Benjamin Costello MA PGDip BMus FRSA – Vocal and Choral
is a freelance musical director, adjudicator, singing coach and accompanist, working internationally. He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival combined choirs’ concerts, Assistant Artistic Director of Thames Philharmonic Choir, Guest Conductor of the Voices of Hangzhou Youth Choir, a lecturer and musical director at the University of Portsmouth, and on the faculty at Laine Theatre Arts. He is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and the Schools Music Association.
Malcolm Green GRSM (Hons), ARCM, LRAM, Dip RAM, PGC(A) – Winds
was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, where he gained a First Class degree and the prize for the top student on the course, together with the Recital Diploma on clarinet.
He has played in the English National Opera and Ulster Orchestras and given recitals in the Purcell Room and at the Harrogate Festival, in addition to performing at many music clubs. He was appointed Head of Woodwind at Bedford School in 1986 and has also taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Anglia University. Malcolm is a former Chairman of the Bedfordshire Orchestral Society and is currently a Vice President and Life Fellow of the Bedfordshire Music Festival.
His hobbies are walking, in which he has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and been to Everest Base Camp, and cycling.
Alan MacLean Dip Mus Ed RSAMD, FTCL, PGCE – Piano
graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with the award for the most outstanding student, and continued his studies with internationally renowned pianists, including Karl Schnabel.
He is much in demand as a chamber musician, having played with many of the UK’s leading instrumentalists and he enjoys a busy concert schedule that included the world premiere of David Earl’s Sonata for Viola and Piano at the 2014 Cheltenham International Music Festival. His first recording for Albany Records, entitled English Music for Piano Duet, received critical acclaim and was nominated a Disc of the Year by the American music journal Fanfare.
Alan travels extensively, adjudicating and giving masterclasses throughout the UK and overseas and has formed a close association with the Sri Lanka Festival of Performing Arts.
Katrina Mulvihill RBTC (Hons QTS), LRAM, ALAM, AGSM, IPA – Speech and Drama
graduated with Honours from The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and then won a scholarship to study musical theatre, acting and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Over the years she has appeared professionally at many prestigious venues performing in plays, operas, recitals and concerts. She is also an experienced director and has enjoyed producing plays, concerts and shows with adults through to young children in a variety of styles. A member of LAMDA’s Examining Board for over 30 years, she has also regularly lectured and given masterclasses in mime, improvisation, acting, voice production and musical theatre. Katrina is Head Teacher of a large independent school and nursery in Essex and is a proud member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Jessica O’Leary B.Mus, Dip. CSM, ARAM – Instrumental
has recorded and toured internationally with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Orchestra of St John’s. She has performed in all the major halls including Carnegie, Wigmore, Sydney and Royal Opera Houses. She has also toured with Madonna, recorded with Led Zeppelin, is an examiner and syllabus moderator for ABRSM, adjudicator, presenter for the BBC’s Masterclass series and mentor on the European String Teacher’s Association’s teaching course. She is Head of Strings at Eltham College and her 80 Graded Studies for Violin (Grades 1-5 and 6-8) and Best of Grade, Violin pieces (Grades 1-5) are published by Faber.
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