Timothy Barratt, ARAM, GRSM, LRAM, ARCM — Piano
studied on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music and in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter. As well as performing as solo pianist, accompanist and chamber music player he has considerable experience of teaching at all levels. He was a lecturer and vocal coach at the RAM and TCL for many years and more recently Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College and a teacher at the Junior Academy. He adjudicates for The British and International Federation of Festivals, directs workshops for teachers in the UK and abroad and is an ABRSM examiner, trainer, moderator and presenter, and a mentor for the Certificate of Teaching.
Melanie Ragge, HonARAM, MPhil (Cantab), MA (Cantab), DipRCM, LRAM — Winds
was originally a medical student, but graduated with an MPhil in Musicology from King’s College Cambridge and then studied oboe as a Leverhulme Fellow at the RCM with Michael Winfield and Edwin Roxburgh and piano with Phyllis Sellick. A founder member of the New London Chamber Ensemble she has released several CDs and has worked nationally and internationally with leading artists such as the Dante & Schidlof string quartets, pianist Angela Hewitt and baritone Gerald Finlay. A committed educator, Melanie regularly coaches and gives masterclasses; she is an oboe professor at the Royal Academy, teaches at the Purcell School of Music, and is the Associate Director and woodwind tutor for the National Youth Chamber Orchestra. Her scientific interest continues in the form of ongoing research into the use of Electromyography to help to reduce strain injuries in musical training.
Vivienne Redford, LLAM, MSTSD (Adj) — Speech and Drama
is Head of Speech and Drama at Bedford Girl’s School and the Principal of the Redford School of Speech and Drama training children and adults in all aspects of the performing arts, many of whom are now working professionally. She is a busy examiner with LAMDA, an adjudicator member of BIFF travelling throughout the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands and a Director. She is a former secretary and now Vice-President of the Bedfordshire Festival, which gives her a clear understanding of the work and energy that teachers, pupils and organisers put in to making their Festivals a success.
KayTucker, AGSM, ARCM, LTCL, PGCE, PGCA, MISM — General Instrumental and Strings
is an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her portfolio career has combined teaching and adjudicating with performing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. In 2004 Kay’s passion for teaching led her to develop an early years strings & general musicianship system known as ‘Stringbabies’ – now highly acclaimed and used nationally and abroad as a leading approach for students of all ages by individual teaching practices, schools and music services. Over recent years, Kay worked as a consultant to Trinity Guildhall, selecting and co-selecting repertoire for graded exams and diplomas. Kay is a Trustee and member of the Executive council of the European String Teacher’s Association as well as chairman of Horsham Performers Platform. As a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, she has adjudicated at well over 200 festivals throughout the UK.
Jane Wilkinson, BMus (Hons), Grad Dip RCM — Vocal and Choral
trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she gained a BMus with Honours, before completing her studies at the Royal College of Music. Whilst at the RCM she won the Godfrey van Someren Competition for English Song and was a runner up in the BBC Radio 3 Kiri Te Kanawa Competition. Her career took her to South Africa and Europe on solo concert tours, with performances at the Edinburgh Festival, The Usher Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Albert Hall and other distinguished venues. At present, Jane is a singing tutor at Imperial College London and Brunel University. Jane is a former member of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and now conducts New Malden Voices and New Malden Youth Choir. She has a busy recording and performing schedule alongside adjudicating for the Federation of Festivals.
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