Redmaids’ Junior School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 4DP




Growing up in a musical family on the Isle of Wight, Anne regularly took part in the music festival there as a soloist and in instrumental and vocal ensembles. Anne graduated in music from Liverpool University where she studied piano and viola with Robert Braga (RLPO) and composition with Robert Orledge. She also studied singing - achieving the LRAM diploma with teacher, Doreen Wedgewood.

Anne has combined a busy teaching career in UK schools with performing as a singer, writing and arranging music and examining for ABRSM. She has over 30 years’ teaching experience as a Head of Music and has been an examiner at GCSE and A-level, recently spending a year teaching A-level music at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.

Working with singers and instrumentalists of all ages, Anne has directed many types of ensemble and worked in a variety of musical styles from directing musicals to leading school European concert tours. She worked as repetiteur to the conductor, Jeremy Jackman, for 15 years with the East Midlands chamber choir, the Cecilian Singers, arranging and composing music for them as well as other UK choirs. Some of her piano arrangements are published in ABRSM’s series ‘Piano Mix’.

In 2013. Anne joined the panel of adjudicators for the British and International Federation of Festivals and enjoys encouraging young musicians of all ages at UK music festivals each year. She has adjudicated for many festivals including those in Lincoln, Dudley, Bury, Leicester, Kettering, Mid-Somerset, Tamworth and Thornbury.

Anne’s work as an ABRSM grades, jazz and diploma examiner has taken her far and wide in the UK as well as to international centres in South East Asia, Africa, India and Nepal, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Europe. She was recently privileged to run the first exam sessions in Kigali, Rwanda. She is a member of the trainer and moderator panels for ABRSM.


Born in South Derbyshire, Yvonne began her professional career with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company before joining Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She made her debut with the Touring Company as Despina in Cosi fan tutte. In The Bartered Bride, she sang the role of Esmeralda which included training to be a trapeze artist! She sang Musetta in La Boheme for Opera North & understudied Violetta in La Traviata and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte.

Yvonne has also worked for WNO, Garsington Opera, Kentish Opera, Opera Brava, Garden Opera, Swansea City Opera & Carl Rosa Opera Company. Roles include Micaela in Carmen, Pamina & First Lady in The Magic Flute, the title role of Madame Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Rosalinda & Adele in Die Fledermaus, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Violetta in La Traviata and Alice Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. She was soprano soloist in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Nairobi Cathedral.

Yvonne appeared as soloist for the Philadelphia Savoy Company, the oldest G&S society in America. She is a regular guest performer on cruises, has appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.

Besides having a private teaching practice, Yvonne teaches at Chichester University and Lancing College and is an adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals.



Professor David Hoult has been an adjudicator member of the Federation for over forty years. He studied at Manchester University, the Royal Northern College of Music and Lancaster University, and is a former professional singer and brass player, and regular broadcaster on BBC Radios 3 and 4. He was Principal of Leeds College of Music from 1993–2008, having previously been Head of Music at University College Salford and Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire.

As a horn player, David performed with many UK orchestras, including Sadlers Wells Opera, the Hallé, and the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra. From 1975 until 1990, he was a member of the BBC Northern Singers, giving countless concerts and broadcasts throughout the UK and Europe, and also in Australia, Hong Kong and South East Asia. He has performed at most of the major British festivals, including the Proms, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Cheltenham. As a soloist, he has sung much of the standard concert and oratorio repertoire, as well as a number of operatic baritone roles, including Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Leporello in Don Giovanni.

David is well known as an adjudicator of music festivals and competitions, appearing at UK events such as the National Festival of Music for Youth and the Granada Television National School Choirs Competition, and further afield at festivals in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Trinidad.

  1. Age of performers in the Vocal Section is as at 1 March of the Festival Year. Adults are those who are 19 on or before 1 March of the Festival Year. 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: Jane Walton, 36 Copley Gardens, Lockleaze, Bristol BS7 9YE. Copies must arrive no later than 1 March of the Festival Year. See Festival Rules 12-14. If there are any difficulties, please contact the Vocal Section Secretary.

  3. Titles of own choice songs must be submitted with entries but changes can be made up to and including 1 March of the Festival Year. 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 Vocal Section Secretary nor the Vocal Section 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 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 Festival Rule 6.

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

  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.

  15. The Festival accepts the entries for Music Theatre on the basis that the appropriate copyright permission has been sought from all relevant parties. Performers are reminded that they are solely responsible for ensuring they have the permission of the copyright holder to use costumes, props or movement for songs that are not in the public domain.

    Performers or teachers with queries on how to deal with this are referred to The British and International Federation of Festivals (BIFF) of which Bristol Festival is a member. Telephone: 01625 428297 or 01625 611578. Email: info@federationoffestivals.org.uk. Website: www.federationoffestivals.org.uk/copyright/.

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