About the Adjudicators
Richard Deering has been an adjudicator member of the British and
InternationalFederation of Festivals for over 30 years. He adjudicates an average
of 12 festivals a year, including many overseas festivals, as a piano specialist and
generalist. He has given piano performances – soloist and accompanist – in over
90 countries and has held teaching positions in establishments such as London
College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Cambridge University and New York
State University. He is also highly involved in the setting and examining of the
Trinity Guildhall syllabus.
His Federation work includes serving on the Central Board of Trustees,
Vice-Chair of the Adjudicators’ Council and involvement in the administration of
the PGCA qualification.
Eileen Field, who studied at the Royal Academy of Music, is a soprano soloist,
accompanist and choral director. She is a teacher of singing from beginners to
post graduate level and gives Masterclasses for choirs and solo singers. She is
an ABRSM Consultant, Moderator, Trainer and grade and diploma Examiner.
She is Lead Consultant for the selection of repertoire for the ABRSM Singing
Syllabus and has selected and written performance notes for Boosey & Hawkes
Eileen examines and presents seminars for teachers in the UK, Southern Africa,
the Far East, the USA, Canada and throughout Europe. She is on the panel of
Jurors for the Young Musician of the Year Competition in Hong Kong and is an
Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.
Rachel Dent is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and a
recipient of the Dearden Award for Achievement and the United Kingdom Harp
Association Award. She teaches Pedal Harp and Clàrsach and is an examiner
for ABRSM as well as performing as a soloist and providing music for several
television programmes. She also performs freelance with several orchestras and
choirs, including the Halle Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Hull
Graham Dickie studied piano, singing and conducting at the RSAMD, now
the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was appointed the youngest
professional MD in Britain to the newly formed Independent Opera, conducting
various operas throughout Britain
He joined the music staff of Scottish Ballet and was a part-time tutor at the
RSAMD. He also worked as a vocal coach/repetiteur for Scottish Opera and
Glasgow Grand Opera.
Graham has been involved with the Dance School of Scotland since 1983,
founding the National Musical Theatre Course in 1998. He is also founder and
director of the national Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year
Award and the Singers’ Company.
Cally Foster has been committed to the Festival movement since her first
appearance in a Festival at the age of 5. She has pursued a career as a Speech
and Drama specialist and was the Principal of her Buckinghamshire based drama
studio for over 20 years.
She has travelled extensively in the UK, Europe and internationally as an
Adjudicator and an examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
(LAMDA). Cally also delivers workshops on all aspects of Communication and
Performance. She believes that Festival performance both encourages an
appreciation of the Arts and develops communication and presentation skills and
should be a positive and enjoyable experience.
She is anAdjudicator member of theBritish and International Federation of Festivals.
Allana Creighton, a member of RSCDS, Perth, has experience of teaching
dance for many years, including training many teams for various Festivals.
She has danced in demonstration teams in Germany and Finland and throughout
Scotland, including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and has taught at the RSCDS
Summer School in St Andrews for 9 years.
She was appointed a Medal Test Assessor in 2012 and an Adjudicator in 2013