Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016



Instrumental Sections


Sun, 17th March 2019

Redmaids' High School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3AW

Section Rules:

1 See General Rules. - Additional points
* All classes are OWN CHOICE
* All times are maximums and must be strictly adhered to, otherwise the candidate may be penalised. See Festival Rule 6
* All music for the official accompanist must be submitted to the secretary by 1 March 2019.
* Copies of all music being performed must be provided for the adjudicator. See Festival Rule 12.
* Substitutions into ensemble/duet classes will be at the discretion of the secretary.
* Only ONE piece may be played in a class.
* A competitor may only enter a class once unless otherwise stated. However a competitor may enter with a different partner or group. See Festival Rule 7
* Graded Classes. Competitors should not have passed any exams higher than the grade of class entered unless with a different instrument and piece of music. See Festival Rule 8
* Performers may also enter some classes non-competitively. In which case they should inform the adjudicator who will only make comments and no award will be given.


Peter Esswood ARCM.

Peter Esswood’s musical career has been of a varied and distinguished; singer, conductor, cellist, a member of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and frequent guest of the Philharmonia. As a member of the Ariosi String Quartet he appeared on BBC Television in Top of the Pops, Everyman and Horizon. In a solo capacity he has recorded incidental music for BBC Television and Radio programmes including Timewatch, The Artist’s Eye, Doctors To Be and The Sea. His work with orchestras has received wide acclaim and includes: Conductor in Residence for the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Symphony Orchestra, Singapore in 2006 and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Junior Department Symphony Orchestra 2007-08. A Professor of Orchestral Training at the Royal College of Music Junior Department until 1997 and Head of Strings at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from 1972-2012. Peter has adjudicated at many prestigious festivals including the Audi Junior Musician, BBC Young Musician, Music for Youth, Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival for Schools and the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, the world’s largest competitive music and drama festival. He is also a diploma examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and was Joint Artistic Director of the Lower Machen Festival, a post held for 7 years until 2017. His work as a performer and teacher has been recognized internationally giving masterclasses and coaching in the UK and abroad including Shanghai, Helsinki, Tampere, Weimar, Switzerland and Singapore. Peter has been chair of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) UK Branch and member of the International Board of Directors. He continues to pursue an active career giving concerts as Conductor of the Welsh Chamber Players formed in 2012.

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