The City of Plymouth Festival is very excited to be able to hold our 2019 Music festival.
Following the cancellation of the 2015 Music Festival through a lack of entries, thanks to the hard work and commitment of the new Music festival organiser Anne Rescorl, the music section of our festival is slowly going from strength to strength. Throughout the year Anne has been very busy contacting teachers across the city and we again see an extended syllabus.
Once again, this year’s Instrumental section of the 2019 City of Plymouth Music Festival is being held at Sherwell Church, North Hill, PL4 8ER. It will run for two days, opening on Friday 15th and closing on Saturday November 16th.
To accommodate the increasing number of choirs entering the festival, the 2019 Vocal section is moving venues and being held at Morice Baptist Church, Ham Drive PL2 2NJ. The vocal section runs for two days, opening on Friday 22nd and closing Saturday November 23rd.
The adjudicator for the Instrumental Section of our 2019 City of Plymouth Music Festival is Elizabeth Brazier.
Elizabeth Brazier was born in London and is a Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied piano with Guy Jonson and ‘cello with Derek Simpson.
Her first teaching post brought her to Cornwall and she has lived in Truro ever since. It is as a cellist and cello teacher that Elizabeth has become principally known, although she is also a pianist, and was one of the founder members of the leading local opera company, singing principal roles in its early productions. She has taught in many schools and has a thriving practice at home, teaching both cello and piano. She plays in orchestras, ensembles and chamber groups around the Southwest. Her work as an Associated Board Examiner has taken her all over the world, an aspect of her profession that she particularly enjoys.
In nearly thirty years examining she has gained experience in Britain, America, Bermuda, Scandinavia, Iceland, South Africa, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong and she is an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals. Of her three sons, two, Ben and Daniel, have followed her into music. This has been a satisfying bonus to a lifelong love and enthusiasm for performing and teaching.
Andrea Calladine is the adjudicator for the Vocal Section of our City of Plymouth 2019 Music Festival.
Andrea Calladine has a varied career as performer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator. She studied initially at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining honours in Diplomas and was awarded many major prizes.
As a singer, she has travelled widely at home and in Europe performing from her wide concert, oratorio and operatic repertoire.
Andrea’s teaching commitments are divided between a very busy private practice, where she coaches many professional singers, and a leading Independent School. She has held the post of Central Area Representative of the Association of Teachers of Singing and Conference Director from 2014 – 2018. During which time the association celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary. In 2014 also, she was invited as one of the Master Teachers for the AOTOS Teacher Training course which lead to her being appointed a Mentor on their Pathways Development course.
Andrea directs many Choral Workshops and Vocal Master Classes. She has many years’ experience as an active adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, where she has brought not only her wealth of expertise as both teacher and performer, but also her love of singing, encouragement of the performers and, above all, a sense of humour!
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.