The Festival is delighted to welcome this excellent team of adjudicators for the 2022 each of them an expert teacher in their field.
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Bryan Husband GRSM(Hons),ADWCMD,FISM
Bryan studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Bryan has homes in London and Worcester, having spent some years abroad, performing in continental opera houses. He is a Vocal Professor at Trinity Laban, runs a private practice, gives workshops (‘belting’ to audition techniques), performs, adjudicates, and works as a ski instructor! Performances include TV and radio broadcasts, opera, oratorio and recital.
In 2005, Bryan was selected to become an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals. Adjudication has taken him to many Festivals around the UK and Ireland, and also to Hong Kong, Gibraltar and Trinidad & Tobago. In 2012, Bryan was invited to become a music examiner; his most recent examining work was in Malaysia for classical music, and Thailand for Rock and Pop.
His hobbies include all theatre, gardening, skiing and walking.
Dr Oliver Gledhill PhD MA (Mtpp) PGCA ARCM FISM
Instrumental - Strings
Oliver Gledhill was a Foundation Scholar at University College School and an Entrance Scholar at the Guildhall School of Music. For a time he read Classics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He has a Masters degree with Distinction in Music Teaching in Private/Professional Practice from Reading University/ISM with a focus on parental involvement in practicing and a Doctorate from the Royal Academy of Music/University of London on W.H.Squire, his cello miniatures and the portamento.
Oliver has recorded nine CDs for Rhinosaurus, Guild and Naxos/British Music Society, notably the cello works of Boëllmann (BBC Music Magazine 5 Stars) and W.H. Squire 20 cello miniatures which reached the Specialist Classical Chart and was featured on Classic FM.
Dr Gledhill has edited for Peters Edition and Durand, is an Examiner for Trinity College London and is an Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals. His pupil successes include Most Promising String Player awards at the Bedfordshire, Chelmsford, Hatfield, Southend and Watford Music Festivals, the winner of Junior Guildhall’s Lutine Prize 2020 and the only cello finalist in the Strings Category of BBC Young Musician 2020.
Oliver Gledhill teaches at Junior Guildhall, privately in London and online to all locations worldwide.
Melanie Ragge MA(Cantab), MPhil(Cantab), HonARAM, LRAM, DipRCM
Instrumental - Wind, Brass and Percussion
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. Melanie is also an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
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 tenor James Gilchrist.
Elizabeth Hayley, GRSM (Hons), LRAM, LGSMD,LTCL
Elizabeth trained at The Royal Academy of Music and has established a successful career as a Pianist, Jazz Pianist, Accompanist, Teacher, Vocal Coach, Musical Director and Repetiteur.
As an enthusiastic music educator she has run community choirs & instrumental workshops, and enjoys inspiring and encouraging young musicians whatever their discipline. She has performed to Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles, worked with singers from WNO and the ROH, worked with acclaimed actress Dame Harriet Walter, & appeared with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. She adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals, is a former ABRSM Classical & Jazz Examiner and is a teacher & accompanist for music departments at St Catherine’s, Bramley, & Eton College.
Mary 14th and 15th
Speech & Drama
Jean-Marc trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Main Theatre credits include: Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Rep, Derby Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Numerous TV & Film appearances include playing Prince Caspian in the successful BBC Bafta nominated series The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Revelation (Romulus Films) with Terence Stamp and Ron Moody. Jean-Marc made recent appearances in This Is Us (Season 2) for NBC as well as the US series American Woman (Warner Bros). Whilst working in Los Angeles, Jean-Marc attended the Oscars 2017 ceremony at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jean-Marc is an Examiner for the London College of Music (Drama / Communication & Musical Theatre) and teaches pupils on a peripatetic basis. Jean-Marc previously examined for LAMDA (10yrs) and Trinity College, London (2yrs). He gained a Licentiate Acting/Teaching diploma in 1996.
Adjudication events include: Watford Festival, LCM (Hong Kong Speech Festival) Lagan Festival, Ireland and Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech & Drama. Alongside these commitments, Jean-Marc trained as a certified British Academy of Dramatic Combat fight instructor and used this skill to help choreograph and perform in sword fights for projects such as Disney's blockbuster film Cinderella (2015). He played D'Artagnan for the London red carpet film premiere event for The Three Musketeers (2011) which starred Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz. Recently, Jean-Marc was guest performer at a World Cup and Commonwealth Fencing Champions Exhibition event celebrating 90 years of Fencing at The King's School, Canterbury.
Jennifer Haley, ARAD,FNATD,PGCA
Jennifer trained in London from the age of five, with Tory Morgan, Maude Wells & Letty Littlewood; three inspiring teachers. She competed in many dance festivals in London & the South East and, as a teacher, entered pupils in local festivals. She has been a Federation and All England Adjudicator for nearly thirty-five years. She worked professionally in the theatre as a dancer, singer, actress, director and Choreographer and with her husband musician Phillip Charles they presented shows, pantomimes, plays and tours all over the country for twenty five years
Jennifer also had her own stage school for twenty years until 2004, teaching all genres of Dance, Singing & Drama, and many of her pupils have gone on to work in the professional theatre.
She was awarded the PGCA Dance Adjudication degree in 2000, and is a Life Member of the RAD. Her two sons, Noël & Léon are both Musicians and Performers. Jennifer is an international adjudicator and has adjudicated all across the UK & Northern Ireland, Gibraltar & Jersey, Romania and twice in Sri Lanka. She has adjudicated several online festivals in 2020 both live and local .
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