Adjudicators 2021

Graham Anthony Devine – Guitar

Graham Anthony Devine began his musical studies at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester studying guitar with Gordon Crosskey. At nineteen years old Graham relocated to Brazil where he lived for almost a decade giving many recitals and masterclasses throughout South America.

In April 2002 Graham was the first prize winner at the Alhambra International Guitar Competition held in Alcoy, Spain. He was to repeat this success one month later by winning the first prize at the Emilio Pujol International Guitar Competition, Italy.

Graham records for NAXOS and his many CD releases which include the music of J.S Bach through to South American music and twentieth century repertoire have received rave reviews worldwide. His 2005 NAXOS release, British Guitar music, was chosen as disc of the week on America’s NPR radio station.

Graham has also made two CDs for the UK based label GGR, entitled Appassionata and Burgalesa. He has performed at many of the world’s leading recital venues such as the Wigmore Hall (London) Purcell Room (London) Palau de la Musica (Valencia) Hakuju Hall (Tokyo) Phoenix Hall (Osaka) etc. He has also been invited to give masterclasses at festivals and musical institutes throughout the world.

His huge repertoire covers music from the renaissance period to most major twentieth century works written for the guitar, including rarely performed masterpieces such as Maurice Ohana’s compositions for ten-string guitar.

Graham is currently Head of Guitar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Graham is also the artistic director of the Royal Greenwich Guitar Festival.

Helen Leek – Junior Piano

Helen was a scholar and prize winner at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the JBR trophy at the Royal Over-Seas League competition. She subsequently studied with Alexander Satz in Vienna with the help of an Austrian Government Scholarship. Helen was one of the major prize winners at the International Young Concert Artists Competition and won 2nd prize in the Brant International Piano Competition.

She has performed live on BBC TV, as soloist with orchestra, as chamber musician for music clubs in England and as director of New End Music.

Helen teaches piano at Royal Holloway, University of London, at the University of Warwick, and at the Junior Department of the Royal College of music in London. She has given masterclasses in the UK, Singapore and Thailand, regularly adjudicates festivals in the UK, and is an examiner for the ABRSM both in the UK and internationally.

Ruth Gerald – Senior Piano

Ruth GeraldRuth Gerald was Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal College of Music in London from 1992 until August 1999, having previously been appointed Faculty Adviser for Keyboard Studies in 1987.

Her career has always pursued a very wide path, solo and lecture recitals, concertos, chamber music, Lieder recitals, accompanying, adjudicating, examining and teaching.  She was Head of Keyboard Studies at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) for a period of five years but relinquished this post in order to devote more time to performing, and teaching at the Royal College where she was a Professor of Piano and Piano Accompaniment for over 30 years.  She was elected a Fellow of the Royal College in 1985.

Born and educated in Australia, Ruth Gerald began her musical career there, broadcasting regularly with the Australian Broadcasting Commission at a very early age.  After winning the Elder Overseas Scholarship and gaining a Bachelor of Music degree at Adelaide University she continued with postgraduate studies at the Royal College where she was awarded many prizes, including the Hopkinson Gold Medal.

Recently she has given Masterclasses in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malta and Greece and conducted many Seminars for piano teachers in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore.   She is frequently invited to adjudicate at Festivals world-wide and is actively involved in many aspects of the work of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Cally Foster – Speech & Drama week 1

Since her first appearance in a festival at the age of five, Cally has been committed to the festival movement and has pursued a career as a speech and drama specialist. She was the principal of her Buckinghamshire based drama studio for more than 20 years, combining that role with travelling extensively in the UK, Europe and Internationally as an Examiner for LAMDA and as an Adjudicator.

Cally also delivers workshops on all aspects of communication and performance and is on various Speakers’ Panels. She is an Adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, a Speech & Drama Representative on the Adjudicators Council and a former Chairman of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.

Cally believes that performing in festivals not only encourages an appreciation of the Arts, but also develops the communication and presentation skills so important in today’s increasingly electronic world. She is delighted to be returning to the Springboard Festival in 2021 and wishes everyone an enjoyable as well as a positive experience.

