SINGING – Jane Wilkinson,  BMus(Hons) (RSAMD), GradDipRCM

Jane Wilkinson trained as a soprano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and then as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music, where she won many competitions for Lieder and an award for excellence in English Song.

She worked with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in her national competition as a semi finalist in 2009.  She performs recitals across the country and has toured South Africa, Europe and America.

Currently, Jane teaches at Chelsea Academy and Imperial College.  She trained in the teaching of young voices at the Voices Foundation.  Jane frequently gives master classes in the UK and abroad.  She has a passion for teaching and developing young voices.  She is a former member of the National Youth Choir of GB and now conducts the New Maldon Voices Choir and Youth Choir.

Recently, Jane has been specializing in contemporary opera and has premiered many productions, working alongside composers on new works for the stage and for recordings.  Jane has performed oratorios and concerts at the Edinburgh Festival and in venues worldwide.  She has released various recordings from Baroque repertoire to folk and frequently provides vocals for ‘experimental’ music.

Jane is a very experienced vocal adjudicator.


PIANOFORTE – Graeme Humphrey,  ARAM

Graeme Humphrey was a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music for thirty-six years from 1974 – 2010, and has been very actively involved in festival adjudicating, examining and teaching all his life; this work has taken him to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, France, Sabah, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand and Ghana.

He was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship on the piano from New Zealand to study at the Royal Academy of Music.  He has broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3 (principally in the piano trio repertoire), and has performed at the Bath and Harrogate Festivals, the Purcell Room and Wigmore Halls in London as well as at many music clubs in the United Kingdom.

He is also very active in the giving of seminars to teachers, both in the United Kingdom and abroad, and maintains a substantial private teaching practice in London with pupils of all ages and stages. He regularly teaches in Hong Kong, and was external examiner at National Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore from 2009 – 2011.  He has given classes at both the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.

In 1988 he founded the Blackheath Music Festival.   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



Anne Hodgson was a Junior Exhibitioner at the RCM and went on to study at TCM with Ann Cherry and GSMD with Averill Williams.  She spent many years as a freelance performer and teacher in London before settling in Sussex in 1999.  Anne now teaches and coaches ensembles at Lancing College, Brighton College and Burgess Hill School for Girls.  Many students achieve music scholarships and go on to play in national and county ensembles.

Anne is a resident soloist with Musicians of All Saints, with whom she recently recorded the revised version of the Suite for Flute and Strings by Jeremy Dale Roberts.  She is a founder member and Bass flute player with Sussex Flutes quintet, giving regular recitals and Flute Days for students and teachers.  With harpist Sally Course, Anne is a member of the Zaffre Duo.  Anne is a Trustee of the British Flute Society, and appears regularly at the BFS conventions.  As well as being an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, she has an Open University degree and is a qualified garden designer


STRINGS – Lesley Shrigley Jones,


Lesley is a ‘cellist, pianist and singer who combines performance with teaching.  As an Associated Board Scholar, she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, then in Germany in the Masterclass of Antonio Janigro.  Lesley has given ‘cello, baroque ‘cello and viola da gamba concerts throughout Europe and Latin America and, since playing with ‘The Fires of London’, has pursued her commitment to contemporary music including several first performances.  She has recorded works by Charles Camilleri and a recent compilation entitled ‘Cello In Song’.  Lesley is an Examiner and Mentor for the Associated Board, as well as an Adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, and has adjudicated for the National Chamber Music Competition and the Deutche Jugend Musizier.

SPEECH AND DRAMA – Norma Redfearn

BA, MA, LGSM, LLAM, LTCL(Drama), LTCL (Tefl), ALAM (Pub Sp), PGCA

 Norma trained at the Northern College, researched at Leicester University and has performed in weekly Rep and professional tours.  She examined internationally for Trinity College London and received the Chairman’s award for services to Trinity 1998.  In 2001 she was invited to join the Lamda panel of examiners and was co-author of a Lamda publication on Public Speaking.

Having left Lamda to reduce the amount of examining, in order to devote more time to her Festival work and adjudicating, she was approached by Vanguard examinations and now enjoys a limited amount of examining for them.  She teaches Voice Production to the Lay speakers in the Diocese of Peterborough and private teaching with young people.

She is proud to be an adjudicating member of the British and International Federation of Festival and was delighted to be given a Fellowship in 2015.

She believes that the Festival Movement is a wonderful tool to help the confidence and development of all who enter, and she looks forward to sharing with all the students of Southend on Sea Festival in the celebration of their achievement.