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Events for the 98th Chipping Norton Music Festival included: Youth Jazz Band Challenge in association with Chipping Norton Rotary Club, Diablous in Musica at Chastleton House - historical music played on authentic instruments by specialist musicians in period costume. Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood in an early performance of their joint project celebrating the legendary 1961 collaboration between Ray Charles and Betty Carter. Exciting workshops for Year 5 children from local primary schools with Christina Willett "Sing your socks off!".

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

The Festival Concert once again featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Peter Hunt and adjudicated by Allison Walker-Moorcroft. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2010 classes, and here for the history of the Festival.

Award winners and some performers from the 2010 Festival Concert:

Festival Award Winners 2010:
President's Cup: Lydia Ballam
Wychwood Trophy: Benjamin Thompson
Rotary Club Cup: Catriona Bourne Swinton Hunter
Padawa Award: Kingham Primary School Choir
Youth Jazz Band Challenge: CNS Allstars, Chipping Norton
William Bailey Folk Award: Bill Pullen
Chipping Norton Folk Club Award: Sandra Shallis
George Hummer Prize for Creative Writing: John Wheatley

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2010 Adjudicator biographies.
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.
Robert Bailey (Strings, Ensembles) studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Christopher Bunting and Stefan Popov. He has held principal positions at English National Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and for four years was cellist in the Delme Quartet with whom he broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3 and made several CD recordings. In addition to a busy performing schedule, Robert is increasingly in demand as a conductor, appearing regularly with the Locrian Chamber Orchestra at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. He has also introduced and conducted several concerts with the English National Orchestra and recently conducted two concerts with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in Australia. Robert also teaches cello and conducts at London’s Centre for Young Musicians and examines for the Associated Board.
Peter Hunt (Junior Vocal) is one of the UK’s most experienced choral trainers and conductors, having worked with a wide variety of singers and choral groups for over thirty years. He is currently Deputy Head of Berkshire Maestros, the independent music service for Berkshire where he specializes in singing, leading projects in schools, and conducting Berkshire Young Voices. He trained at Dartington College and has had a long career in secondary education, which included being Head of Performing Arts at Chipping Norton School. He is the inspiration behind the “VOICEWORKS” series of handbooks for singing, the publication of which by Oxford University Press has transformed the lives of many choirs and their leaders. He is author of four of its titles and is now the series editor. He is a regular workshop leader for “Sing Up”, the national singing campaign, and is much in demand as adjudicator and vocal clinician both in the UK and overseas. He has a great understanding of the techniques and skills required of young singers.
Gaynor Keeble (Senior Vocal) gained scholarships to the University of Warwick and the Royal Academy of Music. She combines a busy performing career with teaching both privately and at the University of Warwick and adjudicating. She has also worked extensively with English Touring Opera’s Education Programme. She was a member of Welsh National Opera for three years and has worked for the Royal Opera, Opera North, D’Oyly Carte, Mid-Wales Opera and English Touring Opera. Concert appearances include the London Mozart Players, London Bach Orchestra, CBSO Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In December 2001 she was the winner of the London Lieder Prize. Recent engagements include the title role in Carmen, Delilah (Samson and Delilah) and Amneris (Aïda) for Kentish Opera, Katisha (Mikado) for Carl Rosa Opera in USA and Rome, as well as performances of Berlioz Nuits d’été, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and the Verdi Requiem. In 2006 she made her debut with English National Opera and in 2008 her debut at the Royal Opera House. In 2009 she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, a discretionary award for distinguished former students.
John Kirkpatrick (Folk) Born in Chiswick, West London in 1947, a deep love of music was instilled from birth, and family gatherings always included a hearty sing-song. John 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. He has gone on to become one of the 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.
