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For 2005, the opening concert was to feature Guy Johnston (cello) and Tom Poster (piano). Unfortunately, Guy was unwell, so Tom gave a recital of works by Bach, Turnage, Beethoven, Chopin, Fauré and Schumann to a packed audience. 

The second concert was given by the violin virtuoso Ralph Allin and friends. In the first half they gave an unusual take on traditional string music (from Hungarian fiddle to well-known television themes woven into Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, even featuring two people playing one 'cello at the same time!). After the interval, the scene changed to electric strings, with a range of jazz numbers of which Stephane Grapelli would have been proud. 

The concert series closed with the North Cotswold Chamber Choir, singing Brahms's Liebeslieder Waltzer and Bernstein's West Side Story Choral Suite. The Festival Concert featured some fantastic local talent and was introduced by Stuart Taylor (a dedicated committee member for many years) and was adjudicated by Simon Lole (Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral). Click
here for information about adjudicators for the 2005 classes, and history for information about previous years.

A new award was introduced this year, the "William Bailey Award", for the most outstanding folk performance. Two "fringe events" were well received, "meet the artist", Irene George (whose paintings from The Yellow Hat tribe were in exhibition in the Theatre Gallery), and "meet the author", Christabel Burniston (Life in a Liberty Bodice & The Brass and the Velvet).

Ralph Allin

Festival Award Winners 2005:
President's Cup: Catriona Bourne Swinton Hunter (piano)
Wychwood Trophy: Tom Rees (piano)
Rotary Club Cup: Cleo Jones (violin)
Padawa Award: Connie Price (cello)
Centenary Scholarship: Helen Rainbow (clarinet)
William Bailey Award: Mervyn Penny (folk singing)

Award winners and some performers in the 2005 Festival Concert:


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Adjudicators for 2005:

2005 Adjudicators
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.
Douglas Coombes is a prolific composer who has written for all ages. He is in demand as conductor, lecturer and course director, and worked for the BBC as a music producer. Chairman of the Eastern Region of the Association of British Choral Directors. Paul Harris One of Britain’s leading music educationalists. He has taught in the UK, USA, Far East, New Zealand and Australia, and has undertaken research into specialist music education for the highly talented.
John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo and in both acoustic and electric groups. An accomplished player of melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, he is a leading interpreter of English folk music. Ann Lampard studied singing with Marjorie Thomas and sang with Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Head of Voice at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London.
Murray McLachlan Internationally acclaimed concert artist, Head of Keyboard Studies at Chetham’s School of Music, and a tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music. James Patrick has worked in theatre and radio, and has taught speech and drama in schools, colleges as well as privately. Member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.
Vivien Pike Council Member of the Association of British Choral Directors. She is also Director of Cantores Novae (2002 finalists in the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year. Penelope Price Jones trained at the Royal Academy of Music with Marjorie Thomas. Her career has mainly been on the concert platform, with extensive oratorio experience.
Ivan Scott studied guitar under Oliver Hunt at the London College of Music, and in Spain under Emilio Pujol. Recitalist that regularly gives talks in schools and colleges combined with master-classes and workshops. Keith Smith began his musical career at an early age as a violinist later studying at the Royal College of Music. For many years directed the Southampton Youth Orchestra and teaches violin and viola.
Graham Trew studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His extensive international career has included operatic roles, oratorio, recitals and recordings, and as a choral director.

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