The City of Plymouth Festival is very excited to be able to hold a 2017 Music festival. Following the cancellation of the 2015 Music Festival, 2016 saw a very small but successful instrumental and vocal festival. Since then the music organisers have been very busy contacting teachers across the city and this year we see an extended syllabus.
Both sections of The 2017 City of Plymouth Music Festival are being held at Sherwell Church, North Hill, PL4 8ER.
- The Instrumental section is being held on 17th to 18th November 2017.
- The Vocal section is running from 24th to 25th November 2017.
The Adjudicator for the Instrumental Section of our 2017 Music Festival is
Helen Deakin GRSM LRAM ARCM PGCE.
Helen Deakin studied piano and clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, taking both instruments as joint first study. She undertook post-graduate performance studies on the clarinet and in conducting. Helen has considerable experience of both instrumental and choral directing, and of the string repertoire, her now grown up sons were National Youth Orchestra violin & cello principals. She performs as a soloist and as an accompanist and with many chamber groups and orchestras, at venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, concerts at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
As an ABRSM examiner, Helen has worked extensively throughout the UK and around the world, including Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, New Zealand and the USA. As well as examining, she is a regular presenter at the ABRSM Annual Conferences and she has presented many workshop days across the UK. As a member of the ABRSM Professional Development Panel, Helen has worked with instrumental teachers in the UK and overseas. As a founder member of Clavis Music, she is much in demand, giving presentations and workshops on all aspects of performing and teaching.
Helen is a very experienced teacher and has run a flourishing private teaching practice for over twenty five years. She directs a series of chamber music courses and runs workshops for both pianists and piano teachers as well as for instrumental teachers, which have proved very popular. Helen is a very busy adjudicator, something she really enjoys. She is on the adjudicator panel of the British and International Federation of Festivals, and regularly works for Music for Youth. She is delighted to be with us again in Plymouth.
Penelope Price Jones is the Adjudicator for the Vocal Section of our 2017 Music Festival.
Penelope Price Jones is Chairman of the Association of Teachers of Singing from July 2014- 16, having been their Teacher Training Director for the past few years. She has a particular interest in developing training for singing teachers having also mentored the Certificate of Teaching at the ABRSM. She has a flourishing private practice as well as teaching Choral Scholars at Worcester College, Oxford University.
A scholarship holder at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Marjorie Thomas, she was appointed an Associate in 1998. She enjoyed a busy career on the concert platform, particularly specialising in the baroque repertoire. Alongside this she had a longstanding recital partnership with the pianist / composer, Philip Martin, and together they commissioned new works and evolved programmes combining works for voice and solo piano.
A Blue Ribbon winner herself, from the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Penelope is delighted to be involved with the Festival movement as a vocal Adjudicator with the British and International Federation of Festivals.
The Festival Performance
The Festival experience differs from the examination situation in that it offers participants the opportunity to perform on a public stage in front of an audience.
The Adjudicator will therefore look for a complete performance, including attention to dress, entrances and exits, announcing and acknowledging both applause and, where appropriate, the Accompanist.