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Concerts to celebrate the Chipping Norton 400th anniversary of the Town Charter included Diabolus in Musica and Elizabeth Gray (harp) and Tina Gandy (flute). Diablous in Musica brought merriment to the Town Hall in 17th Century style from a band of professional minstrels - a truly authentic flavour of Elizabethan England with accurately researched costumes and instruments. Elizabeth Gray and Tina Gandy took the audience through 400 years of music at Chastleton House. Both events included a taste of authentic Tudor food courtesty of Over Norton WI dressed in period costume. In addition, Glyme Ensemble Mk III gave a lunchtime "Soundbites" recital at The Theatre to a packed audience.


The Festival Concert featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Toby Blundell and adjudicated by Vice-President David Bruce-Payne. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2007 classes, and click here for information about previous years. Award winners and some performers from the 2007 Festival Concert can be seen below:


Festival Award Winners 2007:
President's Cup: Corinne Ellul (oboe)
Wychwood Trophy: Abigail Piercy (piano)
Rotary Club Cup: Carys Bulter (piano)
Padawa Award: Rosi Callery(cello)
William Bailey Folk Award: Fiona Kent & Mary Chowen
Chipping Norton Heritage & Traditional Music Club Award: Fiddles & Feet

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2007 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.
Helen Browne (Chamber Ensembles and Strings) studied at the Royal College of Music and was awarded the prestigious Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship for study in Lisbon. On graduating from the RCM she was engaged by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently she became principal second violin of the Royal Ballet Orchestra and shortly afterwards became a member of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden. Helen’s busy schedule includes teaching and freelance playing with London Orchestras, and adjudicating competitions and festivals. Penelope Price Jones (Junior Vocal) trained at the Royal Academy of Music with Marjorie Thomas. Her career has mainly been on the concert platform, with extensive oratorio experience. She has broadcast regularly and her recordings include songs written for her. She teaches privately, is a voice mentor for the Associated Board Certificate of Teaching, and has given master-classes at summer schools and colleges.
Christopher Field (Senior Vocal and Recital Class) was a Choral Exhibitioner at Trinity College, Cambridge and a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, later winning an Arts Council of Great Britain scholarship for postgraduate vocal studies in Switzerland. He has worked extensively as a baritone soloist with choral societies, as recitalist and teacher, as freelance choral conductor and composer. In addition to being an adjudicator he is also a diploma examiner for the Associated Board. Ivan Scott (Guitar, Composition, Senior Schools, and Family Class) started to play the guitar at the age of fourteen. He later studied guitar performing under Oliver Hunt at The London College of Music. Ivan became a Fellow of the College, and later gained his Fellowship of Trinity College of Music. Ivan continued his studies in Spain under Emilio Pujol, a pupil of the legendary Francisco Tarrega. In the UK, Ivan has spent much of his time giving talks and recitals in schools and colleges as well as master-classes and workshops.
Anne Harris-Norman (Speech and Drama) is an examiner for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and The English Speaking Board. She has taught at all levels from kindergarten to A Level Theatre Studies. In addition to her teaching experience, she has been involved in many productions both as an actress and director. She co-founded the Durham Shakespeare Company and for many years ran a touring group in Cheshire. James Stretton – (Woodwind and Brass) studied at Trinity College of Music, London and in Houston, Texas and is a freelance trumpeter, composer and arranger. Formerly Head of Instrumental Music at Harrogate Ladies’ College, he has also played with Symphony Orchestras (including the RLPO and Manchester Camerata), brass bands, early music ensembles and big bands. He was a member of the world famous Black Dyke band with whom he won the European Brass Championship in 2005 and is currently a member of the Nick Ross Orchestra.
Ann Lampard (Junior Choirs) studied singing with Marjorie Thomas and won many National Festival Awards, including the Oxford Festival Professional Recital Award. She joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera after winning the Dame Maggie Teyte International Operatic Prize, and went on to sing many leading roles. She has toured the Far East giving recitals and master-classes before concentrating on teaching and has recently retired as Head of Voice at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London. 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 Bristol Old Vic.
James Patrick (One-Act Play Festival). After training at the Hampshire School of Drama and Trent Park College, James worked in theatre and radio, and taught speech and drama in schools, colleges and privately. For eighteen years he was senior lecturer at Southlands College, Wimbledon, training students for careers in theatre and teaching. He was appointed Chief Examiner in Drama and Theatre Arts for the Associated Examining Board and has examined for universities and colleges, and The English Speaking Board, of which he is also a founder member. Anthony Williams – President of the Festival (Piano) studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has since given many recitals, broadcasts and concerto appearances around the world. An experienced accompanist, he has also taught at the Royal Academy of Music. Anthony is now based at Radley College where, as Head of Keyboard & Instrumental Studies, he jointly runs the Music Department. He is an Associated Board Examiner, trainer and moderator, and an experienced adjudicator.
Vivien Pike (Senior Choirs) studied singing, piano and violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with Teaching and Performer’s Diplomas and a Silver Medal. She is a soprano soloist and has sung for many Choral Societies and is a former member of the BBC Northern Singers. She directs Cantores Novae, who were finalists in the 2002 Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year and Choir Champions of the 2002 National Eisteddfod.

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