*** Dates for the 108th Festival: 6th-21st March 2020 ***

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Events for the 107th Chipping Norton Music Festival featured:

The Festival Concert once again featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Chair Sarah Cobb and adjudicated by Peter Hunt. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2019 classes, and here for the history of the Festival. Performers from the 2019 Festival Concert:


Awards in 2019:
President's Cup: Emily Chambers (Double Bass)
Wychwood Trophy: Alex & Philip Mitroi (Piano)
Festival Cup: Sebastian Foxwell (Piano)
William Bailey Folk Award: Fiddles & Feet
Chipping Norton & Stow Methodist Circuit Bicentenary Award: Daisy Bartlett (Musical Theatre)
Adjudicator's Choice for Speech & Drama (The Theatre): Flo Schad
Youth Jazz Band Challenge: Oxfordshire Youth Big Band

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Concerts by Oxybaroxy with North Cotswold Chamber Choir ...


... and the Dominic Alldis Trio, playing their take on Bach, Bizet and Fauré through to Michel Legrand.


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


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2019 Adjudicator biographies

[Note - 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.]
Mark Ashford (Guitar) is a world-renowned performer and teacher, beginning his formal musical training at Chetham's School of Music. He studied with Michael Lewin as a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), graduating in 1993 with first class honours. Some years followed in Spain with guitarist David Russell, supported by various bursaries including one from the RAM. Early in his performing career he became a laureate of several major national and international competitions including Radio 2’s Young Musician and the Julian Bream Prize. He has performed at many of the UK's most prestigious music venues, and international performances have also taken him to Europe, the Americas and the Far East. He has performed concertos with leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Mark has ten CDs to his name including the Rodrigo Concerto. His latest CD is ‘Bachianas’ with the Vida Guitar Quartet and features saxophonist Amy Green. He is currently Head of Guitar at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. .
Nadia Hinson* (Strings, Orchestras & Mixed Ensembles) graduated from the Royal Academy of Music after having studied the violin with Manoug Parikian and the piano with Jean Harvey. She began a career as a freelance violinist and accompanist and co-founded the Veloce ensemble (clarinet quintet) touring Britain performing specially commissioned works and her own arrangements and compositions for that genre. A regular recitalist for music clubs, she also performs with her family of musicians in the UK and in Europe. She is currently the owner and Director of Hinson School of Music in Nottingham, and as well as being a festival adjudicator is an international examiner for the ABRSM and a member of The Royal Society of Musicians. Nadia is a Senior Consultant for the Performing Arts to the LEAD Academy Trust in Nottingham. She has set up composition workshops inspiring children to explore feelings and ideas through music and is a mentor for the Trust to develop self-confidence and communication through learning and performance.
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.
Alan McLean* (Piano) After graduating with distinction from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Alan continued his studies with internationally-renowned pianists including Karl Schnabel. Although principally a pianist, he also studied 'cello and singing, and trained as a conductor. Alan is much in demand as a chamber musician, having played with many of the UK's leading instrumentalists. In 2010 he and the violist Carol Hubel-Allen formed the Duo Karadys, the pair enjoying a busy concert schedule. His recordings include English Music for Piano Duet, which received critical acclaim, followed by British Music for Piano Duet. After 20 years as Head of Keyboard Studies at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College Alan left to explore a number of musical projects. Alan travels extensively, speaking and adjudicating regularly at a wide range of music events in the UK and overseas. Alan has a busy schedule for 2018/19 including visits to festivals and masterclasses for pianists and chamber musicians in major cities in the UK.
David Oliver (Folk) David, a former High School head teacher from Hexham, was Folkworks Education Director from 1993-2009 and has wide experience of organising and delivering courses, workshops and training in folk music, song and dance. He’s a leading Northumbrian dance band accordionist and caller, leader of The Hedgehog's Skin ceilidh band. and creator of The Hexham Village Band, (30-strong community ceilidh band). In recent years he has led community music projects across the world and in the UK. David is co-author of Folk Voiceworks (OUP 2007), author of English Accordion Music (Schott 2008), and creator of the best-selling Folkworks Session Collection. He was Chair of FolkArts England 2003 to 2009, and is now supposed to be retired! A passionate, cheerful, and engaging advocate of traditional music and dance of these islands, he loves to encourage everyone to be happy, confident and enthusiastic about participating and sharing in our great musical traditions.
Angela Rowley* (Junior & Senior Vocal) Angela is a graduate in German from University College, London and 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 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! 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 from which no one should be excluded on grounds of ability. She has performed widely in the UK and in Germany, France and Romania and performs regularly in recital, concert and oratorio. She especially loves to sing Lieder and 20th century English song and also directs Harmony '96, a large ad hoc choir which performs major oratorios twice a year. Angela teaches privately and regularly runs performance workshops and masterclasses.
Rebecca Thomson* (Speech & Drama) Rebecca read Drama and English at Bristol University followed by a career in Radio journalism, working in both Drama and Documentaries. After this Rebecca moved into teaching where she developed her speech and drama skills, working at schools and colleges in the South West of England. Rebecca continues to work in a variety of educational establishments, running weekly classes, workshops and facilitating training to assist schools implement the constructive Speaking and Listening Criteria. As well as being an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Rebecca is also an adjudicator for The Rose Bowl Amateur Awards, reading and reviewing plays and musicals in seven counties throughout the south west.
Colin Touchin* (Woodwind & Brass, Youth Jazz Band Challenge & Choirs) Colin studied clarinet and recorder (Performer’s Diploma at age 16) and earned an Oxford University music degree. Later his interests developed into conducting and composition. He conducts and composes for orchestras, bands, choirs and all levels of ensembles and has founded a number of groups including Warwick Orchestral Winds and Spires Philharmonic Chorus, Orchestra and Youth Orchestra in Coventry. Composer-in-Residence and Conductor with various UK schools and youth ensembles. He has inspired and conducted orchestras, bands and choirs internationally, leads workshops in performance, conducting and composition, and is a festival adjudicator in the UK, Europe and Asia. Colin has won international awards with his instrumental and choral ensembles from the University of Warwick.
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