Brass and Woodwind
James Stretton – Brass
James was born in Warwickshire in 1967 and flourished in that county’s music system before studying at Trinity College of Music, London and went on to study at the University of Texas USA. A professional trumpeter by trade, James has worked for orchestras including the CBSO, RLPO and London Concert Orchestra. A regular performer with the Royal Shakespeare Company he has accompanied several productions, most during a tour in the Far East.
In the brass band world, he was a member of both the Yorkshire giant brass bands – Black Dyke and Grimethorpe and was a member of Black Dyke when they won the European Championships in 2005. Formerly Head of Instrumental Music at Harrogate Ladies’ College, James left full time teaching to set up his own company Orichalcum – World of Brass; Orichalcum (Latin for brass) utilises James’ virtuoso multi instrumental skills to entertain and educate adult audiences and children of all ages about the versatile world of brass music. He also works regularly as a composer, arranger, conductor, teacher and adjudicator. His freelance work frequently involves engagements overseas including New Zealand.
Malcolm Greeen – Woodwind
Malcolm studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won many prizes. He has 35 years experience of teaching individuals and groups with the emphasis on encouraging young musicians. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Anglia University, Stowe and Perse schools and is currently Head of Woodwind at Bedford School. His performance experience includes recitals at the Purcell Room and Harrogate Festival. He has performed with the Ulster and English National Opera orchestras and is still active as a player. Malcolm is an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals. Previous pupils include the England test cricketer Alastair Cook and “Pub Landlord” Al Murray!
Chamber Music, Junior and Senior Ensembles
James Stretton (details above)
Robert Bailey (details below)
Robert Bailey (details below)
Bands and Orchestras
Rhys graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a MMus (Distinction) and BMusHons (1st Class).Rhys has enjoyed much success performing with a variety of orchestras. Professional engagements have included performing with: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, Sinfonia Cymru, Scottish Chamber Orchestra & BBC Philharmonic. Rhys has had the opportunity of performing at The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The Sage Gateshead & The Bridgewater Hall. Rhys is a diverse professional musician, often performing in a variety of styles and concert settings. Engagements have included: Live BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts, TV & Radio recordings for BBC and S4C (Welsh Television), BBC Proms and tour with International Artists. As an educator, Rhys leads the Percussion & Drum-Kit department at Oundle School in Peterborough. Rhys also coaches 6 percussion ensembles, a Steel Pan Ensemble, Wind Orchestras, Symphony Orchestras and Contemporary Music Groups. In 2012, Rhys joined RSL Arts Awards (Rockschool International Examination Board) as their youngest examiner. Rhys examines modern music exams in piano, vocals, drums, guitar and bass for the examination board. Examining commitments have taken Rhys to Asia, South America and Europe, as well as exams in the UK. Extended examination duties include marking and assessing diploma examinations in teaching and performance. Rhys also leads masterclasses, workshops and seminars in the UK and Internationally where he advises teachers and students on the Rockschool syllabus and he is also an Adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals
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.
Li Lin Teo
LiLin, a Singaporean, studied with Dennis Murdoch at the Royal Academy of Music on an Associated Board Scholarship and won most of the piano prizes, including the Macfarren Gold Medal. She also participated in master-classes with Vlado Perlemuter, Guido Agosti and Carlo Zecchi in Europe. After the Academy, she studied with Louis Kentner, going on to combine teaching with concerto engagements, solo and duo recitals in UK, Europe, Singapore, Columbo, Hong Kong and Australia and with radio and TV recitals in France and the Far East. Li Lin is an examiner, an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and has a large teaching practice at home and at North London Collegiate School.
Primary Music Makers and Primary Choral
Steven is Conductor and Music Director of Altrincham Choral Society, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, Honley Male Voice Choir and Sing & Discover. He is a mentor for Music for Youth and a member of ABCD. He has previously held the post of Head of Performing Arts and Music at Barnsley College. He is in demand as a choral and vocal specialist, but also studied piano and brass. He has a wide knowledge of musical theatre, but also conducts orchestras, symphonic wind bands, brass bands and in a variety of settings. Steven is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, currently serving as the Federation’s Chairman, and is a member of The Lords Taverners.
Robert Bailey attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was awarded the Concert Recital Diploma. He taught ‘cello and piano for four years at Rugby School from where he went on to hold principal positions at ENO, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra where he led the ‘cello section for ten years. Robert was also a member of the Delme String Quartet with whom he broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3 and made several CDs. He has also recorded the Malcolm Arnold works for string quartet with violinist Oliver Lewis and others.
In the field of education Robert has worked in the Junior departments at both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He also worked as Staff Conductor and teacher of ‘cello at the Centre for Young Musicians. He travels regularly now as an examiner for ABRSM and has adjudicated at numerous festivals around the UK.
As described by the New York Concert Review as ‘Stupendous…totally original and engaging’, British harpist Keziah Thomas enjoys a reputation of a lively and engaging concert artist. She has appeared as a soloist in major venues and festivals throughout the world, including a tour of Japan for Aoyama Harps, performances at the 8th, 9th and 10th World Harp Congresses in Geneva, Dublin and Amsterdam and a solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2010. Keziah was the winner of the 2003 London Harp Competition, the 2008 Camac Harp Competition and the 2011 Contemporary Record Society Performing Artists Competition.
Born in London, Keziah Thomas began studying the harp at the age of ten and earned an ARCM performance diploma and solo debuts at the Royal Albert Hall and the Wigmore Hall whilst still at school. Keziah gained a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal College of Music in London where she studied with Daphne Boden and was awarded the Douglas Whittaker, Jack Morrison and Marie Goossens Harp Prizes.
An active chamber musician, Keziah performs with flautist Katherine Bicknell as the Aoyama Duo and is also a member of the critically acclaimed harp quartet 4 Girls 4 Harps who recently celebrated their 15th anniversary and have recorded several albums. She is a musician in residence for Breathe Arts Health Research giving regular performances for patients and staff in hospital settings.
With more than 12 years’ experience, Julia is in increasing demand as a vocal adjudicator having visited, and re-visited, festivals throughout the UK and Ireland. Described as having ‘a vibrant personality with an ability to illuminate appropriate aspects of vocal technique to a wide range of performers with clarity, energy and warmth’, she brings to her work extensive teaching experience across the entire age range. As a performer her repertoire extends from Early Music to first performances of contemporary works. She has appeared nationally and internationally on the opera stage and concert platform in a career spanning more than 30 years. Julia is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Maria Jagusz trained as a dancer before taking up a place at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the Ricordi Prize for Opera. Further scholarships enabled her to continue her studies at the National Opera Studio.
Since then she has worked as soloist for most of the leading opera companies in the U.K and Europe. Her roles include Carmen, Cherubino, Orlofsky, Hansel, Dorabella and Rosina. She has performed with many of the worlds leading singers including Domingo, Carreras, Freni and Dame Felicity Lott.
She is a keen recitalist and a regular soloist for choral societies in the U.K. and future work includes recitals in Wiltshire and Cornwall.
As a teacher Maria specialises in training students who are hoping to have professional careers in the world of opera and musical theatre. She runs the highly successful MJ-UK Music and Arts, which helps showcase young talent in both operas and musicals. She is advisor for Longborough Festival Opera’s Young Artist Programme.She travels all over the country leading workshops and masterclasses for singers.She has been awarded honorary chairman of the Silurian Consort for her contribution to music in the Cotswolds and is an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals
Secondary Choral Day
Sam studied at the University of Huddersfield. He has gone on to sing for Opera North, in their commission ‘Songs at the Years End’, and was singer and MD for the acclaimed Wilson+Wilson production ‘Mulgrave’. As a conductor, Sam has directed massed choirs of children at Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and the Beverley Early Music Festival Schools Chorus, for whom he directed a production of Noye’s Fludde. He runs school choirs, a county choir, a community choir and a singing and signing choir. He is a workshop leader and music consultant and established ‘Performing Arts etc’ to provide workshops in schools and theatres. Sam is the Chair of Sound Sense, the UK professional association promoting community music and supporting community musicians as well as an Adjudicator with the British and International Federation of Festivals.
Adult Choral Day
Rob grew up in South Wales as part of a musical family. He conducted the Massed Male Choirs at the Welsh National Eisteddfod at the age of only 21, and the English National Symphony Orchestra at the Wiltshire Music Festival in 1999. Rob is a former Trombonist of the Band of the 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Wales, and former conductor of four Male Choirs in England and Wales. He has performed in a host of venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Cardiff Castle, The NEC and Wembley, as well as the Cathedrals of Llandaff, Westminster, and Southwark. Rob has also conducted the community singing and the National Anthems on several occasions at Twickenham, and his own Male Chorus performed at all the Games there last autumn for the Rugby World Cup.
Rob has adjudicated at many festivals and competitions, including The National Choral Festival in Ireland, Isle of Man Festival of Choirs, in Northern Ireland, The Cornwall International Male Choral Competition, The North Wales Choral Festival, Barnardo’s National School Choir Competition at The Barbican, and Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Rob is now Festival Director of the World’s largest Male Choir Festival (over 70 Male Choirs taking part last year!), which is held in Cornwall, and is also continuing to expand on his choral workshops, adjudicating and coaching roles.