Festival 2023

Our Music Adjudicators will be:

Marilynne Davies

From her early experiences of performing in Welsh Eisteddfodau Marilynne has developed a lifelong passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of performance. Having studied piano, voice and cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she took a Masters Degree in Education and became Head of the School of performance at York St John University.

As a conductor she has trained and conducted orchestras and choirs on a regular basis, some of whom have performed on BBC and ITV. The largest ensemble was a choir of 1100 school children and the smallest a Chamber Choir of 40 voices with whom she toured abroad on many occasions. She regularly works with School Choirs many of whom now compete in local, national and international festivals e.g. Lindley School Choir winners of the BBC School Choir of the Year 2017 and winners at the Llangollen International eisteddfod 2017 Currently she is Deputy Music Director of the 140+ Harrogate Choral Society, director of the Harrogate Polyphonic Choir and of a small vocal ensemble ”Beati”.

As an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals she is well established and has adjudicated nationally and internationally. She was one of the four music adjudicators at the British Federation Festival of Festivals in Warwick and one of the presenters at the Millennium Festival in Leeds. She has been a regular adjudicator at the National Festival for Music for Youth and at the biennial Yorkshire and Humberside Championship for Festival winners. She has been a member of the Adjudicators Council and has made presentations at the Federation’s Annual Conference.

Her outreach work on behalf of festivals has included encouraging and supporting Primary School Teachers to be active and confident in school music and to participate in local festivals. Many of these projects have resulted in an increase in entries at Festivals and provided the opportunities for participation in large scale performances.

In October 2011 she was honoured to be made one of the first Adjudicator Fellows of the Federation.

The promotion of the arts, particularly music, has been a lifelong interest and she was Chairman of the Yorkshire Region of the National Federation of Music Societies for many years. She served on the committee of a number of councils and until recently she was on the Council of the Association of British Choral Directors and Chairman of the Yorkshire Regional Committee.

Elizabeth Hayley

Elizabeth trained at The Royal Academy of Music and has established a successful career as a Pianist, Jazz Pianist, Accompanist, Teacher, Vocal Coach, Musical Director and Repetiteur.

As an enthusiastic music educator she has run community choirs & intrumental workshops, and enjoys inspiring and encouraging young musicians whatever their discipline. She has performed to Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles, worked with singers from WNO and the ROH, worked with acclaimed actress Dame Harriet Walter, & appeared with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. She adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals, travels Internationally as a Classical & Jazz Examiner for ABRSM, and is a teacher & accompanist for music departments at St Catherine’s, Bramley, & Eton College.

Our Speech Adjudicator will be:          ANN BAUER

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.