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Music

We provide a platform for every age and ability, not only to compete, but to gain experience of a wider musical world, to share musical contributions, and to enjoy an extensive variety of performances.
Each year we welcome increasing numbers of audience and participants. If you love music, there will be something in our Festival to inspire you. Come and be part of it.

We extend a warm welcome to our Music Adjudicators for 2019

Gillian Oswell, Instrumental Adjudicator
Born and raised in Kent, Gillian started playing the piano at six years of age and gained her LRAM whilst still at school. She went on to study Piano and ‘Cello at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly and Philip Jenkins where she was awarded her LGSM and GRSM(Hons). Whilst at RAM, Gillian began teaching piano for the Inner London Education Authority which sparked a lifelong interest in communicating her love of music to others. She is a fully qualified teacher and has enjoyed a teaching career that comprised of domestic postings in England, including on the String Training Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is also on their Junior Department’s deputy piano teaching register. Teaching has been both class and individual lessons in the public and private sectors. Gillian also gained overseas experience teaching in Brussels. Gillian has performed as a soloist, accompanist and orchestral musician including concerts at the South Bank, St John’s Smith Square and The Royal Albert Hall. She also travels internationally performing, adjudicating and examining on the Main Panel for ABRSM and is an Adjudicator with the British and International Federation of Festivals.
 
Andrea Calladine, Vocal Adjudicator
Andrea has a varied career as performer, teacher, conductor, coach and adjudicator in the main genres of singing to Musical Theatre. She studied initially at the Birmingham School of Music (now The Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining honours in Diplomas and was awarded many major prizes. As a singer, she has travelled widely at home and in Europe performing from her wide concert and oratorio repertoire. Today, she is happiest teaching Music Theatre where her skills in singing, acting and language can be combined. Andrea’s teaching commitments are divided between a very busy private practice, where she coaches many professional singers, and a leading Independent School. Andrea held the post of Central Area Representative of the Association of Teachers of Singing for four years and was the Association’s Conference Director from 2014 - 2018. She also is an Assessor/Mentor for the AOTOS Teacher Training course. Andrea is also in demand for Choral Workshops and Vocal Master Classes. Andrea is an active adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, where she hopes to bring not only her wealth of experience as both teacher and performer, but also her love of singing, encouragement of the performers and, above all, a sense of humour!
Andrea is looking forward to adjudicating at the Highbridge Music Festival and also to hearing some wonderful singing from all of the performers.


Options for performance in the Elena Cobb Star Prize, 2019

P45 DUET, beginners – Grade 2. ONE DUET.
Choose your duet from any of the following publications:
1 My Piano Trip to London, Elena Cobb
2 Piano Star 1, ABRSM
3 Piano Star 2, ABRSM

P46 SOLO, Grade 3-5. ONE SOLO.
Choose your solo from any of the following publications:
1 Grooves for Piano Dudes, Heather Hammond
2 Piano Olé, Heather Hammond
3 A Hebrides Suite, Donald Thomson

P47 SOLO, Grade 6-8. ONE SOLO.
Choose your solo from any of the following publications:
1 Recital Piano Solos Book 1 or Book 2, Elena Cobb
2 Sam Wedgwood’s Project, Book 1 or Book 2
3 Scottish Waters, Donald Thomson

Although backing tracks are available for some of these pieces, they should not be used for your Festival performance.
Music is available from www.elenacobb.com or ABRSM suppliers.

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