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2016 adjudicators announced!

It may only be February but we already have our three adjudicators secured for the weekend competitions! Last year’s choirs must have left the adjudicators very impressed as have two that will be joining us again for 2016. Then we have a brand new adjudicator who can’t wait to hear what all our choirs have to offer.

Firstly returning for his 4th North Wales Choral Festival is our Barbershop expert Paul Davies.

Paul qualified as a judge with the British Association of Barbershop Singers over 30 years ago and was recently awarded a place in the society’s Hall of Fame and is currently involved in the Arts Council Making Music programme as a choral coach. He has been principal coach to at least twelve gold medallist quartets as well as working as a choral educator with many larger groups. He is regularly invited to adjudicate at choral festivals in the UK, Europe, Ireland and the USA.

He founded Cambridge Chord Company, which under his direction won the Pavarotti Choir of the World at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod as well as six British and two European championships.

Our second adjudicator joined us for the first time at last year’s festival and was so impressed he is back again for more! It is the wonderful Robert Elliott… Rob grew up in South Wales as part of a musical family and has adjudicated at many festivals and competitions, including The National Choral Festival in Ireland, Isle of Man Festival of Choirs, Bangor International Choral Festival in Northern Ireland, East Anglia Youth Choir Competition and The Cornwall International Male Choir Festival.

Rob runs a very successful private music teaching practice in Royal Wootton Bassett and undertakes choral workshops. He has been a member of the Association of British Choral Directors and Incorporated Society of Musicians. Rob is also in great demand as a Presenter, Compere and Guest Conductor.

In 2015 he took over as Festival Director of the World’s largest Male Choir Festival (over 70 Male Choirs taking part!), which is held in Cornwall, and will also be continuing to expand on his choral workshops, adjudicating and coaching roles.

Then our brand new adjudicator, completely new to the festival is the very talented Vivien Pike. Vivien studied music at Royal Manchester/Royal Northern College of Music, her main instrument was singing with piano and violin graduating with teaching and performing diplomas and a silver medal.

Vivien has wide experience as a soprano soloist and recitalist with many choral societies and has sung in choirs since the age of 7. She is a former member of the BBC Northern Singers.

She has been an adjudicator more than once at the World Choir Games and at international festivals in Germany, Austria, Ireland, Malta, Jersey, and is the present UK member of the Choir Olympic Council. She gained a Churchill Fellowship in 2001/2, studying Cultural and Educational Influences on Voice Development in Sweden, Finland and Estonia and was awarded an honorary doctorate for her continued work with singers nationally and internationally.

We are really looking forward to Vivien witnessing the talents that are showcased at The North Wales Choral Festival.

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