SYLLABUS / ONLINE ENTRY
WERE YOU BORN TO PERFORM?
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
CHAIR Carol Reddish
VICE CHAIR Lynne Bradburn
FESTIVAL TRUSTEE Margaret Tebby
SECRETARY Josie Abbey
TREASURER David Webb
Lynne Bradburn, Katie Riddle, Karen Shutt
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.
ELECTED HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
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
SPEECH AND 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.
Ann Newson made her first stage appearance at the age of five and has since performed in many leading roles. She studied Speech and Drama at the Royal Academy of Music and then pursued a career in teaching and lecturing in drama colleges and schools throughout England. She has also directed many plays and musicals for children and adults. She runs her own training company specialising in public speaking and presentation skills for business people. As we as being an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, Ann is a member of the LAMDA Board of Examiners and has examined and adjudicated throughout the UK and around the world.
Stephen trained as a teacher of drama, speech and movement at Trinity and All Saints’ College, University of Leeds. After qualifying, he studied with Eliner Rutherford. As well as being responsible for drama at the schools in which he worked, he also taught pupils of all ages and abilities privately, from complete beginners to Licentiate (RAM) and Fellowship (LCM) level. Since retiring from headship in July 2007, he has been appointed as an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Jenny trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, having led a performing arts team, now enjoys running her own performance centre, delivering drama, dance and musical theatre to students from 4 years to adults. Her work in a local secondary school involves A Level Drama and Theatre Studies and she also works in drama clubs. She is an Assistant Principal for Edexcel, examining GCSE practical performances and an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Philip Dewhurst – Instrumental
Philip read music at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne under Professor Denis Matthews where he specialised in performance on the oboe. He completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and went into teaching. Philip gives occasional recitals and enjoys orchestral and chamber music playing on a freelance basis when his teaching commitments permit. He also has a passion for choral music and has conducted and directed choirs and choral societies throughout his career. As well as adjudicating around the country for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Philip is an examiner for Trinity Guildhall and an experienced GCSE and A level moderator. He is Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire.
Alan MacLean - Piano
A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Alan received the award for the most outstanding student in his final year. Further study followed with internationally renowned pianists, including Karl Schnabel. Principally a pianist Alan also studied violoncello and singing, trained as a conductor and for twenty years held the position of Head of Keyboard Studies at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
For their first recording, English Music for Piano Duet, Alan and the pianist Peter Lawson received widespread critical acclaim and ‘Disc of the Year’ from the American music journal Fanfare. “I cannot recall ever hearing a piano duo with such perfect unanimity before. Peter Lawson and Alan MacLean appear to be in total sympathy not just with one another, but with all the music they play.” (International Record Review) Similar accolades followed on release of their second album, British Music for Piano Duet.
Alan is much in demand as a chamber musician, having played with many of the country’s leading instrumentalists. In 2010 he and the violist Carol Hubel-Allen formed the Duo Karadys, the pair enjoying a concert schedule that includes the world premiere of David Earl’s Sonata for Cheltenham Music Festival. Alan is also an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Dr Elizabeth Stafford – Choirs, MT, Vocal
Elizabeth Stafford was born and educated in Birmingham. She studied Music at Durham University following this with a PhD in Performance Studies at Sheffield University, a PGDip in Vocal Studies at Trinity College of Music and a PGCE in Primary Music at Birmingham City University. She also holds an LTCL in Vocal Teaching from Trinity College London.
As a soloist Elizabeth has won several awards and has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles in many prestigious venues across the world. She has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service and in 2011 was invited to perform for Princess Michael of Kent. Elizabeth has conducted numerous youth and adult choirs and in 2009 was selected for a choral conducting Master class with the BBC Singers. In 2010 she was invited to conduct a massed choir for the Music for Youth Family Prom in Birmingham.
Elizabeth has nearly 2 decades experience as a vocal and music teacher. She now runs her own company Music Education Solutions, providing training for schools and teachers throughout the UK. She is an Adjudicator Member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.