Adjudicator & Accompanist Directory

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Murray McLachlan, Adjudicator: Music

Murray McLachlan has been adjudicating for nearly 30 years and is based in Manchester. He is chair of the European Piano... Find out more

Jenny Thornton, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Jenny trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining awards for Character Acting and Most Promising Teacher.... Find out more

Patricia Mulligan, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Patricia has been involved in the festival movement from an early age, performing in festivals and feiseanna all over... Find out more

David Beer, Adjudicator: Music

David is a professional conductor and pianist. He taught music in schools, before embarking on a full-time career as a... Find out more

Melanie Armitstead, Adjudicator: Music

Melanie is a Russian and French graduate from Durham University who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and... Find out more

Kate Martin, Adjudicator: Dance

Kate was Janet Palmer’s first pupil and trained with her, and at Mayhew School, Northampton in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern,... Find out more

John Hester, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

John trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and began work as an actor in 1979. He has also been a speech and... Find out more

Kirsty Findlay, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Kirsty Nichol Findlay loves young people’s literature and performances. Her expertise in literature, especially children’s... Find out more

Anne Harris-Norman, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Anne can trace her love of speech and drama to her mother’s decision to send her to “elocution lessons” which opened the... Find out more

Julie McLoughlin, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Julie trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, worked in the professional theatre and has full Equity membership... Find out more

Vicki Durning, Adjudicator: Dance

Vicki trained under the highly regarded Maureen Law where she gained great experience in performing at festival and... Find out more

Iona Zuiderwijk, Adjudicator: Music

Iona was born in Liverpool and began playing the violin under teacher Peter Mountain. She was a pupil at Chethams and Wells... Find out more

Helen Grady, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Helen trained at the Oxford School of Drama and works as an actor, director and drama tutor. She has professional experience... Find out more

Jodie Clark, Adjudicator: Dance

Jodie trained at Bird College where she won the Dancing Times Choreography Award and graduated with Distinction. She enjoyed... Find out more

Victoria Saunders, Festival: Dance
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Christine Hankin, Adjudicator: Music

Christine studied the flute at the Guildhall School of Music. She now has a successful and varied career and is currently a... Find out more

Merriel Halsall-Williams, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Merriel is an experienced teacher of English, Drama and Oral Communication Skills in the 8 to 18 years age group. As... Find out more

Gayle Johnson, Adjudicator: Dance

Both at home and abroad, Gayle has had an active involvement with many associations and, as a member of the TDCI and various... Find out more

Mark Tanner, Adjudicator: Music

Mark is a concert pianist, composer, writer and teacher, who has premièred, recorded and broadcast many works by prominent... Find out more

Susan Collier, Adjudicator: Music

Susan has a lifelong passion for communication through music. Since the age of three, inspired by her first public... Find out more

Donal McCrisken, Adjudicator: Music

Donal is a Belfast-based musician with many years experience as a pianist, accompanist, conductor, examiner and adjudicator... Find out more

Jennifer Haley, Adjudicator: Dance

Jennifer trained in London from the age of five, with Tory Morgan, Maude Wells & Letty Littlewood; three inspiring... Find out more

Bryan Husband, Adjudicator: Music

Bryan studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Bryan has homes... Find out more

Christopher Marlow, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Dr Chris Marlow trained at the universities of Manchester and Oxford, winning as an undergraduate The John Osborne Award. A... Find out more

Arthur Webb, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

After graduating from Queen’s University, Belfast with a B.Ed degree in English and Drama, Arthur studied at the Guildhall... Find out more