We are delighted to introduce our adjudicators for our 2021 Festival

 

Belinda Mikhaïl

Belinda Mikhaïl won the Associated Board and the Queen Mother Scholarships to study piano and singing as a joint first study at the Royal College of Music where she won the Hopkinson Gold Medal for her final recital. Since graduating she has travelled extensively performing both as a soloist and as a chamber musician and has appeared as a concerto soloist at the major London Concert Halls.

 

She has made numerous recordings for Sony BMG and Universal and is a vocal soloist on EMI's Vocalise album as used in trailers for ER, Lost and Grey’s Anatomy. She appears as the featured soloist on many film soundtracks and her solo piano playing of the theme from Chariots of Fire was heard at every medal ceremony at the London Olympic Games.

 

Belinda is also in demand as a vocal coach for classical, pop and rock singers and runs an extensive private teaching practice. She has trained performers as diverse as Siouxsie Sioux, Jennifer Ellison, Jack Garrett, Cathy Tyson, the Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche, as well as the world-renowned dancer Akram Khan. Her students are enjoying major roles in theatre companies up and down the country as well as West End Shows such as Chicago, Dreamgirls, Haddestown, Dirty Dancing, Book of Mormon and High School Musical and the hit TV series’, Downton Abbey, Broadchurch and The Crown.

 

Belinda’s work as an adjudicator has seen her travel extensively. Most recently she was invited to Trinidad and Tobago where she adjudicated their month long biennial Music Festival. Future trips will see her adjudicate both in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. She thoroughly enjoys listening to a wide variety of music and meeting a wealth of musicians as she travels in her role as a member of the BIFF.

Nancy Litten

LRAM (Pft), FLCM (keybd), LRAM (Vln), Prof Cert RAM, Cert Ed (Exeter), ATCL (Voice)

FISM, FRSA

 

Nancy won an Arts Council award to study with Julius Isserlis in London at thirteen, and an open piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at sixteen, winning prizes during her studies there. She has performed as a pianist in solo, orchestral and chamber music, and as a piano accompanist, being well known in Kent. She is an all-round musician, also having been a freelance orchestral violinist and leader of a string quartet, teacher of singing, and choir director.

 

Tutoring has formed a large part of her life, from beginners through to diploma level; she has taught privately and in many different types of school and on courses and masterclasses. She is an ABRSM examiner, an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals (serving on the adjudicators’ council), and chair of EPTA (European Piano Teachers’ Association) UK’s Kent region.

 

Alfred Music UK has published a range of her books: ‘Keyed Up’ tutors for electronic keyboard, ‘Playing with Colour’ tutors for violin (co-authored with Sharon Goodey), ‘Choral and Vocal Warm-ups for pianists’, ‘Choral and Vocal Sight Singing, with keyboard harmony’, ‘Rounds with Accompaniment’; and ‘Classical Vienna’, arrangements of piano pieces for piano trio. Her original keyboard pieces and piano arrangements can be found in Trinity and ABRSM grade books, and other publications such as Piano Mix and Piano Star.