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2004 saw the centenary of the festival. The opening concert featured Joanna Macgregor playing Schubert, Beethoven, and Piazzolla. Other concerts included the Oxford Classic Jazz Band and the fantastic Hungarian a cappella vocal group, the Banchieri Singers. The final concert featured some fantastic local talent and was introduced by Mayor, Councillor Jo Graves. Click here for information about 2004 adjudicators, and history for information about previous years.

Festival Award Winners 2004:
President's Cup: Ruairi Garvey (recorder)
Wychwood Trophy: Peter Rycroft (piano)
Rotary Club Cup: Sabrina Shortland (cello)
Padawa Award: Frankie Holah (singer)
Centenary Scholarship: Helen Rainbow (clarinet)

Award winners (centre), the centenary cake, and some of the performers in the 2004 Centenary Festival


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Adjudicators for 2004:

John Byrne is Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music. He has adjudicated several times for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competitions and is a diploma examiner for the ABRSM. Douglas Coombes was a producer at the BBC for many years. He is a composer, conductor and workshop director and is Chairman of the Eastern Region of the Association of British Choral Directors.
Oliver Gledhill won many awards at the Guildhall School of Music. He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and at Festivals in England, France, Italy and the Czech Republic. Anne Harris-Norman has taught at all levels from kindergarten to A Level Theatre Studies. She founded the Durham Shakespeare Company and is an examiner for the English Speaking Board.
Marilyn Hill Smith is an accomplished soprano who covers a wide repertoire. A favourite with BBC Friday Night is Music Night her performances range from French opera to Gilbert and Sullivan. Barabara Large studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and divides her time between freelance singing, teaching, giving masterclasses, and adjudicating other Federation festivals.
Roger Sayer was a chorister in Portsmouth; he is Director of Music and Organist at Rochester Cathedral and Musical Director of Rochester Choral Society. He is also an examiner for the ABRSM. Colin Touchin was Head of Composition at Cheethams School of Music and later Director of Music Studies at Warwick University. Now working freelance, he leads many composition workshops.
Dave Townsend has toured in many parts of the world as a performer of both traditional and classical music. He created the Mellstock Band and founded the West Gallery Music Association. Sarah Watts studied at the Royal College of Music and has played professionally the bassoon, saxophone, flute and piano in many spheres of music and appeared on both television and radio.

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