2018 Adjudicators

SPEECH – Julie McLoughlin – RBTC Dip, BA (Hons), GoDA (Ass)

Julie trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Education from the Open University, and taught English and Drama for twenty years, first in Buckinghamshire and then in Jersey, where she set up ‘A’ Level Theatre Studies and GCSE Drama courses. She has been an examiner for ‘A’ Level Theatre Studies and directed many youth productions, has full Equity membership and is an Associate Member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, as well as a Federation Speech and Drama adjudicator.

Julie now teaches privately, enters her students for LAMDA examinations and is on the Speech and Drama committee of the Jersey Eisteddfod. She coaches adults in Public Speaking and has worked with organisations as diverse as the Blue Badge Tourism guides, the Jersey Institute of Law, local finance companies, and works with individual clients in the public sector.

In 2017, she adjudicated at the Henley Drama Festival as well as at four Federation festivals and is looking forward to two island festivals (the Isle of Wight and Guernsey) as well as other Federation festivals in 2018.

DRAMA – Jonathan Owen – LLAM

Jonathan trained as a Drama & Music teacher at St. Peter’s College, Birmingham University’s Faculty of Education.  He has taught in secondary schools, colleges and examined for Trinity-Guildhall extensively in the UK and overseas.  As a performer he has worked in Theatre, TV and Radio for over 30 years. Most notably he played Terry Barford for 10 years in ‘The Archers’, and has appeared in numerous other productions for BBC Radio 4.

Television work includes the comedy-characters ‘The Great Orlando’ & ‘The Rev. Ashbourne’ in Coronation St, Emmerdale, Doctors, All Creatures Great & Small, London’s Burning and Heartbeat etc.  Theatre work includes West-End productions of Singin’ in the Rain, Jesus Christ Superstar, Having a Ball, Call Me Madam and Ziegfeld, as well as numerous national tours and provincial repertory.

His specialities are musical-theatre and pantomime, and as well as being one of the UK’s leading ‘Dames’ he has written and directed numerous professional pantomimes in the UK, and five engagements as resident writer/director in Bermuda! He is also an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals.

He is the author of the comedy-drama ‘Teapots & Superglue’ which has received much critical acclaim.

MUSIC – (ROCK & POP DAY) – Stephen Holman

Stephen trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutelage of the renowned Tenor John Mitchinson and was coached by Paul Farrington and Gerald Wrag.

Stephen has performed in many classical and contemporary musical concerts and venues in the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. In more recent years Stephen has become director of A’Tempo music services in Somerset – providing voice coaching and lessons to students in Somerset preparing them for Classical, Rock and Pop and Musical Theatre exams as well as preparing Students for Auditions for Music Colleges for Classical Repertoire, and for the contemporary musical theatre schools, having students studying at Laines and Italia Conti, with students going on to take major roles in The Phantom of the Opera – Gypsy – Me and My Girl – Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Stephen continues to perform in Operas and Musical Theatre shows in the South West of England.

MUSIC – (VOCAL) – Irene Grant-Jones

Irene Grant-Jones won the soprano prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod whilst a school pupil in North Wales. Studies continued at the Royal Academy of Music under Flora Nielsen where she won the Parepa Rosa prize.

Irene’s work covers opera, oratorio, solo recitals and musical theatre. Most recent performances include the Messiah, Carmina Burana, Bach Cantata 51 and operatic arias from Carmen, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, Russalka, Gianni Schicchi, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as many of the show songs from musicals. She has been a soloist at the Bedford Proms in the Park. Her performances of the Strauss ‘Four Last Songs’ in her own translation have been received to much acclaim.

Irene is currently writing a book on voice production and teaching, and enjoys leading vocal and choral workshops where her master classes have been hugely successful.

Her CD ‘Handle With Care’ of popular songs and piano music, has raised over £15,000 for children’s charities. She has QTS status, a degree in drama, dance and English cultural studies and is an adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals. She has composed over 200 poems, some published, from serious to humorous topics. Irene wrote the text for ‘The Human Race’, an oratorio by Tim Grant-Jones, her husband – www.grant-jones.co.uk

MUSIC – (INSTRUMENTAL) – Gill Johnston

Gillian studied the bassoon with Archie Camden at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, after a period of freelance playing, concentrated on a teaching career, before moving to Harpenden where she established her own Music School, ‘Harpenden Musicale’. As well as running the Music School, Gill arranges Musicale Holidays, Competitions and a Summer Music Festival. She is the founder and Musical Director of the National Children’s Wind Orchestra and associated groups. Gill is an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and very much enjoys contact with young musicians, inspiring and enthusing their interest in music.

DANCE – Claire Jennings

Miss Claire Jennings received her training at the Royal Academy of Dance where she gained her licentiate in 1978. More recently she gained B.PHIL(Hons) in ballet and contextual studies. She has taught extensively both in her own schools and private establishments for 43 years, as well as choreographing both amateur shows and professional cabarets and showcases. Whilst coaching at Richmond Ice Rink, she also choreographed the opening sequence for the Robin Cousins TV Spectacular. Many past pupils are currently appearing in West End, provincial theatres, commercial TV and Video. Miss Jennings has since gained her MA(DIP) in Ballet studies and PGCA in adjudication. She is currently enjoying presenting workshops, adjudicating and running her own schools. She is also delight to have joined the All England panel in 2002.