Rebeccca Vines – Speech & Drama Week 2

Rebecca trained as a journalist at Cardiff University – during which time she wrote a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper – before moving to London to study with The Actors Company.  She is currently Head of Speech & Drama at Dean Close School and her pupils have been awarded training places at major institutions such as RADA, LAMDA, Central, Guildhall, Bristol Old Vic, Mountview, AADA, ALRA, E15, the Royal College of Music, NYT, and NYMT.  Current and former pupils have performed across a range of dramatic disciplines with companies such as the BBC, Channel 4, E4, RSC, The Globe, National Theatre, Working Title and Action to the Word.

Rebecca is the Founder of Close Up Theatre, which has been awarded the elite Sell-Out Status for fourteen years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Artistic Director for No Prophet and Eleventh Hour Theatre companies, and actor-manager of Talking Shadows Theatre.  Recent roles have included Beverly (Abigail’s Party), Susan (A Bed Among the Lentils) and Madame Arcati (Blithe Spirit).  Rebecca continues to write, and in addition to adapting Jane Eyre and 1984 for the stage, also works as the South West theatre critic for Theatreworld Magazine.

Gillian Johnston – Woodwind & Brass

Gillian studied the Bassoon with Archie Camden  at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  After a period of freelance playing, she concentrated on a teaching career, before moving to Harpenden where she established her own Music School, Harpenden Musicale. From small beginnings Musicale has grown into one of the largest institutions of its’ type in this country.

As well as the day to day running of the Music School, Gill arranges Musicale Summer Music Courses around the country, Competitions and a Summer Music Festival.  Gill is the founder and Musical Director, of the National Children’s Wind Orchestra and associated groups.  She is much in demand as an adjudicator and very much enjoys the contact with the young musician, inspiring and enthusing their interest in music. She has four children, three of whom are professional musicians.

Chika Robertson – Strings

As recipient of numerous violin prizes, Chika was awarded full scholarships to study with Eudice Shapiro of the University of Southern California and Dorothy Delay of the Juilliard School.  She led the LA Music Centre Quartet, led and managed the Schoenberg Institute’s USC Contemporary Music Ensemble and was operations manager/principal of LA Chamber Players.

Chika has given many first performances in London and abroad as a chamber musician and soloist with esteemed composers such as Adams, Henze, Knussen, Lutoslawski, Pärt, Tavener and Tippett, and eminent conductors including Rattle and Mariner. She has been a principal player with highly acclaimed ensembles such as the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and London Sinfonietta, and was awarded her PhD in 1999.

Dr Robertson is a professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy, and an international Diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

A popular adjudicator, workshop leader and speaker globally, Chika is passionate about the involvement of music in education. As Chief Executive of the Music Mind Spirit Trust she directs award-winning programmes to further opportunities for musicians, with a special focus on leadership, health & wellbeing.

Rebecca Moseley-Morgan – Singing

Rebecca is currently chair of Education for the British Voice Association, an associate lecturer in voice at Bath Spa University, and has a busy voice studio in Oxford. She gives workshops throughout the UK on the functionality of the voice, accent breathing and vocal care and maintenance. She has written a module entitled ‘an introduction to voice science’ for Bath spa University. She is also an adjudicator for the International and British Federation of Music Festivals.

In her early career, Rebecca won scholarships to the Royal College of Music and Opera School and sung professionally at Glyndebourne, WNO and Opera 80, amongst others. As a soloist, she has performed throughout the UK and Europe.

Rebecca has an MA in musicology and is currently nearing the end of her PhD research at UCL. Her research investigates what interventions can maintain the functionality of the mature female voice. Findings from this study are statistically significant and support the hypotheses that the vocal competency of the mature female singer can be sustained through effective pedagogy. This is leading to her current work on devising a new teaching method specifically for the mature voice and choral singers. The first presentation of this work will be at the Pan European Voice Conference in Copenhagen in August 2019.