ADJUDICATOR FOR STRINGS AND PIANO: TIMOTHY BARRETT
Timothy studied on a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, winning many major awards, and completed his studies with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Geoffrey Parsons.
He has toured and broadcast extensively in the UK and abroad as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player. Whilst still a student he developed a special interest in song accompaniment through playing for Masterclasses at Aldeburgh, subsequently partnering such artists as Dame Felicity Lott and Robert White. In addition, instrumentalists he has worked with include Jack Brymer, Bradley Creswick and Haaken Hardenberger.
Teaching forms a major part of his musical life and he works with pupils of all ages and levels from beginner to post-graduate. He was Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College for almost 25 years whilst also teaching at the RAM and TCM and now pursues a busy freelance career.
An ABRSM examiner since 1991, he is also a Trainer, Moderator and Mentor. Other work for the AB includes co-writing the Board’s Teaching Notes on Piano Exam pieces, selecting the graded Piano pieces and presenting Seminars. He frequently directs Masterclasses for performers and teachers’ workshops in the UK and the Far East and is in demand as a Competition and Festival adjudicator. He was awarded the ARAM in 1996 in recognition for distinguished service within the music profession.
ADJUDICATOR FOR WOODWIND, BRASS AND ENSEMBLES: JAMES STRETTON
James Stretton was born in Warwickshire in 1967 and flourished in that county’s music system culminating in a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.2 at the age of 17. He went on to study Trumpet & Piano at Trinity College of Music, London 1986-1990. Postgraduate he studied with James Austin at the University of Houston, Texas and Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds.
James has been a highly successful musical chameleon working as a professional musician in a wide variety of fields, from orchestral work with CBSO, RLPO and the London Concert Orchestra to performing unique multi-instrumental concerts & shows with pianist Iain Jackson. He has been a regular member of the Royal Shakespeare Company band for several years and toured USA & China with the RSC in 2016 including a return of David Tennant’s Richard 2nd production.
Former teaching posts include Head of Instrumental Music at Harrogate Ladies’ College, North Yorkshire (1998-2005) and Head of Brass at Worksop College, Nottinghamshire (2008-2015) In the brass band world he is a former member of both the Grimethorpe Colliery & Black Dyke bands. A fulltime freelance professional musician James in addition to Trumpet work and solo engagements is a composer and workshop leader.
ADJUDICATOR FOR VOICE AND CHORAL: ELIZABETH STAFFORD
Elizabeth Stafford was born and educated in Birmingham. She studied Music at Durham University following this with a PhD in Performance Studies at Sheffield University, a PGDip in Vocal Studies at Trinity College of Music and a PGCE in Primary Music at Birmingham City University. She also holds an LTCL in Vocal Teaching from Trinity College London.
As a soloist Elizabeth has won several awards, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles in many prestigious venues across the world. She has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service and in 2011, was invited to perform for Princess Michael of Kent. Elizabeth has conducted numerous youth and adult choirs and in 2009 was selected for a choral conducting Master class with the BBC Singers. In 2010 she was invited to conduct a massed choir for the Music for Youth Family Prom in Birmingham.
Elizabeth has nearly 2 decades experience as a vocal and music teacher. She now runs her own company Music Education Solutions, providing training for schools and teachers throughout the UK.
ADJUDICATOR FOR PERCUSSION, KEYBOARD AND ELECTRIC GUITAR: RHYS MATTHEWS
Rhys Matthews graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a MMus (Distinction) and BMus Hons (1st Class). Rhys has enjoyed much success performing with a variety of orchestras. Professional engagements have included performing with: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, Sinfonia Cymru, Scottish Chamber Orchestra & BBC Philharmonic. He has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The Sage Gateshead & The Bridgewater Hall. Rhys is a diverse professional musician, often performing in a variety of styles and concert settings. Engagements have included: Live BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts, TV & Radio recordings for BBC and S4C (Welsh Television), BBC Proms and tour with International Artists.
As an educator, Rhys leads the Percussion & Drum-Kit department at Oundle School in Peterborough. He also coaches 6 percussion ensembles, a Steel Pan Ensemble, Wind Orchestras, Symphony Orchestras and Contemporary Music Groups. In 2012, Rhys joined RSL Arts Awards (Rockschool International Examination Board) as their youngest examiner. Rhys examines modern music exams in piano, vocals, drums, guitar and bass for the examination board. Examining commitments have taken Rhys to Asia, South America and Europe, as well as exams in the UK. Extended examination duties include marking and assessing diploma examinations in teaching and performance. Rhys also leads masterclasses, workshops and seminars in the UK and Internationally where he advises teachers and students on the Rockschool syllabus and he is also an Adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals.
ADJUDICATOR FOR WOODWIND: CHRISTINE HANKIN
After reading music at Sheffield University, Christine Hankin studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music with Trevor Wye and then with William Bennett. This equipped her very well for a freelance career and she has been very successful over many years playing with orchestras and ballet companies up and down the country.
Currently, she is a long-standing member of the London Chamber Orchestra and is now a part of their brilliant Music Junction outreach team. She is also a member of the Orchestra of St John’s and is regularly to be seen in the West End on shows such as Phantom of the Opera. She has also made a CD of music for the flute by female composers and the recording of a little piece by Cecile Chaminade has been regularly aired on Radio Three. She is a committed teacher and is Head of Woodwind at the London College of Music. She is also a Diploma examiner for ABRSM.