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Events for the 101st Chipping Norton Music Festival featured:

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

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 2013 classes, and here for the history of the Festival.

Award winners and performers from the 2013 Festival Concert:
 

Festival Award Winners 2013:
President's Cup: Benjamin Thompson
Wychwood Trophy: Leah Ng
Rotary Club Cup: Esther Mead
Youth Jazz Band Challenge: Frank Jazz
William Bailey Folk Award: Chris Gardener
Chipping Norton Folk Club Award: Lucinda Bourne Swinton Hunter
George Hummer Prize for Creative Writing: Jan Harvey

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The Adderbury Ensemble with pianist Viv McLean playing the Dvorák piano quintet:

 

"The Magic of the Alphorn" family concert:

 

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2013 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.]
Anne Hodgson* (Woodwind & Brass) was a junior exhibitioner at Royal College of Music and studied at Trinity College of Music with Ann Cherry, then at the Guildhall with Averill Williams. After many years as a freelance performer in London she moved to Sussex where she has a private teaching practice, also teaching at Brighton College and Burgess Hill School for Girls. Many of her students gain music scholarships and play in youth orchestras and ensembles. An active freelance flautist, from playing bass flute in Sussex Flutes quintet, performing and recording new music by Sussex composers to playing flute in a barn dance band, she is trustee of the British Flute Society and appeared at their 2012 convention.
Suzanne Higgins* (Folk) was born in Denmark, but grew up in Yorkshire where, as a student at Leeds University, she had her first contact with Folk Music. After five years as a lecturer in Further Education and a period abroad, Suzanne returned to England, working in Education whilst freelancing as a singer. Suzanne has composed songs for children of all ages. She arranged much traditional music for her Choirs at Morley College and Bromley College of Adult Education. Since 2005 Suzanne has been a member of the Spare Parts Concertina band, with whom she has presented tunes and part-playing workshops in many Folk Festivals, including Whitby, Chippenham, Fareham, Crawley, Tenterden, Fareham and Lewes. She has written, arranged and performed songs for the Magic Lantern shows From Field to Foundry and A History of the Lifeboats, for which Spare Parts provide the music. With Lanternists Alan and Rene Marriott, the band gives annual performances at the Hollycombe Steam Fair.
Peter Hunt (Children’s Workshops) 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, 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 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 is our Festival Music Adviser and a passionate supporter, bringing choirs for many years and adjudicating on many occasions. He is delighted to be returning again to work with youngsters, supporting them to develop their love of singing and all things musical.
Alan MacLean* (Piano) graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, receiving the award for the most outstanding student. Further study followed with internationally renowned pianists, including Karl Schnabel. He is much in demand as a chamber musician, having played with many of the country's leading instrumentalists, and premiered Malcolm Arnold's Trio Bourgeoises. In the mid-nineties, Alan recorded English Music for Piano Duet with Peter Lawson, exploring the wealth of twentieth century music in this genre, which received critical acclaim and a Disc of the Year nomination. Similar accolades followed on release of their second album, British Music for Piano Duet. Most recently he joined the violist, Carol Hubel-Allen, to form the Duo Karadys, the pair enjoying a concert schedule that included a performance at last year's Cheltenham International Festival of Music. After twenty years as Head of Keyboard Studies at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Alan left to explore a number of musical projects. He gives masterclasses for young pianists and chamber music players, and regularly adjudicates at a wide range of music events.
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 joined the LAMDA board of examiners in 1986 and has examined throughout the UK, Spain, Singapore, USA and Malta. She has been an adjudicator in Speech & Drama for the British & International Federation of Festivals since 1991 and has adjudicated in Bermuda, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. She is a registered Tutor for the Voicecare Network. Priscilla is also a professional speaker and holds full Equity membership. Over the last 35 years she has directed and acted in over 40 plays, musicals and pantomimes.
Gary Ryan (Classical Guitar) is one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and has performed to international critical acclaim, recently becoming the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music. He made his London recital debut for the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series at the Purcell Room in 1994 and has since pursued a highly varied international career as a performer, composer and teacher. Gary studied at the Guildhall School of Music Junior Department, later winning a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 1987. In 1991 he graduated with first class honours and many awards including the Julian Bream Prize and the John Mundy String Prize and was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997. In 2009 he was appointed as Assistant Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music in London where he has taught as both an instrumental and academic professor since 1996 and is also currently an examiner for the ABRSM. His innovative guitar compositions have broadened the instrument’s appeal by combining traditional classical technique with a rich variety of musical influences and contemporary guitar styles, as in his recent solo work Benga Beat which was premiered to great acclaim in 2011 and can be viewed on YouTube.
Lesley Shrigley Jones* (Strings, Ensembles and Family Class) is a cellist, pianist and singer who combines performance with teaching. As an Associated Board Scholar, she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, and then in Germany in the Masterclass of Antonio Janigro. Lesley has given cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba concerts throughout Europe and Latin America and, since playing with ‘The Fires of London’, has pursued her commitment to contemporary music including several first performances. She has recorded works by Charles Camilleri and a recent compilation entitled Cello in Song. Lesley is an Examiner and Mentor for the Associated Board and has adjudicated for the National Chamber Music Competition and the Deutsche Jugend Musiziert.
Elizabeth Stafford* (Junior/Senior Choirs, Junior/Senior Vocal) was born and educated in Birmingham. She studied for a BA (Hons) in music at Durham University, following this with a PhD in Performance Studies at Sheffield University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Studies at Trinity College of Music and a PGCE in Primary Music. As a solo soprano Elizabeth has won many competitions and awards including First Prize and ‘Most Promising Young Female Singer’ in the David Clover Competition and finalist representing Sheffield University in the Musica Britannica Competition. She has appeared as an oratorio and opera soloist with numerous ensembles. She has given recitals in many prestigious locations including the CBSO Centre and has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. As a choral conductor, Elizabeth has conducted numerous youth and adult choirs in venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Tewkesbury Abbey and St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham. In 2009, Elizabeth was selected for a choral conducting masterclass with David Hill and the BBC Singers, and in 2010 was invited to conduct a massed choir for the Music for Youth Family Prom in Birmingham. Elizabeth has worked for numerous Local Authority Music Services as a vocal and curriculum teacher, as music education consultant for Trinity College London, and as professional development mentor for the ABRSM. Elizabeth now runs her own company Music Education Solutions, which provides workshops and training for schools and teachers across the UK.
Anthony Williams* (Youth Jazz Band Challenge) studied at the RAM, has given recitals, broadcasts and concerto appearances around the world and established an international reputation as a piano teacher. Now based full-time at Radley College, Oxford, as Head Instrumental Studies, he combines this with a busy freelance career. He has written articles and books on piano teaching and regularly presents lecture-recitals and seminars and performance, repertoire and the art of teaching. Anthony is a Senior Moderator for ABRSM, a jazz and classical examiner, a senior presenter for Teacher Support and President of the Chipping Norton Music Festival.

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