From her early experiences of performing in Welsh Eisteddfodau Marilynne has developed a lifelong passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of performance.Having studied piano, voice and cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she took a Masters Degree in Education. The combination of these two strands consolidated her interest in Music Performance and Music Education and the interface between the two.

She was a founder member of Polyphonia - a network of European Conservatoires - and has lectured and conducted workshops across Europe. Marilynne is particularly interested in the Practice of Performance and led a European research project in that field the results of which have been disseminated across the conservatoires.   

As a conductor she has trained and conducted orchestras and choirs on a regular basis, some of whom have performed on BBC and ITV. Currently she is Deputy Music Director of the 140+ Harrogate Choral Society, founder and of the Harrogate Polyphonic Choir and Director of a small vocal ensemble”Beati”

Her own performing experience has included singing with professional orchestras and choirs, giving solo recitals and solo parts in opera. She now has a practice as a vocal consultant and leader of workshops for teachers conductors, singers and choirs such as the Lindley School Choir who were winners at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2017

Recently she has been made President of the Harrogate Male Voice Choir and also President of the Hornsea Concert Series.

As an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals she is well established and has adjudicated nationally and internationanally.She has been a regular adjudicator at the finals of Music for Youth.   In October 2011 she was honoured to be made one of the first Adjudicator Fellows of the Federation and is now Chairman of the Fellows.

When not involved in making or listening to music she enjoys walking- preferably contour walks, collecting English enamel patch boxes and playing “kitchen” bridge.



Louise was born in Westcliff on Sea and first trod the boards when only five days old and has never looked back. Her varied and interesting professional theatrical career began with Haymarket Stage Productions progressing from stage management to acquiring her Equity card as an actress. She enjoyed touring the UK and appearing in all aspects of theatre including repertory and musicals, as well as appearing on television and in films. Louise is presently not only an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, but is also an adjudicator member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.  She was Artistic Director of the Phoenix Youth Theatre in Southend, formerly the New Focus Theatre for many years. She is the Speech Tutor at St. John’s School in Billericay. Louise’s extensive work as an adjudicator has taken her all over the UK and abroad. She has adjudicated regularly in Sri Lanka. She runs workshops and master classes, directs plays (including open air productions) and musicals, devises original drama compositions, writes poetry and has written many musical plays for children and students. She teaches speech, drama, musical theatre, mime and dance drama to all ages of students, including adults and specialises in the LAMDA examinations. Louise is an experienced theatre director and even finds time to dance flamenco! A festival is a celebration and enables all entrants to bring their creativity and enthusiasm to fruition. Louise is really looking forward to returning to the Leigh Festival and to sharing in these celebrations.


John Human was born in Chelmsford, and is a concert pianist with a passion for exploring the extraordinarily diverse capabilities of the instrument as widely as possible. He plays the standard classical repertoire as well as jazz, rock and other improvised genres, and has performed at the South Bank, National Theatre, Kings Place, The Albert Hall, National Trust properties, and for numerous music societies and festivals.

He studied in Cambridge with Phyllis Palmer, and then at the Guildhall School of Music with Elizabeth Newson, and holds an MA in Language, Arts and Education from the University of Sussex. He also enjoys working as a MD for the acclaimed Telegraph Hill Community show in SE London and Bluebird Cabaret.

He has examined for 20 years, initially as a keyboard specialist for Guildhall, and then with Trinity College on both the Classical and Jazz, and Rock and Pop panels throughout the world. He has worked on syllabus development and other elements of the examination process, most recently presenting the new Trinity Piano Syllabus across the UK in conjunction with EPTA.

Teaching has always been an important part of his life and John has held posts at The American Community School in Cobham and as Head of County Jazz for Herts Music Service, and currently at Haberdasher Aske’s in New Cross, alongside running a busy private practice.  He has also founded 2 Children’s Orchestras in London and was Chairman of the Croydon Performing Arts Festival from 2015-2017.

He lives in South London with his partner, Cellist Una Birtchnell and their three musical children, and loves Yoga, red wine, Arsenal and walking.