Elsie Ashley OBE JP MUniv (Keele)


John Callister, Head of Entrust Music & Performing Arts

Barbara Kelly, Professor of Musicology at the Royal Northern College

of Music, Manchester

Lincoln Abbotts, Director of Teaching and Learning Development, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Ruth Steele, Joint Leader of the Stoke on Trent City Music Service

Sylvia Buckley, Joint Leader of the Stoke on Trent City Music Service

CHAIRMAN Carol Reddish


SECRETARY Steve Hughes

TREASURER Jane Procter





Pamela Askey, Sue Aynsley, Hazel Banks, Charmiane Baskeyfield, Pam Beech,  Margaret Blair,  Lynne Bradburn,  Tony Britton,  Dawn Cartlidge,  Jose Cartlidge, Muriel Chester, Rowena Dawson, Sue Dimmock, Betty Eaton, Val Ford, Margaret Glanville, Barbara Hall-Petite,  Anne Handley,

Gill Horne,  Judith Horsfield, Steve Hughes, Mary Issitt, Andrew James, Angela James, Glenn James, Hilary Jones,   Alex Laws, Helen Mansell, Jean McMinn,  Vivienne Mills, Richard Millward, Bronwen Montgomery, Maria Moore, Sheila Morris,  Julia O’Rourke, Tony O’Rourke, Sue Pantin,

Elaine Philpott,  Pat Philpott,   Jane Procter, Carol Reddish, Marion Reddish, Ken Roberts, Barbara Rogers, Gill Ryder,  Janice Sapsford, Sheridan Smith, Vivien Stirland, Sarah Stockdale, Kate Tebby, Margaret Thorley, Linda Towell, Marylin Truscott, Sarah Turner, Michael Turner, David Webb,

John Whieldon, Alan Whitehurst, Margery Wooley.



Mrs Elsie Ashley-Stretton, Mr Munroe Blair, Mr Colin Clowes, Mrs Janet Clowes, Mrs Marion Cork,  Mrs Ann Dudley, Mr David Dudley, Mrs Pat Philpott, Mr Ken Spode,  Mrs Lorna Spode,

Mrs Margaret Tebby, Mrs Mavis Tostevin, Mrs Janet Wareham






Frances Colyer

Frances Colyer trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (Teacher’s Diploma in Speech & Drama). She worked as an actress at the Marlowe Theatre ,Canterbury, Palace Theatre Watford, & Cork Opera House, Eire.  She has undertaken Theatre-in-Education work at the Cockpit Theatre and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Frances has worked at the BBC as a presenter of the schools television programme “Merry Go Round” & BBC Radio programme “Discovery” and as a presenter/announcer for Border Television, Carlisle. Overseas posts include English language teaching in Padua & Rome, Italy and she was a Visiting Fellow in Drama at the University of West Indies, Barbados.

She has recently retired from teaching speech & drama at Berkhamsted School and is still a LAMDA teacher and Drama tutor for University of Buckingham; Speech adjudicator for The British & International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance & Speech, an examiner for The English Speaking Board and a member of Equity & S.T.S.D.

Chris Marlowe

Chris Marlowe trained at the universities of Manchester and Oxford, winning as an undergraduate the John Osborne Award. He is a Director of Rossendale Dance and Drama Centre, Lancashire, where he teaches theatre and screen acting, with an emphasis on his specialisms of voice, speech and movement.

He was an Adjudicator and an Examiner for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), which is an accredited awarding body and leading conservatoire for the training of actors.

Priscilla Morris

Priscilla was a member of the National Youth Theatre appearing in “Zigger Zagger” and “Fuzz”. She then trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and holds equity membership.

In 1972 she founded her own drama school in the midlands which she handed over to her daughter in 2013 although she continues to teach youngsters and adults at her home studio.

Priscilla joined the LAMDA board of examiners in 1986 and has examined throughout the UK, Spain, Singapore, USA, Malta, Sri Lanka & Dubai. She has been an adjudicator in Speech & Drama for the British and International Federation of Festivals since 1991 and has adjudicated in Bermuda, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong (8 times).

Since 1998 she has been Voice Advisor to the Amateur Swimming Association, for whom she delivers Voice Protection courses for swimming coaches nationwide and she is also a registered Tutor for the Voicecare Network and a published author on Shakespeare.  Priscilla has directed and acted in over 40 plays, musicals and pantomimes during her performing life.

Now, she spends most of her time in the business sector with her company, Loud & Clear voice coaching.  As a professional speaker she appears at conferences and seminars nationwide and enjoys entertaining audiences on P&O and Cunard cruise ships.

Carol Schroder

Working in the professional theatre, television and cabaret, Carol produced her one woman show. She teaches presentation skills in commerce and industry and has taught ESL, SEN and drama at schools and colleges including Guildford School of Acting, Grandison College and, for 22 years, at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts and, until 2007, Croham Hurst School, Croydon. Carol is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and  examines for LAMDA throughout the UK, Ireland and worldwide. Writing “The Discussion” 1&2 for LAMDA she contributed to its Musical Theatre syllabus and “Musical Theatre – Exploring The World Through Song”. She was a trustee of Voice Care Network UK



Daniel Chandler – Instrumental

Daniel received his early musical education on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. After studying in Manchester, he was awarded a place at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with the renowned flautist and teacher, Susan Milan. As well as gaining a degree from the RCM, Daniel has a teaching qualification from Edge Hill University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Warwick.

Daniel is currently Director of Music at AKS, which is a leading co-educational independent school, situated in Lytham St. Anne’s. He is fortunate to work in a thriving Music Department and currently directs the AKS Choral Society, School Choir, Girls’ Choir and a successful Swing Band. Recent concerts have included performances in Salzburg Cathedral, a tour to the Rhine valley in Germany, as well as at other venues around the north west of England. Next July, he will direct three concerts in New York, including a performance in St. Paul’s Chapel next to Ground Zero.

Daniel still manages to find time to continue performing, deliver workshops and adjudicate as a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals

Andrew Padmore – Choirs, MT, vocal

Andrew studied with Sidney Harrison, Christopher Robinson, Sir Adrian Boult. He has been Head of Music in a large Grammar School, a Cathedral Organist and Master of Choristers and a Conductor of Choirs and Choral Societies worldwide. As well as being an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, he is an examiner of Grades, Diplomas and Theory and is a CT mentor for ABRSM. Andrew is also a teacher of singing and piano who gives master-classes and workshops for singers and choirs. He is a regular Conductor for Yorkshire Voices, Harrogate Choral Society and Yorkshire Philharmonic and a guest conductor for Orchestras and Choirs Internationally.

Kathryn Page - Piano

Kathryn studied at the Royal College of Music and went to Canada on a Menuhin Scholarship. She has given over 20 recitals at the South Bank and Wigmore Hall, both as soloist and chamber music pianist. She has toured Norway, Italy, Ireland and Australia where she gave seven recitals at the Sydney Festival and broadcast for ABC. At home, she has performed at many of the leading music festivals and has given numerous live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. TV work has ranged from a live recital from Paris on CNN to the Korean broadcasting network, several performances on Irish TV and a much treasured Blue Peter badge. Kathryn is also an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.