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Our 2018 adjudicators

Kettering & District Eisteddfod
2018 Susan Mackay LLAM, ALAM, LLAN(TD)

Norma RedfearnFor 10 years Susan ran The Fylde Stage School teaching levels of RAD and ISTD dance and LAMDA Speech and Drama before graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After seasons in Repertory Theatre, touring and TV she decided that it was time to realise other dreams. She now directs Upstage Drama, teaching Speech and Drama, GCSE Drama, Upstage Young Peoples Theatre and Bare Boards Theatre Company.
Susan adjudicates at festivals all over the UK as well as Cork and Hong Kong. She is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and has served as a deputy on the Adjudicators Council.
Susan sees her role as an adjudicator as a combination of bringing new ideas and approaches to text and performance as well as fresh encouragement to every participant. She feels that everyone should leave a festival with a sense of achievement.

2018 Andrea Calladine   ARCM, ABSM, FISH

RebeccaAndrea Calladine has a varied career as performer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator. She studied initially at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining honours in Diplomas and was awarded many major prizes. As a singer, she has travelled widely at home and in Europe performing from her wide concert and oratorio repertoire including performances of The Messiah and The Creation through the Mozart Masses to Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, the Requiems of Brahms, Fauré and Rutter, and she has made radio broadcasts. Operatic roles have included Despina in Così fan Tutti; Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring; Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus; Dido in Dido and Aeneas; Pamina in The Magic Flute. Andrea’s teaching commitments are now divided between a very busy private practice, where she coaches many professional singers, and a leading Independent School. Andrea held the post of Central Area Representative of the Association of Teachers of Singing for four years and was appointed the associations Conference Director in 2014. She also is a Master Teacher/Mentor for the AOTOS Access Training course. Andrea is also in demand for Choral Workshops and Vocal Master Classes. Other positions held have been at the Birmingham Conservatoire (1985-2009), Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, the Elgar School of Music, and Worcester University. Andrea is an active adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, where she hopes to bring not only her wealth of experience as both teacher and performer, but also her love of singing, encouragement of the performers and, above all, a sense of humour!
Andrea is looking forward to adjudicating once again at the Kettering & District Eisteddfod and to meeting and hearing some wonderful singing from all of the performers.

2018 Anne Marshall  MA, PGCE, LRAM

EileenAnne grew up in a musical family on the Isle of Wight, where she was conducting her first choir at the age of 14. She is a music graduate of Liverpool University, where she studied piano, singing and viola. Completing a PGCE in Manchester, she also went further with her singing studies, achieving the Royal Academy of Music’s LRAM diploma in 1982.performing as a soloist and choral singer as well as pursuing her passion for writing and arranging choral music. Her early years of teaching were in Cheshire, then London where she was Director of Music at Woodford County High School for Girls. Later moving to the East Midlands, she held Head of Music posts from 1991-2012 in schools in Corby, Oakham and Leicester. She has wide musical experience as a singer and choral conductor, working with Rutland Choral Society, the Cecilian Singers , the City of Leicester Male Voice Choir as well as numerous school choirs. Her choral pieces are often performed by UK choirs and by other choirs internationally and some of her piano arrangements will be published by ABRSM this Autumn. Freelance, since 2013, Anne works as a grades and jazz examiner for ABRSM, and has undertaken examining tours in Qatar, Kuwait, Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia , Indonesia and Cyprus. She is a member of the BBC National Chorus of Wales and sang at the first night of the Proms in July 2015. Anne is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.

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