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The 2006 Festival opened with Beats4Three percussion trio. Alonso Mendoza (lecturer in Percussion at the Birmingham Conservatoire) with rising stars Jason Huxtable and Timothy Palmer played Mexican music and contemporary works for percussion.

'The hot, spicy rhythms and laid-back style of virtuoso Mexican percussionist Alonso Mendoza has been making a big impact in celebrating cultural diversity…’
(The Times)

The second concert was given by the acclaimed Anglo-Scandinavian trio Stekpanna (jazz trio) with the inimitable Digby Fairweather (trumpet).

'A coolly inventive group with a broad view, adaptable skills and plenty of sparky moments.’
(The Guardian)


The third professional concert featured the highly popular and prestigious international tenor James Gilchrist in partnership with pianist Anna Tilbrook. Their recital included Mozart, Schumann, Liszt and Finzi.

‘James Gilchrist’s bright, ringing tenor voice is compelling from the first note, but it’s the range of expression and unaffected musicality that leave the lasting impression.’
(BBC Music Magazine)

Two "fringe events" were also well received:

The Festival Concert featured some fantastic local talent and was introduced by Peter Hunt and adjudicated by President Anthony Williams. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2006 classes, and click here for information about previous years. Award winners and some performers from the 2006 Festival Concert can be seen below:


Festival Award Winners 2006:
President's Cup: Leila Jinnah (violin)
Wychwood Trophy: Emily Davenport (piano)
Rotary Club Cup: Josephine Organ-Jennings (soprano)
Padawa Award: Imogen Mead (violin)
William Bailey Award: Helen Barr (folk singing)

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Adjudicators for 2006:

2006 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.
Pete Cooper (Folk) composes, teaches, and writes about fiddle music and is also a singer. His new band, “Rattle on the Stovepipe”, with Dave Arthur and Chris Moreton, perform English and Appalachian Old Time music. He runs the London Fiddle School sharing his enthusiasm for the traditional music from around the world. Betty Roe (Composition, General Ensembles, Family Class) studied piano, 'cello and singing at the Royal Academy of Music was awarded an ARAM for services to the music profession. She has been composing since teenage years and studied composition with Lennox Berkley. She is best known for her songs, choral music, musicals and instrumental music for schools.
Ruth Gerald (Piano) Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal College of Music in London until August 1999 and is a Fellow of the Royal College. An international adjudicator, she is actively involved in many aspects of the work of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Viviane Ronchetti (Strings) was awarded an Exhibition from the Royal Manchester College of Music to study the violin with Endre Wolf at the age of 13. She is Director of the National Youth Strings Academy and violin professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Junior Department.
Luise Horrocks (Junior Vocal) trained at Oxford University and the Royal College of Music. As a soprano soloist, she has sung works from Monteverdi to Stravinsky and performed with the Royal Philharmonic and English String Orchestra. Her teaching has included the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, she is now visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham and a senior examiner for Trinity Guildhall. Gary Ryan (Guitar) studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, where he won a scholarship and was awarded the Julian Bream Prize. Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music, he has gained a strong reputation as one of the finest teachers of his generation. In addition to a busy solo performing career he is also a member of the guitar quarter Tetra.
Robert Latham (Senior Choirs) founder Director of the Bristol Cathedral Girls’ Choir, he now teaches at the Bristol Academy of Performing Arts which specialises in the training of students for Music Theatre. He lectures on ensemble technique, and preparing pupils for individual diploma examinations. Robert is also an examiner for Trinity College. Stuart Smith (Senior Vocal & Recital Class) is an instrumental and vocal accompanist that has worked in Europe and North America. Founder, producer and conductor of the New Opera Group and Musical Director of Wide Angle Voice Theatre, he now works in England as a vocal coach both privately and at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Simon Lole (Junior Choirs) read music at King’s College University, London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was later Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and is Director of Music and Master of Choristers at Salisbury Cathedral. In May 2005, Simon was honoured by the Guild of Church Musicians with a Fellowship for services to church music. Colin Touchin (Woodwind & Brass) conductor, composer, clarinettist, recorder-player and adjudicator, Colin was Director of Music at Warwick University for almost fifteen years commissioning new works and gaining awards in the National Concert Band Festival. Founder of several ensembles, including Midlands Wind Orchestra, he has also conducted the National Youth Wind Orchestras of Britain and Luxembourg.
Norma Redfearn (Speech & Drama) began her acting career in Rep before performing in professional theatre in many parts of the country. She later became Head of Drama at Yorkshire Colleve of Music & Drama. Norma continues to teach students from 6 to sixty as well as examining extensively for LAMDA and Trinity College London.

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