Elizabeth Castle GRSM(Hons), LRAM, ARCM, ARMCM Elizabeth graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music and subsequently from the Royal Academy of Music, with qualifications in both teaching and performing. She went on to sing varied roles with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Florence Opera(Teatro Comunale),. During her busy recital and oratorio career she has performed in the UK and abroad at concert venues including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Fairfield Hall and King's College Cambridge, and also on BBC and television. Elizabeth also has a busy singing practice.
WOODWIND, BRASS, ENSEMBLES AND ORCHESTRAS
Jane Sebba Hon TCL, GGSM, LRAM, ARCM, Cert Ed. Jane’s musical beginnings were in the back seat of the car, when she annoyed the family by singing incessantly. After studying piano and bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music, she worked in primary schools as a class teacher and music specialist. For twenty years she ran The Music Funshop, attended each week by 150 children, making music with voices, percussion and recorders. She taught herself the piano accordion and played on stage for, among others, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She worked as a commissioning editor in the music department at A&C Black publishers and as creative director at Charanga. Jane is a prolific composer and writer of children’s music with more than fifty publications to her name, including the acclaimed series Abracadabra Piano, Piano Magic and Recorder Magic. Her music for children has been published, recorded and performed on TV/radio and in concert halls/theatres world-wide. As well as all this, she is a keen musical arranger, lyricist, presenter, snorkeler and vegetarian, and has recently started to play the ’cello in order to fulfill a 40-year desire to play string quartets.
Joshua Fisher Joshua is a concert violinist, chamber musician and teacher and is recognised as one of the leading British violinists of his generation. He is Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music and violin/director of the English Soloists Ensemble. Presented on BBC Radio Three as a winner of the Young Artist Forum in 1994, Joshua has since appeared in the major concert halls throughout the UK. He has appeared as the violin/director and soloist with the Northern Sinfonia and broadcast live on Classic FM, Gibraltar Radio & Television, BBC Radio Three and Romanian National Radio. Joshua continues to undertake chamber music recitals and concertos in the UK and abroad. Joshua studied with Felix Andrievsky and Rodney Friend at the Royal College of Music and represented the College in numerous concerts throughout Europe, winning eight prizes and awards. Rodney Friend’s influence continued into Joshua’s early teaching years and Joshua began teaching at the College in 1999. Joshua takes a growing interest in the broader field of instrumental teaching and music education. He formed the Real Music Group, an initiative designed to highlight the decline in instrumental teaching in primary schools and offer practical solutions to government.
Ruth Gerald FRCM Ruth Gerald was Head of keyboard Studies at the Royal College of Music from 1992 until 1999, having previously been Head of keyboard at the Birmingham School of Music. Her career has always pursued a very wide path, solo and lecture recitals, concertos, chamber music, Lieder recitals, accompanying, adjudicating, examining and teaching. Born and educated in Australia, Ruth Gerald began her musical career there. After gaining a Bachelor of Music degree at Adelaide University she continued with postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded many prizes, including the Hopkinson Gold Medal. Recently she has given Masterclasses in UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malta and Greece and conducted many seminars for piano teachers in UK, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. She is frequently invited to adjudicate world-wide and is actively involved in many aspects of the work of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
SPEECH AND DRAMA
Hilary Clulow Hilary trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning two major awards – one for Public Speaking and one for Direction. Since then she has enjoyed a wide and varied career in the fields of Education and Professional Theatre, including ten years as Director of Theatre-in-Education at the Palace Theatre, Watford. Her extensive work as an examiner has taken her to many places including Canada, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. In 1984 she was honoured to be made a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in recognition of her services to Speech and Drama education. Hilary is also an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals. Vivenne Cunnigham Vivienne trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has taught speech and drama, public speaking and performance techniques to all ages both privately and in educational establishments. Many of her pupils have achieved success in theatre and the film industry. She has now retired as Head of Drama at Thorpe Hall School where the drama department established a strong reputation having won numerous awards nationally and staged ambitious productions in the School’s state of the art theatre. Vivienne’s passion is to write plays and poetry and then to watch them come alive on stage. Her other interests include reading, walking, music and, of course, theatre visits. Vivienne was an examiner for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama but she particularly enjoys adjudicating and watching students share their work with an audience and experience the joy of performance. Mary ShackelLRAM LNCSD LUD Trained at the NCS & D, Mary worked for some years in the professional theatre. Though this proved to be an exciting way to earn a living, the necessity for regular employment led her to drama teaching, which she still enjoys. As well as running her own drama studio, she has taught in several schools, using drama to teach performance skills and as a means of promoting confidence and creativity. She is an experienced adjudicator, and has examined for the Poetry Society Assessments as well as Guildhall/Trinity examinations. Mary has recently started a course for adults struggling to gain employment, often due to lack of confidence.