We are delighted to welcome the following adjudicators to the Woking Music Festival in 2020.
Frances Colyer, LGSM(TD) (Speech and Drama)
Frances trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (Teacher’s Diploma in Speech and Drama). She worked as an actress at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Palace Theatre Watford and Cork Opera House, Eire. She has undertaken Theatre-in-Education work at the Cockpit Theatre and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
Frances has worked at the BBC as a presenter of the schools television programme Merry Go Round & BBC Radio programme Discovery and as a presenter/announcer for Border Television, Carlisle. Overseas posts include English language teaching in Padua and Rome, Italy and she was a Visiting Fellow in Drama at the University of West Indies, Barbados.
She has recently retired from teaching speech and drama at Berkhamsted School and is still a LAMDA teacher and Drama tutor for University of Buckingham; Speech adjudicator for The British & International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech, an examiner for The English Speaking Board and a member of Equity and STSC.
Richard Deering, FTCL, GTCL, LRAM, ARCM, PGCA (Piano)
Richard has been an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for well over 30 years, adjudicating at an average of 12 festivals a year, including many overseas festivals, as a piano or brass specialist and generalist.
Although no longer active as a performing brass player, he has given piano performances – as soloist and accompanist – in over 90 countries and has held teaching positions in establishments such as London College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Middlesex University, Cambridge University, Auckland University and New York State University. Richard was also an Adviser to the London Arts Board on contemporary music and jazz. He has also made several commercial recordings in both UK and Japan.
His Federation work included serving on the Central Board of Trustees, Vice-Chair of the Adjudicators’ Council and with the administration of the PGCA qualification.
Currently he is the Chair of Trustees of Croydon Performing Arts Festival and, was honoured, by being elected as a BIFF Fellow in 2012.
Richard is also a high-ranking cricket umpire and season ticket holder at Sutton United Football Club.
Rosie Whitfield, Dip RCM Performers ARCM Teachers PGCE (Instrumental)
Rosanna’s vast experience as a performer, teacher and presenter, teamed with an innate love of music, underpins her unstoppable drive as a dedicated campaigner for music in education. Her natural ability to captivate audiences and inspire young musicians to achieve their dreams stems from an unquestionable belief that music can change lives.
Rosanna studied oboe with Michael Winfield at the Royal College of Music achieving an Exhibition Award in her first year. She went on to study at Durham University and gained a PGCE in 1996.
As an experienced adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals, Rosanna is regularly called upon to adjudicate in the UK and abroad and has forged long-standing links with specialist music schools in Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her positive, interactive adjudicating style inducing young musicians to participate, year on year.
As Director of Music at Whitgift School, Rosanna devised educational projects for all levels of musician from beginner to advanced, and regularly presented interactive concerts and masterclasses to thousands of primary school pupils. She was instrumental in developing the Whitgift International Music Competition in 2013, and continues to support and mentor young musicians hoping for a career in the profession.
Jane Wilkinson, BMus(Hons)(RSAMD), GradDipRCM (Vocal and Choral)
Jane trained as a soprano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and then at the Royal College of Music where she won many competitions and awards.
She performs solo art song recitals across the country and has toured South Africa, Europe and America. Jane teaches singing at Brunel University and is singing tutor at Imperial College, London. She is a former singing teacher at St Cecilia’s School, Wandsworth, Chelsea Academy and Flora Gardens School, Hammersmith.
Jane is a former member of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and now conducts New Malden Voices and New Malden Youth Choir. Jane has premiered many contemporary operas and frequently works alongside composers on new works for the stage and for recordings. She has performed oratorios and concerts at Edinburgh Festival, Royal Albert Hall and many other distinguished venues.
Jane leads vocal masterclasses and workshops internationally and often runs ‘audition technique’ days for aspiring singers. Jane has taught singers of all ages and standards and has a great passion for educating.
Her voice has featured on a wide variety of albums and recordings from children’s repertoire to contemporary folk rock. Jane has been adjudicating for the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2012.