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Events for the 97th Chipping Norton Music Festival included Youth Jazz Band Challenge, Mike Bardsley (Harpsichord) at Chastleton House, and Guy Johnston (cello) and Tom Poster (piano). The Festival also featured masterclasses with Viviane Ronchetti (strings) and Graeme Humphrey (piano).

The Festival again hosted the George Hummer Prize for Creative Writing. More about the Hummer Prize and the winning entry from MS Clary.

The Festival Concert once again featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Peter Hunt and adjudicated by President Anthony Williams. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2009 classes, and here for information about previous years.

Award winners and some performers from the 2009 Festival Concert:

Festival Award Winners 2009:
President's Cup: Benedict McCaw
Wychwood Trophy: Darcy Watkins
Rotary Club Cup: Jonti Smith
Padawa Award: Hannah Lewis
Youth Jazz Band Challenge: King Eddie's Revival, King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-upon-Avon
William Bailey Folk Award: Mervyn Penny
Chipping Norton Heritage & Traditional Music Club Award: Sandra Shallis
George Hummer Prize for Creative Writing: MS Clary

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2009 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.
Andrew Padmore (Junior & Senior Choirs) studied conducting with Sir Adrian Boult and acquired an impressive list of academic qualifications. He was Director of Music in an old-established Grammar School and became Cathedral Organist and Master of Choristers at Cork and Belfast cathedrals, giving organ recitals in many British cathedrals and concert halls. In 1989 he left full-time cathedral music to concentrate on his work as a choral and orchestral conductor, lecturer and masterclass clinician. Andrew is resident conductor and artistic director of the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir and Harrogate Choral Society, and has conducted choirs and orchestras internationally, ranging from small chamber choirs at the BBC to large symphony orchestras and choirs including the well-loved “Huddersfield Choral Society”. Andrew is an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music and in demand as a guest conductor for the major choral repertoire both in the UK and overseas. Ann Lampard (Junior Vocal & Children’s Workshops) was born and educated in the North East of England, studying singing with Betty Middleton. At twenty-one she won many National Festival Awards, including the Oxford Festival Professional Recital Award, before moving to London to study singing with Marjorie Thomas. She joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera after winning the Dame Maggie Teyte International Operatic Prize, and went on to sing many leading roles. Ann toured the Far East giving recitals and masterclasses before she decided to concentrate on teaching. She has been Head of Voice at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London, for sixteen years. Currently, she divides her time between her home on the Isle of Skye, teaching in Sussex and adjudication.
Craig Ogden (Guitar) was born in Australia and is one of the most exciting guitarists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. In 2004 Ogden became the youngest instrumentalist to receive a Fellowship from the Royal Northern College of Music in recognition of his achievements. Craig’s recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion and Sony have received wide acclaim. BBC Music Magazine dubbed him "a worthy successor to Julian Bream" and his debut solo CD for Nimbus Records of 20th Century Classics by British composers was nominated for a Grammy Award. Craig has performed concertos with all of the major UK orchestras and also internationally. Craig regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major London venues and recently made his presenting debut on BBC Radio 3 in a programme on the Segovia Legacy co-presented by Louis de Bernières. Craig is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. David Kirby-Ashmore (Senior Vocal & Recital Class) is a baritone who was awarded a scholarship to study at The Royal Academy of Music. In addition to recitals and concerts in major London venues, David’s career has taken him all over the world. As well as performing, David has taught singing for The Arts Educational School and Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. He has worked for the education departments of Opera 80, D’Oyly Carte Opera, the Royal Opera and English National Opera’s Baylis Programme. He now has a thriving private practice working with teenagers to professional singers and gives masterclasses in the UK and overseas. David was one of the consultants for the Danesborough Chorus’ CD-Rom guide for Choral Singers, writing the technical and physiological parts of the course. In addition to being an adjudicator for the Festival movement, David has been Chairman of his local Festival and advises on repertoire for many festivals. In 2007 he was Vocal and Choral Director at European Youth Summer Music.
