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Concerts for the 96th Chipping Norton Music Festival included The Charleston Chasers, The Phoenix Recorder Orchestra and Orichalcum - World of Brass. The Festival also featured a piano masterclass with President Anthony Williams.

The Festival hosted the first George Hummer Prize for Creative Writing. Click here to see the winning entry. More about the Hummer Prize.

The Festival Concert once again featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Toby Blundell and adjudicated by the guitarist Graig Ogden. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2008 classes, and click here for information about previous years.

Award winners and some performers from the 2008 Festival Concert:

Festival Award Winners 2008:
President's Cup: Isabelle Bourne Swinton Hunter
Wychwood Trophy: Esme Calcutt
Rotary Club Cup: Therese De Souza
Padawa Award: Imogen Mead
William Bailey Folk Award: Jeremy Walton
Chipping Norton Heritage & Traditional Music Club Award: Fiddles & Feet
Geroge Hummer Prize for Creative Writing: Rachel Bentham

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2008 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.
Ann Lampard (Junior & Senior 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. Marilyn Hill Smith (Senior Vocal & Recital Class) studied at the Guidhall School of Music and made her debut with English National Opera as Adele in Die Fledermaus. An accomplished and versatile soprano, she has sung principal roles with all the major British opera companies as well as with Canadian Opera and Lyric Opera, Singapore. Her wide and varied repertoire ranges from early French opera to Gilbert & Sullivan, and has performed as far afield as Hollywood, Australia, Brazil and Zimbabwe. Marilyn teaches singing and is an adjudicator member of the British & International Federation of Festivals.
Peter Hunt (Junior Vocal) is an experienced choral trainer, conductor, arranger and composer, Peter has worked with singers and choral groups for over thirty years. He trained at Dartington, was Head of Performing Arts at Chipping Norton School, and is currently Head of Voice for Berkshire Maestros, the independent music service that delivers to the youth of Berkshire which includes conducting the Berkshire Youth Choir. The inspiration behind the Voiceworks (OUP) series of handbooks, he is also a member of the advisory group working with Howard Goodall to raise the national profile of singing. John Kirkpatrick (Folk) was born in Chiswick, West London in 1947 when a deep love of music was instilled from birth; family gatherings always included a hearty sing-song. He joined the Hammersmith Morris Men in 1959 and took up the melodeon, the button accordion and the anglo concertina, and became hooked on the traditional songs that were accompanied with a post-dancing pint. John has gone on to become one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music.
Gill Johnston (Woodwind & Brass, Open Recital) Gill Johnston studied the Bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After freelance playing home and abroad, she concentrated on teaching, and later with her husband, David Johnston, established Harpenden Musicale, From small beginnings, Musicale has grown into one of the largest institutions of its type in the country. As well as day to day running of the Music School, Gill arranges holiday music courses, (Musicale Holidays), competitions and the Harpenden Summer Music Festival. Gill is the founder and Musical Director of the national Children's Wind Orchestra. In demand as an adjudicator, she also has four children (all musicians!) including cellist, Guy, who was BBC Young Musician in 2000. Craig Ogden (General Ensembles & Guitar) is an Australian by birth and is one of the most exciting guitarists of his generation. He records exclusively for Chandos and has performed concertos with many major orchestras and his debut solo recording of contemporary British works received a Grammy nomination. Recordings include all three Rodrigo guitar concerti and solo recitals. Craig also lectures at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Norma Redfearn (Speech & Drama) trained at the Northern College of Speech and Drama and researched at Leicester University. She has taught and lectured at a variety of schools and colleges and was Head of Drama at Yorkshire College of Music and Drama. She began her acting career in Rep, before going on to perform in professional theatre in many parts of the country. As an examiner for Trinity College London, she has examined students, lectured and performed throughout the UK, Europe and in many countries around the world. Norma now examines extensively for LAMDA and continues to teach students from six years old to 60. She gives concerts and recitals as well as 'voice-over' recordings for radio and a variety of companies. Keith Smith (Chamber Ensembles, Composition, Family class & Strings) received singing and piano lessons from the age of six and was renowned throughout the Midlands as a treble soloist. He also studied violin and played in both the Leicestershire and National Youth Orchestras before studying orchestral and choral conducting at the Royal College of Music. He holds degrees in music from both Leeds and Surrey Universities. After holding leading school teaching positions he became a full-time conductor, and worked with major choirs and orchestras both at home and abroad. For many years he has directed the work of the Southampton Youth Orchestra and in 1991 founded "Hampshire County Youth Choir". Throughout his career he has given violin and viola tuition to gifted pupils.
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.  

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