5 - 7 March
12/10/2012 10:03
Text Size

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.

Quick Contact



Clear Form Send

This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. See our Cookie Policy for further details on how to block cookies.
I am happy with this


What is a Cookie

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.

NOTE : It does not know who you are or look at any of your personal files on your computer.

Why we use them

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them

Learn how to remove cookies set on your device

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our site :

First party cookies

These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

We use cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Third party cookies

These are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the site. The CMS puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you. If you receive the HTML-formatted version of a newsletter, your opening of the newsletter email is notified to us and saved. Your clicks on links in the newsletter are also saved. These and the open statistics are used in aggregate form to give us an indication of the popularity of the content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting.