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Music Adjudicators

2023 Festival Adjudicators



Brass and Woodwind



Kevin Price 

Kevin Price was born in Wellington, New Zealand and studied at Otago University and the University of Auckland whilst working as sub-principal trombone with the Auckland Philharmonia and as a freelance player with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He moved to London in 1989 after winning a three-year Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music scholarship for postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, leading to freelance work with a number of London orchestras. Kevin was subsequently appointed Principal Trombone of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and taught trombone for Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.

In 2005, Kevin was appointed Head of Brass and Percussion Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), enabling him to build on a rich tradition of high-level performance and to oversee the development of vocational activities in brass chamber music, historical performance, educational outreach, brass teaching methods and healthy practice.  From 2016, Kevin served as RWCMD Interim Director of Music, leading to his appointment as Head of Music Performance in 2017.

Kevin examines at specialist music schools and UK conservatoires and works as a reviewer, competition judge and festival adjudicator. He is a Diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2012. He is a member of the Court of Assistants for the Royal Society of Musicians, and supports the work of the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund and British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, aiding performing musicians to pursue active and healthy careers.

He is an ABRSM Diploma examiner (Conducting, Teaching and Instrumental), and is also a Diploma Syllabus Advisor (2013-). He has served as external examiner at Chetham’s School of Music and is the Brass Assessor for the Purcell School. He has been the external brass examiner at the Birmingham Conservatoire (2017) and the Royal Northern College of Music (2016). He is also on the Advisory Committees for the National Youth Brass Band of Wales (2012-), and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales (2009-).

Kevin was on the panel for the brass section for BBC Young Musician of the Year (2020), and has been, throughout the assessment period, an adjudicator for the Gregynog Young Musician Competition, the Richard Fice Memorial Brass Award, the Young Musician of Gwent Competition and the National Wind Band Festival.





Fiona McLean-Beuchel

Fiona is a founder member of NYOS and an alumna of St Mary’s Music School, studying at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Fiona is Lead Tutor for Strings at Trinity Laban Junior Conservatoire in London and combines a busy career as a performer with writing creative and collaborative national and international performance projects. She has held many teaching posts, including at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and the National Children’s Orchestra and as specialist strings examiner and syllabus developer for the Guildhall Examinations board. She has been a visiting professor of violin at Dartington College, Cardiff University, and lectured for the European String teachers Association, South West Sound and U3A. She is Creative Director of SouthWest Camerata and delivers sessions on Mindfulness for Musicians on behalf of the Federation of Festivals.






Harriet Adie

A busy professional harpist for over 15 years, Harriet Adie is known for her intense musicality, creativity, and focus. Harriet is passionate about her instrument and enjoys the many opportunities her performing career has provided for sharing her love of the harp with other people.


Harriet’s introduction to the harp was far from conventional: she first began lessons in Oman in the Middle East, where fishing wire proved a suitable replacement for any broken harp strings! 3000 miles later, she was awarded a place at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music under the tuition of Daphne Boden. This was followed by reading Music at Balliol College, Oxford where she was an Instrumental Exhibitioner. Harriet then completed her studies with Imogen Barford at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, supported by awards from the Musician’s Benevolent Fund, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.


An accomplished chamber musician, Harriet has performed with renowned ‘cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber, and was for many years, a member of the Swan Duo with ‘cellist Jessica Burroughs.   Harriet is a founding member of the internationally recognized ensemble 4 Girls 4 Harps, whose music has been broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, as well as across the world as far as Australia and the USA.


As a soloist she has given many recitals at major London venues including St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, the National gallery and St James’s Palace. Her most recent solo recording of music by Carey Blyton received 3 stars from BBC Music Magazine, and her performance was described by MusicWeb International as ‘…could not be bettered. The young harpist Harriet Adie plays with character and total understanding.’ Harriet has also enjoyed working with many orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra (where she also performed in their Music Of Today series), the Orchestra of the Swan, London Festival Sinfonia, Covent Garden Sinfonia, and Northern Sinfonia.


Alongside her career as a professional harpist, Harriet is also a composer specializing in solo and chamber works for harp.





Chamber Music, Junior and Senior Ensembles


Fiona McLean Beuchel/Kevin Price (details above)



Bands and Orchestras


Rhys Matthews

After graduating from the Northern Royal College of Music, Rhys has enjoyed much success performing with a variety of orchestras.  He is a diverse professional musician, often performing in a variety of styles and concert settings.  As an educator and coach, he has worked with percussion ensembles, a Steel Pan Ensemble, Wind Orchestras, Symphony Orchestras and Contemporary Music Groups.  Rhys examines modern music exams in piano, vocals, drums, guitar and bass in this country and abroad.  He also leads masterclasses , workshops and seminars and is an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.





