Adjudicators are all registered with the Federation and are recruited from outside of our catchment.

The Festival is competitive, and the adjudicator’s decision is final, with regard to marks, grading, and trophies and awards. Adjudicators will comment on the general standard of performance and marks will be given within one of the following grades:

Outstanding or 90+   An exceptional performance, technically and artistically.

Distinction or 87 – 89   An excellent performance, technically and artistically.

Commended or 84 – 86   A convincing performance, technically and artistically.

Merit or 81 – 83   A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability.

Moderate or 78 – 80   A performance showing development of technique and/or communication.

Fair or 75 – 77   A performance limited in its communication.

Every entrant will be given written individual comments and a certificate showing the marks and grade achieved. These will be presented at the end of each Class.

Provided by the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech – August 2014

Meet our Guest Adjudicators



2018 Dance Adjudicator

Jasmin Taylor-Hazzard

Yasmin trained at the Royal Ballet School (TTC) graduating with a special prize from Dame Ninette de Valois in 1991.
Dip. RBS TTC, ARAD, AISTD, Graduate Ballet Rambert,
Dip. Benesh Institute of Choreology.

Following graduation Yasmin studied with Ballet Rambert.
She worked with the National Youth Ballet as an assistant choreographer in their production of the Dolls House at Sadlers Wells Theatre. She then went on to dance with the Dutch National Ballet in their tour of Romeo and Juliet. Yasmin is the principal of a successful dance school in Hampshire and many of her ex-pupils are currently pursuing professional careers in dance. Yasmin also runs Classical Greek Dance workshops and choreographic competitions in the Hampshire area. She is a British Federation Adjudicator and is on the panel of the All England Dance Competition.



 2017 Music Adjudicator

Steven Roberts

Steven is Conductor and Music Director of Altrincham Choral Society, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, Honley Male Voice Choir and Sing & Discover.  He is a mentor for Music for Youth and a member of ABCD.
He has previously held the post of Head of Performing Arts and Music at Barnsley College. He is in demand as a choral and vocal specialist, but also studied piano and brass. He has a wide knowledge of musical theatre, but also conducts orchestras, symphonic wind bands, brass bands and in a variety of settings. Steven is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, currently serving as the Federation’s Chairman, and is a member of The Lords Taverners. Choral aMTbgc Gen

2016 Music Adjudicator


Caroline Clemmow   cjdfb

Caroline has a rich and varied musical background. As a violinist she led the Kent Youth Orchestra and was subsequently awarded a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won many prizes.
While performing concertos and solo recitals, Caroline derives particular pleasure from the field of chamber music, covering an extremely wide repertoire. She has participated in many London concerts, given numerous broadcasts and played in major festivals. An important part of her work is the celebrated piano duo with Anthony Goldstone; they are critically acclaimed for their pioneering broadcasts and CDs, building an international following. Caroline is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals. Piano cjdfb


Philip Dewhurst  facge

Philip read music at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne under Professor Denis Matthews where he specialised in performance on the oboe. He completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and went into teaching.
Philip gives occasional recitals and enjoys orchestral and chamber music playing on a freelance basis when his teaching commitments permit. He also has a passion for choral music and has conducted and directed choirs and choral societies throughout his career. As well as adjudicating around the country for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Philip is an examiner for Trinity Guildhall and an experienced GCSE and A level moderator. He is Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire. Oboe facge

The Committee are pleased to welcome Caroline and Philip to Scunthorpe Festival and look forward to spending week with them.


 2015 Speech & Drama Adjudicator


Maeve trained in Dublin with the Olivian Players, the Brendan Smith Theatre Academy and the Leinster School of Music and Drama, and has a teaching Licentiate from the Leinster School and a performer’s licentiate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
She has her my own drama school, VoiceWorks, in Dublin, where students range in age from 6 years to adults and she prepares them for speech, drama, communication and public speaking examinations from very junior to licentiate and for public performances. CBDA.



 2016 Dance Adjudicator


Tanya Allen

Miss Allen is Vice-President of the Tilehurst Eisteddod Dance Festival, a festival which she ran for nine years. She is a registered teacher of both the RAD and ISTD.

Miss Allen trained in the Reading area until the age of 17 and then attended the College of the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Upon graduation she was elected a Licentiate (LRAD) and has since completed her Licentiate, Licentiate Diplomas with Distinction, PCG(A) in adjudication, Fellowship of the ISTD and is a graded RAD examiner. She then went on to perform in several TV shows, stage productions and Summer seasons. She was also cast as a ballet dancer in various Operas. Having taken a special interest in National Folk Dance, Miss Allen travelled the world studying the national dances from many countries and was awarded the Haxell Cup by the ISTD National committee for all her work and support of the National Faculty over the years.

Miss Allen is also now a freelance choreographer and has choreographed many stage performances for the Theatre. Her most recent Choreography was for a touring production of Aida for The International Opera and Ballet company.

Miss Allen also runs a large school with over six hundred pupils and six branches, where she and her other members of staff teach all aspects of dance and theatrical training in all genres of dance from the Grade work through to Advanced 2 level.

Many of Miss Allen’s students have gone on to full-time training at well-known dance colleges across the country. Some have then progressed on to teach and others moving on into the theatre or dance profession. Apart from all her teaching and examining,



 2017 Drama Adjudicator


Priscilla Morris

Priscilla was a member of the National Youth Theatre appearing in “Zigger Zagger” and “Fuzz”. She then trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and holds equity membership.

In 1972 she founded her own drama school in the midlands which she handed over to her daughter in 2013 although she continues to teach youngsters and adults at her home studio.

Priscilla joined the LAMDA board of examiners in 1986 and has examined throughout the UK, Spain, Singapore, USA, Malta, Sri Lanka & Dubai. She has been an adjudicator in Speech & Drama for the British and International Federation of Festivals since 1991 and has adjudicated in Bermuda, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong (8 times).

Since 1998 she has been Voice Advisor to the Amateur Swimming Association, for whom she delivers Voice Protection courses for swimming coaches nationwide and she is also a registered Tutor for the Voicecare Network and a published author on Shakespeare. Priscilla has directed and acted in over 40 plays, musicals and pantomimes during her performing life.

Now, she spends most of her time in the business sector with her company, Loud & Clear voice coaching. As a professional speaker she appears at conferences and seminars nationwide and enjoys entertaining audiences on P&O and Cunard cruise ships. BDCA