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Nicola-Jane Kemp

Nicola-Jane Kemp is a coloratura soprano and has worked for companies as diverse as Music Theatre Wales, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France and BBC Radio 2. Concert work takes her all round the UK and even to the Middle East.

As co-editor with Heidi Pegler, their seven volume series of songbooks - The Language of Song published by Faber Music - was awarded Best Education Publication by the British Music Industries Association in 2007.

Nicola-Jane had early experience singing in a variety of professional ensembles, both classical and popular, and currently judges popular ensemble/barbershop competitions for the British Federation of Festivals.

She is a Grade and Diploma examiner for the ABRSM, assessing all instruments, an adjudicator for The British & International Federation of Festivals and sits on the council of the Association of Teachers of Singing.

Alun Guy

Alun Guy graduated from the University College of Cardiff. Between 1978 and 1998 he held the position of Head of Music for Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff. He is now a Music Advisor for schools as well as the Principal Examiner for Music GCSE in Wales.

Alun has become one of the finest conductors and has performed in a variety of singing festivals in Wales over the years. His breadth of experience secured him a spot on the music panel for the National Eisteddfod where he has sat for 20 years.

He has directed performances all over the world, including, Melbourne, Patagonia, Barbados, Frankfurt, Barcelona and North America. He was honoured with the White Robe in the Gorsedd of the Bards for his contribution to music in Wales in 2000.

In the 2004 National Eisteddfod in Newport, Alun’s book, Ar Lwyfan Cymru was published. The popular volume gives an insight into the lives of six of the most well known singers in Wales

John Fitzpatrick

John Fitzpatrick has wide experience as a conductor, tutor, examiner, and lecturer. He has been associated with the prestigious Cork International Choral Festival for many years becoming its Artistic and Festival Director in 1993. He is widely regarded as being the driving force behind its continued artistic and organisational development over that period, including Cork’s designation as European Capital of Culture in 2005. Recently retired as Director of the County Cork School of Music he continues to be involved in many other activities. John is a founder Board Member of both AOIC (The Association of Irish Choirs) and The Music Network, is a Member of the Choral Festival Network and is a Music Consultant to the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat.

As well as adjudicating at national level he is a regular jury member at major international choral festivals. In 2007 he was honoured by the City of Cork when presented with the Cork Person of the Year Award in acknowledgement of his contribution to music. In 2010, University College Cork conferred him with an honorary Masters Degree of Arts in recognition of his services to choral music, music education, and to the musical and cultural life of Cork.

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