The Festival appoints Adjudicators for each class. These are generally nationally renowned and appointed via the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Drama & Speech. We ask our adjudicators to give praise, encouragement and constructive criticism in appropriate balance. We hope that all performers will be encouraged and motivated by the adjudicators’ comments to further develop and advance their skills.
Our Adjudicators for 2017
Speech & Drama Section
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.
Caroline Clemmow – Piano and Strings
Caroline has a rich and varied musical background. As a violinist she led the Kent Youth Orchestra and was subsequently awarded a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won many prizes. While performing concertos and solo recitals, Caroline derives particular pleasure from the field of chamber music, covering an extremely wide repertoire. She has participated in many London concerts, given numerous broadcasts and played in major festivals. An important part of her work is the celebrated piano duo with Anthony Goldstone; they are critically acclaimed for their pioneering broadcasts and CDs, building an international following. Caroline is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Sarah Jeffries – Vocal and Community Choirs
Sarah is a vocal graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Josephine Veasey and Patricia Clarke. Whilst at the Academy, Sarah was the recipient of many prizes including Early Music, Lieder and English Song. She was an active member of the opera course, singing roles by Britten, Strauss and Mozart. Upon leaving the Academy, Sarah studied with Margreet Honig at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She has sung recitals and oratorios all over the country and was a member of the Opera De Lyon. Sarah is a visiting teacher of voice at Marlborough College in Wiltshire and an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.
Charlotte Hill – Woodwind, Concerto, Composition and Non-competitive classes
Charlotte Hill is a music educationalist, composer and bassoonist. As a child she studied composition, bassoon and piano at the GSMD and continued her studies with Edwin Roxburgh and Edwin Fischer at the RCM, before gaining an MMus in composition at the University of London. Charlotte lectures at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and receives regular commissions as a composer, predominantly for choral music. She enjoys a lively schedule of examining for ABRSM, and is much in demand as an adjudicator.
James Larter – Percussion
Born in Northampton in 1994, James has since performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK’s most prestigious venues and halls.. James also plays as an orchestral musician having performed side by side with the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he is an extra with the Philharmonia Orchestra and recently played at the London Coliseum with the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre as Guest Principal Timpanist.
Winning the Peter Morrison Concerto prize and the Percussion Prize, James studied at the Royal College Junior Department with Claire Hasted, Stowe School and, finally, the Purcell School with Kevin Hathway, where he also won the Concerto Prize and reached the category finals of the BBC Young Musician competition. Recent prizes include a Yamaha European Scholarship, the Royal Oversea’s League Sussex Award and the Norman Butler English Speaking Union scholarship. He was recently awarded a scholarship to study in New York from the generous Countess of Munster Foundation.
In the Summer of 2013 he performed Richard Rodney- Bennett’s Marimba Concerto on BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of John Wilson and performed at the Royal Festival Hall, as the soloist in ‘The Bloodless Giant’; helping to compose and arrange the music. As well as a solo performer, James loves playing as a chamber and orchestral musician, playing in various jazz ensembles, such as the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and newly formed groups guitarist Ollie Clark; with whom he has a passion for writing music with; they are currently working on an EP. He has also recorded percussion with well known artists Sampha, Stuart Zender and soul singer Omar.
He recently graduated with a First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London studying with Andy Barclay, Bill Lockhart, Eric Sammut and Colin Currie and is now studying at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City with Chris Lamb, Kyle Zerna, She-e Wu and Duncan Patton.
Barry Clark – School Choirs
Barry studied piano and trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music. For thirty years he was Head of Music in schools in Harrow, Market Harborough and Kettering, during which time his bands, orchestras and choirs won numerous awards at national and international events. More recently his choir ‘Masquerade’ have been Children’s Choir of the Year and winners at Llangollen three times. In 1997 he took early retirement in order to concentrate on his examining work and adjudicating for the British and International Federation of Festival, and since then he has travelled extensively. He is married with two sons, one of whom is principal pianist for the Royal Ballet.
James Stretton FTCL GTCL LTCL PGCE – Brass, Orchestras & Bands
James Stretton (b.1967) was born in Warwickshire and flourished in that county’s music system before studying at Trinity College, London. A successful musical chameleon he has held senior positions at Harrogate Ladies’ College and Worksop College, combined with performing as a trumpeter with CBSO, RLPO, London Concert Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company; most recently with the RSC’s tour of China, Hong Kong and New York. In addition to Trumpet work, James leads workshops, composes and is a Trinity College examiner.