HPP Adjudicators

Bowed Strings, Guitar & Harp Classes

Jena Pang

 

Jena Pang has had a distinguished dual career in music and law. He was awarded an instrumental scholarship to study Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford University, is a postgraduate from BPP Law School and was a partner at Lindops Solicitors until 2014. Since then he has devoted his full time career to music.

 

He has been teaching the piano and violin for the last 26 years and is in demand as a concert artist, teacher and adjudicator, having given many concerts, lessons, masterclasses around the world and adjudicated competitions and scholarship awards. He has recently returned from Canada where gave a lecture and masterclasses for the Alberta Piano Teachers Association and the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association. His students regularly compete in music festivals and competitions in England and Hong Kong, and at international competitions. In 2018 three of his students were finalists and prize winners at the Feurich International Piano Competition in Vienna and have been invited to play and compete in the International Clavis Piano Competition and Festival in St Petersburg.

 

His recent concerts have been recitals with Dennis Lee, Chee Hung Toh and Graeme Humphrey. In his youth he appeared on British and Hong Kong television programmes performing on both piano and violin having studied the violin with the late Lydia Mordkovitch, the piano with Lora Dimitrova and had lessons with Ruth Waterman, Keith Pascoe, and Christopher Elton. During his studies he participated in masterclasses in chamber music and baroque period performance practice with the Allegri Quartet, Nancy Uscher and Gary Cooper and the Band of Instruments.

 

Jena annually adjudicates the Freda Parry Scholarship Fund in Essex and the Jena Pang Piano Competition held at Milton Keynes Preparatory School. He is a keen supporter of the music festival movement and has viewed this from various stages, from a child competing in piano, singing, speech and drama, to currently being the Piano Convenor and a trustee of the Southend Musical Festival. Jena is an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.

 

Voice Classes

Jane Wilkinson

 

A lyric-coloratura soprano, Julia Dewhurst’s ongoing performing career has encompassed opera, concert and recital repertoire from Early Music to first performances of contemporary works. She has broadcast for BBC TV and Radio and has appeared in many of the country’s leading concert venues. Abroad, she has undertaken engagements in Germany, France, Spain, Holland, the Middle East and the Seychelles where she gave concerts and masterclasses in the Seychelles Festival of Classical Music.

 

On the opera stage she has appeared with the Royal Opera, ENO, Kent Opera, English Touring Opera, Pavilion Opera, European Chamber Opera, Opera East, London Opera Players and The Garden Opera Company. Her roles have included Susanna and the Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Queen of the Night, Pamina and First Lady (The Magic Flute), Gilda (Rigoletto), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Micaela (Carmen), Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Constanza (Die Entfuhrung), Norina (Don Pasquale), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) Loelia in the premiere of Donald Swann’s comic opera The Man with the Thousand Faces, and many of the Gilbert & Sullivan soprano roles.

 

Julia has extensive teaching experience across the entire age range. She was for many years a visiting singing specialist in a London primary school working at Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 levels and leading voice care workshops for teachers. She has been a much sought-after adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals for more than 16 years. She is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the Association of Teachers of Singing, the British Voice Association, the Association of English Singers and Speakers, for whom she has judged both the Patricia Routledge Competition and the Courtney Kenny Award and she is a Friend of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.

 

Choirs, Ensembles, Brass, Percussion,

Concerto and Recital Classes

Ben Costello

MA, PGDip, BMus, FRSA

Ben is a freelance musical director, artistic director, adjudicator, singing coach and accompanist, working internationally.  He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts, Musical Director of Southampton Choral Society, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival, Assistant Artistic Director of Thames Philharmonic Choir, and over a twenty-year career has been musical director on numerous theatre productions across the U.K.

 

He is a guest conductor and workshop leader with various choirs, and as an accompanist and coach collaborates with countless singers and instrumentalists.  His early career included répétiteur work for London opera companies and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra.

 

A specialist in musical theatre, with his work in that field embracing musical direction, singing teaching, accompanying and dramaturgy, Ben has worked extensively for leading colleges including Arts Ed (London), Mountview Academy, Guildford School of Acting, Laine Theatre Arts and the London College of Music, together with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Trinity Laban, Drama Studio London, the Royal Academy of Music, and the universities of London, Surrey, Kingston and Portsmouth.  Countless of his former students enjoy successful careers in the West End and beyond.

 

Born and based in London, Ben trained initially as a flautist, before majoring in piano, singing and conducting.  He is a long-standing member of the Court of the Royal Society of Musicians, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, organising and chairing the Company’s annual musical direction scholarship.  Outside of music he is a keen motorcyclist.

 

Piano & Accordion Classes

Graeme Humphrey

 

Graeme Humphrey has been a teacher of piano all his professional life, both at the Royal Academy of Music for thirty-six years from 1974 – 2010, and privately.  He has also been very actively involved in festival adjudicating and examining – work which has taken him all over the world.

 

He was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship on the piano from New Zealand to study at the Royal Academy of Music.  He regularly teaches in Hong Kong, and was external examiner at National Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore from 2009 – 2011.  In 1988 he founded the Blackheath Music Festival in London.  From 1993 – 2010 he tutored at the Shrewsbury International Summer School and was Music Director of the Summer School from 2004 – 2010.  In 1997 he was elected Warden of the Private Teachers’ Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and in 2002 was elected President of the Royal Academy of Music Club.

 

He has recently been involved in the selecting and editing of a major new piano duet project that is republishing long out-of-print beginner and intermediate level duet material, primarily for the pupil/teacher.  This can be seen at www.fourhandsplus.com. Graeme is both a Fellow and an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.

 

Woodwind Classes

Liz Childs

 

Liz studied Flute with Gareth Morris and Piano with Graeme Humphrey at the RAM and has performed all over the world.

 

Her varied life includes performing with Quintessimo, adjudicating at home and abroad, teaching at home and at the University of East Anglia. Liz is founder and Musical Director of the Bedfordshire Woodwind Academy (www.bedfordshirewoodwind.co.uk) a very recent initiative and is Flute teacher at Beechwood Park School in Markyate, Herts.

 

Liz thoroughly enjoys her work as an Adjudicator for the British and International Federtaion of Festivals, regarding it a real privilege to be able to encourage and inspire performers. She believes that a positive experience at a Federation Festival can change a performer’s life for ever.

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