The confirmed adjudicators for the 2018 festival are:

Philip Dewhurst (Instrumental)

David Francis (Strings)

Steven Roberts (Choral)

Anthea Shepherdson (Vocal)

Maryrose Swarbrick (Speech & Drama)

Katie Wearing (Strings)

Philip Dewhurst
Philip Dewhurst was born and educated in Bolton, Lancashire. He read music at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne under Professor Denis Matthews where he specialised in performance on the oboe. After finishing his degree, 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 and conducting commitments permit. Philip also has a passion for choral music and has conducted and directed choirs & choral societies throughout his career.
As well as adjudicating at music festivals around the country, Philip is an examiner for Trinity College London and an experienced GCSE and A level moderator. At present he is Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire.

Steven Roberts M.Ed, BA(Hons), Cert. Ed, BBCM, CMS
Steven Roberts has combined a career in education with his work as a conductor, musical director and adjudicator. His work in education has included training musicians and actors and has worked extensively with partner schools as part of his past educational responsibilities.
He is currently Music Director and Conductor with Altrincham Choral Society, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir and Honley Male Voice Choir. Steven has also worked as musical director for a number of theatrical productions, and this diversity reflects his music and drama training. He is also Musical Director for the Gary Clarke Company and he is currently touring the UK with the award winning ‘COAL’, a contemporary dance work based on the miner’s strike of the early 80’s.
He studied piano, brass and voice and has worked in a variety of musical settings.
Steven is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Federation; he is also a member of the Association of British Choral Directors and became a Life Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2014.

Angela Rowley BA (Hons), PGCE, ARCM, MISM
Angela, a graduate in German from University College, London, enjoyed a career in teaching before embarking on voice training with Keiran McNiff and then working with several eminent teachers including the late Paul Hamburger. She is an Associate of the Royal College of Music with a diploma in Performance and a Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
Angela performs regularly, in recital and oratorio, and has an extensive repertoire. She loves to sing Lieder, chansons and especially 20th century English song.
Angela directs and conducts Harmony '96, a large ad hoc choir which performs major oratorios twice a year. Since its inception in 2004 she has been MD of Eccles Community Choir, enjoying an opportunity to develop the voices of those who were never allowed in the school choir! From 2001 Angela worked for several years in the Music Department at Eccles 6th Form College where she coached A Level singing students, worked with instrumentalists developing interpretation, directed musicals and taught students with both mild and severe learning difficulties. Angela’s students and community choir have featured in Radio 3’s ‘Discovering Music’, as part of the BBC Philharmonic’s Community Programme in the Proms at the Albert Hall and in a similar project presented to Her Majesty the Queen during her visit to Media City, Salford, and in 2016 performed Howard Goodall’s ‘Eternal Light’ as part of an international choir in the Carnegie Hall, New York.
Angela has a private practice with regular performance workshops and masterclasses and is busy as an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals where she endeavours to encourage performers, drawing on her own love of music and poetry and experience as a performer and teacher.
Alongside her singing career Angela runs a charity in Kenya with her husband.

Anthea Shepherdson GmusRNCM, ARCM
Anthea has enjoyed a varied career. She had been very fortunate enough to study with Dame Fanny Waterman for her teenage years and this was followed by equally inspirational teaching from Derrick Wyndham at the RNCM with her subsequently choosing to specialise in accompaniment for her postgraduate year, under the tutelage of John Wilson.
Anthea’s first job was at Chetham’s School of Music, where the majority of her work was as a staff accompanist playing for and coaching a full range of instrumentalists preparing for external concerts and local and national competitions , in addition to numerous “inhouse” events.
A family move took Anthea to Sussex where she combined a freelance career (including concerto and accompanying work) with bringing up her two boys. After 8 years “down South” the family headed to the North of Scotland when Anthea was appointed as Director of Music at Aberlour House the Junior School to Gordonstoun.
In 2004 Anthea made a happy return home to North Yorkshire to take up a position at a local girl’s school, since when she has also undertaken extensive freelance work in the region as an accompanist, organist and chamber musician and also spent 6 years as Musical Director of Northallerton Male Voice Choir.
In 2012 Anthea “gave up the day job” to pursue a more varied work portfolio. Anthea now combines a part time post as Head of Keyboard at Bootham School in York with her work as an accompanist, teacher, ABRSM examiner and adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.

Katie Wearing
Katie Wearing is a violin and viola teacher based in Bolton. She started playing the violin when she was seven, learning with Alan Broadbent, and later Jim Coles. A member of the National Youth Orchestra of GB for five years, Katie also enjoyed playing chamber music with her friends, and was twice in an ensemble that won the Schools’ Chamber Music Competition. She studied at the RNCM with Richard Deakin, and trained as a postgrad on their Junior Strings Project. Katie now teaches privately and for the Junior RNCM, and also tutors on Dalcroze Eurhythmics courses. She has written ensemble pieces for the Associated Board Music Medals books, and is the author of the Abracadabra String Beginners series and A Dozen A Day for violin.