2019 Adjudicators

DRAMA – Louise Manders, LLAM ALAM GODA MSTSD 

 Louise was born in Westcliff on Sea and first trod the boards when only five days old and has never looked back. Her varied and interesting professional theatrical career began with Haymarket Stage Productions progressing from stage management to acquiring her Equity card as an actress. She enjoyed touring the UK and appearing in all aspects of theatre including repertory and musicals, as well as appearing on television and in films.

Louise is presently not only an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, but is also an adjudicator member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama. She was Artistic Director of Phoenix Youth Theatre in Southend, formerly the New Focus Theatre for many years. She is the Speech Tutor at St. John’s School in Billericay. Louise’s extensive work as an adjudicator has taken her all over the UK and abroad. She has adjudicated regularly in Sri Lanka. She runs workshops and master classes, directs plays (including open air productions) and musicals, devises original dram compositions, writes poetry and has written many musical plays for children and students, including adults and specializes in the LAMDA examinations. Louise is an experienced theatre director and even finds time to dance flamenco! A festival is a celebration and enables all entrants to bring their creativity and enthusiasm to fruition. Louise is really looking forward to sharing in these celebrations on her first visit to the Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival.

SPEECH – Patricia Irvine – Cert Ed, LGSM, AMSTSD, Equity

A graduate of Guildhall, Patricia is a speech teacher based in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. She is an Adjudicator-Member of The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech and an adjudicator-member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama. As a drama tutor she has presented drama workshops to groups of all ages throughout Northern Ireland. She has been tutor to North Down Youth Drama, Co-ordinator of the North Down Summer Dance-Drama Scheme and of the youth programme of the Aspects Celebration of Irish Writing in Bangor. She is past Chairwoman of the Ulster Association of Youth Drama.

Patricia’s productions have won numerous national and international drama festivals and have appeared at the Royal National Theatre and in Europe, Asia and the USA. A member of Actors Equity, she has appeared on stage, television and radio and she has worked as tutor with BBC Television in Ireland, England and Scotland.

She has adjudicated numerous speech and drama events throughout Ireland, England and Scotland and also adjudicated the Sri Lanka Festival of Music, Dance and Speech and the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival on many occasions (both most recently last year). She is very much looking forward to her first visit to the Isle of Wight Festival in 2019.

  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) Gail Mortley LRAM ARCM

Gail is a professional singer, actress and teacher.  She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded numerous prizes and scholarships, one of which took her to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, to study with the international singing coach, Rita Streich.

Early in her professional career Gail performed with numerous opera companies, including Sadler’s Wells and Kent Opera.  Throughout her career she has combined classical and commercial theatre, with roles ranging from Violetta in La TraviataDespina in Cosi fan TuttePoppea in The Coronation of PoppeaYum-Yum in The Mikado, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance.  In London’s West End she played Cosette in Les Miserables, and in the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds she played Julie Jordan in Carousel and Joanna in Sweeny Todd.  She was also in the original cast of Chess in London, and for several years Gail was principal girl in Roy Hudd’s Christmas pantomimes.

Gail’s concert work includes principal soprano in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, both in London and Seville, Spain.

Throughout her professional career Gail has been the singing tutor for professional institutions.  She now has a thriving private practice, teaching many young aspiring professionals and is also an adjudicator with The British and International Federation of Festivals.

MUSIC (INSTRUMENTAL) –  Nancy Litten, LRAM (Pft), LRAM (Violin), ProfCertRAM, ATCL (Voice), CertEd (Exeter), FISM, FRSA

At sixteen Nancy entered the Royal Academy of Music, London, on an open piano scholarship, winning prizes while there. She studied piano, violin, piano accompaniment, theory, aural and orchestration. While training as a teacher, she received lessons on the cello and organ, also participating in chamber music on the viola. Later she studied singing, gaining a performance diploma in December 2001. She has taught for over thirty years, with pupils of all ages: piano, electronic keyboard, violin, chamber music, singing, choirs, aural, and harmony. As a performer, she has played solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire on both piano and violin. She is well known in Kent as a piano accompanist. She is on the Management of EPTA UK (European Piano Teachers’ Association) and runs their Kent branch. She has examined for the ABRSM since 1998 and adjudicated for the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2014, now serving on the Adjudicators’ Council. Nancy has published several books for Alfred UK: three tutors for violin (Playing with Colour), five for electronic keyboard (Keyed Up), Choral and Vocal Warm-Ups for Pianists, and Choral and Vocal Sight Singing with keyboard harmony. Many of her arrangements and original pieces can be found in Trinity and ABRSM publications

DANCE – Deborah Norris

A graduate of Elmhurst Ballet School, Deborah continued her training at the University College of Ripon and York St John, and completed her MA in Dance Studies at De Montfort University, under the supervision of Ramsay Burt. She then gained a scholarship to study at the Jose Limon Institute of Contemporary Dance, in New York. She has worked internationally as a dancer, teacher and choreographer in both Musical Theatre and Contemporary Dance contexts. Deborah is a Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University specialising in teaching Limon-Based Technique and Ballet for Contemporary dancers. As an early career researcher Deborah is a PhD candidate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, and is exploring narratives in contemporary ballet.

Deborah is a committee member for the Society of Dance Research and a board member and adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, and All England Dance.