John Gough


John Gough was born and bred in Chester and enjoys a busy and varied career. Engagements have taken him to America (including Carnegie Hall), Denmark and throughout the United Kingdom. He has given frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and also recorded for Radio 2, Classic FM, World Service, S4CTV and BBC TV.

As a soloist he has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  has performed at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall on several occasions and at the Buxton and Chester Festivals. Following his studies with Marjorie Clementi and Gordon Green at the Royal Northern College of Music he won several scholarships and prizes including the John Ireland Centenary Piano Competition at the Wigmore Hall.

As a chamber music player he has given live broadcasts of the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvorak and Faure.

He has given recitals at the Ribble Valley international Piano Week, a live broadcast from the Bridgwater Hall, Manchester and for many seasons was the soloist with the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra in concerts at many stately homes throughout England.       He has appeared under such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Edward Warren and Timothy Reynish and in concert with Martin Roscoe, Jane Irwin, Louise Winter and Janet Hilton.

He is currently Senior Tutor in Piano and Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music, Tutor at Chetham’s School of Music, RNCM Junior School, and Manchester University.  He has examined at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and more recently at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Daniel Chandler

Woodwind, Recorders, Brass & Orchestra, Band & Ensemble

Daniel received his early musical education on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. After studying in Manchester, he was awarded a place at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with the renowned flautist and teacher, Susan Milan. As well as gaining a degree from the RCM, Danielhas a teaching qualification from Edge Hill University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Warwick.

For a number of years, Daniel was Director of Music at AKS Lytham where he directed the AKS Choral Society, Junior and Senior School Choirs, Girls’ Choir, Concert Band and a successful Swing Band in numerous performances in the UK and further afield. This included concerts in Westminster Abbey, Salzburg Cathedral, the Rhine Valley in Germany, as well as performances in St. Paul’s Chapel next to Ground Zero and at the United Nations in New York.

Danielis currently Assistant Head of Bolton Music Service. He now works with all sectors of the local community to increase access to quality music making, to raise standards of music education across schools and academies, and to provide exciting musical pathways for children through tuition as well as regional and national ensembles. He still manages to find time to continue performing, deliver workshops and adjudicate as a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals.

Andrea Calladine


Soprano/Teacher/Adjudicator/Conductor – ARCM, ABSM, FISM

Andrea Calladine has a varied career as performer, teacher, conductor, coach and adjudicator in the main genres of singing to Musical Theatre. She studied initially at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Birmingham Conservatoire) gaining honours in Diplomas and was awarded many major prizes.

As a singer, she has travelled widely at home and in Europe performing from her wide concert and oratorio repertoire including performances of The Messiah and The Creation through the Mozart Masses to Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, the Requiems of Brahms, Fauré and Rutter, and she has made radio broadcasts. Operatic roles have included Despina in Così fan Tutti; Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring; Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus; Dido in Dido and Aeneas; Pamina in The Magic Flute. Today, she is happy teaching Music Theatre where her skills in singing, acting and language can be combined alongside Classical repertoire. Andrea’s teaching commitments now are divided between a very busy private practice, where she coaches many professional singers, and a leading Independent School. Andrea has held the post of Central Area Representative of the Association of Teachers of Singing and also the position of the associations Conference Director from 2014 – 2018. She also is an Assessor/Mentor for the AOTOS Teacher Training course. Andreais also in demand for Choral Workshops and Vocal Master Classes.

Other positions held have been at the Birmingham Conservatoire (1985-2009), Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, the Elgar School of Music, and Worcester University. Andreais an active adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals, where she hopes to bring not only her wealth of experience as both teacher and performer, but also her love of singing, encouragement of the performers and, above all, a sense of humour! Andreahas had a long association adjudicating for the Dudley Festival and she is once again looking forward to hearing some wonderful singing from all of the performers.

Ivan Scott

Strings / Guitars


Ivan’s training included guitar performing under Oliver Hunt, Professor of Guitar at the London College of Music and master-classes in Spain with Emilio Pujol, a student of Francisco Tarrega. Since 1967,

Ivan has travelled to all parts of the UK presenting programmes of guitar music and songs to schoolchildren of all ages.Alongside his work as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals, he is currently engaged in private tuition, teaching in schools in Milton Keynes areas and giving recitals and workshops in many parts of the UK.

Elizabeth Emberson

Vocal Solo


Elizabeth began serious singing lessons with Betty Middleton when she was 11 years old and quickly started to make her name on the Northern Music Festival circuit, winning many prizes. At 18, she gained a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music, where she won many prizes for British Song, Oratorio and Opera, as well as two scholarships for continued study. She was also awarded a place on the Guildhall’s prestigious Opera Course. After graduating, Elizabeth embarked on a very successful solo career which saw her singing in France, Germany, Ireland and the UK.

With the arrival of her family, Elizabeth decided to concentrate on her teaching career, teaching at schools in Kent, Oxfordshire and the Midlands. She now divides her time between teaching at an exclusive girls’ school in Oxford, choral conducting, adjudicating for the British Federations of Festivals, as well as continui.

Roger Crocker

Electronic Keyboard / Composition


Roger studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and played with the CBSO, Midland Youth Orchestra and as a soloist on BBC Radio while still at school. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he studied with Guy Jonson, Wilfred Parry, Erich Vietheer and Geoffrey Parsons.

He has taught in four London Boroughs, as a music advisory teacher, founded the Wandsworth Music Service and was Lead Adviser (Music) and Head of the Music Service for West Sussex County Council ‘Children and Young People’s Services: Learning’.

He was an examiner for the ABRSM for 38 years and was a Team Leader Examiner for EdExcel at GCSE.

Rogeris currently Director of Music at St Marys Chiddingfold, and has been an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals for 40 years. He is also an accompanist, organist and choral director.