The Festival Committee would like to extend a warm welcome to our 2016 Adjudicators

Mark-Tanner-Phot-625x800-100x100Instrumental and Vocal – Mark Tanner PhD Hon.BC MA FTCL FRSA

Mark Tanner is a concert pianist, composer, B.I.F.F. adjudicator, teacher and writer. His work takes him regularly to all five continents. Solo appearances include many recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre and St John’s Smith Square, as well as St George’s Bristol, where he has performed as soloist and with fellow pianists Alan Schiller, cellist Richard May, flautist Gillian Poznansky and clarinetist Michael Langdon-Davies. He continues to appear regularly on luxury cruise liners, having given in excess of 300 recitals on all of the Cunard, P&O and Saga ships. Mark’s recordings, which have spotlighted many works by British composers and previously unrecorded works, have received widespread critical acclaim: “Magnificent”, Gramophone, “Delivered with flair and spontaneity”, The Scotsman. World première broadcasts of works by Constant Lambert and John McLeod have been given on BBC Radio 3, and Classic FM recently featured Mark’s Lullaby for Prince George.

Mark’s arrangements of well-known folk songs, published by Spartan Press in two volumes, were recorded last year with bass-baritone Michael George at Potton Hall, Suffolk and released by Priory Records: “Nicely rendered by the veteran bass-baritone Michael George, with Tanner himself at the piano…an agreeable pinch of harmonic spice…a charming invention”, International Record Review. Mark’s recent recording of Bach’s Flute Sonatas, with Gillian Poznansky, was hailed as “a performance of truly fine musical expression”, International Record Review. Mark has published more than fifty volumes of compositions, editions and arrangements for Edition Peters, Spartan Press, Europa Edition and Trinity College London, twelve of which appear on current examination syllabuses (five pieces on the new Trinity College Syllabus). His ‘Scapes’ series was shortlisted for the Best Print Resource Award at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

Mark’s regular ‘Masterclass’ articles can be enjoyed in Pianist Magazine and he has written several hundred articles and reviews in prominent publications such as Classical Music, International Piano, International Record Review and Musical Opinion. He is currently Guest Editor of EPTA’s flagship magazine, Piano Professional, and was guest speaker at the EPTA Annual Conference 2015.

Mark’s PhD tackled the Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt; he also gained an honorary degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire, is a member of Mensa and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He regularly teaches at the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School, as well as on his own longstanding summer school at Jackdaws, Somerset. For ABRSM Mark is an examiner, trainer, international presenter and reader; he has undertaken over 25 international tours to all five continents. Mark is contributing to the ABRSM ‘Teaching Notes’ for the upcoming piano syllabus 2017-18 and has made contributions to various syllabuses. In 2016 Mark will be examining in Korea, Japan and USA, as well as giving ABRSM presentations in China, and will be performing on the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.

Jenny-Thornton-Photo-100x100Speech and Drama – Jenny Thornton AGSM (teaching), ALAM (Acting and Public Speaking), Certificate in Education, LISTD, CDE (Dance) Adjudicator for British and International Federation of Festivals

Jenny trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama gaining awards for Character Acting and for Most Promising Teacher. Jenny has led the Performing Arts Teams in large Comprehensives, been an Assistant Principal for Edexcel, LAMDA examiner and now enjoys running her own Performance Centre with ages from 4 years to adults delivering drama, dance and musical theatre and also writing. Her play called “Gone” gained a Commended when performed at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond as did her most recent play “Young Love”. She was delighted when LAMDA chose two of her pieces for their new acting anthology. Jenny is looking forward to visiting the North Devon Festival and making it a very positive experience for all concerned.
“Drama is a life skill that changed me from a stuttering introvert to a confident individual. We can give our performers no better opportunity.” Jenny Thornton

2015 Festival Adjudicators:

Elizabeth_BrazierVocal – Elizabeth Brazier GRSM, ARCM, LRAM, Dip Ed
Elizabeth Brazier was born in London and is a Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied piano with Guy Jonson and ‘cello with Derek Simpson. Her first teaching post was in Cornwall and she has lived in Truro ever since. It is as a ‘cellist and ‘cello teacher that she has become principally known, although she is also a pianist, and was a founder member of the leading local opera company, and sang principal roles in early productions. She has taught in many schools and has a thriving practice at home, teaching both ‘cello and piano. She plays in orchestras, ensembles and chamber groups around the Southwest.

Her work as an Associated Board Examiner has taken her all over the world, an aspect of her profession that she particularly enjoys. In nearly thirty years’ examining she has gained experience in Britain, America, Bermuda, Scandinavia, Iceland, South Africa, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Of her three sons, two, Ben and Daniel, have followed her into music. This has been a satisfying bonus to a lifelong love and enthusiasm for performing and teaching.

Helen_DeakinInstrumental – Helen Deakin GRSM LRAM ARCM PGCE
Helen Deakin studied piano and clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, taking both instruments as joint first study. She has considerable experience of solo and choral singing, of both instrumental and choral directing, and of the string repertoire (her now grown up sons were NYO violin & cello principals).She performs as a soloist and as an accompanist and with many chamber groups and orchestras.

As an ABRSM examiner, Helen has worked extensively throughout the UK and around the world, including Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, New Zealand and the USA. As well as examining, she has also presented sessions as part of the ABRSM Annual Conferences and workshop days across the UK. As a member of the ABRSM Professional Development Panel, Helen has worked with instrumental teachers in the UK and overseas. A founder member of Clavis Music, she is much in demand, giving presentations and workshop days on all aspects of performing and teaching.

Helen is a very experienced teacher and has run a flourishing private teaching practice for over 25 years. Originally from Truro, she now lives in Dartmouth. She directs a series of chamber music courses and runs workshops for both pianists and piano teachers, which have proved very popular. Helen is a very busy adjudicator, something she really enjoys, and is delighted to be back at the North Devon Festival.

Edwina_LloydSpeech and Drama – Edwina Lloyd LLAM, LGSM
Edwina, who lives in Bristol, teaches Speech & Drama, frequently adjudicates for the British Federation of Festivals and examines for Vanguard Examinations. She loves directing Shakespeare, particularly with young people, with experience in the Royal Shakespeare Co. and Childrens’ Theatre. Edwina is a professional actress. She loves giving Recitals. She enjoys working in a pro-amateur company, each summer.

Blessed with three stepchildren, Edwina is also an extremely happy Granny! She knows how it feels to be a Teacher entering a wide range of Group, Duo and Solo classes in the local Bristol Festival and has full understanding of festival excitement and anxiety, necessary, she thinks, if one is to adjudicate with sensitivity!

She thoroughly enjoys the privilege of adjudication, learning from other teachers and encouraging the progress of performers.