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Adjudicators

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

Speech & Drama

Jonathan Owen Cert. Ed. (drama & music) TESOL, Trinity MSTSD

Jonathan trained as a Music & Drama teacher at Birmingham Universitiy’s Faculty of Education.  For Trinity College, London, he has examined Speech, Drama, Effective Communication and Musical Theatre across the United Kingdom, and throughout India and New Zealand.  As a member of The International Federation of Adjudicators he has adjudicated festivals throughout the UK and in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. This Autumn he returns to adjudicate the Hong Kong Festival for his thrid consecutive year.

As an actor he has appeared in numerous radio plays for BBC Radio 4, and is best remembered as Terry Barford in The Archers, a role he played for ten years.  His television work is extensive amounting to over 50 appearances in TV Dramas and ‘soaps’, including Coronation St., Heartbeat, Emmerdale, Doctors, London’s Burning, Triangle and All Creatures Great & Small.

As an actor he has appeared in London’s West-End theatre in: Jesus Christ Superstar (The Palace), Call Me Madam (Victoria Palace), Singin’ In The Rain (The Palladium), Ziegfeld (The Palladium) and Having A Ball (The Comedy).

In the provinces Jonathan has played most major theatres, where some of his favourite roles include: Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (York), The King in The King & I (Weston), Harry Roat in Wait Until Dark (Jersey), Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit and Mrs Swabb in Habeas Corpus (Isle of Man).  His national tours include: Charlie Girl, Some Like It Hot, ‘Allo ‘Allo and Singin’ In The Rain which also went to Tokyo.  Jonathan is also one of the United Kingdom’s experts on British Pantomime and one of the most established Pantomime ‘Dames’.

He is the author of the stageplay Teapots and Superglue, a comedy-drama that has received much critical acclaim.

Singing

Luise Horrocks BA(Hons)PGCE ARCM

Luise studied singing on an Advanced Studies at the Royal College of Music after graduating with a degree in English from Oxford University.

She has performed extensively as a Soprano Soloist throughout the UK and Europe.  While specialising primarily in Oratorio, she has also given many Song Recitals and has appeared on the opera stage at Buxton Opera House.   She has also sung in a series of concerts and Recitals in South Africa and the USA and her wide repertoire extends from works by Monteverdi to Stravinsky.  She has made several recordings and her BBC broadcasts include performances of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and works by Goehr.

Luise has held positions as a teacher in both the Junior and Senior departments of the Birmingham Conservatoire and as a visiting lecturer at Birmingham University.  She runs an extensive private teaching practice and is regularly asked to give Masterclasses and choral workshops.  She works as a Vocal Coach on several residential courses for singers and is a mentor on the CT ABRSM panel.  She has also trained and conducted the Wyre Forest Young Voices choir.

As an adjudicator member of the British & International Federation of Festivals she has wide experience of many different festivals.  Luise has also travelled widely as a Senior Examiner for Trinity Guildhall, having special responsibility for singing, which includes working on syllabus setting, training new examiners and leading Teacher Workshops. Recent publications include a series of books of Musical Theatre repertoire with colleagues John Gardyne. She is a member of Worcester Repertory, taking part in their productions of Shakespeare in the Cathedral.

 

Strings

Adjudicator: Phil Watson MMus, BA(Hons), BSc, LRAM, ARCM

Phil is a former Director of Music in the Royal Marines Band Service.

Phil has played oboe, clarinet, piano and piano accordion since his early teens, and developed an interest in composition from an early age. He joined the RM band as a oboist and progressed through the ranks to reach Major. During his service he ran the RM School of Music before directing the RM Band Portsmouth (The Royal Band) for his final 4 years of 33 years of service.

Since retirement, Phil has been involved in performing, conducting, teaching and composing. He was asked by the Royal Navy to start a RN Volunteer Band at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. He led and conducted this band for four years before handing over the baton. Recently he has composed a suite for the Dartmouth Orchestra which received its premier performance in 2015. He became the Musical Director of this orchestra in 2015. Phil is also musical advisor to the Riviera Brass Band, for whom he has just written a new composition.

Other interests include walking and running, mainly in the Lake District, and on Dartmoor where he helps to train a local Ten Tors team.

Piano, Organ & Other Keyboard Instruments

Adjudicator: Phil Watson MMus, BA(Hons), BSc, LRAM, ARCM

Phil is a former Director of Music in the Royal Marines Band Service.

Phil has played oboe, clarinet, piano and piano accordion since his early teens, and developed an interest in composition from an early age. He joined the RM band as a oboist and progressed through the ranks to reach Major. During his service he ran the RM School of Music before directing the RM Band Portsmouth (The Royal Band) for his final 4 years of 33 years of service.

Since retirement, Phil has been involved in performing, conducting, teaching and composing. He was asked by the Royal Navy to start a RN Volunteer Band at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. He led and conducted this band for four years before handing over the baton. Recently he has composed a suite for the Dartmouth Orchestra which received its premier performance in 2015. He became the Musical Director of this orchestra in 2015. Phil is also musical advisor to the Riviera Brass Band, for whom he has just written a new composition.

Other interests include walking and running, mainly in the Lake District, and on Dartmoor where he helps to train a local Ten Tors team.

Wind & Brass

Adjudicator: Phil Watson MMus, BA(Hons), BSc, LRAM, ARCM

Phil is a former Director of Music in the Royal Marines Band Service.

Phil has played oboe, clarinet, piano and piano accordion since his early teens, and developed an interest in composition from an early age. He joined the RM band as a oboist and progressed through the ranks to reach Major. During his service he ran the RM School of Music before directing the RM Band Portsmouth (The Royal Band) for his final 4 years of 33 years of service.

Since retirement, Phil has been involved in performing, conducting, teaching and composing. He was asked by the Royal Navy to start a RN Volunteer Band at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. He led and conducted this band for four years before handing over the baton. Recently he has composed a suite for the Dartmouth Orchestra which received its premier performance in 2015. He became the Musical Director of this orchestra in 2015. Phil is also musical advisor to the Riviera Brass Band, for whom he has just written a new composition.

Other interests include walking and running, mainly in the Lake District, and on Dartmoor where he helps to train a local Ten Tors team.