Adjudicators 2015

Alan Dean BA LRAM LTCL cert.ed.distinction

An old boy of Manchester Grammar School, Alan studied piano at the now RNCM with Doctor Norman Andrew and subsequently, at Bretton Hall, with the inspirational teacher and concert artist, Keith Swallow. Alan subsequently gained distinction in his qualified teacher training and went on to a successful career heading music departments in a variety of schools and colleges.
This gave Alan scope to direct a number of exciting school productions, ranging from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute” to Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” and Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls. During the Mozart bi-centenary year Alan appeared as soloist in many of the Rochdale Music Service cycle of the composer’s complete piano concerto repertoire. He has also accompanied many singers in lieder and chanson recitals. Equally, he has switched from adjudicator to accompanist at major Federation events such as the Leeds Millennium Festival and the Liverpool Federation Conference.
When he gets time Alan loves to walk in mountain country ranging from the Swiss Alps to the English Lakes: but, ever-ready for a new experience, he is currently having fun in a water aerobics class at a local spa pool!
This is his message to all festival participants: “Music is one of the things that people throughout the world enjoy, so come and join us, have the time of your life- ALL your life!”

Angela Rowley BA (Hons), PGCE, ARCM, MISM

Angela, a graduate in German from University College, London, followed a career in teaching before embarking on voice training, working with several eminent teachers including the late Paul Hamburger.
Angela’s first experiences of public performances were at school, at Music Festivals and in choral societies. She encourages her pupils to enter festivals for the opportunity to perform, hear peers and receive professional critique. Her hopes are that the experience will be challenging, educational and fun!
She performs regularly in recital, concert and oratorio and has an extensive repertoire. She loves to sing Lieder, chansons and especially 20th century English song.
Angela directs and conducts Harmony ’96, a large ad hoc choir that performs major oratorios twice a year. She is also MD of Eccles Community Choir, enjoying an opportunity to develop the voices of those who were never allowed in the school choir!
For several years Angela taught singing in a large comprehensive school and later in a Sixth Form College where she formed a choir, assisted in the production of musicals and initiated the development of music in the curriculum for students with both mild and severe learning difficulties. She is a firm believer that music is an essential life skill and that no one should be excluded on grounds of ability.
Angela’s students and choir have featured in Radio 3’s “Discovering Music” as part of the BBC Philharmonic’s Community Programme in the Proms at the Albert Hall. In 2012 a similar project celebrated the Philharmonic’s move to Media City. The resulting composition was performed for the Queen on her visit to Salford.
Angela has a thriving private practice. She regularly runs performance workshops and masterclasses and is busy as an adjudicator where she endeavours to encourage performers, drawing on her own love of music and poetry and experience as a performer and teacher.
Alongside her singing career Angela runs a charity in Kenya with her husband.

Daniel Chandler B.Mus (Hons)

Daniel received his early musical education on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. After studying in Manchester, he was awarded a place at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with the renowned flautist and teacher, Susan Milan. As well as gaining a degree from the RCM, Daniel has a teaching qualification from Edge Hill University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Warwick.
Daniel has given many solo and chamber music recitals for societies and festivals around the UK. He has also taught and coached chamber music at different venues, which include the Royal Northern College of Music, Dillington Festival in Somerset and the University of North Texas in the USA. For several years Daniel performed as part of an ensemble for the ‘Live Music Now’ scheme, promoting the experience of live music amongst people who would not normally have access to it. Concerts and workshops were presented at a variety of community venues, which included schools, hospitals and hospices. He also performed as an orchestral musician with the Lancashire Sinfonietta and in various touring productions in theatres and concert halls across the UK.
Daniel is currently Director of Music at AKS, which is a leading co-educational independent school, situated in Lytham St. Annes. He is fortunate to work in a thriving Music Department and currently directs the AKS Choral Society, School Choir, Girls’ Choir and a successful Swing Band. Recent concerts have included performances in Salzburg Cathedral, a tour to the Rhine valley in Germany, as well as at other venues around the north west of England. Next July, he will direct three concerts in New York, including a performance in St. Paul’s Chapel next to Ground Zero.
Daniel still manages to find time to continue performing, deliver workshops and adjudicate as a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.

Professor David Hoult

Professor David Hoult has been a horn player, singer and conductor. He was Principal of Leeds College of Music from 1993 until his retirement in 2008. Previously he was Head of Music at University College Salford, and Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School in Manchester.
As a horn player Professor Hoult performed with many UK orchestras, including Sadlers Wells Opera, the Halle, and the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra. From 1975 until 1990 he was a member of the BBC Northern Singers, giving countless concerts and broadcasts throughout the UK and Europe, and also in Australia, Hong Kong and South East Asia. He has performed at most of the major British festivals, including the Proms, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Cheltenham. He has sung much of the standard concert and oratorio repertoire, as well as a number of operatic baritone roles, including Figaro in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and Leporello in “Don Giovanni”. He has also been a regular writer and presenter of music programmes on BBC Radios 3 and 4. He is well known as an adjudicator of music festivals and competitions, appearing at events such as the National Festival of Music for Youth, the Granada Television National School Choirs Competition, the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and the Sri Lanka Festival. He currently holds an appointment as an assessor of music performance for Arts Council England.