We are delighted to introduce the adjudicators for our 2023 festival, which will take place on 6 and 7 and 13 - 18 February 2023.
Timothy Barratt ARAM, GRSM, LRAM, ARCM, LMusTCL
Timothy Barratt studied on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, winning many major awards, and completed his studies with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Geoffrey Parsons.
He has toured and broadcast extensively in the UK and abroad as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player.
Whilst still a student, he developed a special interest in song accompaniment through playing for Masterclasses at Aldeburgh, subsequently partnering such artists as Dame Felicity Lott and Robert White.
Teaching forms a major part of his musical life and he works with pupils of all ages and levels from beginner to post-graduate.
He was Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College for almost 25 years whilst also teaching at the RAM and TCM, and he pursues a busy freelance career.
An ABRSM examiner since 1991, he is also a trainer, moderator and mentor.
Other work for the Associated Board includes selecting the graded piano examination pieces and presenting educational seminars.
He frequently directs masterclasses for performers and teachers' workshops in the UK and the Far East, and is much in demand as a competition and festival adjudicator.
Nancy Litten LRAM (piano, violin), ATCL (voice), FLCM, Cert Ed.,
Adjudicating: Choirs, Orchestras & Bands, Young Musician of the Year
Nancy entered the Royal Academy of Music at 16 on an open piano scholarship, winning prizes whilst there. She has performed as a pianist in solo, orchestral and chamber music.
She is an all-round musician, also having been a freelance orchestral violinist and leader of a string quartet, teacher of singing, and choral director.
She was the pianist on Kent Music's orchestral and wind band Summer Schools for 23 years and spent several years as accompanist and coach for the Gurkha Band.
Alfred Music UK has published a range of her books: 'Keyed Up' tutors for electronic keyboard, 'Playing with Colour' tutors for violin, 'Choral and Vocal Warm-ups for pianists', 'Choral and Vocal Sight Singing with keyboard harmony', 'Rounds with Accompaniment'; and arrangements of piano pieces for piano trio, 'Classical Vienna' and 'Romantic Vienna'. Her original pieces and arrangements are set for MTB, Trinity and ABRSM grades on keyboard, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone and singing.
Nancy has been an ABRSM examiner for 25 years and is an adjudicator for BIFF, serving on the Adjudicators' Council. She is chair of EPTA (European Piano Teachers' Association) UK's Kent region, and of the Kent and Medway Young Musicians' Trust.
Jean-Marc Perret LAMDA Acting/ Teaching Diploma
Adjudicating: Speech & Drama
Jean-Marc trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His main theatre credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Rep, Derby Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Numerous TV & film appearances include playing Prince Caspian in the BBC Bafta nominated series The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and Revelation with Terence Stamp and Ron Moody. He has also made appearances in This Is Us for NBC as well as the US series American Woman.
Jean-Marc examines for the London College of Music (Drama/ Communication & Musical Theatre), LAMDA and Trinity College, London, and teaches pupils on a peripatetic basis. He gained a Licenciate Acting/ Teaching diploma in 1996 and adjudicates for The British International Federation of Festivals.
Adjudication experience includes the Watford, Hong Kong, Lagan, Bedfordshire, Hastings, and Torbay & South West of England Festivals.
Alongside these commitments, Jean-Marc trained as a certified British Academy of Dramatic Combat fight instructor, helping to choreograph and perform in sword fights for projects such as Disney's blockbuster film Cinderella (2015). He played D'Artagnan for the London red carpet film premiere event for The Three Musketeers (2011).
More recently, Jean-Marc was the guest performer at a World Cup and Commonwealth Fencing Champions Exhibition event in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.
Li Lin Teo ARAM, LRAM, ARCM(Hons), LRSM
Li Lin Teo, a Singaporean, studied with Dennis Murdoch at the Royal Academy of Music on an Associated Board Scholarship and won most of the piano prizes there, including the Macfarren Gold Medal - the highest award for piano playing at the Academy. She also participated in Masterclasses with Vlado Perlemuter, Guido Agosti and Carlo Zecchi in Europe.
After leaving the Academy, she studied with Louis Kentner.
Later, she was to combine teaching with concerto engagements, solo and duo recitals, and chamber music in the UK (including the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank), European countries, Singapore, Colombo, Hong Kong and Australia, together with Radio and TV recitals in France and the Far East.
In 1988, Li Lin became an examiner for the ABRSM, and in 1992 an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, being invited to adjudicate in Sri Lanka as well as at many prestigious festivals in the UK. She was also made an Associate of the RAM for 'distinguished services to music' in 1992.
Li Lin currently has a large teaching practice at home, and also at North London Collegiate School, where she has numerous Distinctions and prize winners in Associated Board examinations and competitive festivals.
Jane Wilkinson BMUS (Hons) RCS Grad Dip RCM
Adjudicating: Solo & Ensemble Singing
Lancastrian soprano Jane Wilkinson started her training at a young age with three music scholarships and a place in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. After winning competitions across the country she accepted a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to complete a BMus with Honours.
She then completed her Graduate Diploma at the Royal College of Music. Whilst at the RCM she won the Godfrey van Someren Competition for English Song and was a runner up in the BBC Radio 3 Kiri Te Kanawa Competition.
Her career has taken her to South Africa and to Europe on solo concert tours. Performances have taken place in such venues as Edinburgh Festival Theatre, The Usher Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Albert Hall and many more.
At present, Jane is a singing tutor at Imperial College London and Brunel University. She conducts New Malden Voices and New Malden Youth Choir.
She has a busy recording and performing schedule alongside adjudicating for the Federation of Festivals.