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 2019 

Speech & Drama Section                       


Louise was born in Westcliff on Sea and first trod the boards when only five days old and has never looked back. Her varied and interesting professional theatrical career began with Haymarket Stage Productions progressing from stage management to acquiring her Equity card as an actress. She enjoyed touring the UK and appearing in all aspects of theatre including repertory and musicals, as well as appearing on television and in films. Louise is presently not only an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, but is also an adjudicator member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama. She was Artistic Director of the Phoenix Youth Theatre in Southend, formerly the New Focus Theatre for many years. She is the Speech Tutor at St. John’s School in Billericay. Louise’s extensive work as an adjudicator has taken her all over the UK and abroad. She has adjudicated regularly in Sri Lanka. She runs workshops and master classes, directs plays (including open air productions) and musicals, devises original drama compositions, writes poetry and has written many musical plays for children and students. She teaches speech, drama, musical theatre, mime and dance drama to all ages of students, including adults and specialises in the LAMDA examinations. Louise is an experienced theatre director and even finds time to dance flamenco! A festival is a celebration and enables all entrants to bring their creativity and enthusiasm to fruition. Louise is really looking forward to sharing in these celebrations on her first visit to the Northampton Eisteddfod.


Music Section  

Charlotte Hill – Woodwind, Piano, Open classes and  School Choirs

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.
Charlotte enjoys a lively schedule of examining for ABRSM, and is much in demand as an adjudicator.


Professor David Hoult. MusB(Hons), MPhil, GRSM, ARMCM, FRCM, FRNCM, FBC, FLCM.

–  Brass, Community Bands, Vocal, Adult Choirs 

David Hoult studied at Manchester University, the Royal Northern College of Music and Lancaster University, and is a former professional singer and brass player, and regular broadcaster on BBC Radios 3 and 4. He was Principal of Leeds College of Music from 1993–2008, having previously been Head of Music at University College Salford and Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire. He has been an adjudicator member of the Federation for over forty years.


Rhys Matthews MMus; BMus(Hons)Percussion, Rock Bands, Guitar and Ukulele

Rhys graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music and is a diverse professional musician. He has enjoyed much success performing with a variety of orchestras. Professional engagements have included performing with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera and Sinfonia Cymru. As an educator, Rhys leads the Percussion & Drum Kit department at Oundle School coaching ensembles in Percussion and Steel Pans, Wind and Symphony Orchestras and Contemporary Music Groups. Rhys also has worked for “Live Music Now” presenting workshops and concert to adults and children with special needs. Recent engagements this year have been included tour of Asia with Rockschool and performing at Bryn Terfel’s 50th Birthday celebration at The Royal Albert Hall, featuring Sting.



Lorraine Deacon – Strings

Lorraine studied cello and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music, and whilst there won the Manson Prize for the Performance of Contemporary Music. Her performing career has ranged from West End theatre to the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and she can be heard playing the haunting cello solo on Katie Melua’s beautiful cover of ‘Turn to Tell’. Concerto performances include those of Elgar and Walton and Lorraine is a member of the Perseus Ensemble which gives regular recitals of chamber music in Berkshire. Lorraine has a busy private teaching practice and also teaches the cello at Wellington College alongside her work as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.