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

Piano Section Information

1. AGE OF COMPETITORS IS AS OF 1st MARCH of the Festival Year. ADULTS ARE THOSE WHO ARE 18 BEFORE 1st MARCH of the Festival Year.

2. In all classes a copy must be provided for the adjudicator before performing. This must be neatly presented and of good quality. Players may use a copy or purchased copy for performance, but a purchased copy MUST be available at the time of playing.

3. Only one piece to be performed unless playing in Repertoire class or where otherwise indicated.

4. Time limits must be strictly adhered to.

5. The title and composer of items to be performed should be submitted at the time of entry. Please include opus numbers where relevant. Changes can be made up to and including 1st February of the Festival Year. Substitution of pieces after the programme is printed may result in performer not being placed.

6. Substitution for duet or ensemble partners may only be allowed at the discretion of the secretary. In the case of illness, only the originally entered competitor will be adjudicated. Own Choice classes are designed to include players of different standards. It is important to understand that each performance is judged primarily on the quality of playing regardless of grade of piece. Children playing at a very much higher standard than their age group may consider entering classes above their age group. This may be necessary in order to remain within the time limit of the class.

7. Entrants may not enter more than one class of the same type in different age groups. For example an entrant may play in either Repertoire class 13 years and under or Repertoire class 15 years and under, but NOT BOTH.

8. In the event of a class having a large number of entrants, the committee may decide to split the class into two sections. Competitors will be allocated a section at random. Two different cups may then be awarded.

Rowan Cozens

Rowan is a performing pianist and teacher. She is an advocate of good quality music education and enjoys working with beginners through to conservatoire entry students. Rowan studied piano with Jean Harvey and Viola with John White at the Royal Academy of Music. She achieved the GRSM hons degree, as well as teaching and performing diplomas on both instruments. She worked in France as an orchestral player and as an accompanist. Her teaching career is broad and wide ranging. She taught for Haringey and Lincolnshire Music Services, has been Head of Music in both State and Private schools. Most recently, Head of Music at Highfields School Newark, where she built a programme from scratch based on Kodaly principles and practical music making. She maintains a large piano teaching practice, her youngest student is 5 and her oldest 68. Rowan has examined for ABRSM since 1992 and has travelled throughout the world for the organisation. She is also a diploma examiner, presenter and examiner trainer for ABRSM. Rowan works closely with teachers, sharing ideas through mentoring, delivering presentations and producing film resources. She was involved as one of the course leaders in the Professional Development Programme for piano teachers run by EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) in partnership with ABRSM in 2019. Rowan has a strong association with the Oasby Music Group specialising in string teaching and chamber music. She is a founder member of the Newark Young Sinfonia Orchestra which gives local children the opportunity to play in an orchestra free of charge. She is an official accompanist for the Grantham Music Festival. Rowan also accompanies for the RAF in Cranwell. Rowan particularly enjoys adjudicating and the chance it gives to encourage young musicians in a friendly atmosphere. Her most recent adjudicating in 2020 was for the St Paul’s Girls’ School Keyboard competition and the piano classes in the Basingstoke Festival. Rowan was the lead adjudicator for the The Young Musician of the Gulf in 2020.

John Gough

John Gough was born and bred in Chester and enjoys a busy and varied career. Engagements have taken him to America (including Carnegie Hall), Denmark and throughout the United Kingdom. He has given frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and also recorded for Radio 2, Classic FM, World Service, S4CTV and BBC TV. As a soloist he has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has performed at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall on several occasions and at the Buxton and Chester Festivals. Following his studies with Marjorie Clementi and Gordon Green at the Royal Northern College of Music he won several scholarships and prizes including the John Ireland Centenary Piano Competition at the Wigmore Hall. As a chamber music player he has given live broadcasts of the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvorak and Faure. He has given recitals at the Ribble Valley international Piano Week, a live broadcast from the Bridgwater Hall, Manchester and for many seasons was the soloist with the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra in concerts at many stately homes throughout England. He has appeared under such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Edward Warren and Timothy Reynish and in concert with Martin Roscoe, Jane Irwin, Louise Winter and Janet Hilton. He is currently Senior Tutor in Piano and Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music, RNCM Junior School, and Manchester University. He has examined at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and more recently at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Clare Wilding Email: clare.wilding@gmail.com