Band Competition: Stanley Roocroft MBE
Stanley has been the Musical Director of the Wensleydale Chorus for all of its 28 years. He also conducts the Aysgarth Singers and is very active in all aspects of Wensleydale musical life, including its festival. Stanley is an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Speech & Drama: Carol Schroder
Working in the professional theatre, television and cabaret, Carol produced her one woman show. She teaches presentation skills in commerce and industry and has taught ESL, SEN and drama at schools and colleges including Guildford School of Acting, Grandison College and, for 22 years, at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts and, until 2007, Croham Hurst School, Croydon. Carol is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and examines for LAMDA throughout the UK, Ireland and worldwide. Writing “The Discussion” 1&2 for LAMDA she contributed to its Musical Theatre syllabus and “Musical Theatre – Exploring The World Through Song”. She was a trustee of Voice Care Network UK.
Music (Secondary Schools): 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.
Music (Primary Schools): Jeffrey Wynn Davies
Having initially trained as a singer with Lyndon Vanderpump in Cambridge, and Ellis Keeler at the Royal Northern College of Music, Jeffrey Wynn Davies spent a number of years as a local education authority music adviser in Greater Manchester.
His national reputation as a choral conductor includes the winning of the BBC Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year title with his chamber choir Canzonetta. He founded the Manchester Chorale for BBC Radio Manchester, and, between 2001 and 2007, directed the internationally renowned Manchester Boys Choir. He also conducted Harrogate Choral Society between 1991 and 2005. He is Artistic Director of the Cranleigh Choral Week, where his 250 strong South of England Festival Chorus meets annually to perform major works in southern cathedral venues.
He has given workshops for all the major British choral organizations, and has directed choral festivals for the BBC. As well as being a consistently busy general music adjudicator, he has sat on the judging panel at international choral competitions, including Prague, Verona, and Malta.
He has served on the BBC Central Music Advisory Committee and the council of the Association of British Choral Directors, for whose annual Convention he has twice been Artistic Director and he is an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.
National Choir Day: Sam Dunkley
Sam studied at the University of Huddersfield. He has gone on to sing for Opera North, in their commission ‘Songs at the Years End’, and was singer and MD for the acclaimed Wilson+Wilson production ‘Mulgrave’. As a conductor, Sam has directed massed choirs of children at Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and the Beverley Early Music Festival Schools Chorus, for whom he directed a production of Noye’s Fludde. He runs school choirs, a county choir, a community choir and a singing and signing choir. He is a workshop leader and music consultant and established ‘Performing Arts etc’ to provide workshops in schools and theatres. Sam is the Chair of Sound Sense, the UK professional association promoting community music and supporting community musicians as well as an Adjudicator with the British and International Federation of Festivals.
National Choir Day: Jacqueline Edwards
A descendant of Dame Clara Butt, Jacqueline studied at the RCM and the Mozarteum, Salzburg. She has performed extensively in oratorio and on the concert platform, and has sung with Opera North, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, English Touring Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opéra du Nord in Lille, France and the BBC Singers. Jacqueline has been a qualified singing teacher and vocal coach for over thirty-five years, both in London and York, and teaches adult beginners to professionals, including members of Opera North and York Minster Songmen.
Since 1993, Jacqueline has adjudicated Solo Singing for The British and International Federation of Festivals across the UK and in Southern Ireland, and in 1994, founded the highly successful York Competitive Festival of Singing. She has accompanied Master Classes presented by Malcolm Martineau, Richard Jackson and Dame Anne Evans for The Association of Teachers of Singing of which she is a member.
Having a great interest in vocal physiology and rehabilitation, Jacqueline worked for some years as Singing Specialist for the multi-disciplinary Voice Clinic at Leeds General Infirmary.
As both singer and pianist, Jacqueline presents a series of light-hearted one-woman shows for which she composes some of her own humorous material. www.yorksinging.com