Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama 2016

Junior Vocal


Junior Vocal Sections


Sat, 17 March 2018

Westbury Park Methodist Church Hall, Bayswater Avenue, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7NU

Section Rules:

As per General Rules, plus

1 Age of performers in the Vocal Sections is as at 1st March 2018. Adults are those who are 19 before 1st March 2018. Performers must strictly observe the conditions regarding age.

2 Where a performer has requested the services of the official accompanist, a copy of own choice music must be sent to: Margaret Thomas 20 Kersteman Road Bristol BS6 7BX. Copies must arrive no later than 1st March 2018. See also General Festival Rules 11 - 14. If there are any difficulties please contact the vocal secretary.

3 Titles of own choice songs must be submitted with entries but changes can be made up to and including 1st March 2018. Performers will not be allowed to sing any other song than that notified.

4 A second copy of own choice music must be available for the adjudicator on the day of the festival. Compliance is the performer's own responsibility and neither the Secretary nor the Committee are able to help in this matter.

5 When the directive "any standard edition" is given, this must be treated in the same way as own choice music. A copy must be supplied for the adjudicator. A copy must also be supplied for the official accompanist if the official accompanist is used by the performer.

6 Unless otherwise stated in individual classes performers in all classes must sing from memory.

7 Time limits as stated must be strictly adhered to. With regards to Da Capo arias, the whole aria, including the repeat, must fall within the time limit. See Rule 6 of the General Rules.

8 No substitutions can be made, nor change of pairings in ensemble classes, after the closing date for entries.

9 Where classes specify a test piece, the performer must use the edition or copy supplied. Performers may however sing the set piece in any key.

10 Unless otherwise stated in individual classes, a performer may not sing any song more than once in the Festival.

11 A performer may only make one entry in each solo class.

12 A performer may enter more than once in the duet, ensemble or recital classes with a different partner.

13 Fees for vocal classes include the services of the Official Accompanist. A performer may use their own accompanist but there can be no refund of any fees.

14 A performer can choose to enter classes on a non-competitive basis. The fee remains the same and the Official Accompanist will still be available. Please state at the beginning of the performance if you wish to perform non-competitively. You will only receive adjudication for a non-competitive entry.


Rebecca Moseley-Morgan MA

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. 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. After starting her family, she focused on being a career voice teacher, and spent much time in researching the latest advances in voice science over the past 30 years. Rebecca has an MA in Musicology and is currently a PhD research student at University College London. Her research investigates what interventions can maintain the functionality of the mature female voice. She often presents her research at conferences throughout Europe and has recently presented the early findings from her research at the PEVoC 12 Conference in Ghent. She is currently devising a new module on vocal pedagogy for singers and singing teachers, which will be a core part of the syllabus at Bath Spa University.

Gabrielle Burgin Lister GRSM, ARMCM, PGCA

Gabrielle Burgin Lister is a Graduate of the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern College), where she studied voice and piano and won the Jeanne Bretey Scholarship for Singing. Her early career was in full time education, as music specialist in a junior school in Moss Side, Manchester, followed by 10 years as Head of Music in a Nottinghamshire Grammar School where she converted an ailing department into a thriving hub of activity. In addition to regular classroom teaching and academic work to 'A' Level and University entrants, extra-curricula work involved performing and training of three choirs and supervision of instrumental groups. A freelance career followed. Gabrielle studied privately in London with John Carol Case and Erich Vietheer, and also with Frederico Davia in his Italian Opera Academy. She has sung with the BBC Northern Singers and has done solo recitals and concert work around the UK. Her repertoire includes opera, oratorio, Lieder, and English, French, Italian song. As a voice teacher she has worked with pupils of all ages, from very young singers to adult professionals, some now following international careers. She has been a visiting singing specialist at Worksop College, Ranby House Preparatory School, Chigwell School, Trent University, and Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department. Gabrielle then spent fourteen years living in France to pursue new professional activities. However, she was increasingly in demand as a highly experienced vocal and choral adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals (BIFF) and made frequent return visits to the UK to fulfil her engagements, sometimes directing master classes and choral workshops. Gabrielle is a firm believer in the Festival system an all it has to offer in the education of its participants, in the enhancement of their performances, in the nurturing of their talent, and in the enthusiastic appreciation and encouragement of their efforts. She was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate for adjudicating and performance assessment, a qualification initiated by BIFF and administered by the University of Leeds. Gabrielle is based back in England and continues her busy adjudicating schedule along with some consultancy work which currently includes working as Music Consultant to Nottinghamshire County Show. She is responsible for delivering a 2-day music programme for the annual show, providing a showcase for amateur groups around the county, reflecting all ages and abilities, and covering a wide variety of styles. Adjudicating has taken Gabrielle all over the United Kingdom, to the Republic of Ireland, and overseas to Hong Kong where she will be making her third visit in 2019.

Elizabeth Emberson

Elizabeth began serious singing lessons with Mrs Betty Middleton at eleven years old, rapidly becoming a successful competitor in music festivals in the North of England and Staffordshire.

At eighteen, Elizabeth gained a place at the Guildhall School of Music, studying with Joyce Newton and Anna Berenska. Whilst at the Guildhall, Elizabeth won many prizes, and was a semi-finalist in the Susan Longfield competition, as well as gaining several scholarships for further study. She was also awarded a place on the Guildhall Opera Course, working with Dennis Maunder and Wilhelm Tausky. On leaving the Guildhall, she studied with Erich Vertheer and John Kitchener.

Using her maiden name (Watson), Elizabeth embarked on a career that saw her perform throughout the UK and Eire, France and Belgium, taking on a variety of operatic roles, as well as performing in oratorios and song recitals.

With the advent of her family, Elizabeth decided to concentrates on a teaching career that has seen her teach in the state and public education systems. She now teaches at a prestigious girls' public school in Oxford, as well as maintaining a thriving private practice.

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