Piano Adjudicator

Anthony Williams MMus, GRSM (Hons), DipRam, LRAM

Concert pianist, writer, lecturer, ABRSM examiner and moderator, and festival adjudicator, Anthony Williams studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Following international competition success he embarked on a career as a concert pianist and quickly established an international reputation as a piano teacher and a passionate educator of pianistic musicianship at all ages and levels, giving piano masterclasses, public lecture-recitals and seminars on performance and the art of teaching. He has given talks on piano performance for Radio 3 and is author and editor of various publications including The Best of Grade and Fingerprints (Faber), Teaching Notes (ABRSM) and the highly acclaimed Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide (Faber). Anthony combines his freelance career with a full-time position at Radley College, Oxfordshire as Head of Keyboard and Instrumental Music

Drama Adjudicator

Frances Colyer LGSM(TD), MSTSD

Frances Colyer trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She worked as an actress at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Palace Theatre, Watford and Cork Opera House, Eire. She has undertaken Theatre-in-Education work at the Cockpit Theatre and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Frances has worked at the BBC as a presenter of the schools television programme "Merry Go Round" & the BBC radio programme "Discovery" and as a presenter for Border Television, Carlisle. Overseas posts include English Language teaching in Padua and Rome, Italy and she was a Visiting Fellow in Drama at the University of West Indies, Barbados. She has recently retired from teaching speech & drama at Berkhampsted School and is still a LAMDA teacher and Drama Tutor for the University of Buckingham, Speech Adjudicator for the British & International Federation of Festivals

Strings Adjudicator

Nadia Hinson GRSM(Hons), LRAM, LTCL

Nadia graduated from the Royal Academy of Music after having studied the violin with Manoug Parikian and the piano with Jean Harvey. She was awarded first prize for Aural studies and her quartet won the string chamber prize in her final year. Nadia was the featured soloist playing the Lark Ascending and Bach double violin concerto for the Benslow Trust at St. James’ Piccadilly having been awarded an instrument to continue her studies. Other concertos in her repertoire include performances of the Mendelssohn, Mozart no.3 and 4, Haydn in C, De Beriot, Viotti, and works by Beethoven and Finzi. She began her career as a freelance violinist playing in many London based orchestras. As an accompanist to singers and instrumentalists, she met her musician husband Nigel and together they founded the Veloce Ensemble (string quartet and clarinet quintet) touring throughout Britain performing specially commissioned works for that genre. Appearances at festivals and stately homes inspired a regular concert series at Belvoir Castle and Holmepierrepont Hall. As a recitalist on violin and piano throughout the East Midlands, Nadia has been highlighted in festivals and BBC features locally. She is also currently the owner and director of the Hinson School of Music in Nottingham, and is an International examiner for the ABRSM, classical and jazz, an adjudicator for the British and International federation of Festivals, and a member of the Royal Society of Musicians.
Nadia has been a senior consultant for the LEAD Academy trust, involved in developing music departments in schools in Nottinghamshire, and leading workshops to encourage and involve as many youngsters as possible in experiencing music and the arts in large scale productions and showcase concerts. She has set up composition workshops to inspire children to explore feelings and ideas through music and is a mentor for the Trust to develop self-confidence and communication through learning and performance.

Vocal Adjudicator

Luise Horrocks MA (Oxon), ARCM, PGCA, PGCE, HonTCL

After early studies on the piano and clarinet, Luise Horrocks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English before moving on to study singing on an Advanced Studies Course at the Royal College of Music in London. She has performed extensively as a Soprano Soloist throughout the UK and Europe. While specialising primarily in Oratorio, she has also given many Song Recitals and has appeared on the opera stage at Buxton Opera House. She has also sung in a series of concerts and Recitals in South Africa and the USA and her wide repertoire
extends from works by Monteverdi to Stravinsky. She has made several recordings and her BBC broadcasts include performances of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and works by Goehr. Luise has held positions as a teacher in both the Junior and Senior departments of the
Birmingham Conservatoire and as a visiting lecturer at Birmingham University. She runs an extensive private teaching practice and is regularly asked to give Master classes, choral workshops, presentations and teacher sessions both at home and abroad. She has worked as a Vocal Coach on several residential courses for singers and as a mentor on the CT ABRSM teacher training course.  As Associate Chief Examiner in Music for Trinity College London, Luise travelled extensively and worked on syllabus setting, training and standardising the examiner panel, planning and delivering conferences and designing Aural and Improvisation tests. Now working as a freelance consultant, she continues to have special responsibility for singing at Trinity and is leading projects with diploma examiners and teacher support. In 2016 she was awarded an Hon TCL. She is a highly experienced adjudicator member of the British & International Federation of Festivals and was privileged to be an adjudicator for the inaugural Olga and Jules Craen Young Musician of the Year award in Mumbai, India and for the first Maltese Islands Festival in Valletta, Malta as well as adjudicating and running workshops at the Singapore Performing Arts festival.

Ensembles Adjudicator

Richard Haslam BEd, ARCM

Richard studied at Sussex University for a degree in Education, specialising in Music and also at the RCM where he gained a Diploma in Pianoforte Teaching and a Distinction in Grade 8 singing. Richard was Director of Music at Burgess Hill School for Girls for nearly thirty years where he taught to A level as well as running a variety of extra-curricular activities including Chamber groups, Choirs and Orchestras and has recently retired. Richard teaches piano and singing to Diploma standard and is also a Moderator for GCSE Music, an examiner for A level Music, an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and Chamber Choir.  He has also been a Mentor for Music for Youth.   He examines for the ABRSM and has completed  a number of overseas tours.  He is an experienced accompanist, conductor and singer and works with a number of different groups in the community including Choral and Operatic Societies.  Richard also runs his own choir - 'Cantemus' - who have raised over £300,000 for charity.

Woodwind and Brass


Paul studied at the Royal Academy of Music and University of London. He is a performer, composer, writer, examiner, lecturer and workshop leader and is Head of Wind & Brass at Stowe School and Artistic Director at the Malcolm Arnold Festival. as well as an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.

Paul's performance experience encompasses recitals, concertos, symphony, chamber and opera orchestras and chamber music.


Last updated by Festival Admin on 20th August, 2019