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ADJUDICATORS
 
 
 
Melanie Armistead
 
Melanie is a Russian and French graduate from Durham University who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. She was a soloist with Scottish Opera, Kent Opera, Opera North, Opera Northern Ireland, English National Opera and The Chatelet. Melanie has performed with many of Britain's leading orchestras, concerts and recitals taking her to Japan, Oman, Russia, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Gran Canaria.   She is the Senior Singing Teacher at Sherborne Girls in Dorset and adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals at home and abroad.
 
 
 
 
Elizabeth Hayley
 
Elizabeth trained at The Royal Academy of Music and has established a succesful career as a Pianist, Jazz Pianist, Accompanist, Teacher, Vocal Coach, Musical Director and Repetiteur. As an MD, she has worked with David Kernan. As as accompanist she played to Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles, worked with singers from WNO and the ROH, performed with acclaimed actress Dame Harriet Walter, adjudicated for the British and International Federation of Festivals, travelled Internationally as an examiner for the ABRSM, and works as a cover pianist at The Royal Academy of Dance. As a piano teacher she is a member of the music departments at Wellington School and Eton College.
 
 
 
John Hester
 
John trained at theWebber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and began work as a professional actor. He has also been a speech and drama teacher for around 20 years and was Head of Drama at Newlands School in Sussex for three years, where he taught GCSE and A Level Drama. He is a LAMDA examiner, an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and also runs the SPATS Theatre School. John has written many musical plays for children and has had several books about acting published by the Crowood Press.
 
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