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Events for the 106th Chipping Norton Music Festival featured:

The Festival Concert once again featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Peter Hunt and adjudicated by Vice-President Craig Ogden. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2018 classes, and here for the history of the Festival. Performers from the 2018 Festival Concert:


Awards in 2018:
President's Cup: Samuel Howard (Piano)
Wychwood Trophy: Samuel Howard (Piano)
Rotary Club Cup: Jessica Foxwell (Flute)
William Bailey Folk Award: Strawberry Thieves
Chipping Norton & Stow Methodist Circuit Bicentenary Award: Millie Eyles (Musical Theatre)
Youth Jazz Band Challenge: Oxforshire Youth Big Band

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Recitals by Eva Maria Dorszkowska ...


... and vocal ensemble 'Eight in a Bar' with director Bernard West.


The Youth Jazz Band Challenge had seven bands taking part in front of an appreciative audience.


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2018 Adjudicator biographies

[Disclaimer - this is for information only as at the time of going to press and may therefore not be current. If you need current information then you should contact the adjudicator or their agent.]
Keith Allen* (Youth Jazz Band Challenge) was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London, then undertook post-graduate studies at Birmingham University, Kingston University, with a Master's Degree from the University of West London. He played clarinet and saxophone in numerous orchestras, including working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has been Saxophone Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire; Head of Birmingham Music Service; and Consultant Editor for Faber Music Ltd. Currently he is: Music Director: Birmingham Symphonic Winds; Festival Director: National Concert Band Festival (the UK’s largest big band and wind band festival); Conductor in residence: Birmingham University Wind Band; Conductor: Solihull Youth Wind Orchestra and Advisory Board member of the London International Music Festival. His busy schedule includes adjudicating across all musical genres at numerous festivals in the UK, as well as guest conducting in Europe, America and the Far East.
Ann Bauer* (Speech & Drama) 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, and has now returned to mainstream education and research. 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 strongly believes in the inclusive power of drama, that it offers confidence building, team work, and the discipline of controlling body, voice – and nerves. Combining that with her love of the written word she counts herself lucky to spend her life talking about what she loves. Currently, Ann combines her teaching with doctoral research into teaching maths to young people with complex special needs – drama skills are never far away in her teaching strategies.
Liz Childs* (Woodwind & Brass) studied flute with Gareth Morris and piano with Graeme Humphrey at the RAM and has performed all over the world. Her varied life includes performing with Quintessimo, adjudicating at home and abroad, teaching at home and at the University of East Anglia. Liz is founder and Musical Director of the Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy and is flute teacher at Beechwood Park School in Markyate, Hertfordshire. Liz thoroughly enjoys her work as an adjudicator regarding it a real privilege to be able to encourage and inspire performers. She believes that a positive experience at a festival of the Federation can change a performer’s life forever.
Eva Maria Doroszkowska* (Piano) is an international pianist whose dramatic and colourful interpretation of the piano repertoire has earned her high acclaim. She enjoys a busy soloist and chamber performing career which takes her round the world and she has appeared on BBC and Polish television and radio. A keen interest in contemporary music has led her to work with two of the 20th Century’s finest compsers, Gorecki and Per Nørgård led her to to give the UK premier of Nørgård’s Cantica for Cello and Piano. Eva Maria won a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Northern College of Music. With awards from the Countess of Munster and government scholarships she also studied under the renowned Jasinski in Poland and took soloist diplomas in Amsterdam and Copenhagen winning many prizes and bursaries. Alongside her performing career, she is an adjudicator, gives masterclasses and workshops, teaches piano and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, and is passionate about working with young musicians.
Luise Horrocks* (Junior and Senior Vocal) studied singing at the Royal College of Music after graduating in English from Oxford University. She has performed extensively as a soprano soloist throughout the UK and Europe. Whilst specialising primarily in oratorio, she has also given many recitals and appeared at Buxton Opera House. Her concert and recital repertoire extends from Monteverdi through to Stravinsky and has several recordings and BBC broadcasts to her name including Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and works by Goehr. Luise has been 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, regularly runs masterclasses and choral workshops, and been a vocal coach on residential courses. In addition to being an adjudicator, she has also travelled widely as Trinity College's Associate Chief Examiner with special responsibility for singing (incl. syllabus setting, training new examiners and leading teacher workshops) and recently published a series of books of Musical Theatre repertoire with colleague John Gardyne.
Peter Hunt (Children’s Workshop) is an experienced choral trainer and conductor having worked with a wide variety of singers and choral groups for over 40 years. He studied at Dartington and London before a long career in secondary music education, later focusing more broadly on choral education. He was Head of Creative Arts at Chipping Norton School for 10 years and still conducts the local Choral Society after 19 years. Until 2015 he was Head of Voice and Deputy Head of the independent music service Berkshire Maestros. Peter is the inspiration behind the VOICEWORKS publications with Oxford University Press that have transformed singing activities for many people. He has a national reputation as a workshop leader, trainer and adjudicator.
Fiona McLean-Buechel* (Strings, Orchestras, Mixed Ensembles) studied at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy of Music and has a passion for music in all forms. She combines a busy performing career with writing creative and collaborative national and international performance projects. She is Lead Tutor for Strings at Trinity Laban Junior Conservatoire and a specialist strings adjudicator and examiner, including syllabus development for the Guildhall Examinations Board. Teaching posts have included the Junior Guildhall School of Music, Goldsmith’s, and the National Children’s Orchestra. She has been visiting professor of violin at Dartington and Cardiff University. In 2005 Fiona co-founded and was course director of the Youth Strings Programme at the Dartington International Summer School. She subsequently founded and is Creative Director of South-West Camerata whose work was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society for Education. Fiona has delivered sessions on 'Mindfulness for Musicians' at the 2016 Music Education Expo in Olympia, a Federation conference in Edinburgh, Musicians Union, and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Gary Ryan (Guitar) studied as a junior at the Guildhall School of Music, where he won the Director’s Prize, and was later won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM). In 1991 he graduated with first class honours and many awards including the Julian Bream Prize. Post-graduate studies followed at the RAM with an award from the Fleming Trust and was made an Associate of the RAM in 1997. Gary's London recital debut at the Purcell Room in 1994 was highly acclaimed by the critics. He subsequently performed a series of recitals for the Kirckman Concert Society at the South Bank Centre. In 1996, aged 27, he became Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music (RCM); he currently combines his role there as Assistant Head of Strings with a varied international career as a performer and composer. In 2013, he was awarded a Fellowship of the RCM becoming the first guitarist to be given this accolade since John Williams in 1983. Gary has also collaborated with John Williams and jazz guitarist John Etheridge to form 6 Hands. The guitar trio has since toured the UK extensively and has a new recording; further performances are scheduled for 2018. His celebrated compositions are often broadcast on Classic FM and have broadened the instrument’s appeal, combining traditional classical techniques and contemporary styles with a rich variety of musical influences from around the world.
Dave Townsend (Folk) is a performer of both traditional and classical music, playing mainly English Concertina, accordion and violin, but these form only a part of a range of activities which include composition and research. He created the Mellstock Band and founded the West Gallery Music Association, and has also worked as musical director and stage musician at the National Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic.
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