2018 Adjudicators

Gary Branch

gary branchGary Studied piano at Trinity College of Music, London graduating with a GTCL Honours degree and Post-Graduate Performance Certificate. He won numerous prizes including The Elsa and Leonard Cross Memorial Trust Scholarship for a performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto No.22. He continued his studies in Amsterdam at the Sweelinck Conservatoire. Returning to England – he founded Forest Music School in South-West Essex and concentrated on teaching and ensemble playing. He is a former Director of the Harlow Piano Festival. He formed ‘Quadmanus’ to promote and perform works for piano duet and two pianos. He has broadcast on BBC local radio and has performed widely around the UK and in The Netherlands. Gary has performed widely across the UK as accompanist and soloist at venues such as St, James’s Church, Piccadilly, Blackheath Concert Halls and Steinway Hall in London. Gary continues to teach in both south-west Essex and south-east Wales. In Essex he works alongside two colleagues Nicky Creighton and Joel Goodman in helping young talented and advanced students achieve their aims. In Wales, he was appointed in 2013 as an official accompanist for Cardiff University. Gary returns for 2018 having adjudicated at the AFYM in 2016

David Campbell

David Campbell is internationally recognised as one of Britain’s finest musicians and was described by the doyen of British clarinettists, the late Jack Brymer, as ‘the finest player of his generation’. Much of Campbell’s early career was spent as a clarinettist in the field of contemporary music as a member of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ chamber ensemble. Over recent years David Campbell has developed the solo and chamber music strands of his career. His repertoire is wide-ranging but he still champions new works, many of which have been written for him. David has enjoyed a busy career for forty years, in which he has played as a concerto soloist and chamber musician in more than forty countries with leading orchestras and ensembles. His discography of about 20 recordings shows his wide-ramging repertoire from Maxwell Davies to Mozart and Brahms. He is an enthusiastic teacher and as well as being Head of Woodwind at Westminster School is in great demand for his coaching and masterclasses. David has been Artistic Director of Musicfest, Aberystwyth (a combined summer school and festival) for 15 years and enjoys running a regular course at Jackdaws.

Robert Codd

Robert Codd was educated at Clifton College, Bristol, where he first took up the bassoon and University College, Cardiff,Bob reading Natural Sciences initially, but later changing to Music. In 1966 he graduated with a B.Mus. and in the same year gained an LRAM, (Performers), on the bassoon. Shortly afterwards he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. He combined college activities with classroom teaching in the East End of London, peripatetic woodwind teaching for Buckinghamshire and chamber music. On leaving college he spent several years freelancing, especially with contemporary music and wind chamber groups, as well as many performances with London Festival Ballet. From 1973 to 2003 he was Principal Bassoonist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as well as being involved with chamber music, teaching and educational work. Over the years he has been involved with several wind ensembles, adjudicating, teaching and other educational work and has played with many orchestras, including the CBSO, BSO and LSO, the London Mozart Players and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. He has been a Bassoon Tutor at Cardiff University and at the RWCMD since 1974 also working as a tutor at Jackdaws.

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An inspiration for teachers and pupils alike, Pam Wedgwood’s music has been a staple diet for young musicians throughout the world for almost twenty years. Pam’s musical career began with the recorder and piano, and Tenor Horn and Euphonium through the brass band tradition at her school. She then took up the Cello and French Horn, entering Trinity College of Music in London to study Piano, Horn, Cello and composition at the age of sixteen.

After graduating she began a career as a professional French Horn player, working with the Royal Ballet Touring Orchestra, The Royal Opera, the BBC Concert Orchestra and many West End shows. Marriage and a young family led her to take up an appointment as a peripatetic instrumental music teacher in Surrey in the late 1970s, and she began composing pieces for her pupils. In the UK she has led many workshops for the European Piano Teachers’ Association and has inspired teachers in workshops as far afield as Singapore and Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Pam now concentrates on composing and teaching, though she is also a keen sportswoman and international traveller!

 Domonic Childs

Dom+Promo+Photo-7_1As an orchestral musician, Dom has toured, recorded and performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and perfoming at the ‘Last Night of the Proms’.

In 2019 Dom’s Debut Solo Album will be released with the Resonus Classics record label, featuring works written or inspired by women.

