as Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

She still performs – when she has time, and as a writer, has realised a long-standing ambition to have two book of her poems published, called  “POEMS FOR CHILDREN TO ENJOY – AND TEACHERS TOO”.  and “MORE POEMS FOR CHILDREN TO ENJOY AND TEACHERS TOO” and  a selection of monologues and duologues for young performers, “SCENES FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS TO ENJOY”. She is always pleased to share the enthusiasm and talent of young Festival performers. She is looking forward to being part of the Devon Performing Arts Festival .

Singing 

Angela Rowley BA (Hons), PGCE, ARCM MISM

Angela, a graduate in German from University College, London, followed a career in  teaching before embarking on voice training, working with many eminent teachers including the late Paul Hamburger.

Her first experiences of public performance were at school, in choral societies and at Music Festivals. She encourages her pupils and choir to enter festivals for the opportunity to perform, hear peers and receive professional critique. Her hopes are that the experience will be challenging, educational and fun!

Angela has performed widely in the UK and in Germany, France and Romania and still  performs regularly in recital, concert and oratorio with a special love of Lieder, French song  and 20th century English song. She is particularly keen on poetry and its musical interpretation.

Angela founded and is MD of Harmony ’96, a large ad hoc choir which performs major oratorios twice a year. In 2015 the choir performed Beethoven’s 9th Choral Symphony with the Hazel Grove Orchestra. She is also MD of Eccles  Community Choir, enjoying an opportunity to develop the voices of those who were never allowed in the school choir! The choir has visited Salford’s twin town of Lünen, Germany, three times with performances in Cologne and in 2018 Bruges cathedrals. In 2016 the choir was  part of an international choir which performed Howard Goodall’s ‘Eternal Light’ in the Carnegie Hall, New York.

For several years Angela taught singing in a large comprehensive school and later in a Sixth Form College where she formed a choir, assisted in the production of musicals and initiated the development of music in the curriculum for students with both mild and severe learning difficulties. She is a firm believer that music is an essential life skill and that no one should be excluded on grounds of ability.

Angela’s students and choir have participated in the writing and production of original works as part of the BBC Philharmonic’s Community Programme and performed in the Proms at the Albert Hall and for the Queen on her visit to Media City, Salford.

Angela has a private practice and regularly runs performance workshops and  masterclasses.

Alongside her singing career Angela runs a charity in Kenya with her husband.  www.rowleyprojects.com

 

Strings

Adjudicator: Caroline Diffley ARCM

Born in Yorkshire, Caroline Diffley attended Badminton School, Bristol, after which she went on to study the piano at the Royal College of Music in London, and spent a term at the Academia Chigiana in Sienna.

During a teaching career spanning four decades, she has taught in Kent (at the Kent Music School) in Oxford (at the Dragon School) and widely in the South West. She taught piano at Wells Cathedral School, working with both specialist and main-school students and at Dartington College of Arts for twelve years.

She now runs a private teaching practice in Exeter, as well as working for the South West Music School both as a tutor and as a mentor.

Caroline is an extremely experienced Associated Board examiner and has examined all over the UK and the Far East, as well as in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. She is also on the Diploma examining panel, the Presenter panel and is a Music Medals moderator. She has been a mentor on the CT ABRSM course and is currently a busy adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She has also published articles on various aspects of piano teaching and learning.

 

Piano, Organ & Other Keyboard Instruments

Adjudicator: Caroline Diffley ARCM

Born in Yorkshire, Caroline Diffley attended Badminton School, Bristol, after which she went on to study the piano at the Royal College of Music in London, and spent a term at the Academia Chigiana in Sienna.

During a teaching career spanning four decades, she has taught in Kent (at the Kent Music School) in Oxford (at the Dragon School) and widely in the South West. She taught piano at Wells Cathedral School, working with both specialist and main-school students and at Dartington College of Arts for twelve years.

She now runs a private teaching practice in Exeter, as well as working for the South West Music School both as a tutor and as a mentor.

Caroline is an extremely experienced Associated Board examiner and has examined all over the UK and the Far East, as well as in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. She is also on the Diploma examining panel, the Presenter panel and is a Music Medals moderator. She has been a mentor on the CT ABRSM course and is currently a busy adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She has also published articles on various aspects of piano teaching and learning.

 

Wind & Brass

Adjudicator: Caroline Diffley ARCM

Born in Yorkshire, Caroline Diffley attended Badminton School, Bristol, after which she went on to study the piano at the Royal College of Music in London, and spent a term at the Academia Chigiana in Sienna.

During a teaching career spanning four decades, she has taught in Kent (at the Kent Music School) in Oxford (at the Dragon School) and widely in the South West. She taught piano at Wells Cathedral School, working with both specialist and main-school students and at Dartington College of Arts for twelve years.

She now runs a private teaching practice in Exeter, as well as working for the South West Music School both as a tutor and as a mentor.

Caroline is an extremely experienced Associated Board examiner and has examined all over the UK and the Far East, as well as in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. She is also on the Diploma examining panel, the Presenter panel and is a Music Medals moderator. She has been a mentor on the CT ABRSM course and is currently a busy adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She has also published articles on various aspects of piano teaching and learning.