We are delighted to introduce our music adjudicators for our 2022 Festival


Roy Robinson


Viola player, pianist, ABRSM international grade, diploma and jazz examiner, viola consultant, workshop/music course leader and teacher, Roy trained dual first study viola and piano at the Royal College of Music with Frederick Riddle and Angus Morrison. As well as holding performing diplomas on viola, piano and violin and teaching diplomas on viola and piano, he won the highest viola award at the RCM, the Leslie Alexander. He also has a background as an organist and holds a Master’s degree from later study at Trinity College of Music.

Roy has spent much of his career combining teaching, performing, examining and adjudicating. He is Director of Music at Alton School, has taught his main instruments to Diploma level and the violin and viola to RAM exhibitioners. He has directed and delivered numerous orchestral courses and singing workshops to children, has coached and conducted many choral societies concerts, and he has some of his violin and jazz ensemble compositions published.

His performing life has been rich and varied, including being able to engage in extended periods of professional freelance activity. As an ABRSM examiner, he has worked extensively across the UK and abroad, including tours to Malaysia, Hong Kong, Qatar, Jordan, South Africa, Namibia, USA and China, and he particularly enjoyed examining in German on a European tour. He has also presented teacher workshops and is the current viola consultant.

Roy loves adjudicating all declines, and bringing his brand of enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to support the development of performers of all ages.

Away from music, he can often be found driving his old Morris camper or Ford Anglia…or waiting for breakdown recovery!

Colin Touchin


Colin studied clarinet with Graham Turner (Hallé) and recorder with Ferdinand Conrad, Konrad Huenteler and Dennis Bamforth; now a freelance conductor/composer and Guest Conductor of Lufthansa Orchester following 15 years as Director of Music at the University of Warwick.

His adjudication experience began in 1975 and he is currently an Adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals: he has enjoyed hundreds of festivals in the UK as well as saxophones in Luxembourg, choirs in Slovakia and wind bands in New Zealand and Hong Kong.

He served as Vice-Chairman of the Federation and was a member of the Core Team creating the 1996 Festival of Festivals.

Colin has conducted orchestras, bands and choirs internationally (National Youth Wind Orchestras of Great Britain, Hong Kong, Wales, Luxembourg) and at Dartington International Summer School and held workshops on performance, conducting, composition, chamber music, recorders and choirs.

Recent positions include Composer-in-Residence at King Henry VIII School, Coventry and at Warwick School. He is founder/conductor – Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in Coventry, Guest Conductor – Essex Chamber Orchestra and Associate Conductor – London Charity Orchestra; he founded the National Youth Recorder Orchestras and Warwick Orchestral Winds.

We are delighted to introduce our spoken word adjudicator for our 2022 Festival

Jenny Thornton

JENNY THORNTON AGSM (Teaching), ALAM (Acting,Public Speaking), CertEd, CDE, LISTD(Dance)

Jenny trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining awards for Character Acting and Most Promising Teacher.

Jenny has led the Performing Arts Teams in a large comprehensive school, been an Assistant Principal for Edexcel, LAMDA examiner and now enjoys running her own Performance Centre with ages from 4 years to adults delivering drama, dance and musical theatre and also writing.

Her play called “Gone” gained a Commended when performed at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond as did her most recent play “Young Love”. She was delighted when LAMDA chose two of her pieces for their new acting anthology.

Her most recent teaching experience is working in a state school as a peripatetic teacher as part of her “Outreach” programme extending the work of the Richmond Festival for which she is the secretary.

“Drama is a life skill that changed me from a stuttering introvert to a confident individual. We can give our children no better opportunity."