Hilary trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the UK, and graduated with the Diploma of Associateship and also two major awards – one for Public Speaking and one for Direction. Since then she has enjoyed a wide and varied career in the fields of Education and Professional Theatre. This has included ten years as Director of Theatre-in- Education at the Palace Theatre, Watford, where she was responsible for directing the premieres of ‘A Long March to Jerusalem’, ‘The Dracula Spectacular’, and the musical versions of ‘Heidi’ and ‘A Secret Garden’.

 Her extensive work as an examiner and adjudicator has taken her throughout the British Isles and the Republic of Ireland, as well as to many places abroad including Canada, Sri Lanka and, on many occasions, Hong Kong.

She is an examiner member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.

Hilary believes that a festival is a celebration and would remind candidates to enjoy the results of their hard work!

Strings - Dr. Oliver Gledhill, PhD MA(Mtpp) PGCA ARCM

Dr Oliver Gledhill, cellist, was a Scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and won numerous awards including the ISTEL/Redditch Music Society Competition. He studied with many eminent cellists including William Pleeth, Edmund Kurtz and André Navarra. He has given acclaimed recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, including three in the Kirckman Concert Society Series. Festival appearances have included solo performances in England, France, Italy, Mallorca and the Czech Republic.  Oliver has recorded eight CD’s, including the complete works for cello by Léon Boëllmann, which was awarded five stars for performance by the BBC Music Magazine and has been played on ABC Classic FM (Australian Radio) and RTBF musiq3 (Belgian Radio).  In 2012 he completed a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music/University of London on W.H. Squire, his cello miniatures and theportamento.

Oliver Gledhill is a Professor of Cello at Junior Guildhall and also teaches at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree and Mill Hill School.  He has edited music for Peters Edition and Durand. His published writings include articles and reviews for The Strad Magazine and the British Journal of Music Education. He is an Examiner for Trinity College London, for whom he selected and revised both the Cello Grade and Diploma Syllabuses.  As an Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, he has adjudicated at over one hundred festivals.

Wind & Brass - Joy Farrall

Singing - Ian MacDonald

Since graduating from the Royal College of Music Ian has performed much of the German Lieder and English Art Song repertoire as well as oratorio, light opera and various more experimental works here in the UK, Europe and the USA. Performances include Dichterliebe - Capel St Mary, Laussane, Edinburgh, Dulwich Festival,  Vauxhall Festival,  London Festival; Winteressie - The Warehouse, London, Edinburgh, Dumfries, Zurich,  Blackheath Halls; Façade - Capel St Mary; Opera Tenor Greats - Cuba, Bermuda, Vauxhall Festival; Carmina Burana - St Andrews Brighton, Dulwich Festival; On The Town - Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park; Mozart Requiem - St Martin's-in-the-field, St Paul's etc  Samson – Handel; St Nicholas – Britten; Christmas Oratorio – Bach;  Mass in C - Mozart, Stainer's Crucifixion – St Paul's,  Covent Garden etc. Principal roles include Adonis in the opera Venus at the Hackney Empire; Dr Kelvin in Solaris at The Factory and The Minema; Florestan in Fidelio - Bermuda, Bahamas; Sons of the Wheel, The Players Theatre; Lenski in Eugene Onegin etc. He tours with Steven Holloway, Catherine Francoise and others.
He is also a graduate of Edinburgh University and University College London (Voice Pathology) where he is currently Honorary Lecture and course tutor the world's first Masters Degree in Performing Arts Medicine, A course he has been developing over the last few years with some of the world's leaders in the field.
In addition to his work as a voice coach he has a busy practice at the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine ( as the clinical voice assessor and vocal health & rehabilitation specialist.  This doesn't give him much time these days for trips in the great British outdoors climbing and sailing etc….alas!​

Piano - Helen Reid.    

It was clear we were in not only capable but rather a special pair of hands…Reid’s beautifully poised, tenderly imagined and finely focused playing re-educated and refined the ear.” Hilary Finch, The Times

Helen Reid first came to public attention when she appeared on BBC2 in the National Keyboard Finals of the BBC Young Musician competition in 1998. In 2000 she won first prize in the Karic International Piano Competition. In 2006 she was hailed as a ‘rising star’ in The Independent magazine.

Helen has given recitals all around in England, at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Halls and Blackheath Halls, London, St. George’s, Bristol, Cheltenham, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Aldeburgh and Buxton Festivals. She has performed in Spain, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Recent performances have included Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto with the Westmoreland Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Aurelian Ensemble at Blackheath Halls and the world premiere of David Matthews’ Piano Concerto, written for Helen and commissioned by Dartington International Summer School.

Helen studied at Chetham’s School, Royal Holloway University and Cologne Music College, completing a Master’s Degree at City University and the Guildhall School of Music. She is currently professor of piano at Bristol University, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity College of Music Junior Department, and has been invited to give masterclasses at Gdansk Conservatoire, Royal Holloway and Hull Universities, Dartington International Summer School and Pro Corda. Helen is an Associate Artist of the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, based at Cambridge University.

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Piano - Derek Rodgers.  Derek will be adjudicating from 6pm Saturday 13th May.