Adjudicator & Accompanist Directory

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Jayne Cooper, Adjudicator: Dance

I trained at Elmhurst and the Royal Ballet School TTC, after which I performed professionally in musical theatre and cabaret... Find out more

Richard Deering, Adjudicator: Music

Richard has been an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for well over 30 years,... Find out more

Catherine Ingram, Adjudicator: Dance

Catherine has been the Principal of a large dance and theatre school for 30 years. After training in classical ballet,... Find out more

Catherine, Accompanist

Catherine studied the piano at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Frank Wibaut and the late Paul Hamburger, moving to the... Find out more

Elizabeth Brazier, Adjudicator: Music

Elizabeth was born in London and is a Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied piano with Guy Jonson and ‘... Find out more

Tara Leiper, Adjudicator: Music

Tara graduated from Aberdeen’s Northern College of Education with first class honours and worked in Further Education for 13... Find out more

Gabrielle Burgin Lister, Adjudicator: Music

Gabrielle brings a wealth of experience to her work as an adjudicator and wholeheartedly supports the principles of BIFF in... Find out more

Sammy Murray, Adjudicator: Dance

Sammy is a TV and Film choreographer/ Movement Director currently working on a new Netflix drama due to be aired 2021.

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Yvonne Patrick, Adjudicator: Music

Born in South Derbyshire, Yvonne began her professional career with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company before joining Glyndebourne... Find out more

fiona mclean-buechel, Adjudicator: Music

Fiona is a specialist strings adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and has recently been... Find out more

Gill Johnston, Adjudicator: Music

Gillian studied the bassoon with Archie Camden at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, after a period of freelance... Find out more

Keith Allen, Adjudicator: Music

Keith was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, going on to take post-graduate studies at Birmingham,... Find out more

Andrew Sherwood, Adjudicator: Music

Andrew has, and still does, perform in many parts of the world as conductor and violinist. He has been Professor of Violin... Find out more

Malcolm Green, Adjudicator: Music

Malcolm studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won many prizes as well as a First Class degree and the... Find out more

Timothy McCarthy, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Timothy studied Speech & Drama at the Cork School of Music; graduated from the National University of Ireland with an MA... Find out more

Elizabeth Emberson, Adjudicator: Music

Soprano soloist, choral conductor and voice teacher, Elizabeth began singing lessons with Betty Middleton when she was... Find out more

Melanie Ragge, Adjudicator: Music

Melanie’s musical passions lie in chamber music and education. Originally a medical student, she graduated with an MPhil in... Find out more

Susan Maguire, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Susan is a graduate of Dublin City University, and has a Post-Graduate Higher Diploma in Education, & a Licentiate... Find out more

Jacqueline Brunjes, Adjudicator: Dance

Jacquie Brunjes is a multifaceted artist and choreographer, currently serving as Chair of All England Dance & UK Young... Find out more

Karen Blackburn, Adjudicator: Dance

Karen received her formative training at The Phyllis & Hilda Skinns Ballet School (Hull) and with Louise Browne (York... Find out more

Murray McLachlan, Adjudicator: Music

Murray McLachlan has been adjudicating for nearly 30 years and is based in Manchester. He has made over 40 commercial... Find out more

Joanne Fletcher, Adjudicator: Dance

Joanne trained at her mother's school, De Haviland Dance Studios, Hastings, and then opened her own school Rye Dance... Find out more

Julie McKenna, Adjudicator: Dance

Julie was born in Glasgow, and trained at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts, in Epsom, Surrey.

Julie has several... 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

Frances Colyer, Adjudicator: Speech and Drama

Frances trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (Teacher’s Diploma in Speech & Drama). She worked as... Find out more