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Adjudicators

Instrumental Music

Adjudicator: Michael Johnson B.Mus (London), PGCE (Cambridge), ARCM (piano) ARCM (piano) ARCM (singing)

Michael studied singing, violin, and piano at the Royal College of Music and at Cambridge where he was a choral exhibitioner at Jesus College.

For the past fifty years he has taught gifted young people during which time many have gone on to professional careers in music.

He was formerly consultant in Singing and Piano at the Universities of Bath and Plymouth and has been a practical examiner and mentor for ABRSM for 45 years during which time he examined in more than twenty countries overseas.

Michael has also spent much of his career as an administrator: during the 1980/90s he was Chief Music Manager for Leeds City Council, General Manager of St David’s Hall, Cardiff and Director of Plymouth Pavilions in Devon.

Presently he is Director of the Devizes Eisteddfod, a five-day competitive festival in Wiltshire. In 2022 he retired as a member of the adjudicator’s panel of the British & International Federation of Festivals after 25 years’ service.

Throughout his career Michael has directed choirs: until June 2023 he was Director of the West Devon Chorale in Plymouth and is presently conductor of the Philomel Singers, a female choir based in Trowbridge.

Michael is our Adjudicator for both Keyboard and Instrumental Music Sections.

Keyboard Music

Adjudicator: Michael Johnson B.Mus (London), PGCE (Cambridge), ARCM (piano) ARCM (piano) ARCM (singing)

Michael studied singing, violin, and piano at the Royal College of Music and at Cambridge where he was a choral exhibitioner at Jesus College.

For the past fifty years he has taught gifted young people during which time many have gone on to professional careers in music.

He was formerly consultant in Singing and Piano at the Universities of Bath and Plymouth and has been a practical examiner and mentor for ABRSM for 45 years during which time he examined in more than twenty countries overseas.

Michael has also spent much of his career as an administrator: during the 1980/90s he was Chief Music Manager for Leeds City Council, General Manager of St David’s Hall, Cardiff and Director of Plymouth Pavilions in Devon.

Presently he is Director of the Devizes Eisteddfod, a five-day competitive festival in Wiltshire. In 2022 he retired as a member of the adjudicator’s panel of the British & International Federation of Festivals after 25 years’ service.

Throughout his career Michael has directed choirs: until June 2023 he was Director of the West Devon Chorale in Plymouth and is presently conductor of the Philomel Singers, a female choir based in Trowbridge.

Michael is our Adjudicator for both Keyboard and Instrumental Music sections.

Singing

Adjudicator: Angela Rowley BA (Hons), PGCE, FISM

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

She encourages her pupils 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! She draws on her love or poetry and experience as a performer and teacher.

Angela directs Harmony 96 which performs major oratorios twice a year and is MD of Eccles Community Choir which has performed in Lünen, Münster, Utrecht, Cologne and Brugges cathedrals, and at the Menin Gate.

She taught singing in a comprehensive school and a Sixth Form College where she assisted in the production of musicals and initiated the development of music in the curriculum for students with learning difficulties. She is a firm believer that music is an essential life skill from which no one shold be excluded on grounds of ability.

In 2019 Angela was a finalist in the Classic FM/|Musicians Union Francesca Hanley Inspirational Teacher of the Year Awards.

Having been there myself, I understand the trepidation of facing an audience. My wish is to put performers at their ease, encourage then and give useful hints for an improved performance.

Speech & Drama

Adjudicator: Ann Bauer EdD, M.Ed, BA (Hons), LRAM, LGSM, PGCE, OCR Dip SpLD

Ann has spent her working life in education teaching in secondary and primary schools, theatres, university and therapy teams, as well as examining drama and theatre studies. Ann ran her own drama school for many years. Ann is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.

Ann trained to teach under John Hodgson at Bretton Hall, his major influence was the importance of improvisation. Ann continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of improvisation for developing all performance skills.

She believes strongly in the inclusive power of drama, that it offers confidence building, team work, creativity and the discipline of controlling body, voice – and nerves. Combining that with her love of the written word, her first degree was English; she counts herself lucky to spend her life talking about what she loves.

In addition, Ann works in consultancy, advocacy, and writing in Special Educational Needs, she has, for many years, been a specialist teacher in this field.

In her spare time Ann still attends ballet and tap classes, a lifelong passion, enjoys theatre going, precious time with her family, and walking: shorter distances as well as long distance back-packing treks.