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Events for the 100th Chipping Norton Music Festival (highlight images below):

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

The Festival Concert once again featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Toby Blundell and adjudicated by President Anthony Williams. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2012 classes, and here for the history of the Festival.

Award winners and performers from the 2012 Festival Concert:

Festival Award Winners 2012:
President's Cup: Sophie Harlow & Louisa Anderson
Wychwood Trophy: Aidan Hughes
Rotary Club Cup: Jack Gee
Padawa Award: Zoe Foster
Youth Jazz Band Challenge: Reading School Big Band
William Bailey Folk Award: Rachel Chai
Chipping Norton Folk Club Award: Fiddles & Feet
George Hummer Prize for Creative Writing: Freda Volans

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2012 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.
Keith Allen (Youth Jazz Band Challenge) was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, then post-graduate studies at Birmingham University, Kingston University and Thames Valley University. He played clarinet and saxophone in numerous orchestras, including working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Previous positions include: Saxophone Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire; Head of Birmingham Music Service; Musical Director: Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company; Consultant Editor: Faber Music and Conductor of Birmingham Schools Big Band. Currently, Keith is Musical Director of Birmingham Symphonic Winds; Director of The National Concert Band Festival Ė the UK's largest big band & wind band festival; and Conductor of Solihull Youth Wind Orchestra. Keith is an experienced and much sought after adjudicator, specialising in woodwind, brass, recorder, orchestral and chamber music as well as Big Band Music and has adjudicated numerous UK Festivals as well as Music for Youth and is a tutor for European Youth Summer Music. In February 2011, he was invited to direct the University Big Bands and Wind Bands in Minnesota, USA.
Robert Bailey* (Strings, Ensembles and Family Class) 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 Londonís Centre for Young Musicians and examines for the Associated Board.
Anne Hodgson* (Woodwind & Brass) was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, and went on to study at Trinity and the Guildhall. Having freelanced as a performer and teacher in London for many years, she moved to Sussex where she now teaches and coaches at Brighton College, Burgess Hill School for Girls and privately. Anne is a freelance orchestral and solo performer, and a founder member of Sussex Flutes Quintet. She has a flute and harp duo with Sally Course and is a resident soloist with Musicians of All Saints chamber orchestra. She has a long association with New Music Brighton for whom she has given many first performances of new music. Anne is a trustee of the British Flute Society, and is currently working with Kay Tucker to produce a flute version of Kay's very successful String Babies beginner teaching method. She became a Federation adjudicator in 2009 and a Music For Youth mentor in 2010. Anne is delighted to be visiting Chipping Norton Music Festival for the first time in 2012.
Graeme Humphrey* (Piano) has been a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music since 1974, and has 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. 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. In 1997 he was elected Warden of the Private Teachersí Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and in 2002 was elected President of the Royal Academy of Music Club and became Music Director of the Hereford International Summer School in 2004.
Peter Hunt (Junior Vocal) is one of the UKís 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, an independent music service for the county of Berkshire, where he specialises in leading singing projects. He studied at Dartington and London, then proceeding to a long career in secondary music education before focusing on choral education more broadly. He is the inspiration behind the VOICEWORKS (OUP) series of handbooks for singing, which has helped to transform singing for children, adults and choir leaders in many settings. Having started as author, then co-author, he is now the series editor. A regular workshop leader for Sing Up (the UK's national singing campaign) he is much in demand as an adjudicator and vocal clinician in the UK and overseas. Peter has delivered workshops and keynote addresses at conferences and gatherings internationally, and this summer presents vocal workshops to teachers in Santa Fe, USA. Peter is a passionate supporter of the Festival, bringing choirs for many years and adjudicating on many occasions; he is delighted to be returning again to work with young singers, supporting them to develop their love of singing.
David Kirby Ashmore* (Senior Vocal) 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, Davidís 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 the Royal Opera and English National Operaís Baylis Programme, and 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.
Sue 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 Peopleís Theatre. She also directs Bare Boards Theatre Company and adjudicates at festivals all over the UK as well as abroad. In September 2004, she 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 with 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.
Craig Ogden (Guitar), an Australian by birth, 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. His debut solo album released in 2010 The Guitar went straight to No. 1 in the Official Classic FM Chart. Craig also lectures at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
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. Colin has been commissioned to write new works for wind ensembles at the university and gained many awards in the National Concert Band Festival, including Gold at the Open Class Final in 2002. He is Conductor of Derbyshire City & 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.
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 the Bristol Old Vic.

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