HPP Adjudicators

Bowed Strings, Guitar & Harp Classes

Fiona McLean-Buechel


Fiona is a founder member of NYOS and an alumnus of St Mary's Music School, studying at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow and the Royal Academy of Music in London.


She has a passion for music in all forms; combining a busy career as a performer with writing creative and collaborative national and international performance projects. She is Lead Tutor for Strings at Trinity Laban Junior Conservatoire in London and a specialist

Music Adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.


She has held teaching posts at the Junior Guildhall School of Music, Colchester Institute, Goldsmith’s College, National Children’s Orchestra, Head of Strings for London Borough of Bexley and as specialist strings examiner and syllabus developer for the Guildhall.


Examinations board. She has been a visiting professor of violin at Dartington College, Cardiff University, and lectured for the European String teachers Association, Cardiff University,South West Sound and U3A.

In 2005 Fiona co-founded and was course director with the Dartington International Summer School on the Dartington Plus Summer Youth Strings Programme. She subsequently founded and is Creative Director of SouthWest Camerata whose work was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society for Education and was a cover story for the European String Teachers Association magazine.


Fiona has delivered sessions on Mindfulness for Musicians on behalf of the Federation of Festivals, at the 2016 Music Education Expo, the Federation of Festivals conference, Musicians Union, IAPS, and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.


Voice Classes

Julia Dewhurst


A lyric-coloratura soprano, Julia Dewhurst’s ongoing performing career has encompassed opera, concert and recital repertoire from Early Music to first performances of contemporary works. She has broadcast for BBC TV and Radio and has appeared in many of the country’s leading concert venues. Abroad, she has undertaken engagements in Germany, France, Spain, Holland, the Middle East and the Seychelles where she gave concerts and masterclasses in the Seychelles Festival of Classical Music.


On the opera stage she has appeared with the Royal Opera, ENO, Kent Opera, English Touring Opera, Pavilion Opera, European Chamber Opera, Opera East, London Opera Players and The Garden Opera Company. Her roles have included Susanna and the Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Queen of the Night, Pamina and First Lady (The Magic Flute), Gilda (Rigoletto), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Micaela (Carmen), Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Constanza (Die Entfuhrung), Norina (Don Pasquale), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) Loelia in the premiere of Donald Swann’s comic opera The Man with the Thousand Faces, and many of the Gilbert & Sullivan soprano roles.


Julia has extensive teaching experience across the entire age range. She was for many years a visiting singing specialist in a London primary school working at Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 levels and leading voice care workshops for teachers. She has been a much sought-after adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals for more than 16 years. She is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the Association of Teachers of Singing, the British Voice Association, the Association of English Singers and Speakers, for whom she has judged both the Patricia Routledge Competition and the Courtney Kenny Award and she is a Friend of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.


Brass, Woodwind & Choirs

Richard Deering


Richard Deering studied with Frank Merrick (piano) – and subsequently with Peter Wallfisch and Clifford Curzon - and trumpet/cornet with Norman Burgess. He has given piano recitals and broadcasts in over 90 countries worldwide, and has also made several commercial


 recordings – including an arrangement of the Beatles music as a piano concerto with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Many leading composers have written works especially for him, and in 1981 he was elected a member of the Royal Philharmonic Society for “distinguished services to British music”.


As an accompanist he has worked with Robert Tear, Brian Rayner Cook, James Blades and others – including popular singers such as Martine McCutcheon - while for many years he worked as a cabaret performer on cruise liners and as Musical Director for television programmes. He is a founder member of the unique performing and recording group of 4 pianists known as Piano40.


His interest in contemporary music – especially by British composers – has led to many commissioned magazine articles and a series of albums of new music for young musicians published by Bosworths/Music Sales. He has also been an Advisor to the London Arts Board on aspects of contemporary music and jazz, and he has been involved with the setting of the grade and diploma requirements for the Trinity piano syllabus. In 2006 he was given the Chairman’s Award by Trinity College London for services to musical assessment.


