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Events for the 102nd Chipping Norton Music Festival featured:

The Festival Concert once again featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Peter Hunt and adjudicated by Alan MacLean. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2014 classes, and here for the history of the Festival.

Award winners and performers from the 2014 Festival Concert:
 

Festival Award Winners 2014:
President's Cup: Jessica Foxwell
Wychwood Trophy: Louis Juckes
Rotary Club Cup: Eléonore Organ-Jennings
Youth Jazz Band Challenge: Oxfordshire Jazz Collective
William Bailey Folk Award: Bill Pullen
Chipping Norton Folk Club Award: Four in a bar
Chipping Norton & Stow Methodist Circuit Bicentenary Award: Eléonore Organ-Jennings

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Eight in a Bar - this talented and versatile vocal group, directed by Bernard West, presented a song-filled evening of light-hearted entertainment ranging from Hnery VIII through to the present day.

 

The Allegri Quartet in their 60th anniversary tour:

 

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2014 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.]
Mark Ashford (Guitar) is Head of Guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and Director of the youth ensemble Guitar Circus-Birmingham, and has a wealth of experience teaching both children and adults, from beginners to degree level. He is a very committed teacher and regularly gives masterclasses at International Festivals and Conservatoires of Music. As a performer he has given recitals throughout Europe and the US and has recorded eight CDs including Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his latest CD release 'Rhapsody' with the Vida Guitar Quartet. In 2004, he was honoured to be elected as Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his achievements in the music profession.
Liz Childs* (Woodwind & Brass) studied flute with Gareth Morris and piano with Graeme Humphrey at the RAM and has performed all over the world. Her varied life includes performing with Quintessimo, adjudicating at home and abroad, teaching at home and at the University of East Anglia. Liz is founder and Musical Director of the Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy and is flute teacher at Beechwood Park School in Markyate, Hertfordshire. Liz thoroughly enjoys her work as an adjudicator regarding it a real privilege to be able to encourage and inspire performers. She believes that a positive experience at a festival of the Federation can change a performer’s life forever.
Eva Maria Doroskowska* (Piano) won a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Northern College of Music. With awards from the Countess of Munster and government scholarships she also studied under the renowned Jasinski in Poland and took soloist diplomas in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. She enjoys a busy soloist and chamber performing career and she has appeared on television and radio. Having worked with the late Gorecki and Per Nørgård, she has premiered their works and is also well known for her Chopin interpretations. She has given masterclasses and workshops and teaches both classical and jazz piano and taught at the Junior Royal Academy of Music for the last 12 years.
Nadia Hinson* (Strings, Ensembles and Family Class) graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1989. Having studied the violin with Manoug Parikian and piano with Jean Harvey, she began a career as a freelance violinist and piano accompanist and co-founded the Veloce ensemble (clarinet Quintet) touring throughout Britain performing specially commissioned works and her own compositions and arrangements for that genre. She is an advisor to the Lead, Empower, Achieve, Drive (LEAD) Academy trust on Performing Arts, directing choral and instrumental workshops and ensembles. Nadia is an ABRSM examiner worldwide and is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians.
Luise Horrocks* (Senior Vocal) After studies at Oxford University and the Royal College of Music, Luise’s career as a professional soprano took her throughout the UK, Europe, America and South Africa. She has held teaching positions in both the Junior and Senior departments of the Birmingham Conservatoire and as a visiting lecturer at Birmingham University. She runs an extensive private teaching practice, is a vocal coach on residential courses and a mentor on the CT ABRSM panel. She has also trained and conducted the Wyre Forest Young Voices choir. She is a Senior Examiner for Trinity Guildhall.
Peter Hunt (Junior Vocal and Children's Workshop) is an experienced choral trainer and conductor having worked with a wide variety of singers and choral groups for over thirty years. He studied at Dartington and London, then proceeded to a long career in secondary music education before focusing more broadly on choral education. He is currently Deputy Head of Berkshire Maestros, an independent music service for the county of Berkshire. Peter is the inspiration behind the VOICEWORKS publications with Oxford University Press that have transformed singing activities for many people. He has a national reputation as a workshop leader and trainer and is also our Festival Music Adviser.
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. He joined the Hammersmith Morris Men at the age of 12, got ‘hooked’ and began playing the melodeon, then the button accordion, then the Anglo concertina for the dancing. He quickly became in demand as a musician for country dance evenings, courses, and folk camps and went on to play in numerous dance bands as a teenager. A professional career followed with groups such as The Albion Country Band, Steeleye Span, Band of Hope and with the Albion Band at the National Theatre. These days John is most often seen as a soloist in his natural habitat as a champion of traditional English folk music, in festivals, clubs, and village halls. By way of rewarding his efforts over the years, he was made an honorary lifetime member of The International Concertina Association in 2002, awarded The Gold Badge of The English Folk Dance & Song Society in 2003, and named Musician of the Year in BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards in 2010.
Steven Roberts* (Youth Jazz Band Challenge and Choirs) is Conductor and Music Director of Altrincham Choral Society, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, Honley Male Voice Choir and Sing & Discover. He is a mentor for Music for Youth and a member of ABCD. He has previously held the post of Head of Performing Arts and Music at Barnsley College. He is in demand as a choral and vocal specialist, but also studied piano and brass. He has a wide knowledge of musical theatre, but also conducts orchestras, symphonic wind bands, brass bands and in a variety of settings. Steven is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Federation and is a member of The Lords Taverners.
Rebecca Thompson* (Speech & Drama) read Drama and English at Bristol University followed by a career in radio journalism, working in both drama and documentaries. After which Rebecca moved into teaching where she developed her speech and drama skills, working at schools and colleges in the South West of England. Rebecca continues to work in a variety of educational establishments, running weekly classes, workshops and facilitating training to assist schools implement the constructive Speaking and Listening Criteria. Rebecca is also an adjudicator for The Rose Bowl Amateur Awards, reading and reviewing plays and musicals in seven counties throughout the south west.
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