Michael Young

Michael studied singing, violin and piano at the Royal College of Music and at Cambridge where he was a choral exhibitioner at Jesus College. For the past fifty years he has taught gifted young people, during which time many have gone on to professional careers in music. He was formerly consultant in Singing and Piano at the Universities of Bath and Plymouth.and in 2018 retired as a practical examiner and mentor for ABRSM after forty two years during which time he examined in more than twenty countries overseas. Michael has also spent much of his career as an administrator, during the 1980/90s he was Chief Music Manager for Leeds City Council, General Manager of St David’s Hall, Cardiff and Director of Plymouth Pavilions in Devon. Presently he is Director of the Devizes Eisteddfod, a five day competitive festival in Wiltshire. Throughout his career, Michael has directed choirs:  presently he is the conductor of the West Devon Chorale, an elite chamber choir based in the South West and The Philomel Singers, a ladies’ choir based in Trowbridge.



Caroline Diffley

Caroline Diffley was born in Yorkshire, and studied piano at the Royal College of Music. She taught at the Kent Music School in Canterbury and at the Dragon School in Oxford before moving to the West Country. She taught piano at Wells Cathedral School for many years, working with both specialist and generalist students there.

Caroline now lives and works in Exeter, where she runs a private piano teaching practice. Her pupils have achieved many successes, including being awarded the ABRSM Gold Medal, and the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize for the highest mark in local examinations.

Caroline is an ABRSM examiner of both grade exams and diplomas, and she  has examined all over the world. She is also a moderator for Music Medals, and is a busy adjudicator at music festivals.



Primary Music Makers and Primary Choral


Sarah Jefferies

Sarah is a vocal graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Josephine Veasey and Patricia Clarke.

Whilst at the Academy, Sarah was the recipient of many prizes including Early Music, Lieder and English Song. She was an active member of the opera course, singing roles by Britten, Strauss and Mozart.

Upon leaving the Academy, Sarah studied with Margreet Honig at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.

She has sung recitals and oratorios all over the country and was a member of the Opera De Lyon.

Sarah is a visiting teacher of voice at Marlborough College in Wiltshire and an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.


Classical Guitar





Maria Jagusz

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. As a singer Maria 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 world’s 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.

As a teacher Maria has specialised in training students who are hoping to have professional careers in the world of opera and musical theatre. In order to give them the experience they need to succeed in this cutthroat industry she formed MJ-UK Music and Arts. As part of their training Maria believes that getting as much performing experience both in concert and on stage is vital for the development of young talent. She arranges many concerts both in the Cotswolds and in Cornwall where young singers can get the chance to perform in a safe welcoming environment.

Maria has worked for the education department for Longborough Festival Opera for the past ten years. She has just completed over thirty workshops introducing opera to schoolchildren.

She has been awarded honorary chairman of the Silurian Consort for her contribution to music in the Cotswolds.



Sarah Jefferies (details above)




Secondary Choral Day


Tim Parker 

Tim studied at the University of Sheffield where he was awarded B.Mus (Hons) and M.Mus degrees (being twice awarded the prestigious Julian Payne Academic Prize).  He is also a fully qualified teacher and was awarded the Cert.GSMD(A) by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


He works as a Specialist Singing teacher and Choral Director and has directed three award-winning choirs including Cantilena, B&NES Music Service’s Senior County Choir.  Tim has worked as a Vocal Consultant for Bristol Male Voice Choir, Mendip Male Voice Choir and for the Advent Choir of St Michael’s Without, Bath. He regularly works at Regional Education Conferences as a workshop leader (specialising in Choir Training, Sign Singing and ‘Singing for Children with Special Needs’).  Tim was recently awarded funding to create a specialist singing resource for helping children facing challenges with their literacy and is currently working with Trinity College London to develop resources for their most recent Singing Syllabus.


Tim was a Choral Scholar and Cathedral Lay Clerk whilst at University and most recently held the position of Senior Lay Clerk at Bristol Cathedral for 7 years (singing as a Lay Clerk and Deputy Lay Clerk for 5 years prior to this). He has toured in South Africa, U.S.A., France, Italy (including a performance at a Papal Audience), Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy with his own County Choir and various other professional choirs.  He has appeared as a soloist on several CD recordings, and has broadcast on Radio 3, Radio 4 and BBC 1; he also appears on the soundtrack to the BAFTA nominated Film The Killing of John Lennon. Tim also works as Choir Consultant and Specialist Choral Adjudicator. He has adjudicated at the internationally renowned Mid Somerset Festival for a number of years and has also adjudicated for Badminton’s Senior and Junior Music Festivals and the Longwell Green Eisteddfod.


Professional concert appearances include J.S. Bach’s Magnificat where sang the Countertenor roles along side Emma Kirkby; J.S. Bach’s St. John’s & St. Matthew’s Passion settings; G.F. Handel’s Dixit Dominus; regular performances of the G.F. Handel’s Messiah both as a soloist and with the Fitzhardinge Singers (a Bristol based professional choir) and Purcell’s ‘Feast Songs’ and the countertenor works of Couperin.  Tim was also the Chorus Master and soloist for Voiceworks (a Sheffield based Opera company) for their 1996 residence at the Edinburgh Festival.



Adult Choral Day


Tim Parker (details above)