His adjudicating and examining work has taken him throughout Britain, Ireland and Europe as well as to Australasia, North America, South Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and he has served on the juries for several national and international competitions, often as Chairman of the Jury. Until 2002 he was the Vice-Chairman of the British and International Federation of Festivals’ Adjudicator’s Council as well as being a Federation Trustee, and he also held the position of Chief Assessor for the adjudicator’s qualification – PGCA – when validated by the University of Leeds, and was the co-writer of the adjudication criteria used by all Federation festivals and adjudicators. In 2012 he was honoured by being elected a Fellow of the Federation, and he is a Trustee of Croydon Performing Arts Festival.


As a teacher Richard has held positions at the London College of Music and Middlesex University as well as visiting positions at Trinity College of Music, Trinity College Dublin, Christ’s College Cambridge University, Hong Kong’s Academy of Performing Arts, Auckland University and the State University of New York.


Additionally he is busy as a cricket umpire both in England and overseas.




Percussion & Drum Kit;

Mixed Duets, Ensembles & Recitals

Christopher Field


Christopher Field has enjoyed a widely varied musical career.


As a schoolboy he sang at the coronation service of HM Queen in Westminster Abbey and played double bass in the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. While a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, he conducted the College Madrigal Choir and played in the University Orchestra. He continued his studies as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music and with Frederick Husler in Switzerland on an Arts Council of Great Britain postgraduate award.


His subsequent career as a schoolmaster at Dulwich College was combined with extensive work as a concert baritone, choral conductor, composer and teacher of singing and double bass.  For over forty years, various of his teaching works have appeared in the singing and double bass graded examination syllabuses of ABRSM, LCM, TCM and GSMD; he has been published by Boosey and Hawkes, Recital Music, Weinberger and Yorke Edition. A Garland of Song, a collection of ten songs for the developing voice, was published by Recital Music in the autumn of 2016.


An experienced adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, and ABRSM diploma examiner, he conducts the City of London Chamber Choir, continues to teach singing and double bass, and has joined forces with the Plaegan Piano Quartet in performances of Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’.

He was appointed an Associate of the RAM in 1993.


Piano & Accordion Classes

Timothy Barratt


TIMOTHY BARRATT studied on a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, winning many major awards, and completed his studies with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Geoffrey Parsons.


He has toured and broadcast extensively in the UK and abroad as soloist, accompanist and chamber music player. Whilst still a student he developed a special interest in song accompaniment through playing for Masterclasses at Aldeburgh, subsequently partnering such artists as Dame Felicity Lott and Robert White. In addition, instrumentalists he has worked with include Jack Brymer, Bradley Creswick and Haaken Hardenberger.


Teaching forms a major part of his musical life and he works with pupils of all ages and levels from beginner to post-graduate. He was Head of Keyboard at Dulwich College for almost 25 years whilst also teaching  at the RAM and TCM and now pursues a busy freelance career.


An ABRSM examiner since 1991, he is also a Trainer, Moderator and Mentor. Other work for the AB includes co-writing the Board’s Teaching Notes on Piano Exam pieces, selecting the graded Piano pieces and presenting Seminars. He frequently directs Masterclasses for performers and teachers’ workshops in the UK and Far East and is in demand as a Competition and Festival adjudicator.

He was awarded the ARAM in 1996 in recognition for distinguished service within the music profession.


Percussion Workshop Leader

Claire Hasted


Claire Hasted is a graduate of King’s College, London and the Royal College of Music. Since graduating she has played with orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia.


Claire has also performed in recording sessions, and undertaken tours of Europe, Central America and the Far East with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Claire is a member of Albert’s Band, the in-house education ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall, who she regularly performs with throughout the year.


Claire is a highly experienced educator, she has been involved in numerous education projects and workshops. These include leading the Britten Sinfonia's family music day and running rhythm workshops on the International Suzuki Course held at Bryanston School. She has led junk percussion workshops for the BBC as part of the Human Planet Prom and coaches for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.


Claire has examined for Trinity Guildhall and consulted for the Associated Board Royal School of Music (ABRSM). She has also examined as a Specialist for ABRSM Teaching Diplomas and has taught a course on how to teach percussion at the Royal College of Music for undergraduates.


Claire taught percussion at the Royal College of Music Junior Department for 13 years and currently teaches percussion at Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham and Charterhouse.

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