We are looking forward to welcoming the following adjudicators to the Festival in 2019:

Saturday 9th November

Instrumental & Ensemble Classes

Kathryn Page LRAM ARCM DipRCM

Kathryn Page 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 Kathryn has performed at many of the leading music festivals and has given numerous live broadcasts for BBC radio 3 from Broadcasting House, St Georges, Bristol and St Davids Hall, Cardiff. Her interest in contemporary music has led to many world premieres including works by Gary Carpenter, Alisdair Nicholson and Django Bates. She has worked with many established artists including David Campbell, John Lenehan, Joanna MacGregor and Sting! TV work has ranged from a live recital from Paris on CNN, an appearance on the Korean broadcasting network, several performances on Irish TV and a much treasured Blue Peter badge. In 1991 she recorded the complete set of six Mozart-Grieg duo sonatas for BBC Radio Three.  In recent years Kathryn has worked prolifically as a popular and busy adjudicator for the British Federation of Festivals,  ABRSM examiner, and administrator for EPTA UK, the Chetham’s International Summer School For Pianists and the Manchester International Concerto Competition.  She recorded Bartok’s Sonata for 2 Pianos, Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ and Camilleri’s Concerto for 2 Pianos and Percussion with Murray McLachlan, and gave an acclaimed performance  of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Chetham’s. 

Vocal & Choral Classes

Barbara Lowe ARAM DipRAM LRAM(Hons) ARCM(Hons) FTCL(Hons) FLCM

Barbara Lowe is an experienced professional singer in all aspects of the vocal repertoire; and is a choral conductor and vocal adjudicator. She has given concerts and recitals in all the renowned concert venues in London, and has sung nationally and abroad, and broadcast and made television appearances. A member of the Royal Opera Company for 21 years, she was also a Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music where she had been a student with Flora Nielsen and M. Pierre Bernac, and was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal as the top female student from all the London Music Colleges. Currently she has a large singing practice drawing pupils from the Midlands and North. She was Vocal Adviser and Singing Coach to the Derby Cathedral Choirs for 24 years, as well as conducting her own choir. She is an Adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, and is the Regional Representative for the East Midlands Region, and Chairman of the Derby Arts Festival. She was presented with the City of Derby Community Champions Award for Music and Culture, followed by the presentation of the prestigious City of Derby Award for services to music and the arts.

Saturday 16th November

Piano Classes

Ailsa Howarth BA PGCA

Ailsa studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Oslo University and the University of East Anglia and she has been teaching the piano for almost 30 years. She has taught at Downe House, Berkshire, Cheltenham College Junior School and Dean School, Cheltenham. Presently she has a private teaching practice and also teaches piano at Cheltenham Ladies/ College. Her performance experience includes solo recital and accompaniment work in the UK and Europe. She examines for the ABRSM and is an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals

Vocal Classes

Elizabeth Emberson AGSM CT;ABRSM

Soprano soloist, choral conductor and voice teacher; Elizabeth began singing lessons with Betty Middleton when she was eleven years old, and quickly established herself on the Festivals circuit in the North of England, winning many prizes in the process. At eighteen she went to the Guildhall School of Music, where she studied with Joyce Newton and Anna Berenska, spending a year on the Opera Course there. Whilst at the Guildhall she won the English Song Prize; was a semi- finalist in the Susan Longfield Award and gained several scholarships for further study. On leaving the Guildhall, she studied with Erich Vertheer and John Kitchener. Using her maiden name (Watson), Elizabeth’s singing career took her all over England, France and Eire, before she decided to concentrate on her teaching career. She now teaches at a highly respected girls’ school in Oxford, as well as maintaining a thriving private practice at home and she is an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.