Since 2010 Dom has been the Alto Saxophonist in the award winning Forseti Saxophone quartet based in Cologne. In October 2011, the Forseti Quartet were awarded the Carl Pontén Prize in the 4th European Chamber Music Competition in Karlsruhe and regularly perform throughout Europe.

Dom is a passionate music educator having been the Saxophone Tutor for the National Youth Wind Ensemble, Deputy Saxophone Teacher at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music as well as giving workshops across the UK including at Chetham’s School of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.  In March 2013 he began the role of Saxophone Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department, and in 2015 founded the Saxophone Programme on the Ingenium Academy International Summer School.

Having been at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester learning with Jim Muirhead, he went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch. During this time he was a winner of the Yamaha European Foundation Scholarship competition and the Jane Melber Saxophone Competition. After completing his undergraduate degree he moved to Cologne, Germany to further his studies at the Hochschule für Musik with Prof. Daniel Gauthier. Initially granted a DAAD Scholarship, he was further awarded a ‘Leverhulme Study Abroad Scholarship’ which allowed him to complete his Masters degree in the summer of 2012. Coincidentally he was also the first Erasmus exchange student to study at the Conservatoire de Musique in Lyon, where he spent 6 months studying with Jean-Denis Michat.

On his return to the UK in 2012, Dom was awarded the 2nd Prize in the prestigious ‘Tunbridge Wells International Young Artist Competition.’

Patricia Keir

TriciaPatricia Keir began her formal musical studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, graduating with a BA in Music Education and a DRSMD in Solo Performance. Patricia won all the major piano prizes while a student at the RSAMD, then gained scholarships to continue her piano studies firstly with Viktor Friedman in Philadelphia, USA, then at the Royal College of Music with Irina Zaritzkaya, graduating from the RCM with a MMus in Performance Studies. Patricia has performed throughout the UK as piano soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, but chose a career in music education. In 2000, Patricia was appointed Head of Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, the National Conservatoire of Wales. In 2010, she led a major expansion of the department to encompass the College’s Young Actors Studio and its Outreach, Summer School and Community Programme activity. In 2011-12, the department delivered weekly specialist training in music and drama to over 400 children and young people, as well as outreach projects to over 10,000 participants across Wales. Patricia joined NYCGB’s Board of Trustees in 2014. Patricia last adjudicated at the AFYM in 2014.


Simon Jones

simon_jonesDr Simon Jones studied at Bristol, Oxford and York Universities, gaining his PhD in string performance practice in 2003.  He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2016.  Simon was appointed leader of the European Baroque Orchestra in its inaugural year and subsequently spent several years touring and recording with most of the leading period instrument groups, enjoying principal posts with The Academy of Ancient Music, The Brandenburg Consort and The King’s Consort, of which he was concertmaster from 1997 to 2004.  As a performer Simon has a busy chamber and solo career involving performances and recordings both in the UK and abroad as well as commercial work for film and TV.  As a leader he performs and records with The Sixteen, Florilegium, and The Dunedin Consort, appearing as leader and soloist on several of their critically-acclaimed recordings. Simon is also one of the leaders of the exciting chamber ensemble Arcangelo, whose recently-released CD Arias for Guadagni (with counter-tenor Iestyn Davies) won a 2012 Gramophone Award.

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The Distinguished Musicians who have adjudicated at AFYM…

Vanessa Latarche*  |  Richard McMahon  |  Graeme Humphrey  |  Simon Nicholls  |  James Lisney*  |  Frank Wibaut*  |  Tom Poster*  |  Gordon Back*  |  Juilet Edwards*  |  Christine Stevenson   |   Christopher Horner   |   Patricia Kier  |   Zoe Smith

Paul Sanders  |  David Campbell*  |  Robert Codd  |  Neil Black*  |  Martin Gatt  |  Emma Williams*  |  Christopher Vale  |  Paul Harris*  | Peter Fielding  |  Neil Crossley

Rebecca Jones  |  Erika Klemperer  |  Luciano Iorio  |  Diana Cummings*  |  Harry Cawood  |  Lucy Gould*  |  John Senter  |  Peter Esswood  |   Valerie Aldrich-Smith   |   Beate Toyka  |  Hannah Stone

Gerard McCrystal  |  Kevin Price  |  Zoe Smith  |  Anthony Williams  |  Huw Tregelles Williams  |  Alun John  |  Peter Hewitt

*Denotes adjudicator who has given a Masterclass as part of AFYM.


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