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Events for the 104th Chipping Norton Music Festival featured:

The Festival Concert once again featured some fantastic local talent, introduced by Toby Blundell and adjudicated by Paul Harris. Click here for information about adjudicators for the 2016 classes, and here for the history of the Festival.

Performers from the 2016 Festival:


Awards in 2016:
President's Cup: Venetia Moir (Treble Recorder)
Wychwood Trophy: Cheska Vasquez (Piano)
Rotary Club Cup: Emma Pascoe (Piano)
Youth Jazz Band Challenge: Reading School Big Band
William Bailey Folk Award: 16 Strings and a Dead Goat
Chipping Norton Folk Club Award: Fiddles & Feet
Chipping Norton & Stow Methodist Circuit Bicentenary Award: Elizabeth Moulson (Musical Theatre)

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Helen Abbey, Ian Thompson (saxophone), Matthew Keane (piano), and Crissy Lee (drums) entertained us with a range of jazz classics as well as some of Helen's own songs.


Ellipsis wind ensemble gave a varied programme of chamber music for wind intruments and solo items.


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2016 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.
Ben Costello* (Folk) is a freelance conductor, musical director, adjudicator, singing coach and accompanist, working internationally. He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts Ltd, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival Combined Choirs Concerts, Guest Conductor of the Voices of Hangzhou Youth Choir, a lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, and on the vocal faculty at Laine Theatre Arts. A specialist in musical theatre, he has worked for Arts Ed (London), Mountview, LAMDA, GSA, the RAM, the LCM, and at the universities of London, Surrey and Kingston. Ben has a particular interest in performing and arranging traditional and contemporary folk songs, particularly from the British Isles, Spain and America, and he was invited to give a presentation on folk music adjudication at the 2014 Federation of Festivals conference.
Eva Maria Doroszkowska* (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.
Malcolm Green* (Woodwind & Brass) was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, where he gained a first-class degree and the prize for the best student on the course, together with the award of the Recital Diploma on clarinet (the Academy's highest performance award). He has played in the English National Opera and Ulster Orchestras and given recitals in the Purcell Room and at the Harrogate Festival, in addition to performing at many Music clubs. He was appointed Head of Woodwind at Bedford School in 1986 and has also taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Anglia University, as well as schools in Cambridge. Malcolm is a former chairman of Bedfordshire Orchestral Society and is currently a Vice President and Life Fellow of the Bedfordshire Music Festival. He has worked as an adjudicator throughout the country. Former pupils include Alastair Cook (England cricket captain) and Al Murray (the pub landlord).
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 30 years. He studied at Dartington and London before a long career in secondary music education, later focusing more broadly on choral education. He was Head of Creative Arts at Chipping Norton School for 10 years and still conducts the local Choral Society after 18 years. Until 2015 he was Head of Voice and Deputy Head of Berkshire Maestros, the independent music service for 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 last autumn toured Canada presenting at music education conferences. Peter is the Festival Music Adviser and very committed to the local community and music-making for all.
Bryan Husband* (Junior and Senior Vocal) studied singing and piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London, and singing at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. After some years abroad working in continental opera houses, Bryan lived for some years in Southern Ireland and now lives in Worcester. He teaches at Trinity Laban, runs a private practice, gives workshops, performs, examines, adjudicates in the UK and across the world, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago. He is a Music and Rock & Pop examiner for one of the major music examining boards with most recent examining work in India and Malaysia in both syllabi. Performances include television and radio broadcasts, opera roles, oratorio and recital. Workshops given are on a variety of subjects – from 'belting' to audition techniques.
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.
Andrew Sherwood* (Strings and General Ensembles) has performed in many parts of the world as conductor and violinist. Born and educated in Africa, he then studied violin and composition at the Royal College of Music in London where his teachers were Antonio Brosa, Sascha Lasserson and Sylvia Rosenberg. As a violinist, solo performances of recitals and concertos ranged from the Wigmore Hall in London and he has recently performed in Africa, Ireland, England, Scotland, France and, next year, India. Since 1991, he has been Professor of Violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (formerly Trinity College of Music). Many of his former students are now professional musicians. Andrew is also well known as a conductor and is currently principal conductor and musical director of several British orchestras, specialising in youth music and also conducts as far afield as Chile and Sri Lanka. At Trinity Laban he conducts the Sinfonia string orchestra.
Jenny Thornton* (Speech & Drama) trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama gaining awards for Character Acting and for Most Promising Teacher. Jenny has led the Performing Arts Teams in large Comprehensives, been an Assistant Principal for Edexcel, a LAMDA examiner and now enjoys running her own Performance Centre with ages from four years to adults delivering drama, dance and musical theatre and also writing. Her play called “Gone” gained a Commended when performed at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond as did her most recent play “Young Love”. She was delighted when LAMDA chose two of her pieces for their new acting anthology. Jenny is looking forward to visiting Chipping Norton Festival and making it a very positive experience for all concerned. “Drama is a life skill that changed me from a stuttering introvert to a confident individual. We can give our children no better opportunity.”
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