Steel Pans – Margaret Smith

Margaret J. Smith Born and brought up in Skipton, North Yorkshire and an enthusiastic participant in local festivals from a very young age, Margaret studied piano with Dame Fanny Waterman, then violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Following this, she held a wide variety of teaching posts culminating in 19 years as Director of Music at one of Yorkshire’s most prestigious girls’ schools, entering students very successfully for national and regional competitions and making significant contributions to the musical life of Leeds. She was a moderator in both performance and composition for fourteen years with an external examining board.

She has maintained her private piano practice teaching to an advance level and has always had a passionate interest in vocal music, choral in particular, resulting in performances with both adults and children. She was the founder conductor of the Chippendale Singers, a chamber choir with a wide-ranging repertoire currently enjoying success in the Yorkshire area. She enjoys coaching both groups and individuals in workshops and master classes.

Her enthusiasm for the festival movement and its value in musical education has resulted in her receiving increasing numbers of invitations to adjudicate throughout the UK.

Main Festival – Liz Childs

Liz studied flute with Gareth Morris and piano with Graeme Humphrey at the RAM and has performed all over the world. Her varied life includes performing with Quintessimo, adjudicating at home and abroad, teaching at home and at the University of East Anglia. Liz is founder and Musical Director of the Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy, a very recent initiative, and is flute teacher at Beechwood Park School in Markyate, Herts. Liz thoroughly enjoys her work as an Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, regarding it a real privilege to be able to encourage and inspire performers. She believes that a positive experience at a Federation Festival can change a performer’s life for ever.

Main Festival – Philip Dewhurst

Philip read music at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne under Professor Denis Matthews where he specialised in performance on the oboe. He completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and went into teaching. Philip gives occasional recitals and enjoys orchestral and chamber music playing on a freelance basis when his teaching commitments permit. He also has a passion for choral music and has conducted and directed choirs and choral societies throughout his career. As well as adjudicating around the country for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Philip is an examiner for Trinity Guildhall and an experienced GCSE and A level moderator. He is Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire. Philip is adjudicating Friday evening 31st March and all day Saturday, 1st April.