Graeme Humphrey (Piano) has been a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music since 1974, and been actively involved in festival adjudicating, examining and teaching; this work has taken him across the globe to Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Graeme was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship from New Zealand to study piano at the Royal Academy of Music. While at the RAM he developed interests in chamber music, accompanying and teaching, and has enjoyed a career based on these activities. He has broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3, and has performed at the Bath and Harrogate Festivals, the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London. He is also active in seminars for teachers in the United Kingdom and abroad, and maintains a substantial private teaching practice with pupils of all ages and stages. Since 1993 he has tutored at the Hereford International Summer School and became its Music Director in 2004. In 1997 he was elected Warden of the Private Teachers’ Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and in 2002 was elected President of the Royal Academy of Music Club. Paul Harris (Woodwind & Brass) has established an international reputation as one of Britain’s leading music educationalists. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where, as a pupil of John Davies, he won the August Manns Prize for outstanding performance in clarinet playing. He has taught in the UK, the USA, the Far East, New Zealand and Australia and has undertaken research into specialist music education for the highly talented. He has many publications to his name, mostly concerned with music education. His book, “The Music Teacher’s Companion”, won the UK’s Music Industry Association’s Best New Book award in 2001. He writes for many national and international journals and made an appearance in the final Inspector Morse novel!
Pete Cooper (Folk) performs, composes, teaches and writes about fiddle music. He is also a singer. His band “Rattle on the Stovepipe”, with Dave Arthur and Chris Moreton, performs English and Appalachian Old Time music. Born in Stafford, Pete started violin at the age of 9, and took his degree in English at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1979, he recorded “Frosty Morning” with American singer Holly Tannen and toured widely in Europe and California. He also worked on the folk scene with singer Peta Webb, with whom he recorded “The Heart is True”. He has released many other recordings and has composed for films as well as for BBC TV and Radio. Best known as a fiddle teacher and workshop leader, Pete is a stalwart of Hands on Music weekends in Oxfordshire and popular tutor at Folkworks events in the northeast of England. Keen to introduce vernacular fiddling to classical players, he has directed courses at the Wigmore Hall, Dartington International Summer School and London’s Royal Academy. He runs the London Fiddle School sharing his enthusiasm for the traditional music from around the world. Susan Mackay (Speech & Drama) ran The Fylde Stage School for ten years, teaching all levels of dance, speech and drama before graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. After working in Repertory Theatre, touring and TV, Sue decided that it was time to realise other dreams. She now directs Upstage Drama, teaching Speech and Drama, GCSE Drama and Upstage Young People’s Theatre. She also directs Bare Boards Theatre Company and adjudicates at festivals all over the UK as well as abroad. She has taught “A” level Drama at Runshaw College, Leyland and in September 2004 launched a successful pilot programme reaching out to disaffected Year 10 and Year 11 pupils. In 2007, she took over the role of Co-ordinator of Performing Arts in the Community at a High School, providing links between the senior school and local primary schools. Sue sees the role of adjudicator as a combination of bringing new ideas and approaches to the text and the performance as well as fresh encouragement to every performer.
Viviane Ronchetti (Family Class, Ensembles, & Strings) won a Junior Exhibition to the Royal Manchester College of Music to study the violin with the international concert artiste, Endre Wolf, at the age of 13. She became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain a year later and ultimately, the NYO’s sub-leader. In 1966, Viviane was awarded a place to study music at Manchester University and the Royal Manchester College of Music concurrently. She was a pupil of Professor Alexandre Mouskovsky at the RMCM and graduated with Bachelor of Music Degree with special Honours awarded in Performance. After graduating, Viviane studied with Manoug Parikian and started on a career combining teaching with free-lancing with the major London chamber orchestras. Viviane has held Head of Strings posts at Harrow School and Queenswood School and was Professor of violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior department for five years from 2003 to 2008. She is Director of the National Youth Strings Academy – founded in 1995 to promote the string orchestra repertoire and to develop the ensemble-playing skills of talented young string-players aged 9 to 21. She travels extensively in both the UK and overseas as a specialist strings adjudicator. 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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