The adjudicators provisionally booked for the 2018 Festival are:

Saturday 10th November

Deborah Brittain


Deborah-Brittain-Photo-100x100Deborah became a Junior Exhibitioner at the RCM at the age of 11, before becoming a full time student, studying piano with David Parkhouse and clarinet with Thea King, having being awarded a Major County Award. She later joined the BBC, then on starting a family, embarked on a very rewarding teaching career. She became assistant to the Orchestral Manager of the London Mozart Players, founded by Harry Blech, and helped in the running of the Serenata of London. Deborah is an Associated Board Examiner, examining in UK and overseas, an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, and is a mentor for the CTABRSM Professional Development Course.

Allison Walker-Morecroft

Vocal & Piano

Allison-Walker-Morecroft-Photo-100x100Allison has had much experience with all aspects of music-making and her support for festival work has resulted in a great deal of support for festivals overseas. She was a prime mover in ensuring the start of the new festival in Raleigh, USA and has held fundraisers which have supported festivals in the Far East. Allison teaches at Greshams School in Norfolk, where she specialises in Music Theatre. Her workshops include French for Singers, Musical Theatre performances and workshops for students with special needs and she is an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.

Elizabeth Stafford


Elizabeth-Stafford-Headshot-100x100Elizabeth 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.

Saturday 17th November

Luan Shaw

Woodwind & Brass

Luan-ShawLuan has been an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2001 (woodwind and generalist). An alumna of Birmingham Conservatoire (1990-1994) Luan was awarded honorary membership (HonBC) in 2001, soon after completing an MA in Psychology for Musicians at the University of Sheffield. Luan’s portfolio career has included regular engagements with CBSO and Longborough Festival Opera, chamber music broadcasts on BBC radio, concerto appearances, over 25 years teaching experience at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School, music services and independent schools (including a Head of Music position), delivering hundreds of interactive workshops for Live Music Now, Music in Hospitals, Lost Chord (dementia), early years settings, primary and special schools, training children’s choirs and moderating for AQA. Alongside adjudicating, Luan is a Diploma examiner for ABRSM and co-principal clarinet with Orchestra of the Swan.  Luan is also Senior Lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire where her roles are Head of Pedagogy and Community Engagement, APD Professional Performance Course Director and Assistant Director of Postgraduate Studies. She was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015.

Gabrielle Burgin Lister


Gabrielle-Burgin-Lister-100x100Highly experienced vocal/choral specialist. Graduate of Royal Manchester College of Music (now RNCM); subsequent studies in London with John Carol Case, Erich Vietheer (singing) and Federico Davia (opera). Early career in education: music specialist in Manchester junior school then Head of Music in a Nottinghamshire Grammar School. Freelance work followed: visiting singing specialist WorksopCollege, Ranby House School, Chigwell School, Trent University, Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department; soprano soloist in choral and recital work; former ad hoc member of BBC Northern Singers. Currently private teacher/consultant; leader of workshops/master classes; adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals in the UK and Overseas.

Rachel Greenwood


Rachael-Greenwood-100x100Rachel studied the violin with Peter Mountain and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She read music at Bristol University. She has worked as a freelance musician teaching, lecturing for the WEA, performing, writing and conducting. Several of her students have won awards or places in National Music Groups and she has been invited to Birmingham Conservatoire as a guest lecturer. Her work as an Adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals has taken her to many parts of the country including Ipswich, London, Aberdeen and Fort William. Publications include arrangements for strings, a Beginner’s Book Creeping Cat (Corda Music), 50 Ways to Practise Scales and Arpeggios (Piccolo Press), and reviews of educational material for The Strad, The Music Teacher and The European String Teachers’ Association. Rachel has served on the ESTA National Committee and directed the W. Midlands ESTA Festival. In 2000 she helped set up the Wyre Forest Young Musicians’ Platform and from 2001-2005 was conductor of Bewdley Choral Society. She has taken an active part in The European Piano Teachers’ Association and has been from 2012-15 a Convocation representative to Bristol University Court.