ADJUDICATORS - FESTIVAL 2018
SINGING - Eileen Field, ARAM, GRSM, LRAM, ARCM, PGCA
Eileen Field studied singing and piano as joint first studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She has extensive experience as a soprano soloist, piano accompanist and choral conductor, and maintains a substantial private teaching for adults and children from beginners to post-graduate level in London. She gives masterclasses for solo singers and choirs and has worked with among others, students at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in Iceland. She selected the material and wrote performance notes for two volumes of 20th century songs for Boosey & Hawkes. Eileen is a grade and diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, also moderating examiners and helping to train new examiners. In 2007 she was appointed Consultant Moderator. She is the Lead Singing Consultant for the selection of repertoire for the ABRSM Singing Syllabus and Series Consultant for the new ABRSM Songbooks Plus. She has examined and presented seminars for teachers in the UK, Southern Africa, the Far East, Bermuda and the USA, and throughout Europe, including Scandinavia, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Turkey and Poland, and her work as a long-established adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals has taken her all over the British Isles and Ireland. She was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1998.
DRAMA - Marcia Carr
Marcia completed her training at Royal Holloway (University of London) and is now working towards her PhD. She is a recognised Feldenkrais Practitioner with FITC and completed her graduating year with Sussex 8; her specialism is in ‘tuning bodies’ for performance.
She is also Director or the Creative Blast Company, an umbrella for transgenerational arts work and performances along with an academy, an agency and a production company which produces shows around Europe and is also Co-Artistic Director of an interdisciplinary award-winning Theatre Company, Impetuous Kinship. She also reviews publications for the Society of Speech and Drama Teachers.
Marcia is on tour both nationally and internationally educating both young and old either facilitating workshops on all aspects of performance studies as well as lecturing to undergraduates and postgraduates on both academic and vocational courses. She is Senior Lecturer at The University of West London and some of her recent credits include: East 15; Central School of Speech and Drama; Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch; Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; Director of Youth Theatre, Barking; Court Training Theatre; Kingston University; South Bank University; Goldsmiths University, Gifted and talented; Wolverhampton University; Winchester University. International credits include: ST&M Theatre School (Amsterdam). Marcia Carr is Department Lead for Performing Arts and Senior Lecturer at the University of West London. She is currently an Associate Artist with the National Youth Theatre and she examines and adjudicates nationally and internationally in all aspects of the Performing Arts.
Marcia has toured both nationally and internationally. Tours include The Wild Party (The Mousepeople) Time Out Critics Choice, nominations - Vita Award, Market Theatre, Johannesburg, Best Ensemble, Stage and Television Award; Pigtales (Inamorata),Best Fringe Performer 2000, Manchester Evening Standard, nominated for Best Production; Big School (Coventry Belgrade Theatre); A Devilish Exercise (Into the Breech Theatre); Othellophobia (xplosive Acts); Juliet’s Dream (Sharp Theatre). Theatre includes: Sun & Heir (Royal Opera House); the Little Girl who was too fond of matches Best Actor 2007, Buxton Festival, nominated for Best Production (Impetuous Kinship); The Lost Thing (Impetuous Kinship) PALS (Maverick Theatre); Transfigured (Atlas productions). Television includes: Doctors (BBC), Dangerfield (BBC). Film includes: Mr Oakley (TaD too far), Sex Lives of the Potato Men. Musical Theatre includes: Laborintus II (Electric Phoenix); Fax of Life (Limited Company); The Unit (Mary Stewart David and Denis King); Profiles, cast recording (Mary Stewart David).
Marcia’s direction, choreography and physical direction include: WW1 at Coal House Fort (Impetuous Kinship); Grays 100 (Impetuous Kinship); Christmas at Coalhouse, Narnia (Impetuous Kinship); Christmas at Coalhouse, Alice in Wonderland (Impetuous Kinsip); Sugar and Spice (Futures Theatre Company); West Side Story (UWL/London College of Music); Assassins (UWL/London College of Music); Merrily We Roll Along (UWL/London College of Music); Into The Woods (UWL/London College of Music); Punk Rock (UWL/London College of Music); Canterbury tales (UWL/London College of Music); Company (UWL/London College of Music); Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Harry From the Hill (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); The Lost Thing & the Little Girl who was too fond of matches (Impetuous Kinship); Corpus Variorum or The Emender of Stories (KUDOS); The Silver Tongued Grandiloquent (Court theatre Training Company); Trainride & Girls’ Night Out (Impetuous Kinship); Merrily we Roll Long (Central School of Speech and Drama/ST&M, Amsterdam); The Person with Enormous Wings (TIE Court Training Company); Moot (MABrum); Webster Dextrious (MABrum); Bottom’s Dream & A Big Night Out (Chamberlain Players).
Pigtales - Manchester Evening Standard Award Winner
Marcia Carr – Best Fringe Performer 2000 (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio)
Nominated for Best Performance 2000 – Manchester Evening Standard Award
The wild Party -Time Out Critics Choice
Nominated for Best Ensemble 1998 – The Stage and Television Today
Nominated for a VITA Award 1999 – South Africa
The Little Girl who was too fond of matches – Buxton Festival Award Winner
Marcia Carr – Best Actor 2007 (Underground Venues)
Nominated for Best Production – Buxton Festival
INSTRUMENTAL - Bob Porter
Robert (Bob) Porter began studying the bassoon aged 11 and at 14 was accepted as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music. Two years later, after playing with the National Youth Orchestra, he decided to give up all thoughts of a future in maths and instead, began a career which now encompasses musician, conductor, teacher, concert promoter and artistic director.
After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Bob worked as a musician and teacher, returning to Guildhall to teach in the Junior Department from its inception and becoming Head of Wind and Percussion in 1985 — a position he still holds today. As a performer he plays regularly with the London Mozart Players and has worked with every major professional orchestra in London.
In the early 1980s Bob founded the Brandenburg Sinfonia, the first of a group of orchestras under his artistic direction, which now also includes the Brandenburg Brass and Brandenburg Baroque Soloists. Playing regularly both in this country and abroad, one residency, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, gave him the idea for a Choral Festival based around some of the most beautiful churches in London. Starting in 2009 with six concerts at St Martins, the Brandenburg Choral Festival is now one of the largest and most significant Choral Festivals in the country. This year the Festival boasts over 120 choirs and concerts, covering the standard masterpieces of the choral repertoire along with jazz, barbershop and gospel, also making it one of the most varied and inclusive choral festivals.
In 1991 Bob was made a Freeman of the City of London for services to music — an honour which allows him to drive a flock of sheep over London Bridge... something he fully intends to do one of these days. In his spare time he is passionate about cricket, red wine and jazz, although not necessarily in that order!