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

Speech & Drama


Sylvia Lorden lives and works in Rugby where she teaches children, students and adults. She trained in Dance, but became very interested in Speech and Drama through the encouragement gained at her place of education, Rugby High School.

In later years she produced pantomimes, musicals and plays in her local theatre as well as taking leading roles herself. She has appeared in three films and in television shows. Sylvia loves all forms of art and tries to encourage this wherever she can.

She is an Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals in both Dance and Speech and Drama.



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: Sine Nomine ABCDE

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Piano, Organ & Other Keyboard Instruments

Adjudicator: Timothy Barrett ARAM, GRSM, LRAM, ARCM, LmusTCL

Timothy studied on a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, winning many major awards, and completed his studies with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Geoffrey Parsons.  He has toured and broadcast extensively in the UK and abroad as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player. Whilst still a student he developed a special interest in song accompaniment through playing for Masterclasses at Aldeburgh, subsequently partnering such artists as Dame Felicity Lott and Robert White. In addition, instrumentalists he has worked with include Jack Brymer, Bradley Creswick and Haaken Hardenberger. Teaching forms a major part of his musical life and he works with pupils of all ages and levels from beginner to post-graduate. He was Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College for almost 25 years whilst also teaching  at the RAM and TCM and now pursues a busy freelance career.

An ABRSM examiner since 1991, he is also a Trainer, Moderator and Mentor. Other work for the AB includes co-writing the Board’s Teaching Notes on Piano Exam pieces, selecting the graded Piano pieces and presenting Seminars. He frequently directs Masterclasses for performers and teachers’ workshops in the UK and Far East and is in demand as a Competition and Festival adjudicator.

He was awarded the ARAM in 1996 in recognition for distinguished service within the music profession.

Wind & Brass

Adjudicator: Sine Nomine ABCDE

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