2021 Festival Adjudicators

Andrew Sherwood - Music

Born and educated in Africa, Andrew studied violin and composition at the RCM. He has performed across the world as conductor and violinist and composers have written for him. He has led the Mercury Ensemble for Ballet Rambert and freelanced in many British orchestras. He is Professor of Violin at Trinity College of Music and, as a conductor, has worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and is Director of Music for the Brighton Youth Orchestras; Musical Director of the Musicians of All Saints; Director of Choirs for the University of Brighton and Conductor of Somerset County Youth Orchestra. Andrew is also an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.

Ann Bauer - Speech and Drama

Ann has spent her working life in education teaching in secondary and primary schools, theatres, university and therapy teams, as well as examining drama and theatre studies. Ann ran her own drama school for many years. Ann is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals. Ann trained to teach under John Hodgson at Bretton Hall, his major influence was the importance of improvisation. Ann continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of improvisation for developing all performance skills. She believes strongly in the inclusive power of drama, that it offers confidence building, team work, and the discipline of controlling body, voice – and nerves. Combining that with her love of the written word, her first degree was English; she counts herself lucky to spend her life talking about what she loves. Currently Ann combines her teaching with specialist teaching, research and writing in SEN. Ann is continuing to teach online and is able to offer online/virtual adjudication sessions In her spare time Ann still attends ballet and tap classes, a lifelong passion, enjoys theatre going, advocacy in SEN, precious time with her family and long distance back-packing treks.

Luise Horrocks - Music

After studies at Oxford University and the Royal College of Music, Luise’s career as a professional Soprano soloist took her throughout the UK, Europe, America and South Africa. Luise has held teaching positions in both the Junior and Senior departments of Birmingham Conservatoire and as a visiting lecturer at Birmingham University. She runs an extensive private teaching practice and regularly gives masterclasses, choral workshops, presentations and teacher sessions both at home and abroad. She has worked as a mentor on the CT ABRSM panel and as a vocal coach on residential courses for singers. She has also trained and conducted the Wyre Forest Young Voices Choir. For many years as Associate Chief Examiner in music for Trinity College London, Luise has worked on syllabus setting and leading projects for diplomas, examiner training and teacher support. Publications include a series of books on Musical Theatre repertoire and graded songbooks. Luise is an experienced adjudicating member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.

Rebecca Thompson – Speech and Drama

On graduating from Bristol University with a degree in Drama and English, Rebecca worked for BBC Radio Four’s Drama Department. After further journalism and corporate work, Rebecca studied for her Licentiate Teacher’s Diploma and has been teaching Speech and Drama privately and in schools for over 25 years. Additionally a voice and presentation skills coach in the region, she teaches in private and state schools, colleges and businesses and is a facilitator for Speaking and Listening Courses in the South Gloucestershire region; in addition she facilitates communication training in schools across the country. Rebecca has been actively involved in theatre in the South West and is an Adjudicator for the Rose Bowl Awards for Amateur Drama and Music; she also continues to direct plays with young people. Rebecca is passionate about developing communication skills amongst people of all ages and abilities; she sees the Festival movement as an excellent way of achieving this goal. Rebecca has adapted her teaching methods during recent months and is very happy to adjudicate in person or online.

Rebecca Vines – Speech and Drama

Rebecca is a director, playwright and actor. She trained initially as a journalist at Cardiff University – during which time she wrote a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper – before moving to London to study as an actor with The Actors Company, and a teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2014, Rebecca was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts for her work in facilitating young actors and emerging production companies. She has founded Close Up Theatre (winner of the elite Sell-Out Status for fourteen years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Eleventh Hour Theatre and No Prophet Theatre and is actor-manager of Talking Shadows Theatre Company. She has taught Speech & Drama for a range of educational clients for twenty years, and pupils have been offered training places at all the major UK acting schools, and worked for major production companies such as the BBC, Channel 4, RSC, NT and Working Title. She is an examiner for several awarding bodies, and an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.

Timothy Barratt – Music

Timothy 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 is now 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