Adjudicators 2018-10-18T15:04:24+00:00


Gary is a highly qualified and experienced professional musician who lives in Reading and has just retired as Director of Music at St Mary the Virgin, Henleyon
Thames. He also works as a teacher in other schools and colleges with experience of ages 4-18+ and gives private tuition in organ, piano, harpsichord,
and theory to ‘A’ level and beyond.

As an organist, he has given solo concerts in some of the major UK venues including Westminster Abbey, King’s College Cambridge and many Cathedrals.
He has made over 10 international tours visiting Germany, Denmark, Italy and USA. As an accompanist, he has played for many Choral Societies and Choirs
including the BBC Singers, London Cantata Choir and the Bridgeman Singers.

He plays Solo and Continuo works using his own Allan Gotto harpsichord. Gary works as a Conductor with his own Chamber Choir ‘FineChants’ (12 semiprofessional singers) and to the Occasional Choir (80-100 voices – London based Charity Choir). As an Adjudicator to the British and International
Federation of Festivals and Music for Youth, he is an experienced, friendly and supportive adjudicator in all disciplines. He was adjudicator to the Sri Lanka
Festival in the Summers 2009 and 2011. Gary is always keen to take on new assignments and to explore new performing venues and musical opportunities.


Caroline was awarded a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won many prizes for both solo and ensemble playing. As a chamber
musician, she collaborated with many instrumentalists and singers and became a founder member of the Hartley Piano Trio, which gained international
recognition by its concert and festival appearances, broadcasts and numerous recordings, including the complete trios of Spohr on the Naxos label.

While also performing concertos and giving recitals as a soloist Caroline derives particular pleasure from the field of chamber music; she has worked with such
diverse groups as Serenata, Kaleidoscope and the Koenig Ensemble, and has covered an extremely wide repertoire, ranging from the classics and romantics
to complex twentieth-century works. In addition to this wide range, collaboration with Evelyn Glennie resulted in the performance of percussion-and-piano
repertoire. Her many activities have led to numerous London concerts, regular broadcasts and invitations to major festivals.

An important part of her work was the celebrated piano duo with the late Anthony Goldstone, who died in 2017. Described by Gramophone as “a
dazzling husband and wife team”, they were critically acclaimed for their pioneering broadcasts which often included first hearings of unjustly neglected
works. In addition, they brought out more than forty CD recordings, including a ground-breaking seven-CD cycle of the complete original piano duets of
Schubert. As performers, they played numerous concerts throughout the UK and built up an international following.

Caroline is a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals; other adjudicating experiences includes BBC Young Musician and International
Young Concert Artists. For many years she was an examiner for the Associated Board, both at grade and diploma levels. Other activities, such as giving
master-classes, teaching and coaching, form part of her varied career.


Yvonne studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and began her professional career with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company performing numerous
roles including Elsie Yeomen of the Guard and Josephine HMS Pinafore. She joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1994 and made her Festival debut in
1998. She made her Glyndebourne Touring Opera debut in the role of Despina Cosi fan Tutte and in their production of The Bartered Bride she sang the role of
Esmeralda which included training to be a trapeze artist!

For Opera North she sang Musetta La Boheme. She has also worked for Welsh National Opera, Garsington Opera, Kentish Opera, Carl Rosa Opera Company, Swansea City Opera, Garden Opera, Opera Box and Opera Brava. Roles performed include Violetta, La Traviata, Fiordiligi Cosi fan Tutte, Micaela Carmen, Pamina and First Lady The Magic Flute, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Clorinda La Cenerentola, Cio cio san Madame Butterfly, Mimi La Boheme and Rosalinda and Adele Die Fledermaus. On a tour of Kenya, she was the soprano soloist in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Nairobi Cathedral. As a well-known performer of Gilbert and Sullivan, she was invited to appear as soprano soloist in the Centenary Gala Concert of the Philadelphia Savoy Company, the oldest Gilbert and Sullivan society in America. Yvonne is a regular guest performer on cruises and has also appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. In 2010, she performed in Bizet’s Carmen, the first opera to be staged at the O2 arena.

Yvonne has worked extensively for the education departments of the major opera companies in the UK. Alongside her busy performing career, she is an
adjudicator with the British Music Festival Federation, teaches privately, and is an Associate Lecturer at Chichester University and Lancing College in West
Sussex. Yvonne is also a keen runner completing three Brighton Marathons and has two rescue cats – Bonnie and Clyde!