The Festival is delighted to welcome this excellent team of adjudicators in 2019, each one of them an expert teacher in their field.
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Laura Symonds, PGCA
Laura trained at the Royal Ballet School and Arts Educational School, London, going on to play a range of principal roles in the West End and regional theatre productions and to do a great deal of work in television, from pantomime to Sunday Night at the London Palladium, the Engelbert Humperdinck Show and two Royal Command Performances. She was the resident singer on the Roy Castle Show and had a solo recording contract with Philips. Laura is now a freelance teacher and choreographer, who is also the director of a theatrical promotions company, as well as and Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Gillian studied the bassoon with Archie Camden at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, after a period of freelance playing, concentrated on a teaching career, before moving to Harpenden where she established her own Music School, ‘Harpenden Musicale’. As well as running the Music School, Gill arranges Musicale Holidays, Competitions and a Summer Music Festival. She is the founder and Musical Director of the National Children’s Wind Orchestra and associated groups. Gillis an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and very much enjoys contact with young musicians, inspiring and enthusing their interest in music.
Nicola-Jane Kemp, MA (Cantab), MMUS(Opera),RSAMD
A professional soprano soloist, Nicola-Jane teaches choral scholars at Clare and Queens’ Colleges, Cambridge University and in 2015 was made Head of Singing at Eton College with responsibility for individual lessons and choir coaching. As an opera soloist she has worked for companies as diverse as Music Theatre Wales, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France and BBC Radio 2 (Friday Night is Music Night). Her concert work takes her all round the UK – including the South Bank, Barbican and St John’s Smith Square in London – and to the Middle East. As well as being an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of festivals, she is a Grade and Diploma examiner for the ABRSM, vocal consultant for The London Youth Choir (founded by Suzi Digby) and also teaches for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. She taught for many years at St Paul’s Girls’ School – a centre of excellence for LCM Music Theatre Exams and is co-editor with Heidi Pegler of the award-winning series ‘The Language of Song’ (Faber Music), which provides a resource for students and teachers learning to sing in foreign languages. She has organised Master Classes and a new solo singing competition at Clare College, Cambridge, and sits on the council of the Association of Teachers of Singing.
Eva Maria Doroszkowska
Eva Maria won a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Northern College of Music. With awards from the Countess of Munster and government scholarships 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. She worked with the late Gorecki and Per Norgard and premiered their works as well as being well known for her Chopin interpretations. She also has a regular piano and clarinet duo. She has given master classes and workshops, teaches both classical and jazz piano and adjudicates for The British and International Federation of Festivals. She has taught at the Junior Royal Academy for the last 12 years.
Cally Foster, LLAM,MSTSD
Speech & Drama
Since her first festival 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 was the principle of her Buckinghamshire based drama studio for more than 20 years, combining that role with travelling extensively in the UK, Europe and internationally as an examiner for LAMDA and as an adjudicator. Cally also delivers workshops on all aspects of communication and performance. She is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and current Chairman of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.
Cally believes that performing in festivals not only encourages an appreciation of the arts but also develops the communication and presentation skills so important in today’s world. It should be a positive as well as an enjoyable experience
Eleanor McLeod,MA )Ed), Dip Ed, LLAM (Hons),MSTSD
Speech & Drama
Eleanor comes from Swansea in Wales, where she first gained a love of the spoken word through taking LAMDA examinations, later gaining her LAMDA teaching diploma. She is also a qualified teacher with a Masters Degree in Education. Eleanor has been a professional actress for most of her life, appearing on stage, television, radio and taking Shakespeare to schools all over the world for the British Council. A member of the LAMDA examinations board, she is also a published author of two books of poetry for children. Eleanor is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
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