The 2017 adjudicators have been hand selected from predominantly local musicians, teachers and specialists in their fields several are BIFF accredited.
We are pleased to announce that the following people are looking forward to being a part of the new Festival:
Alison Corfield has recently taken over as Head of Norfolk Music Service and leads the
Norfolk Music Hub. She has worked in a Music Service capacity for the last 15 years and plays a wide variety of instruments. Alison trained as an undergraduate at the University of Glasgow where she was awarded the Muriel Thorne Hague Memorial Prize. She then went on to study as a postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the Principal’s Award for Contemporary Music. In her spare time Alison is a lover of building sandcastles, spending time with family and visiting theme parks!
William Drew-Batty began his musical life as a cathedral chorister at Ely and later
developed his skills as a keyboard player to work as a session player. He toured with the band Talk Talk and worked with many prominent bands of the nineteen eighties. He held the Imogen Holst Scholarship at UEA and studied for his postgraduate degree in
conducting and musical performance at John Ruskin, Cambridge. William’s professional
career has included professional operatic and musical theatre roles, composition and
conducting. He is a trained vocal coach and teaches singing at his home in Suffolk. He is in demand as an accompanist and has recently toured his one-man show, ‘We’ll Gather
Lilacs’, based on the music and life of Ivor Novello.
Elaine M Smith, Hon.FLCM, GLCM, LLCM (TD) Trip., ALCM (P) Dup.,Dip.LCM
ELAINE SMITH studied at the London College of Music where she won the Westminster Prize for the highest graduate marks. She took piano and flute as joint first studies and
also singing, for which she holds Diplomas. She later took a great interest in Electronic
Organ and Recorder, working in close collaboration with the late Dr Bill Lloyd Webber to produce the country’s first Electronic Organ examination syllabus. She has worked with many eminent musicians as an accompanist and has given many recitals in this country and abroad. She regularly writes for the children’s Magazine “Flutewise” and has taught at many Norfolk schools including Norwich City College and UEA. She also holds a degree in Homeopathy, which she practices.
Elaine is particularly interested in promoting a musical education for the young. She is a Senior Examiner and Moderator for the London College of Music and has also worked in the Far East, Malta, Athens, Greek Islands and Cyprus giving workshops, talks to teachers and examining. Over the past two years, Elaine has cut her Practice by half and is spending more time Examining and Adjudicating, spending any spare time at home with her seven adored cats!