The confirmed adjudicators for the 2018 festival are:

Lizzie Davis (Piano)

Andrew Dean (Piano)

Philip Dewhurst (Instrumental & Vocal)

David Francis (Strings)

Maria Jagusz (Vocal)

Steven Roberts (Choral)

Angela Rowley (Vocal)

Katie Wearing (Strings)

Lizzie Davis
Lizzie Davis was born in Essex, brought up in Cardiff and won a scholarship to study horn and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In a busy life she was principal horn of Manchester Camerata, taught horn and chamber music at Chetham's School of Music, horn at RNCM, and is very involved with tutoring horns of the National Children's Orchestras.
She is an examiner and trainer for ABRSM and has many piano and horn pupils, several of whom now hold positions in major UK and European orchestras.
In her spare time she love practising the oboe, designing and knitting sweaters and watching test match cricket.

Andrew Dean
Andrew Dean started his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral in London where he studied organ and piano with Nicolas Kynaston. For five years his teacher was Stephen Hicks and later, at Edinburgh University, his teachers included Kenneth Leighton and Peter Williams, the renowned Bach expert.
He has worked in the field of music education in the UK for the past thirty years, including posts at St Andrews University, the RNCM and The Manchester Grammar School, one of the most distinguished independent schools in England. Here he was only the third Director of Music since the school was founded in 1515. He held the post of Choral Director at Leeds Metropolitan University for several years and has worked as a music examiner both in this country and as far away as Singapore and Malaysia. Andrew remains busy as an adjudicator, private teacher, accompanist and organ soloist; several of his past organ pupils currently hold posts as cathedral organists, and many more currently hold distinguished positions in the world of music and the arts.

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.

David Francis
David Francis performs as harpsichord soloist and continuo player with many of Britain’s leading orchestras. In particular his performances of concertos by J.S.Bach, Haydn (recorded for Meridian) and Frank Martin have been highly acclaimed and broadcast on Classic FM. His recital repertoire spans a musical spectrum from the 16th century to the present day, with music of the 18th century being a speciality. He has worked with many international soloists and conductors, and has directed various orchestras and ensembles, including Manchester Camerata and The Eighteenth Century Concert Orchestra.
He founded Musical Offering, a leading chamber ensemble performing on period instruments. With the ensemble he appeared on television and broadcast on BBC Radios 2, 3 and the World Service. Other projects included a CD, films of Music from the Court of Frederick the Great, and the establishment of long lasting concert series in Leeds and Manchester, and a Festival in North Staffordshire villages.
David’s enjoyment of teaching is reflected in a varied career that spans both secondary and higher education. After a lengthy association with the Royal Northern College of Music, where he established an Early Music Department and was lecturer in harpsichord, he became Head of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at a Sixth Form College. He has also taught at Chetham’s School of Music, as well as for Oxford, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield Universities. He is now Head of Academic Music at The Manchester Grammar School.
He is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and is in demand as an Adjudicator.

Maria Jagusz
Maria Jagusz trained 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 where she worked with Solti, Dame Janet Baker and Martin Isepp. Since then she has performed as an operatic soloist for leading opera companies in the U.K. and Europe working alongside artists like Freni, Carreras,Domingo,Dame Felicity Lott and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
As a concert artist she has performed in many leading venues including The Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall,St John’s Smith Square, The Barbican , and Bonn Cathedral. In 2010 she was awarded honorary chairman of the Silurian Consort for her contribution to music in the Cotswolds.
Maria combines her singing career with teaching and running MJ-UK Music &Arts, which gives young singers performing opportunities in both the classical and musical theatre world. She is a leading workshop leader for choirs and schools and is an adjudicator for the National Federation Of Music Festivals. Last summer she directed Orfeo Ed Euridice for Longborough Festival Opera. Future work includes playing “Filipevnya”in Eugene Onegin for Mid Wales Opera .

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.

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.