SINGING: Penelope Price Jones, ARAM, LRAM, B.Sc., PGCA

Penelope Price Jones was a scholarship holder at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Marjorie Thomas, following a degree in sociology at the L.S.E..  Her performing career was mainly on the concert platform in oratorio and recital work, including BBC broadcasts and an interest in new works for voice.  In 1998 Penelope was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

She now teaches at her home studio in Devizes, and choral scholars at Worcester College, Oxford university.  She is a Federation of Festivals Adjudicator.  In 2016 she started mentoring for the South West Music School.

She was voice mentor for the Associated Board Certificate of Teaching course mainly at the Bristol centre.  For the last few years she has been the Teacher Training Director for the Association of Teachers of Singing.  She was Chairman of AOTOS from July 2014 – July 2016 during which time the Association celebrated its 40th anniversary.  In 2015 she  inaugurated ‘Pathways’ for the Association, an apprenticeship scheme for aspiring singing teachers.

In semi-retirement she has had tremendous pleasure from long distance walking and since leaving the Chairmanship of AOTOS has undertaken some study on the benefits to health and wellbeing shared by her two great passions – walking and singing.



James gives recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals and extensively in Europe.  He studied at the Moscow Conservatoire and returns to perform concertos and recitals and lead chamber music courses in the former Soviet Union every year.  He has given concerto performances with the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras and Moscow Symphony Orchestra in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

He is a member of the Barbican Piano Trio which has recently celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary and performs regularly throughout Europe and the USA.   The Trio has a repertoire consists of over seventy works and an impressive discography.

James teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Hull.  He is an Honorary Professor of the Rachmaninov Institute in Tambov, Russia, and serves on the juries of many International competitions, most recently in Russia, Latvia, Romania and Slovenia.



Philip read music at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne under Professor Denis Matthews where he specialised in performance on the oboe.  He completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and went into teaching.

Philip gives occasional recitals and enjoys orchestral and chamber music playing on a freelance basis when his teaching commitments permit.  He also has a passion for choral music and has conducted and directed choirs and choral societies throughout his career.

As well as adjudicating around the country for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Philip is an examiner for Trinity Guildhall and an experienced GCSE and A level moderator.  He is Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire.


STRINGS – Nadia Hinson, GRSM(hons),  LRAM,  LTCL

Nadia Hinson graduated from the Royal Academy of Music after having studied the violin with Manoug Parikian and the piano with Jean Harvey.  She was awarded first prize for Aural studies and her quartet won the string chamber prize in her final year.  Nadia was the featured soloist playing the Lark Ascending and Bach double violin concerto for the Benslow Trust at St. James’ Piccadilly having been awarded an instrument to continue her studies.  Other concertos in her repertoire include performances of the Mendelssohn, Mozart no.3 and 4, Haydn in C, De Beriot, Viotti, and works by Beethoven and Finzi.

She began her career as a freelance violinist playing in many London based orchestras.  As an accompanist to singers and instrumentalists, she met her musician husband Nigel and together they founded the Veloce Ensemble (string quartet and clarinet quintet) touring throughout Britain performing specially commissioned works for that genre.

Appearances at festivals and stately homes inspired a regular concert series at Belvoir Castle and Holmepierrepont Hall.  As a recitalist throughout the East Midlands, Nadia has been highlighted in festivals and BBC features locally.

She is also currently the owner and director of the Hinson School of Music in Nottingham, and is an International examiner for the ABRSM, an adjudicator for the British and International federation of Festivals, and a member of the Royal Society of Musicians.

Nadia has recently been appointed a senior consultant for the LEAD Academy trust, involved in developing music departments in schools in Nottinghamshire, and leading workshops to encourage and involve as many youngsters as possible in experiencing music and the arts in large scale productions and showcase concerts. She has set up composition workshops to inspire children to explore feelings and ideas through music and is a mentor for the Trust to develop self-confidence and communication through learning and performance.


SPEECH AND DRAMA – Vivienne Cunningham,  LGSM

 Vivienne trained with John Holgate 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 schools and colleges.  Many of her pupils have achieved success in theatre, television and the film industry.

She worked for many years as Head of Drama at Thorpe Hall School where the drama department established a strong reputation, winning numerous awards nationally and staging ambitious productions in the School’s state of the art theatre.

Vivienne was an examiner for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama but particularly enjoys adjudicating.  Having competed in festivals from the age of four, she now takes delight in encouraging students to share their work with an audience and experience the joy of performance.  She is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.  Vivienne loves to write plays and poetry and then watch them come alive on stage.  She has written her first novel which is due for publication this year