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Events for the 103rd Chipping Norton Music Festival featured:

The Festival Concert once again featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Toby Blundell and adjudicated by Alan MacLean. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2015 classes, and here for the history of the Festival.

Performers from the 2015 Festival:


Festival Award Winners 2015:
President's Cup: Alice Davis (Violin)
Wychwood Trophy: Joanna Pike (Piano)
Rotary Club Cup: Bella Bourne Swinton Hunter (Piano)
Youth Jazz Band Challenge: Cokethorpe School Jazz Band
William Bailey Folk Award: Rachel Chai
Chipping Norton Folk Club Award: Chloe Rodger
Chipping Norton & Stow Methodist Circuit Bicentenary Award: Theo Laird (Musical Theatre)

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Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood returned to the Festival after with an evening around the music the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. A highlight of the evening was 'Baby, it's cold outside'.


Eva Maria Doroszkowska (Piano) and Vivien Munday (Soprano) entranced the audience with an evening of music with a nature theme, including music by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Quilter and Britten.


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2015 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.]
Cally Foster* (Speech & Drama) Since her first appearance in a festival at the age of five Cally has been committed to the festival movement and has pursued a career as a speech and drama specialist. She has been the principal of her Buckinghamshire based drama studio for the past 21 years, combining that role with travelling extensively in the UK, Europe and overseas (including Japan, Singapore, Kuwait, the Emirates, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong) examining for LAMDA, delivering workshops on all aspects of communication.
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.
James Kirby* (Piano) gives recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh festival and extensively in Europe. He studied at the Moscow Conservatoire and returns to perform concertos and recitals and lead chamber music courses in the former Soviet Union every year. He has given concerto performances with the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras and Moscow Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Barbican Piano Trio, which recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary and performs regularly throughout Europe and the USA. James teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Hull. He is an Honorary Professor of the Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov, Russia, and serves on the juries of many International competitions, most recently in Russia, Latvia, Romania and Slovenia. In addition to performing, David has been an ABRSM examiner since 1998
David Kirby-Ashmore* (Senior Vocal) After studying at the Royal Academy of Music David undertook a variety of posts teaching singing before pursuing a full-time performance career. He currently maintains a private teaching practice, with students ranging from teenagers to professional singers, and runs a yearly summer school. As a performer, in addition to recitals and concerts in major London venues including The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, and The Royal Albert hall, David’s career has taken him all over the world including Hong Kong, the USA, and a world tour in the title role of Rigoletto. Closer to home he has taken principal rôles with English and Welsh National Operas and companies throughout Europe. In addition to adjudicating widely for the Festival movement, including three trips to Sri Lanka, David has advised many festivals on their choice of repertoire and set music.
Luise Horrocks* (Junior 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. Luise is a Senior Examiner for Trinity Guildhall
Peter Hunt (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, and 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.
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. he 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.
Melanie Ragge* (Woodwind & Brass) Melanie’s musical passions lie in chamber music and education. Originally a medical student, she graduated with an MPhil in Musicology from King’s College Cambridge, then studied oboe as a Leverhulme Fellow at the RCM with Michael Winfield and Edwin Roxburgh and piano with Phyllis Sellick. She now teaches oboe at the Purcell School of Music and is an oboe professor at the Royal Academy. A founder member of the New London Chamber Ensemble she has released several CDs and, nationally and internationally, has worked with leading artists such as the Dante & Schidlof string quartets, pianist Angela Hewitt and baritone Gerald Finlay.
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.
Colin Touchin* (Youth Jazz Band Challenge and Choirs) is a British conductor and composer, clarinettist and recorder-player, festival adjudicator, external examiner and broadcaster. His encouragement of singers and players in choirs, orchestras and bands has inspired ensembles, amateur and professional, in schools, universities and communities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. He has founded several ensembles, notably Spires Music in Coventry comprising mixed pro/am Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Recorder Orchestras. He is Guest Conductor of Essex Chamber Orchestra, Associate Conductor of London Charity Orchestra and recently became Guest Conductor of the Lufthansa Orchestra. Colin’s distinguished record of conducting and composing includes fifteen years as Director of Music at University of Warwick, and conductor of award-winning ensembles at county and national level (University of Warwick Chamber Choir, Warwickshire County Youth Orchestra, Birmingham Schools’ Wind Orchestra).
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