O U R A D J U D I C A T O R S
PIANO - KENNETH ROBERTS was born in Hastings and educated at York University where he gained BA and MA degrees in music. He works as Conductor/Musical Director for numerous companies at home and abroad and has conducted over 250 opera, ballet and other theatrical productions. He has played and conducted at many prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Festival Hall, The Britten Theatre, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court. His second opera, ‘Mister Butterfly,’ which he wrote in 1994 was premiered in Hong Kong and subsequently performed at the Edinburgh Festival, and featured in a documentary shown by BBC television and BBC World Service Satellite. Between 2001-2011 he worked at the University of New Hampshire, USA, where he directed a new ‘African’ Musical, that he was commissioned to write, and also composed music for an award-winning ‘international’ children’s piece. He was also musical director and conductor for Plymouth State University's Educational Theatre Collaborative. In 2002 he fulfilled a commission from the Purcell School in association with the Vaughan-Williams Trust as part of their centenary celebrations to mark the birth of Sir William Walton and in 2007 he completed a commission to write a ballet based on the novel ‘The Trumpet Major’ by Thomas Hardy. In 2010 he also contributed music for the recently published musical version of ‘Pollyanna’ and also became a BIFF (British and International Federation of Festivals) adjudicator. His highly acclaimed reduced orchestral arrangements of operatic scores by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and others are currently being played all over the world and are available from ‘www.smallscores.com’. In between times he has enjoyed giving his series of lecture recitals around the country at music clubs, and on cruise liners on subjects ranging from Mozart to ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton and has recently released a CD of piano music entitled ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes.’
STRINGS - HILARY STURT studied the violin with Shiela Nelson, David Takeno, and Felix Andrievsky, graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music with solo, chamber and contemporary music prizes. As a violinist and violist she performed and recorded worldwide with Ensemble Modern for 20 years, including notable projects with Frank Zappa, Peter Eotvos and Pierre Boulez. She has been guest leader of many British ensembles and chamber orchestras, a member of the Rasumovsky Quartet and Apartment House, winners of the Philharmonic Society Award for the Most Outstanding Chamber Music in 2011.Hilary is much in demand as a teacher, adjudicator, conductor and sits on many audition and interview panels throughout the UK. She is Head of Strings at St Paul's Girls' School, Head of Chamber Music at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, Instrumental Teaching Tutor at the Senior RCM, a Diploma examiner for the Associated Board and an examiner for AQA exam board. Hilary recorded the violin syllabus Grades 1-4 for the ABRSM in 2015 and was involved in choosing repertoire for the forthcoming ABRSM violin syllabus in 2019. Most recently, she was awarded an MA from the Institute of Education. A delightfully misbehaved rescue dog and her husbands home- made bread keep her grounded.
WOODWIND & BRASS - ANNE HODGSON was a Junior Exhibitioner atthe RCM and went on to study with Ann Cherry and Averil Williams. She is passionate about music education and teaches at Brighton College, Lancing College and Hurstpierpoint College. Ann enjoys a wide variety of music-making, from orchestral performer to working with patients in care homes and hospices, and playing in a folk band. Anne is also a founder member and bass flute with Sussex Flutes flute ensemble, and a regular concert soloist. Anne has been a Trustee for the British Flute Society for many years, and runs an adults BFS flute ensemble. In her spare time she is a keen salsa dancer and charity fundraiser, having cycled through Rajasthan, Vietnam and Cambodia in aid GOSH and St Peter and St James Hospice. Anne has been a BIFF adjudicator for many years and is very much looking forward to adjudicating at Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival again this year.
VOCAL - ADRIAN GOSS Tenor soloist, teacher, pianist and conductor, Adrian studied at the RAM & the GSM&D. Enjoying a thirty year solo career in concert and recital, including recordings and broadcasts, recognised by the ARAM in 1999, he is a former Lay-clerk at Ely Cathedral, deputy Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral, and lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey and HM Chapel Royal, and currently Director of the Chamber Choir Quorum, a professional member of the City Glee Club and is a Director of Music at a major church, in addition to his work as a freelance conductor. Adrian has a parallel career in education. Formerly a Director of Music at two independent senior schools, Director of the Kent Music Academy for the gifted and talented, Head of County Groups for Kent, examiner for grades and diplomas of the GSM&D, he currently teaches at Brighton College, Cranleigh, Judd & Skinners Schools and also privately. His teaching pedagogy reflects traditional bel canto, Estill and the SATS Models. Adrian also directs workshops and master classes for summer schools and other organisations. An Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals with over 30 years experience both in the UK and internationally, including the National Festival of Music for Youth, since 2015 he has been the Chair of the Adjudicators Council.
SPEECH & DRAMA - ANNE HARIS-NORMAN LGSM FESB ADB. As a teacher, including as Head of Drama, Anne has curriculum teaching experience from Kindergarden to GCSE and A level Theatre Studies. In her private studio she has prepared Speech and Drama pupils of all ages including adults to Diploma level. As an actress/director she co-founded a touring Shakespeare company and founded a touring recital group. Anne has enjoyed examining for The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The English Speaking Board, and for Vanguard Examination. As a Federation adjudicator since 1987, Anne appreciates the commitment and the palpitations of all competitors, teachers and parents. She greatly admires the dedication of festival organisers who continue to provide our young people with such important performance experience. Anne is looking forward to her first visit to Tunbridge Wells Art Festival where she hopes it will be a happy enjoyable experience for all.