Priscilla Morris (Speech & Drama) was a member of the National Youth Theatre appearing in Zigger Zagger and Fuzz. She then trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. In 1972 she founded her own drama school in the Midlands where she continues to teach children and adults at all levels. Priscilla has worked in several independent schools where she taught Speech & Drama to children aged 5 to 18 and Oral English for GCSE. She has examined throughout Great Britain and Ireland as well as internationally in Spain, Singapore and the USA since joining the LAMDA board in 1986. She is also an adjudicator in Speech & Drama for the British Federation of Festivals, for whom she has worked all over Britain as well as in Bermuda, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. She is a registered Tutor & Trustee for the Voicecare Network and is particularly in demand for her Practical Shakespeare workshops, and is author of “Introducing Shakespeare to Young People” published in 1997. Over the last 35 years she has directed and acted in over 40 plays, musicals and pantomimes.
David Oliver (Piano) won an Open Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Professor Leslie England. His studentship was interrupted by National Service, but this was turned to good use as he served in the Royal Marines School of Music. While at the school David played several Piano Concertos with the Royal Marines Symphony Orchestra. On return to the RAM he won several prizes and was awarded the Recital Diploma. A career of concert work and teaching began and, following his appointment to the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music as an examiner, he was awarded Associateship of the RAM. David taught piano for many years at Harrow School, St. Helen’s, Northwood and the Watford School of Music; also at the North London Collegiate School, where he still teaches. As an examiner, he has travelled widely, undertaking tours to Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. On some of these tours he has recorded Recital Programmes for both radio and television. He also works as an adjudicator at music festivals, including three visits to the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. David lives in Rickmansworth and has built an extensive private piano teaching Practice, which is still flourishing. When time permits he enjoys performing chamber music with friends and colleagues.
James Stretton (Youth Jazz Band Challenge, Woodwind & Brass) flourished in the Warwickshire County music system culminating in a performance with the county youth orchestra at age 17 of the notorious 2nd Brandenburg Concerto by Bach. He went on to study at Trinity College of Music, London and with James Austin in Houston, Texas. In a teaching career that spanned 11 years James worked in both the state and private sectors. He left his final post as Head of Instrumental Music at Harrogate Ladies' College in December 2005 to concentrate full time on Orichalcum - World of Brass. Something of a musical chameleon, James enjoys performing professionally in a wide variety of ensembles. He regularly performs with orchestras including the City Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Nick Ross Big Band. Formerly a member of the Black Dyke Brass Band he now plays with both the Desford Band and world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
Colin Touchin (Choirs) is a conductor, composer, clarinettist and recorder-player and has been an adjudicator for 34 years. During eight years at Chetham's School of Music and almost fifteen as Director of Music at the University of Warwick, Colin has a distinguished record of conducting, composing for, and encouraging young musicians in orchestras, choirs and bands. With the University of Warwick Chamber Choir he gained gold or silver awards at almost every international festival entered including the televised semi-finals of Sainsbury's Choir of the Year in 2000. Colin has been commissioned to write new works for wind ensembles at the University of Warwick and gained many awards in the National Concert Band Festival, including Gold at the Open Class Final in 2002. It is believed this award and the Choir's competition record are unique for any British university. On Christmas Eve 2008 and 2009 he appeared on Asia Pearl TV and performed on RTHK Radio 4 conducting live performances from the Hong Kong “Concert in the Park” of Karl Jenkins’s Adiemus and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. He is Conductor of Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band, Musical Director of Warwickshire County Youth Orchestra, a regular guest conductor of the Essex Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor of London Charity Orchestra, and founder/conductor of Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in Coventry.
Christina Willett (Childrens’ Workshops) is a Year 6 primary teacher currently working in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She is a music specialist, teaching singing, drums/percussion and guitar. Christina is passionate about children’s development in music, actively promoting and encouraging singing and learning of instruments. Prior to becoming a teacher in 1998, Christina was a professional musician for seven years playing an eclectic range of music including rock/pop, rhythm’n’blues and jazz. While studying to become a teacher, she also learned to play the piano and wrote children’s songs which led to her involvement with visual arts projects in local schools, churches and museums. Christina later taught drama, dance and performance skills at the ‘Scala’ School of Performing Arts.

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